I’ve got one of these. Installation was quite easy, and it works well. However, there are a few things you should know. First, for it to work well, you need a really good wireless signal available, and the doorbell, IMHO, doesn’t get the best reception, so, unless your router is within maybe 10 feet of the door, be prepared to buy a repeater. Get it as close to the doorbell as you possibly can. The weaker the signal, the more likely it’ll be that you won’t get notifications, and, even if you do get them, it’ll take longer for your video feed to load. And that’s the second point. If someone rings your doorbell or even comes up to your door, you’ll get a notification on your phone, and you can then open a video stream and interact with them. However, this can take some time. You get the notification, then you have to take your phone, unlock it, tap the notification, and then you’ll either get taken straight to the video or just to the app, meaning you then have to launch the video and wait for it to load. So you’re looking at around 30 seconds to a minute before you’re ready to talk with whoever is at your door. If the person is patient enough to wait, that’s fine, but you aren’t going to have time to talk to the UPS or FedEx guy. They’re way too quick for that.The main benefit to the Ring is to deter burglaries, since burglars will often ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home. Having had someone break in when we were home sleeping is terrifying, so, if it stops that, it’s money well spent.
Article originally published at: Android Central