Hey guys, I'm Megan Moore [INAUDIBLE] appliances here on this chilly December morning on my front porch with Ring.
This is a $199 wi-fi enabled video door.
So here's how it works, whenever someone rings Ring's doorbell, you will get a push notification on your phone, Android or iOS.
And then it will link you to a live video stream so you can actually who is at your front door and talk to them via two-way talk.
This may all sound familiar to you because Ring is actually a re-branded Doorbot.
If you remember DoorBot, I tested here on my front door, and experienced a lot of issues with this video quality and its two-way talk functionality.
Given all the issues I have with DoorBot, and a lot of problems that a lot of people seem to have DoorBot, Ring is a definite improvement.
I received my push alert within five to ten seconds.
Sometimes, it varied, and we go a little bit higher, but the average was a few seconds.
So, there wasn't.
A huge lag time and the video quality was much better.
They did bump it up to 720p which could be a problem if you have low bandwidth.
It could cause some pixelation and some other, sort of, problems when you're trying to view a video.
But overall I had a pretty good experience.
I did test ring in two different locations to see if there were differences between wi-fi connections, proximities to routers and so on.
Here at my house I did notice a bit longer lag time and the video quality wasn't quite as good.
At the other location, I did notice that the video quality was a bit better and that the push notifications seemed a little bit faster from the time I rung the bell to when I received them on my phone.
So it will vary depending on your WiFi connection.
If you're a Door Bot user, Ring is a definite improvement.
But I would still hold out for my Sky Bell review.
I am testing that next.
It is a [UNKNOWN] competitor, and it has some very interesting features, including motion alerts, so [UNKNOWN] that might make it a promising addition to the wifi-enabled video doorbell realm.
Thanks for watching this video of Ring.
Be sure to check out our other smart home reviews on cnet.com.
I'm Megan Fullerton for CNet [UNKNOWN]
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