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Ring joins Best Buy's in-store smart-home selection

The $199 Ring Video Doorbell is now available in over 400 Best Buy stores nationwide and the team unveils a new accessory.

The Ring Video Doorbell. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

As of today, you'll be able to buy the $199 Ring Video Doorbell in 434 Best Buy stores across the US. Before this retail launch, Ring purchases were limited to its website and catalogs, but the smart-home scene is expanding.

Just yesterday, Icontrol announced that its $199 Piper Classic all-in-one security system would be available in 18,00 new "Connected Life" sections at Target stores come May 26. And, Best Buy introduced its own in hundreds of stores last October.

The Ring Video Doorbell is the second product released by parent company BOT Home Automation. Its first Wi-Fi doorbell, the $199 Doorbot , had some significant performance issues and was scraped entirely.

Ring is a significant improvement over Doorbot -- it allows for battery or hard-wired doorbell operation, comes with a 720p resolution and has an intuitive app design. Even so, the smart doorbell scene has yet to produce any standout products.

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Ring's new Chime accessory. Ring

In addition to Ring's new in-store availability, the team also unveiled an accessory today called Chime. Chime is an indoor Wi-Fi speaker designed to sound when someone buzzes your front door. This should act as a work-around for those of you relying on Ring's battery power, rather than its hard-wired setup option.

Ring says that you'll be able to add custom doorbell sounds, tweak the volume and access a "do not disturb" feature on the free Android and iOS apps. Chime costs $19.95 when bought with the Video Doorbell and $29.95 as a standalone purchase; it is slated for a June 1 release on Ring.com.