Ask anyone who travels and they’ll tell you that, no matter how often you do it, it can be a bit nerve-racking to leave your home unattended—especially if you live an an area where home robberies are common. However, you can add a layer of protection to your home with the Ring, a video doorbell and security device that integrates with your smartphone.
Ring mounts next to the front door of any home and has a built-in video camera, speaker, and microphone. When someone rings your doorbell, a notification will pop-up on your iPhone and a video stream will start automatically. You can chat with whoever is at your door through your smartphone, so you can tell the UPS guy to leave your package at the door, for instance.
Ring also monitors your home when you’re away: You can set the camera to notify you when it senses motion in front of your house, and the Cloud Recording feature can automatically record what’s going on—useful in the event of a break-in.
Installing Ring is easy and requires very little hardware. In terms of power, you have the choice of hardwiring Ring to your current doorbell’s power source or charging the device once a year via its USB connection. Ring has a lifetime product replacement guarantee, so if someone ever steals your Ring from your door, you can get a new one free of charge. Ring is available now in four colors for $199.