I installed the Ring Video Doorbell Pro about three weeks ago (as of the date of this review). I would say that it is a great product to enhance security at your home and to interact with those who come to your house whether or not you are at home. I will talk about two aspects of this video doorbell product in this review. First is the installation process.
Before you even purchase the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, you need to do some homework on your existing doorbell hardware. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is powered by the electric current coming from your existing doorbell's transformer, and that transformer must be supplying between 16 VAC and 24 VAC. If your existing doorbell is battery powered, then you can look into something like the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which is also battery powered. If your existing doorbell transformer does not meet the voltage requirements, then you could look into changing out the transformer for one that does meet these requirements. The other requirement is that your 802.11 b/g/n WiFi signal must be good enough outside of your door to allow the doorbell to communicate with your WiFi access point. If there isn't enough power or enough WiFi signal, then the Ring Video Doorbell will not work until you address those issues.
The first step in installing the Ring Video Doorbell is to turn off power to your doorbell at the breaker box. The second step is to connect their Ring Pro Power Kit to your existing doorbell transformer and chime. This is not difficult at all, and there are articles on Ring's website as well as YouTube videos that document this process. The third step is removing your current doorbell and connecting the Ring Video Doorbell Pro to your doorbell wiring. This is also easy enough to do.
The problems with installation occur if the surface you have to install on is not typical of what Ring shows in their installation videos. In Ring's documentation, they always show a flat, wide surface, whether that is wood, brick, or stucco. However, in my neighborhood, the doorbells were installed on the door's trim, which has decorative tiers. So, in my case, I had to build up a backing to create a flat surface on which to install the doorbell. I cut to fit a paint stir stick and sanded it for proper depth in order to create this backing (See attached picture). After verifying that the doorbell worked for a few days, I used some almond colored silicone caulking to seal and hide the backing.
Once the doorbell hardware is installed, restore power to the doorbell, and proceed to configure the doorbell with the Ring mobile app. However, this is where I experienced my second installation issue. In Ring's documentation, it says that once your restore power to your doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro will begin speaking to you in a few minutes. Well, once power was restored, I waited and waited. The doorbell did nothing; no speaking; no light circling around the button. I began to worry that either there wasn't enough power getting to the doorbell from my transformer or that I had a defective unit. I went inside to begin researching what my options were. As I started reading on my tablet about some other ways to power the doorbell, I suddenly heard some talking outside my front door. When I went out, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was speaking, and there was a light circling around the button. This was about 10 minutes after having restored power. So, when Ring says wait a few minutes, they mean wait several minutes. So, I was then able to start the doorbell configuration process. When the doorbell started looking for WiFi networks to join, my SSID was not listed among the others, but I was able to manually enter the SSID name and password. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro immediately connected to my WiFi network with no problems at that point. I have the Netgear Orbi WiFi mesh system, and I do have it set to broadcast the SSID. So, if you have this same WiFi router, or you experience something similar, you can try manually entering in your network information to try connecting. The rest of the configuration process was uneventful.
The next part of this review concerns actually using the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
In the end the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was successfully installed with my existing doorbell chimes dinging when the Ring Doorbell was pressed (with about a 1 second delay). I receive a notification on my phone when someone presses the doorbell button, and if I go into the Ring app, I am presented with a video of the visitors outside my door. The speaker and microphone on the doorbell allow me to communicate with my visitors, whether I am at home or away. In the Ring app, you can also setup Motion Zones under your Motion Settings. You can "draw" zones on the video feed that you want your doorbell to care about as far as motion is concerned. So, if there is activity outside of your door, Ring will record that activity, even if the visitor does not press the doorbell button. This is great for security or for visitors who knock on your door, rather than ring the doorbell. You will probably need to play with your Motion Zone definitions and/or the motion sensitivity settings, as I have found that at night headlights will cause a Motion Event alert to be sent to my phone. One aspect of Ring's products, including the Video Doorbell Pro, that I do not like is that Ring requires that you subscribe to a Recording Plan in order for the video captured by the doorbell to be available for viewing at a later time. The Video Doorbell Pro will work without a subscription, allowing you to remotely "answer" a live doorbell ring or motion event and have an audio/video conversation with a visitor. However, if you want your doorbell to be part of your home security, then you will want to subscribe to a Recording Plan in order to capture those motion events in the middle of the night or when you're away on vacation.
Overall, I would say that the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a good product, which does what it says, and I would recommend it. It does require some upfront research and can require some extra effort to install. It also requires a Recording Plan subscription to store videos for later viewing. As long as these caveats are understood, then I think you will be pleased with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.