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    RING Doorbell/Cam

    Are any of you using this? I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'm considering the peephole version. It will still be too high for me but I'm in a rental so not sure I want to put them through having to drill new holes and I was under the impression you can view from phone or monitor anyway. I do worry about the whole privacy concerns with this new tech, especially things like Alexa. I refuse to own that. I am feeling this is a little less invasive. I'm sure not entirely non-hackable.

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    I want one but so many negative reviews has me pondering.
    Biggest complaint is motion detect doesn't work and/or is delayed so much that monitor shows people walking away as you receive notice that someone is at door.
    I too would like to know which one actually works without harvesting my privacy.

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    I have the ring door bell and the Ring Cam/spotlight. There are worth every penny. I pay $100 a year and it saves 30 days of event history each day. I watch everything off of my I-phone and can talk with whoever comes to my front door or side garage.
    Hard wire the units with a good transformer and Door bell system for inside your home. Any good electrician can hook it up for you. best wishes

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    The subscription fee is a big turn off for me. Buy a product and pay a fee to use it? My local car wash and plumber are pushing subscription/member fees too. Apparently this is the con being taught in business college. I opt to pay as I go. Paying to use the door bell "cloud" is a con no matter how cheap. Wireless camera technology is simple and should not need an extra fee. China will soon have another category to target using simple technology not found in U.S. I had to get a phone call blocker (I hate telemarketers) from China as non were available in the U.S.

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    slow to activate and alert you, but still love my Ring...you can set the distance of motion...I would check on other brands and see what their delays are...

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    Happy w/ our Ring. A lot because of this - https://shop.ring.com/collections/ac...ucts/chime-pro . Intended to plug in in back room to warn you of motion at front door. Set ours to dog barking, plugged into front room, now when someone walks up they hear a big fierce dog.
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    Any updates from those that may have purchased the peephole version? The reviews on Amazon are mixed at best. My primary use would be to see who was at the door when I'm in bed.

    Also, when the doorbell is activated (I live in an apartment w/o a hard-wired doorbell), will my Alexa devices ding/ring/chime? Would the extra chime do the same?

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    What a rip off to have to pay for a subscription to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Stan View Post
    What a rip off to have to pay for a subscription to use.
    I believe the subscription is only needed if you wish to record data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landrover View Post
    I believe the subscription is only needed if you wish to record data.
    Some people get good results with them. Many have issues with it not detecting or late detection with subscription and sensitivity set high.
    Also late or no alerts on smart phone (this requires subscription too).
    Happy it works for the lucky ones. I can't afford to gamble or deal with frustration of another product not working as advertised.
    I want one bad but I have too many subscriptions.

    A cheap wireless doorbell and a motion/2 way voice camera(s) with dedicated small monitor included with some kits (or smart phone) will do the same thing, except smart phone notification when your away.
    This simple equipment requires some hard wiring to power up and many (not all) use your WiFi for a signal and can record. A little more effort to install but no subscription.
    Simple stuff, mostly made in China. See; Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, etc.
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