It’s 11 o’clock and someone is at your door. Do you know who’s there? If you’re an apartment or condo renter, there’s a very good chance the answer is ‘No.’ Existing video doorbells don’t really work for you – or your landlord’s strict rules. The Ring Door View Cam is poised to change that in 2019 by replacing your existing apartment peephole. At CES 2019, we tested the Door View Cam and noticed that it’ll require no drilling into the door or its frame, and it’s entirely battery-operated. Finally, renters – often young and tech-savvy – can become video doorbell owners, too, and see who’s knocking at their front door. Here’s what we found at CES. Price and release date The Ring Door View Cam has a 1080p resolution, is powered by a battery, and costs $199 / £179, which puts it on the same level as Ring’s best-selling Ring Video Doorbell 2. What’s the difference? The Video Doorbell 2 requires drilling and doesn’t have some of the peephole-specific features we’ll talk about in a second. We will note that the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is still superior with support for 5.0GHz Wi-Fi in addition to 2.4GHz, offering cleaner high-bandwidth video. But it costs more and it’s one of Ring’s hardwire-only configurations. It’s a bit more complicated to install, even if you’re allowed to drill into your door or door frame. The Ring Door View Cam release date is slated for later this year in the US, UK and much… [Read full story]
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