Earlier versions had one problem for my door frame they were slightly too wide. This version solves this and indeed another problem that I had never thought of. So the people at Ring have listened to my moans and probably that of others and now both are solved.
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The problem(s) are solved by the inclusion of a corner mount and a wedge mount so now if you have narrow door frames or indeed live on a hill the doorbell will sit exactly where required to give you a perfect view and a perfect secure fit.
It is 12.6x6x2.7cm and weighs 198grams. It is black and grey, the top part is the camera that has a wide field of view and the lower part the bell push. While it designed to work with the solid rechargeable battery it can also work with your existing doorbell if it has a transformer reducing the mains voltage to between 8-24 volts.
Like a lot of devices it is controlled by an App available in the IOS or Android store. Once downloaded you will need to scan the IR code on the rear of the unit and from then on it should be straightforward and there is help should the initial linking not work.
Fitting providing you have a door surround wide enough is no problem, if not two plates are provided in the box, the first allows fitting at an angle and a drill bit for brickwork is in the box. The second a problem that had not occurred to me if you live on a steep hill to angle the camera up or down to get the right view of your visitor.
Assuming you are running on the rechargeable battery use the micro USB to USB lead provided to perform a full charge. While charging an orange and a green LED show these go out when fully charged this took around five hours for me via trickle charge.
If you do not know how a Ring doorbell works I suggest a view of their website for good examples but briefly someone pushes the doorbell and that ‘ring’ is played on your phone and you get an image of who is standing there it is possible to have a two way conversation. However this version has ‘Pre Roll’ which captures the images for four seconds before the bell is pushed. To save battery – stated to last up to several weeks – this video is in monochrome.
When you first install you get 30 days cloud storage free should you wish to have it after that it is a chargeable service.
You can also purchase a Chime Pro that rings in your home for those who need extra indication of a caller. This is a mains powered device that takes the signal wirelessly from the push of the doorbell.
Other new features included ‘Motion Verification’, ‘Modes’ and ‘Video Recording Length’. All these and more easily setup and changed when required from within the App.
So with Ring you are always home even when you are not.
At the time of publication the Ring 3 Plus doorbell is available from Amazon for £199 including free delivery. It can also be purchased directly from Ring's own website at the same price.