Ring Video Doorbell 4 Review

The newest video doorbell is called the Ring Video Doorbell 4, and it is a wireless, dual-band model that can connect to smart devices and record video in 1080p HD.

Pros

  • Video clarity
  • Wired or wireless
  • Wi-Fi dual-band color
  • Pre-roll filming
  • Lots of third-party devices
  • Voice-control Alexa

Cons

  • Pricey
  • It doesn’t support HomeKit or Assistant.
  • Certain functions require a subscription.

Ring’s Video Doorbell 4 (A$329) is a new home security device. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi, optional cable connectivity, and Pre-Roll video for capturing activities before a motion alarm is activated. Like other Ring doorbells, this one connects with Amazon Alexa and many smart home gadgets. The $299 Video Doorbell 3 doesn’t allow full-color Pre-Roll video.

However, seeing the recorded video and using some functions requires a monthly subscription, and while the Video Doorbell 4 provided a sharp 1080p video in testing, the $299 Arlo Essential Video Doorbell provides a more comprehensive video. Get the $196.95 Ezviz DB1C if you want a wired doorbell.

Ring Doorbell 4 is similar to the others. It’s the same size as the 2020 Ring Video Doorbell and has the same glossy black and satin nickel finish. The camera assembly occupies the top half of the device, while the bottom half has a removable cover with a lighted ring button that pulses blue.

The box includes a mounting wedge, mounting hardware, terminal connectors, security screws, a security screwdriver, and a user guide. Under the covers are a reset button and battery pack. Dual-band Wi-Fi allows you to connect the doorbell to 2.4GHz or 5GHz networks. You can attach a power supply (8-20VAC) to the two connections on the back to avoid charging the battery every month.

Doorbell 4 records video and sends a push alert when pressed or when motion is detected. The 1080p camera has a 160-degree horizontal field of view and four infrared LEDs for nighttime video. It supports Ring’s full-color Pre-Roll function that captures a 4-second clip before an alarm. Viewing, downloading, or sharing the clips requires a Ring Protect plan.

The $3-per-month ($30-per-year) Basic plan covers one camera for 60 days, while the $10-per-month ($100-per-year) Plus plan covers all your Ring devices. It’s preferable if you have a plan in place to receive Person Alerts (when the doorbell detects a person) and to employ Snapshot Capture (the camera takes snapshots throughout the day to see what goes on between motion-triggered events).

Apps and integrations

The doorbell uses Android and iOS software like other Ring devices and appears in a dedicated panel. Neighbors send you to the Ring Neighbors community screen in the app, while History shows doorbell events. Tapping the doorbell panel launches a live broadcast that may be viewed in full-screen by rotating your phone sideways. Below the video is a chronology (motion detection, button press, and live view).

Bottom of the screen: Share, Calendar, Filter, and More. Click Share to transmit a clip to friends or the Ring Neighbors community. Date-based searches are possible using the Calendar button. The Filters button lets you modify the timeline (Person, Ring, Motion, and Live View), while the More button lets you remove and save video clips. The timeline may pause, fast-forward, and rewind the video.

By tapping the gear button in the upper right corner, you may view a live feed and enable or disable Ring Alerts, Motion Detection, and Motion Alerts. You may customize video quality, notifications, privacy zones, and ringer volume in Device Settings. The Smart Responses function lets you record a response to the doorbell. You may set the sensor’s sensitivity and define motion schedules in Motion Settings. The doorbell camera’s mode settings let you arm or disarm it. Doorbell 4 supports Alexa voice commands and IFTTT applets for third-party device integrations. It doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit or Google Assistant.

Accurate

Video Doorbell 4 installation was fast and uncomplicated in testing. I already had the Ring app, but you must download it and create an account for your first Ring device. After charging the battery, I chose Set Up a Device at the bottom of the home page and picked Doorbells. I scanned the doorbell’s QR code using my phone’s camera, identified my location, and named the doorbell.

I then inserted the battery and waited for the voice prompt to say the doorbell was in setup mode. I made sure the light was spinning, entered my Wi-Fi SSID, and the doorbell joined my Alexa list. After updating the software, I mounted the doorbell and secured the cover.

In tests, the Footage Doorbell 4 produced a 1080p video. The black-and-white night video had good contrast and was sharp at 25 feet. The colors were realistic and rich during the day. Motion and button press signals came immediately, with no false motion alarms. I had no issue seeing doorbell footage on an Amazon Echo Show using Alexa voice commands, and Alexa stated when the button was hit. The doorbell and my phone have clear two-way audio.

Doorbell Safety

Ring Video Doorbell 4 is a smart doorbell without wiring. It integrates with smart door locks and lighting systems, allowing you to see what occurred before a doorbell ring or motion-triggered event. It costs $199.99 with a monthly subscription, but it’s simple to set up and supports Alexa voice commands.  

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