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Get a certified-refurbished Ring Video Doorbell 2 with chime for $99

It's literally good as new, right down to the full one-year warranty.

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If you like (home security) then you should put a Ring on it.

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This is an update of a deal from just a few days ago, one that sold out quickly. The price is a bit higher, but the overall deal is actually a bit better.

In these days of porch piracy run amok, it's probably a good idea to install an outdoor security camera. You can get alerts of deliveries, unexpected activity and potentially even criminals at work.

I've long been intrigued by the Ring option, but less enthusiastic about the $200 price tag. Thankfully, it just got a lot more affordable: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the certified-refurbished Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Ring Chime for $99. The previous deal was for a used Ring, no Chime, for $70.

While that used one had cosmetic blemishes and a mere 90-day warranty, this one is "refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new," and it comes with "the same limited warranty as a new device." That warranty is good for one year, FYI, and includes lifetime theft protection: If it gets stolen, Ring will replace it free.

Like all good doorbells, the Ring offers live video feeds, motion alerts, two-way voice communication and a rechargeable, removable battery pack. It can also be hardwired. The Chime (normally a $30 add-on) is a great accessory, as it lets you actually hear the doorbell when it's pressed, rather than just relying on your phone or tablet to notify you.

Read more: How to install the Ring Video Doorbell 2  

CNET reviewed the Ring Video Doorbell 2 in 2017 and gave it 3.5 stars. That's also the average user rating from Amazon customers. I have no hands-on experience with it, but I know what miffs many users: After the 30-day cloud-storage trial is over, the Ring stops recording video -- kind of the whole point of having the thing -- unless you pay for a subscription. That costs $3 per month or $30 annually, a pretty reasonable rate, or $10 per month ($100 annually) for the Protect Plus option. My two cents on the latter: Skip it. It offers little added value.

Ring also has a crowdsourcing component (via the Neighbors app) that lets you connect with other Ring owners in the area to get crime alerts, share videos and, potentially, catch crooks. However, Ring has come under fire of late for creating partnerships with over 500 police departments in the US, which some consider to have privacy implications.

I'm not going to weigh in on that, other than to say I have no qualms about using the product. Of course, there are plenty of other video doorbells to choose from, including the $99 RemoBell S, which includes a free 3-day cloud-storage option.

Note: Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new sale prices or availability and with new information regarding the product itself.

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