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Although Ring is best known for their $179 Ring Video Doorbell, the device has a supporting cast. At CES 2016, Ring unveiled a security camera, the Ring Stick Up Cam. At CES 2018 they unveiled Stick Up Cam 2 and Stick Up Cam Elite. They've also added brand-new accessories including a solar panel, Ring Beams, and a security sign that illuminates at night. And they've followed up by presenting a live streaming feature and an upgrade to their original device, Ring Pro. At CES 2017 they wowed us with the Floodlight Cam and the Ring Video Doorbell ELITE. Mid-2017, they launched the second iteration of their original doorbell cam, Ring Video Doorbell 2. And let's not forget Spotlight Cam Wired, Spotlight Cam Mount, Spotlight Cam Battery, and Spotlight Cam Solar as well as Ring Protect, a home security system.

 DoorbellsStick UpStick Up and Stick Up EliteFloodlight CamSpotlight Cam
PurposeAdds video capabilities to your doorbell.Expands your outdoor protection.Expands your indoor and outdoor protection.Makes your floodlights smart. Outdoor security with a motion activated floodlight.
ResolutionUp to 1080p 720p1080p1080p1080p
Night VisionYES
Works WithIFTTT, Wink, Control4 , SmartThings, Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify IFTTT, Wink, Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify IFTTT, Wink, Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify IFTTT, Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify IFTTT, Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify
Field of ViewUp to 180°80° TBD270°140°
Security FeaturesMotion Sensor, Ring Alerts, Two-Way TalkMotion Sensor, Two-Way TalkMotion Sensor, Two-Way TalkFloodlight, Motion Sensor, Siren, Object and Facial Detection, Two-Way TalkSpotlight, Motion Sensor, Siren, Two-Way Talk
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Ring Video Doorbell (The Original)

Ring Video Doorbell is a Wi-Fi connected doorbell equipped with a camera and an intercom system backed by a smartphone app. Ring's job is to notify you when someone rings your doorbell. Yet aside from hearing the alert through your traditional chime and the optional $29.95 wireless Ring Chime or $49 Chime Pro, you'll also get a notification on your smartphone. From there you can choose to answer the call or deny it. If you decide to answer the call, the app pops up a live feed showing footage from your doorbell and lets you speak to whoever's at your front door. If you have multiple Ring doorbells, the Ring smartphone app has a feature that supports multiple calls. This feature allows you to place an active call on hold so you can answer a new call from another Ring doorbell. You can also switch between two calls without hanging up on either of them. The Video Doorbell uses an HD (720p) camera and is backed by night vision.

The doorbell also has a motion detector that can capture video or send alerts even if the doorbell is not rung. Ring's motion detection is customizable. You can divide the camera's field of view into zones and activate motion detection only in zones that need to be monitored. You can also set a range, allowing it to detect someone as close as 5 feet and as far as 30 feet. Or, if you prefer, you can turn off motion detection or schedule when to turn the motion detector on or off.

If you decide to hardwire your Ring Video Doorbell, you can improve the overall experience. Hardwiring adds in the ability to see a live view of whatever your Ring device sees. You can watch the live view from the app.

From a security perspective, Ring can do a lot to keep bad guys away from your front porch and out of your house. For instance, some burglars ring the doorbell to see if anyone's at home before they break in. With the help of Ring Video Doorbell, you can make it seem like you are at home even when you're not. But aside from security, Ring also offers convenience. Ring works with some smart home devices, including smart door locks like Lockitron, LockState, and Kisi. If you connect to one of these locks, you can answer your doorbell from your phone and remotely unlock the door from one app interface.

Ring Applets

Beyond locks, Ring also has an IFTTT channel and works with Wink, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and SmartThings. Through IFTTT, you can create Applets to connect your lock to other smart home devices. IFTTT's Applets consist of a trigger and an action but Ring only has triggers. For example, if someone rings your doorbell you can have your music turn on, or you can log the data in a spreadsheet. You can also set an Applet to send you an email alert when someone rings your doorbell.

If you’re an ADT Pulse user, you can make Ring part of your Pulse system as well. Doing so will allow you to control your Pulse system from within the Ring app. From the app, you can turn on lights, lock doors, arm your security system, or even trigger your siren all while watching who’s at your front door. New ADT Pulse customers can now purchase Ring directly from ADT. Those who already own Ring and ADT Pulse can integrate their systems on their own.

Finally, Ring directly integrates with Control4 thanks to the BlackWire Ring Events Driver. For now, users can integrate ring and motion events into their Control4 setup. For example, when the door rings, you can have a chime sound through your connected speakers.


  • Can be hard-wired or installed wirelessly
  • Works with your existing chime
  • Can be installed in minutes
  • Covers a wide field of view and has an HD resolution
  • Allows you to see who's at the door
  • Scheduled motion detection
  • Works with other smart devices
  • Live stream on-demand (Hardwire Only)
  • Works with ADT Pulse


  • Access to video history starts at $3 per month for cloud service
  • The device is larger and may not fit all door frames.

Bottom Line

A friend of mine owns a Ring Video Doorbell. She's a bit of a smart home enthusiast and the fact that she adores Ring gives me confidence in the device. It lacks a few features like free cloud or local storage, but it provides performance and security.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is similar to the original video doorbell. It can be hard-wired or battery-powered, it offers Live View, it works with existing chimes and Ring Chimes, and has motion detection. However, it's different in that it captures 1080p video instead of 720p. It also has a narrower viewing angle at 160 degrees. Ring also claims an upgraded night vision feature. Instead of ordinary IR LEDs, Ring 2 uses RGBIR LEDs, which extend the device's night vision range and improve video quality.

Physically, Ring 2 is also slightly different as it comes with two swappable faceplates (black and white). But perhaps Ring 2's greatest leap forward is the removable battery pack, which eliminates the need to take down the entire doorbell unit and recharge it inside your home. With Ring 2, you simply remove the faceplate and the battery for recharging. The doorbell itself will remain on your wall. Of course, if you want, you can purchase an extra battery pack for $20.


  • 1080p resolution
  • RGBIR LEDs for night vision
  • Interchangeable faceplate
  • Rechargeable battery pack


  • Slightly larger than Ring Video Doorbell
  • Access to video history starts at $3 per month for cloud service

Ring Video Doorbell versus Ring Video Doorbell Pro versus Ring Video Doorbell ELITE

Ring Doorbells Compared

 Ring VideoRing Video Doorbell2Ring Video ProRing Doorbell Elite
SizeNormalNormalUltra SlimFlush Mount
Dimensions4.98 in. x 2.43 in. x .87 in.5.05 in x 2.50 in. x 1.08 in 4.50 in. x 1.85 in. x .80 in.4.70 in x 2.75 in x 2.17 in.
PowerDual Power (Wireless or Wired)Dual Power (Wireless or Wired)Hardwire OnlyPower over ethernet
Wi-fi2.4GHz2.4GHz2.4 + 5GHz2.4 + 5GHz
Motion DetectionIncluded, Customizable with Zones, SchedulesIncluded, Customizable with Zones, SchedulesAdvanced Included, Create Your Own Zone Shape, Schedules Advanced Included, Create Your Own Zone Shape, Schedules
ColorAntique Brass, Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Venetian BronzeInterchangeable Faceplate (Includes 2)Interchangeable Faceplate (Includes 4)Interchangeable Faceplate (Includes 4)
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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring also sells the Ring Video Doorbell Pro - a slightly slimmed down version of the original doorbell. For many, the original doorbell is too wide, creating a hangover on certain door frame types. But, a size change isn't Pro's most attractive feature, that distinction belongs to HomeKit integration. After Apple announced HomeKit support for cameras at this year’s WWDC, Ring revealed that all Video Doorbell Pros carry an MFi chip — a hardware requirement for HomeKit compatibility.

The Pro also upgrades certain features present on the original Ring device. The Pro allows you to draw your own motion sensor alert zones. Also, the video quality has been upgraded to 1080p, from 720p.


  • FHD resolution
  • Customizable motion zone
  • Changeable faceplate


  • Access to video history starts at $3 per month for cloud service
  • Hardwire only

Bottom Line

The Pro sells for $50 more than the original device. If you are planning to hardwire or to build out a HomeKit system, this is the way to go. Being able to customize your activity zone is essential for improving motion detection accuracy.

Ring Video Doorbell ELITE

The newest doorbell is the Ring Video Doorbell ELITE. It's as wide as the original doorbell but has a much thinner profile. It's made to be professionally installed and will sit flush on your wall. The other major change is that it includes the option for Power over Ethernet. Other than those two changes, it has the same technology as Pro.

You can buy it now from Amazon (Check latest price).


  • FHD resolution
  • Customizable motion zone
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Flush Mount


  • Access to video history starts at $3 per month for cloud service
  • Requires professional installation

Bottom Line

The Elite doorbell is for those who want a custom solution. If you want a professionally installed doorbell that has all of the features of Ring Pro, Elite is for you. Take note that it's almost twice as expensive as Ring Pro and hiring a professional installer will only add to the cost.

Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring Stick Up Cam is the perfect addition to the Video Doorbell. It looks exactly like the original doorbell without the doorbell button. Like the Video Doorbell, Stick Up Cam's camera is HD, it has night vision, it has motion detection with zones and schedules, a customizable range, and it has two-way audio. It uses the same app as the Video Doorbell and motion alerts are sent through the app. You can also choose to record to the cloud if you are subscribed to Ring's cloud service.

While it has a lot in common with the Video Doorbell, Stick Up Cam is also different. It is designed to complement the doorbell by expanding coverage, is completely wireless, runs on batteries, and is IP52 weather-resistant. Because of that, you can set it anywhere on your front porch. According to Ring, the Stick Up Cam can run for 5 to 6 months on a single charge. But if you want to make it completely 'set-it-and-forget-it', you can purchase Ring's solar panel. The solar panel was designed especially for the Stick Up Cam and does what most solar panels do best - juice up your device courtesy of the sun.

The solar panel sells for $49.

The Stick Up Cam is available on Amazon.

The New Stick Up Cam and Stick Up Cam Elite

Coming soon, the new Stick Up Cam will have an improved FHD 1080p resolution. It also has a new design and new mounts as it's made for indoor or outdoor use. The new Stick Up Cam will be battery powered just like the current Stick Up Cam, while Elite can be powered using power over Ethernet or using a wall outlet.


  • Completely wireless
  • 5-6 month battery life
  • Weather-resistant
  • Customizable motion detection zones and range
  • Two-way voice
  • HD with night vision
  • Optional solar charging accessory


  • Cloud recording starts at $3 per month
  • Shorter battery life without the solar panel.

Bottom Line

The Stick Up Cam works best in conjunction with the doorbell and the solar panel. While it is not ready for battle against indoor cameras like Nest, the total package (doorbell + camera) is definitely ready for battle with other outdoor cameras.

Ring Floodlight Cam

The Ring Floodlight Cam combines the power of a floodlight with Ring's camera technology. If the device senses a presence, the lights turn on, and the camera starts recording. It uses a wide-angle lens and records in 1080p FHD. If you see someone who shouldn't be there, you can speak to them using two-way audio or scare them with the 110dB siren.

One of the camera's unique features is facial and object detection, which is greatly needed as it has an ultra-wide-angle motion sensor (270°). When combined with customizable motion zones, the feature should help reduce false alarms.

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  • Smart Lights
  • Weather-resistant
  • Customizable motion detection zones and range
  • Person and Object Detection
  • Integrated Siren


  • Cloud recording starts at $3 per month
  • Requires Existing Floodlight Setup
  • May be more complex to install.

Bottom Line

The Floodlight Cam is a great addition to the Ring family, but installation may be a challenge. The camera replaces existing wired floodlights and connects to any standard junction box.

Ring Spotlight Cam

Ring Spotlight Cam

The Spotlight Cam is an outdoor camera equipped with a spotlight. Spotlight Cam Mount is similar to Floodlight Cam in that it connects to your weatherproof electrical box and can even replace existing lights and cameras. The other versions of Spotlight Cam, however, don't require existing wires making them easier to install.

Spotlight Cam records and streams in 1080p using a 140° wide-angle lens. It has night vision as well as a manually triggered siren and motion activated lights. It's resistant to harsh weather conditions and can operate in temperatures as low as -20°F and as high as 120°F (wired and mount versions only).

There are four different versions of the Ring Spotlight Cam: wired, mount, battery, and solar.

The wired version sells for $199. It includes a standard power adapter that plugs into an AC outlet. What's special about this version is that it supports motion detection zones. Battery and Solar do not support zones, but they do let you adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor. Second, if you own the wired or mount version, you can create a schedule for your lights to follow.

Mount shares a lot of similarities with wired. The major difference is price and installation. Mount sells for $249, making it the most expensive choice and also the most complicated to install. The camera is designed to be installed in a weatherproof electrical box. It ships with three different mounts to support different box sizes and shapes. It also ships with wires that will connect directly to your existing wires.

The battery-powered version also sells for $199. It's equipped with a quick-release rechargeable battery pack for easy recharging. You can also add a secondary battery for extended battery life.

The solar-powered version is the same as the battery-powered version. The only difference is that it's charged by a solar panel and sells for $229.

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  • Flexible power options
  • Motion detection zones (wired and mount version)
  • Adjustable motion sensor (battery and solar version)
  • Weather resistant
  • Built-in siren and spotlight


  • Cloud recording starts at $3/month
  • Different versions have different features

Bottom Line

If you don't have existing floodlight wiring for use with Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam is a good alternative. It's weatherproof and offers flexible charging options.

Ring Protect

Ring also sells Ring Protect which is a home security system. For $199, you will soon be able to purchase a Protect Security Kit. The Kit includes a Base Station, Keypad, Contact Sensor, Motion Sensor, and a Range Extender.

While you can use the system for free, there are advantages to paying for service. For $10 per month, you'll get 60 days of cloud storage for all of your Ring cameras, video history access, video sharing, discounts on future purchases, a lifetime replacement warranty, 24/7 professional monitoring, and cellular backup. As the Ring Protect Base station also offers battery backup, adding a Protect Plan will ensure that your system protects your home even when your power and internet are out.

Ring Beams

Ring Beams

Finally, Ring Beams. Ring Beams are outdoor security lights. They are not cameras. The lights were launched post Ring's acquisition of Mr. Beams. In addition to selling motion activated lights, they will also sell compatible motion detectors.

The light lineup is completely battery-powered and compatible with Ring's existing products. They will be controlled using the Ring app and can be automated to turn on when motion is detected. Pricing and availability are TBD.

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