Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

Last updated date: April 29, 2021

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8.9

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

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We looked at the top Wireless Doorbells and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Doorbell you should buy.

Update as September 8, 2021:
Checkout The Best Wireless Doorbell for a detailed review of all the top wireless doorbells.

Overall Take

Although it doesn't have as many features as the Pro version, the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell is much more affordable. You'll get 720p HD video and customizable motion detection zones. You'll be notified every time someone comes to your door, allowing you to answer on your smartphone.


In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell placed 8th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Stay connected to home with motion-activated alerts, HD video and two-way talk from Ring Video Doorbell. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere. Watch over your home in wide-angle 720HD video, and protect your property around the clock with infrared night vision. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors. Hear and speak to people at your door from your mobile device with Ring’s built-in microphone and speakers. Check-in on your property with a press of a button, and use Live View to get on-demand video and audio any time. Comes with all the tools you need to install and set up your Doorbell in just minutes. Adjust the sensitivity of your motion sensors to find the ideal setting for your home. Get security at the sound of your voice, and use Alexa to view live activity at your door.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.8
32,487 user reviews

What experts liked

Great price for the extra security of a motion activated camera.
- BestReviews
Using the cloud-service feature, users can record, rewind and retroactively monitor any video content (which is shareable via email/text).
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Ring Video Doorbell uses motion-detection technology, and you can adjust the detection range from 5 feet out to 30 feet. When the doorbell detects motion, you receive a notification through your phone and can view video of whatever triggered the cameras.
- Top Ten Reviews

What experts didn't like

May occasional delays with camera activation and opening the app.
- BestReviews
Some have experienced brief recording delays.
- Reviewing This
The Ring Video Doorbell has the lowest video quality among the smart doorbells we tested. In day and night tests, it couldn't match the clarity of any other doorbell camera.
- Top Ten Reviews

Our Expert Consultant

James Both   
Founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home

James Both is the founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home, a smart home consulting practice that provides businesses and homeowners with the resources they need to automate their homes. He got his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and completed his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

An Overview On Wireless Doorbells

As with everything else consumers use, doorbells have come a long way in recent years. Smart doorbells have revolutionized the market, doubling as security cameras and two-way speaker systems. But even simple wireless doorbells have improved, offering affordable pricing and multiple speakers that you can place throughout the house.

There are multiple benefits of wireless doorbells, ranging from ease of use to peace of mind.

“Wireless doorbells are one of the best investments you can make in home security as it’s a great way to monitor your home but is also a visible active deterrent that criminals try and avoid,” says James Both, founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home.

The first decision you’ll need to make before you start shopping for a wireless doorbell is whether you want a full-featured smart doorbell or you want a simple, straightforward doorbell that merely chimes when someone presses it. If you want a smart doorbell, Ring is the way to go. But for a chime-only doorbell, you’ll still have some options to consider.

Volume is an important feature in a doorbell, as you likely know if you’ve ever had one that you couldn’t hear unless you were in certain areas of the house. If you choose a smart doorbell, you’ll be alerted of rings on your phone, wherever you are. But for doorbells that rely on sound only, you’ll need to make sure it comes with adjustable volume. As a fun “bonus” item, many of today’s doorbells also let you choose from a wide variety of chimes, letting you customize your doorbell the way you set a ringtone for your phone.

Another important thing to consider is how your doorbell will be powered. If the electricity goes out, smartphone-enabled doorbells can be challenged since your Wi-Fi will likely go out as well. Some wired doorbells come with a battery backup to keep you alerted even if you suffer an outage.

When considering your budget, be sure to research whether your doorbell requires a monthly or yearly subscription for recording video, Both says.
You’ll also want to consider whether your specific doorbell model requires any regular maintenance.

“If you have a battery-powered doorbell, expect to recharge the batteries every 6 months to a year,” he says. “If you have a wired smart doorbell, typically the only maintenance you would need to perform is occasionally cleaning off dust and pollen from the camera every few months with a damp towel.”

The look of your doorbell is likely also important, especially since it plays such a prominent role in the entryway to your home. Many of today’s doorbells have a high-tech look, but some Ring doorbells come with multiple faceplates to let you find the design you want.

The Wireless Doorbell Buying Guide

  • When someone arrives at your front door, video doorbells go beyond simply alerting you to the person’s presence. This model starts with a two-way conversation where you can see your visitors, but they can’t see you. The best thing about this is that you can answer the door using your smartphone, no matter where you are, giving the illusion you’re home even when you aren’t.
  • With some doorbells, you’ll get security camera functionality, as well. This type of doorbell lets you set up motion zones so that when movement is detected in those areas, the camera is activated. When the motion sensor triggers, the camera starts recording and you’ll be able to see it on your screen.
  • Always check the video quality before choosing a model. You want one that provides 1080p HD resolution.
  • The difference in video quality is even more noticeable at night, so look for a doorbell that can deliver much better images in night vision mode.
  • For setup, it doesn’t get easier than the SadoTech Wireless Doorbell. Simply pull all of the components out of the box and put them in place. You’ll spend some time with other models, especially if they need to sync with a smartphone app.
  • Hearing your doorbell can be an ongoing issue, especially if you live in a larger house. The SadoTech Wireless Doorbell lets you adjust volume levels from 25dB to 110dB. If you live in a sprawling house, you’ll love that it comes with two different plug-in chimes to let you cover separate ends or upper and lower floors.
  • There are some wireless doorbells that ring to your phone, which can be an issue if you don’t always have your device with you. Many of the models are fast, so you’ll usually have instant results as long as your mobile device and Wi-Fi network have decent speed.
  • You’re no longer stuck with a standard doorbell sound. The SadoTech Wireless Doorbell lets you choose from 50 different chimes to find the one you like best. The SadoTech CROSSPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell Alert System improves on that with 52 different chimes.
  • Though wireless doorbells can vary in terms of price, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget.
  • If you haven’t shopped for a doorbell for a while, you may be surprised at how much they’ve changed. Some models come with four different faceplates to let you customize your look for your home. Other wireless doorbells have a more traditional design, while the SadoTech Wireless Doorbell is smaller and wider than standard doorbells.
  • One issue with some wireless doorbell models is that they rely on your home’s Wi-Fi. So during a power outage, your doorbell won’t be able to connect. Some don’t have a battery backup, either, so if your power is out, nothing will happen when someone presses the button.