As we’ve mentioned before, today we will discuss the PRO version of the first generation which we covered in ring doorbell review. As a continuation of the previous review of the simple version, there will be some comparisons made between the two. So, if you hadn’t read the article, you can read it here.
In short, the Ring Video Doorbell PRO tackled some of the issues I didn’t like in the vanilla version for a roughly $50 price difference. We will discuss those differences again below, to give you a clear picture whether the $50 will be worth it.
First, let’s discuss the basic principle of the product itself:
How Does The Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro Work?
The working principle between the PRO and the vanilla version is similar to each other, as well to other similar smart doorbell products:
- Your visitor presses the Ring Pro switch
- The signal goes to your Wi-Fi network
- Your Wi-Fi router extends the signal to the mobile networks tower, which will, in turn, send the signal to your smartphone
- The downloadable Ring application in your smartphone will notify you
- You can view the video of your visitor, and do two-way talking for your visitor just like an intercom in your Ring App
The main difference between the vanilla and the PRO version is that of the video quality. The Ring PRO came with a full HD 1080p picture quality, while the vanilla version came with ‘only’ 720p.
The PRO version also came with a 5GHz Wi-Fi support (besides the standard 2.4 GHz one), while the vanilla version only supports the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band.
Is the installation process any difference than the vanilla version? Let’s look into that, shall we?
Installing Your Ring Doorbell PRO
As I’ve mentioned in the review for the Ring Doorbell, one of the biggest plus points for the product was its easy installation process, arguably the simplest one in the business. Does the PRO version come with a similar simplicity of installation?
Let’s first see what’s included in the package:
- Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro
- Screwdriver (including screw bit and drill bit)
- 3 extra Interchangeable Faceplates (purely cosmetics, but could be a plus point )
- Optional wiring and connectors (splicers, etc)
- Screws and anchors
- User’s Manual
You might notice that the biggest difference is the inclusion of the Ring Pro ( and Pro Power Cable.) Sadly, this is caused by the removal of the built-in battery which is a huge plus point of the vanilla version. Thus, the Ring PRO must be run through wired power, which is where the Ring and Pro Power Cable come into play.
You MUST first install either the wire or Pro Power Cable before you can install the Ring Pro itself.
If you didn’t have an existing doorbell, you’ll have to use the Pro Power Cable to install the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro directly to a 16V-24V AC transformer. Again, here is Ring’s official guide, and here is the video version.
As you can see, the Power Kit and Power Cable made the easy installation process of the vanilla version (a lot) more complicated. After you’ve installed either of them, the process is quite similar with that of the vanilla version:
- Install the mounting bracket, using the provided screwdriver or drill bit. Use the provided mounting level to line up the mounting bracket perfectly.
- Remove the mounting level
- If you have any existing doorbell wiring, you can connect it to the terminal screws on the mounting bracket
- Place the Ring PRO doorbell on the bracket, and tighten the screws
For those who will prefer a video guide, here is the official installation guide from Ring.
After you are done with the physical installation, you can then download the Ring app (both iOS and Android), connect your device to your Wi-Fi network, and it’s good to go.
We can conclude that the installation process is more complicated than the vanilla Ring Doorbell, which is unfortunate since it’s one of its good qualities.
Moving on, here are some notable features of the product.
Here are some of the notable features of the Ring doorbell:
- Full HD 1080p camera, an upgrade from 720p found in the vanilla version
- Infrared night vision mode (slightly better quality than the vanilla, but still an infrared-based night vision)
- Two-way audio streaming, similar superb noise cancellation feature found in the vanilla version
- Cloud recording service (not free, have to pay subscription fee)
- Motion detection feature can be customized so that you can set the field of vision area, a feature not found in the vanilla version
Pros & Cons
As usual, there won’t be a review without a pros and cons section. So let us first discuss what I like about the product.
Pros of the Ring Doorbell PRO
- Great 1080p video quality
- Live streaming on-demand function not found in the vanilla version
- Excellent performance and durability during any weather
- The noise cancellation feature is one of the best in the business
- A Windows 10 support, which is rare among its competitors including the Skybell HD
- Lifetime theft protection and 1-year warranty
- Allow multiple users, so others in your household can also access the app
- Ring has one of the best support team in the business
- Great motion detection sensor, can customize your area of vision
- Great night vision technology, although it’s infrared based it served its purpose very well
Cons of the Ring Doorbell
On the other hand, here are some things I didn’t like about the product
- The cloud storage service is not free,
- Sometimes it’s unresponsive and the alerts can be lagging
- The loss of the built-in battery feature is a huge loss
Overall, the Ring PRO is a major upgrade from the vanilla version. But would it justify the $50 upgrade? I’ll let you be the judge.
Let’s review again the comparison between the two version.
Ring Video Doorbell VS Ring Video Doorbell PRO
As we’ve covered in our review for the Ring Doorbell, here are the notable differences between the two version:
- 720p video vs 1080p video
- Night-vision is slightly better on the PRO version, although it’s still the same infrared-based
- Motion detection in the PRO version can be customized, so you can draw the designated field of vision. Strangely enough, the total field of vision range is more limited in the PRO version, 160 degrees VS 180 degrees.
- Design wise, the PRO version is a little bit thinner, but a little heavier
- 5GHz Wi-Fi support in the PRO version, only 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band support on the vanilla version
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro solved many of the negative issues I found on the first version. Personally, I think the $50 upgrade is worth every penny. However, one major issues found with the PRO version is the loss of the built-in battery feature and the inclusion of the doorbell and Pro Power Cable in the installation process.
Although the installation process is still fairly easy, I can imagine people not good with electronics can struggle when installing the doorbell If you haven’t got any wiring setup for an existing doorbell, the process can be even more complicated as you would need to install a new wiring. However, this is an issue also found on the other competitor, such as the skybell hd review which we covered before.
Another major issue I also have is the exclusion of third-party support, as I’m an avid user of Alexa. However, the product functions great on its own, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’ll need a best smart doorbell with high-quality audio-video, decent price, and great overall feature.