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Ring's outdoor floodlight camera shines fairly brightRing's $199 Floodlight Cam merges outdoor lighting with a weatherproof HD security camera.
[MUSIC] The Ring Floodlight Cam is a $199 floodlight security camera hybrid. This outdoor device is designed to replace an existing floodlight. So you either need to be comfortable with electrical wiring or hire someone to handle Handle the install for you. The floodlight cam works over wi-fi and has a related app for viewing the 1080p HD camera's live video feed. Once you opt in to motion alerts, you can set detection schedules and activity zones as well as adjust the sensitivity. Of the 270 degree motion sensor. Integrated LED floodlights and a 110 decibel siren can also be controlled from the app. Cloud subscribers gain access to a database of time stamps, saved video clips available for review and download starting at $3 per month. This isn't a ridiculous fee for cloud storage services but plenty of DIY security [MUSIC] Cameras offer at least a two hour grace period for viewing saved events before they expire. You'll also want to consider the quality of your wi-fi where you plan to install your floodlight cam. We ran network speed tests, and met the minimum requirements. But still had trouble with a spotty two way talk intercom, occasional lag times, and pixelated video feed. And while ring plans to add [UNKNOWN], winks, smart things, and Apple Home Kit to the flood light camp, it doesn't currently offer any smart home integrations. Ring's flood light cam is worth consideration today, but you'll wanna carefully weigh its benefits against the cloud storage fee and the potential for less than stellar performance when your wi-fi acts up.