Ring, makers of the very popular video doorbell, announced months ago at the 2019 CES that they were going to release a WiFi enabled video peephole camera. The Ring peephole camera is perfect for renters or apartments or even for those who don’t want the hassle of hard-wiring of a video doorbell.
This is not the first peephole camera, there have been others, Brinno makes a very good one. This is just the first one made by the leaders in video doorbells, Ring.
Renters that want the convenience and security of a video doorbell usually can’t use one. This is because landlords don’t want renters to make unauthorized modifications which is usually written in their rental contracts.
This would also be a perfect option for those who own a condo. Sometimes the HOA won’t allow a video doorbell to be installed because it can be seen in the hallway.
But the way this Ring peephole camera is installed doesn’t require any modifications at all to the door.
While the Ring Door View Cam is a new product with WiFi capabilities it is just as easy to install as a traditional peephole. And a traditional peephole is easy to remove, the inside unscrews from the outside unit.
As you can tell from the video, the installation is not a complicated process. It even comes with it’s own tool to tighten the collar to the camera to hold it in place.
The Ring peephole camera is perfect for renters
If you’re a renter, and you haven’t been able to install a video doorbell before now, well now you can.
Many apartments and some rental properties won’t let you make any permanent modifications to the residence without prior written approval. Which could take weeks and months to get approved or, in some cases, not get approved at all.
The way this Ring peephole camera is installed makes it perfect for people who rent a house or an apartment. As long as the door has an existing peephole you can use this peephole camera.
The Ring Door View Cam doesn’t need any hard wiring or additional modifications to the door for it to be installed.
Some homeowners don’t want the hassle that comes with hard-wiring a video doorbell. They might find this as a better option.
Features of the Ring peephole camera
The features and capabilities of the Ring Door View Cam are the same ones that can be found on their video doorbells. And like their newer video doorbells the camera on the Ring Door View Cam is 1080p HD with night vision.
Those with glass storm doors will need to turn off the night vision setting with this peephole camera. Not just Ring but this applies to any peephole camera with night vision. The glass on the storm or security door will reflect the LEDs of the night vision and it will not work correctly. Most likely leaving you with a recording of a dark image.
You will get the mot benefit of Ring Door View Cam if it is connected to your WiFi so you can see who is at your door on the Ring app and it doesn’t matter where you are.
You can see who is at your door through the app on your phone or tablet and communicate with them through the camera’s 2 way audio.
The outside camera is made to withstand temperatures from -5F to 120F. And as with all Ring products, if it is stolen they replace it for free. They just require a copy of the police report.
Maybe a visitor can’t tell that this is also a doorbell and decides to knock instead. This peephole camera has an impact or a knock sensor that will activate the notification to you and the recording.
A feature not seen in other peephole cameras is privacy zone settings. Ring targeted the renter and apartment market with this peephole camera. They anticipated that residents will be in close proximity to each other.
The camera can be set to black out any part of the recording set as a privacy zone so as to protect your neighbor’s privacy.
Some other peephole cameras rely on the visitor to press the doorbell button to begin recording. Ring’s peephole camera has motion detection and begins recording once motion is sensed.
You can set motion detection zones on the camera which will only activate the camera recording when that area gets triggered. The sensitivity of the motion detection can also be adjusted so that trees blowing in the wind won’t get recorded. This is especially helpful in apartments because they are usually high traffic areas.
Ring peephole camera battery usage
The Ring peephole camera has a rechargeable battery. The battery has to be removed to be recharged. It uses a micro USB cable and will take anywhere between 5 and 10 hours to charge. For convenience additional batteries can be purchased. This will allow you to charge one while the other is in the camera. This way you won’t have any downtime.
The battery on the peephole camera will last for a few months with normal usage. When the battery gets low you will get a notification on your phone and an email will also be sent to the owner. There is sufficient warning to avoid a completely depleted battery.
Access to videos
For the first 30 days you have access to Ring Protect giving you access to the previous 30 days of video recording. After that you will need a subscription that is $3 a month. If you choose not to get a subscription, you will need to view the live video when you get the notification. Otherwise you can’t view videos you missed.
One major negative
I like to be safe and secure in my home as I’m sure you do too. I like the idea of not being at or near the door to actually see who is there. You never know who is there and what they want. So it’s great that I can see who is there on the app but what if I have a babysitter over or my child or anyone else who doesn’t have access to the Ring app?
That’s why I like the doorbell cameras that have a 3-5″ LCD screen on the inside, it lets you see who is at the door without being right at the door where you become vulnerable to forceful intrusions.
A door without an existing peephole?
The Ring company will tell you that you can’t use this on a door that doesn’t have an existing peephole but that’s not true. I suppose that is because they want you to get a video doorbell. While that might actually be a better option, you can install the Ring Door View Cam. I don’t see any reason a hole can’t be drilled into the door to allow this to be installed. Of course that only applies to people who own their own place, renters would still need permission to drill a hole in the door.
My recommendation on the Ring peephole camera?
When you’re home you can use it like a traditional peephole, it does have an optical viewer, but that is not something I would recommend. Why would you? You’re exposing yourself to a safety hazard by letting someone know you’re at the door. And you’ve got a peephole camera that you can use to see who is there while you can be anywhere, or even if you don’t want to get up from the couch.
I would definitely recommend it for renters who feel they haven’t been able to enter the video doorbell arena. And with how easy the installation is, it seems like the longest part of getting this Ring peephole camera up and running will be getting it connected to the WiFi.
Ring Door View Cam
- Adjustable Motion and Knock Detection
- 2-way audio
- Integration with Alexa products
- Remote Access at any time
- Can set privacy zones
- Subscription needed to access videos after 30 days
- Viewing angle can't see packages placed right in front of the door
- Need to purchase a Ring door chime to get a traditional doorbell sound