Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa + Ring Smart Doorbell

Post Updated 8/2/18 – By now you’ve probably heard that Amazon bought the company that makes Ring smart doorbells, but you might not know they immediately slashed the prices of all available Ring products—they’ve discounted the basic model by half! Alexa + Ring smart doorbell = affordable smart home tech.

 

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Ring Smart Doorbells Let You See Who’s At The Door—Even When You’re Not Home

The Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell (UK readers click here) lets you see, hear and speak to anyone at your door via the free Ring mobile app, and of course it’s also compatible with Alexa so you can also access the Ring’s live, HD video feed on your Echo Show or Spot screen, or even on your TV screen when using a Fire TV device.

Amazon Puts More Smart Home Tech Within Reach With Deep Discounts On Ring

Amazon has cut the prices on Ring products since it bought the company.

 
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 adds motion sensor technology and 1080HD video. Click here to view the Ring 2 on Amazon’s UK store.


 
The top-of-the-line Ring Doorbell Pro adds infrared night vision capability on top of all the features of the Ring 2.  Click here to view the Pro on Amazon’s UK site. The Pro is the one to get if your primary concern is home security at night.


There Are Limitations…

Fair warning: many reviews on the Ring doorbell skill (UK readers click here) (Canadian readers click here) express disappointment that your Alexa device(s) will not chime or otherwise alert you when someone presses the Ring’s button, that’s a feature you’ll still have to keep enabled in the Ring mobile app. Similarly, reviews indicate there’s a delay of up to 11 seconds from the time you ask Alexa to show the Ring’s feed to the time it displays, making it impractical to rely on Alexa integration for responding when someone’s at the door.

So What’s It Good For, Anyway?

The deep discounts may be reason enough to justify picking up a Ring smart doorbell, especially since it’s likely that Alexa functionality and interactions with Ring products are likely to improve over time. In the meantime, you can still make good use of Alexa’s access to the Ring’s video feed for things like checking on kids when they’re playing in the yard, verifying sprinklers are on or off, or checking to make sure you remembered to take your trash cans out to the curb the night before trash day.

While we all wait for Alexa’s Ring capabilities to improve, the Ring mobile app works just fine.