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Review: Ring Alarm is a $199 Do-It-Yourself Home Security System That Keeps Things Simple

Tuesday July 3, 2018 9:00 am PDT by
Last month, Ring began taking pre-orders for its Ring Alarm home security system, and today it begins shipping. I've had a chance to spend some time with Ring Alarm, and I've found it's an easy-to-use security system that's useful with or without professional monitoring. Priced at $199 for the base kit, the Ring Alarm comes with a base station, a separate keypad, one motion detector, one...

Ring's Video Doorbell 2 Brings Battery-Powered 1080p Video Security to Your Front Door

Thursday December 21, 2017 1:52 pm PST by
Earlier this year, popular smart doorbell and home security company Ring debuted its Video Doorbell 2, equipped with a motion sensing 1080p camera, a removable battery, and two-way audio capabilities. Integration with Ring's mobile app lets you see activity at your door from anywhere, and even communicate with visitors. The Video Doorbell 2 is priced at $199 and can either replace an...

Review: Ring's Floodlight Cam Offers Convenient Home Security, but HomeKit Support Still Missing

Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:31 pm PDT by
Back in January, Ring introduced its motion-activated Floodlight Cam, pairing a security camera with two bright floodlights to help protect users' homes. The Floodlight Cam began shipping in April, and I've been using one for about six weeks to monitor the rear of my house. It's a handy product that lets you keep tabs on movement around your home, with push notifications, live and recorded camera ...

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Amazon Announces 'Astro' Home Robot, Echo Show 15, Apple Fitness+ Competitor and More

Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:35 am PDT by
Amazon today held a media event that saw the introduction of a slew of new products, ranging from an in-home Alexa robot to a new fitness service that mimics Apple Fitness+. We've rounded up all of Amazon's most interesting announcements below. Astro Household Robot Astro is an Alexa-integrated home robot that can monitor the home, help users keep in touch with family, and more. Astro can...
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Ring Video Doorbells to Gain End-to-End Encryption, But Still No Sign of HomeKit Support

Wednesday July 14, 2021 3:00 am PDT by
Amazon is rolling out end-to-end encryption for video captured by Ring doorbells, after a successful trial in the United States (via BBC News). Amazon's worldwide adoption of the encryption standard for Ring will mean that video footage from the doorbell cameras is stored on Amazon's servers, but the content won't be accessible to the company and only the user's device on which the video is ...
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Ring Introduces Updated Video Doorbell With Improved Night Vision and Solar Charger Accessory, but No HomeKit

Wednesday May 6, 2020 8:44 am PDT by
Ring today announced a new Ring Video Doorbell with improved night vision, updated motion zones, support for 1080p HD video, and a new solar charger accessory. The new Ring Video Doorbell still does not support Apple HomeKit. Similar to previous models, the new doorbell can be hardwired into an existing doorbell spot, or powered by batteries. It connects to the Ring smartphone app, allowing...

Reports Suggest Ring Allowed Employees Unfettered Access to Customer Camera Feeds

Thursday January 10, 2019 12:18 pm PST by
Over the course of the last month, some troubling information has surfaced about Ring, the Amazon-owned company that has millions of cameras inside and outside homes across the globe. The Information in December suggested Ring employees in both the U.S. and the UK had unfettered, unnecessary access to customer camera feeds, and today, The Intercept has shared additional details. Starting in ...

CES 2019: Ring Debuts New Door View Cam, HomeKit Still Not Included

Monday January 7, 2019 8:32 am PST by
Ring, which was purchased by Amazon last year, today debuted its latest line of home security products. The Ring Door View Cam, its newest doorbell option, is the most notable. The Door View Cam is designed to replace the viewfinder or peephole built into a front door, and while it doesn't require drilling or permanent door modifications, it does require the removal of the existing peephole. ...

Ring's New $199 'Ring Alarm' Security System Now Available for Pre-Order

Wednesday June 13, 2018 6:23 am PDT by
Ring, the Amazon-owned company known for its camera-equipped doorbells, today announced that its new Ring Alarm security system is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping out on July 3. First announced in the fall of 2017, the Ring Alarm is marketed as a "do-it-yourself" home security system that does not require professional installation, nor are its users required to sign up for...
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Ring Launches Standalone 'Neighbors' iOS App for Crowdsourcing and Preventing Criminal Activity

Tuesday May 8, 2018 7:28 am PDT by
Ring today launched a standalone "Neighbors" app on iOS [Direct Link] and Android devices, pulling out the local security and crime-prevention feature from the main Ring app into a standalone experience. With Neighbors, Ring connects users in a nearby area who own any model of the Ring doorbell, and allows them to upload footage of criminal activity to make it easier to prevent and catch...

Ring Video Doorbell Gets New $99 Price Tag Following Amazon Acquisition

Thursday April 12, 2018 10:03 am PDT by
Ring today announced [PDF] that its acquisition by Amazon has been completed, and following the merger, Amazon has permanently dropped the price tag of the entry-level first-generation Ring Video Doorbell. The Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell is now available from Amazon for $99.99, $50 off of the original $149 MSRP for the accessory. The Video Doorbell, which offers 720p video, is designed...

Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:16 pm PST by
Amazon is acquiring Ring, the company that makes a range of WiFi-enabled home security products that include video doorbells, reports GeekWire. The two companies are expected to officially announce the acquisition news later this afternoon, but provided a statement to GeekWire."Ring is committed to our mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods by providing effective yet affordable home security...

CES 2018: Ring Announces New Line of Home Security Devices

Monday January 8, 2018 8:00 am PST by
Ring, the company behind the well-known Ring video doorbell, today announced the launch of a full home security ecosystem that includes a range of new products like indoor/outdoor security cameras and connected outdoor lights. The new battery-powered Stick Up Cam, which is compatible with the Ring Solar Panel Charger, is a weatherproof security camera that's designed to work both indoors and...
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Ring Unveils $199 Home Security System With iPhone Notifications

Monday October 2, 2017 8:48 am PDT by
Ring today introduced the Ring Protect, a customizable home security system with a companion iPhone app. The security system includes a base station, a wall-mounted keypad, one sensor for a window or door, an infrared motion detector, and a Z-Wave extender. Unfortunately, the system doesn't support HomeKit. When activated, if a burglar attempts attempts to break and enter, homeowners...
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Ring Debuts New Spotlight Cam With Wired, Battery, and Solar Models for Home Security

Monday July 31, 2017 6:00 am PDT by
Ring, maker of the popular video doorbells and recently launched Floodlight Cam, is today announcing a new line of Spotlight Cams. Similar in function to the Floodlight Cam but with a different lighting system, the new Spotlight Cam features LED light panels that automatically turn on when motion is detected, as well as a 1080p camera with night vision, two-way audio, and a 110 dB siren to...
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Ring Launches Second-Generation Video Doorbell With 1080p Video and Removable Battery

Monday June 19, 2017 8:25 am PDT by
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 ...
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CES 2017: Ring Launches Motion-Activated Security Camera With Floodlights

Wednesday January 4, 2017 9:00 am PST by
Ring, best known for its popular video doorbells, has added an outdoor Floodlight Cam to its security camera product lineup. The Floodlight Cam is a motion-activated security camera with built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio, and infrared for night vision. The hardwired, self-install camera is controlled...