Looking for a smart device to add an extra layer of security for your home? Then you should consider the smart video doorbells. Doorbird and Ring are the top competing products when it comes to smart doorbells.
Today, we’ll evaluate the Doorbird vs Ring doorbells in terms of its key features. After reading this post, you should already have an idea which one is the better deal.
- 1 Doorbird vs Ring Comparison
- 2 Doorbell Must-Have Features
- 3 Doorbird vs Ring - Similarities
- 4 Doorbird vs Ring - Differences
- 5 Doorbird Pros and Cons
- 6 Ring Pros and Cons
- 7 Our Verdict
Doorbird vs Ring Comparison
|Power source||Hardwired||Battery or hardwired|
|Saves videos through the cloud||Via a local NAS/NVR or subscription||Via subscription|
|Video resolution||720p||720p or 1080p (Elite)|
|Battery life||N/A||6 - 12 hours|
|Live view mode||Yes||Works only when wired|
|Opens door remotely||Yes||No|
|Price||Check price here||Check price here|
Doorbell Must-Have Features
Reliable Motion Sensor
Easy to Install
Night Vision Capability
Doorbird vs Ring - Similarities
Live-View on Demand
Doorbird vs Ring - Differences
Having consistent power supply to your smart devices will ensure that your home is protected 24-7. Some devices can be powered through a battery while others need to be hardwired. For Doorbird, you need to wire the device to a nearest electrical outlet or power it through an ethernet cable. Hardwiring can be a little inconvenient but makes it more reliable.
But if you prefer the battery-operated option, then Ring is your best bet. You can also connect your Ring device to an existing doorbell setup which makes it more convenient. However, Ring doesn’t have the Power over Ethernet option.
Are you finicky when it comes to color and aesthetics? Would you want your doorbell color to blend with your house decor?
The Doorbird offers two different variants and these are stainless steel and white polycarbonate finish. On the other hand, Ring offers four different colors and these are Antique Brass, Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, and Venetian Bronze.
Overall, Ring offers more options to suit your style.
Field of View
Live Stream Demand
Both the Doorbird and Ring offer cloud storage but in different ways and rates.
Doorbird gives a free storage for up to 20 different recordings which should be enough for you to review the most recent history. But if you prefer the unlimited storage, then you can purchase the cloud storage subscription at $48 per year or the Doorbird Video Door Station. Aside from the unlimited recordings, you can also use a search filter to easily review relevant footage and have your videos stored for up to 7 days.
On the other hand, Ring does offer a free option but it won’t record a video. Instead, you will only receive alerts through your smartphone. But if you get the subscription plan, you can enjoy unlimited storage of videos and even share with your family or the law enforcement. You can choose the Basic subscription for 60 days of storage at $3 per month or the Protect Plus subscription at $10 per month. If you plan to install multiple Ring cameras, then the Protect Plus is the better option. You can also get a 24-7 monitoring service and an extended warranty period which is a better deal compared to the Basic subscription plan.
Doorbird Pros and Cons
- Offers two-way audio communication
- Connects to smart locks such as Lockstate, August Locks, Chamberlain, and many others
- Can be powered through the Ethernet cable (POE)
- Live view on demand
- Knock Knock feature - answer your door anywhere you are using your smartphone
- Device is hardwired, no battery option
- More expensive than Ring
- Size is larger than Ring
- Installation can be more difficult
The video below shows how to install a Doorbird doorbell:
Ring Pros and Cons
- Can be powered using a battery
- Offers a lifetime purchase protection
- Cheaper than Doorbird
- Works with IFTTT
- Wider field of view at 180 degrees horizontal and 140 degrees vertical view
- Offers 1080p HD video
- Works with Alexa
- Need to avail a subscription plan for cloud storage
- Device needs to be hardwired to enable the live on demand feature
- Motion sensor can be too sensitive, sending you unnecessary alerts
Below is a short review about the Ring video doorbell:
Both Doorbird and Ring are considered top-notch doorbells so it is really difficult to say which one is the best. They each have their own unique features as well as flaws. Both devices are great additions to your smart home system, but if you prefer a smaller device, battery-operated, and cheaper in cost, then the Ring doorbell is the better deal.
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Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m an electronics engineer by profession. I have taught in a university for 2 years while pursuing my master’s degree in cognitive radio and worked for a company to develop wireless medical devices. Currently, I’m doing research for a doctorate degree in engineering using a wireless sensor network for smart agriculture. I’ve been active in our local IoT community, IoT Cebu, where I participate in conducting talks about Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and DIY home automation using Wi-Fi and ZigBee devices.