Frustrating!!! Simple to set up, everything worked except the live video, would not even work when in the same room as the modem. Very occasionally the video came on for a few seconds then went off, returned the camera for a refund, ( no problems there ) not game to order another.
I think there's a million in-depth reviews out there so I don't need to go in to too much detail. A couple highlights (and lows) from me, though. THE BAD: - Nightvision is terrible. This is something Ring is apparently working on but just be aware that isn't great. - Limited mounting options. You can't swivel the unit very far on it's base, which limits your mounting options. - If your yard/area you're securing has a slope, be mindful this is make detecting people very limited. - If you're planning to use this to secure a yard, the light is likely not going to be strong enough. Look at the Floodlight came instead. - Launching the app can be quite slow, even on a flagship phone. Be prepared to watch historical videos rather than expecting to see things live. - Always-on recording would be amazing. There are things out of the field-of-view of the motion sensor that I'd like recording (like our cars on the street)
THE GOOD: - Relatively easy to install and setup. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount the camera to but other than that it on took about 20 minutes to get up and running. - Alerts come in quickly to your mobile - Great viewing angle - Have fun scaring local pets and children with the siren!
We bought two spot light cameras (battery) and a video door bell.
This installation was a breeze, once the batteries were charged, installation for all three was about 1/2 an hour.
The quality of the video is excellent, even nightvision (the attached video is at dusk). We bought ours mainly to protect our dogs in the back yard and caravan in the front and it works perfect. The adjustable motion zone means we can have focused protection.
The only negative is that motion activated recordings are only 30 seconds this needs to be at least doubled, but I’m sure Ring will modify this in a future update.
We are planning on purchasing a couple of stick up cameras for internal protection as well as a couple of solar panels.
The good - unit is very easy to set up and install, video is very clear, motion zones work well and are easily adjustable, hardly any false alerts. Response time for alerts is reasonably quick. Light and siren can be triggered remotely and are bright and loud enough to deter intruders. Nightvision is reasonably good as well.Monthly access cost to have videos saved online is reasonably priced from my viewpoint. The Apple Ring app makes checking the cameras from a phone or iPad very easy although they pull a bit of data if your checking them using phone data. The app shows battery capacity, wifi signal strength and other handy info. The not so good - You will need a GOOD strong wifi signal and you may need a wifi extender depending on where you fit the camera, Ring do offer an extender/doorbell that works well but any extender would work. If you don’t have good wifi the unit will disappoint as any alerts or attempts to view video will lag. The unit is supplied with one battery but has holder for two. If the camera/light is in a high traffic area the battery in my case only lasts about 2 months before requiring charging. If you have a suitable location, buying the optional solar panel charger for a little more than an extra battery makes more sense than buying an extra battery and having to climb the ladder to swap batteries out every 4 months. The units are not at time of writing Apple HomeKit enabled which would also be a great improvement if Ring ever decide to do it, really a lost opportunity for them, an Apple TV app would also be good. Overall I’m very happy with my multiple Ring spotlight ring security cameras, they do the job as intended and for the price are reasonable value