Ring Video Doorbell 4 

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This is the latest offering from Ring, the Ring Video Doorbell 4. As far as I remember this is the smallest ever box yet it still has everything required in it. Dependent on where you live a problem could well be false positives which may be generated by field of view, it is possible to limit certain factors in what the camera sees however bushes and trees may still be a problem, but there is a solution with ‘People only Mode’.

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The Ring Video Doorbell 4 unit measures 12x6x2.5cm and this only increases should you use the angled slice device that is provided for those on hills or where fitting the unit flat is impractical.

Having reviewed earlier Ring devices I had an idea of what to do, here however the setup is even simpler as is linking to your Wi-Fi that could previously be a little problematic. Providing you have charged the units battery and you have a drill everything else is in the 13.5x8x6.5cm box. All instructions are in the Ring App and once downloaded it walks you through everything.

For me marking off the area to cover is easier than ever, so you no longer get false positives. I would say apart from the unit’s battery charging everything took less than thirty minutes.

While it is possible to run it off low voltage mains and into an existing doorbell if you are unsure it’s safer using the rechargeable battery provided this however will not ring in your home but Ring do a separate ‘Chime’ that will and have an offer that saves money on both at the end.

The main advantage is of course being notified of someone at your door wherever you are and by linking it to Alexa you can speak with the person at the door even if you are not at home, the caller will not know if you are in or not so getting rid of suspicious characters without leaving your armchair is very possible. Of course some callers you want, like couriers and you are then able to tell them where to leave your package.

Basic features are available out of the box, certain extra features are available on an automatic 30 day trial but some like the Person Only mode require a £2.50 monthly subscription that also stores all your videos online for 30 days.

I was given a chance to try Person Only mode and when you select this option you are warned that there will be a few seconds delay in notification while some extra calculations are made, this can mean that someone presses the bell and they hear nothing for a while that may make them think the bell is not working.

You get a rolling timeline across the bottom of your screen with either Missed Ring, Person Detected or Live View and options to scroll back through.

Other new features include motion setting sensitivity and battery state, when battery gets to 30% you are notified that you should recharge.

For me anyway this seemed easier to use and to setup than earlier versions.

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 is available from Amazon, at the time of publication for £179 or alternatively directly from Ring for £189 complete with Chime.

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