Ring Launches Second-Generation Video Doorbell With 1080p Video and Removable Battery

Ring today launched the Video Doorbell 2 with 1080p video, up from 720p, and a removable, rechargeable battery pack.


Ring's original Video Doorbell also has a battery, but it's not removable, so the whole doorbell has to be unmounted and taken inside every six to twelve months or so to be recharged with an included Micro-USB cable. A removable battery pack makes recharging the video doorbell much more convenient.

Alternatively, the Video Doorbell 2 can continue to be hardwired with an 8-24 VAC transformer part of existing wired doorbell setups.

Ring's second-generation video doorbell also features customizable, interchangeable silver and brown faceplates, and improved infrared night vision with a 160º field of view and 180º horizontal motion detection angle. It continues to have two-way audio with noise cancellation, and so-called bank-grade encryption.


Ring connects to a home's Wi-Fi network and streams live video and audio to a paired iPhone and iPad through the free Ring Video Doorbell app on the App Store [Direct Link]. Video recordings can be saved in the cloud for up to 60 days with Ring's optional $30 per year, per camera subscription plan.

Ring's Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 are not compatible with Apple HomeKit. A company spokesperson said the Ring Pro and Floodlight Cam will be HomeKit compatible most likely by the end of this year.

Ring is accepting orders for the Video Doorbell 2 on its website for $199, the same introductory price as its original Video Doorbell, now $179. The sleeker, hardwired-only Video Doorbell Pro is also available for $249.

Ring said the Video Doorbell 2 is also available today at all 15,000 major U.S. retailers that carry its devices, including Best Buy and Home Depot.

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17 months ago

They are dragging their feet on HomeKit support because supporting HomeKit would mean customers no longer have to subscribe to their monthly service to see the device remotely.


Seriously? You have to pay a monthly subscription for a doorbell?
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17 months ago

But the important thing is does this offer HomeKit support?

Yeah its HomeKit or NoKit for me.
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('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/06/19/ring-video-doorbell-2/')
Ring's Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 are not compatible with Apple HomeKit.


Then why even give them a post here?
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17 months ago

But the important thing is does this offer HomeKit support?


I've added an update to the article.

Ring's Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 are not compatible with Apple HomeKit. A company spokesperson said the Ring Pro and Floodlight Cam ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/04/ring-floodlight-cam/') will be HomeKit compatible most likely by the end of this year.
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17 months ago

A 1080p video camera on your doorbell makes about as much sense as putting a Xeon into an iMac.

Oh, so then you agree it's a good idea, then?

With the fairly wide-angle lens that those "security" applications have (which tend to make things look smaller), having high resolution really helps when you are trying to zoom-in on something digitally.
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17 months ago

A 1080p video camera on your doorbell makes about as much sense as putting a Xeon into an iMac.


How can you possibly complain about wanting to see something as clearly as possible? I swear, many of you seem to live to complain on this board.
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17 months ago
Shame they didnt change how enormous and ugly it is
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17 months ago
The only thing keeping me from buying the doorbell cam and a rear floodlight cam along with the alarm is HomeKit support. I want to be able to do the following:

* If someone approaches the front door at night, have it turn on a light inside, wait 10 seconds, and then turn on all five of my under eave floodlights.
* If someone approaches my rear floodlight, turn on the lights for my other three back doors in 20 second succession.
* If they continue to linger for more than 30 seconds near either device, have it auto trigger the alarm speaker. From what I've read, the system can discern between people and animals so it should work. I also don't get many larger animals in my back yard because I have a privacy fence.

* If someone approaches the front door during the day, flash a specific light in the house. My wife runs a daycare downstairs, and it would be good to know if someone is creeping around outside. I guess she could get phone alerts, but she's not always on her phone or able to pull it out when wrangling children. Sometimes grandparents will pick up, so they don't always remember their daycare code for our Schlage Smart Sense deadbolt. So it would be nice for her to see their face in Ring and quickly unlock the door using Siri.

Maybe I could do some of these things with IFTTT, but I'd rather have a native solution since I've been slowly going all HomeKit because I like the high security and Siri integration. There are a lot of companies out there leaving money on the table when it comes to people like me who just want a unified solution.
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17 months ago


Video recordings can be saved in the cloud for up to 60 days with Ring's optional $30 per year, per camera subscription plan.

Ring's Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 are not compatible with Apple HomeKit. A company spokesperson said the Ring Pro and Floodlight Cam ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/04/ring-floodlight-cam/') will be HomeKit compatible most likely by the end of this year.


They are dragging their feet on HomeKit support because supporting HomeKit would mean customers no longer have to subscribe to their monthly service to see the device remotely.
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17 months ago
I have one and answer my doorbell from 500 miles away on a regular basis. I do not pay the subscription so the video is not saved. I am on cellular not wi--fi and see the video and use audio.
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17 months ago

How can you possibly complain about wanting to see something as clearly as possible? I swear, many of you seem to live to complain on this board.


Isn't that the truth, and complain about design and ugliness, yet I would bet none of them have designed or come up with anything original in their lives.
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