Now that we’re more reliant on package delivery than ever, it’s a good time to install an outdoor security camera. In addition to a live video feed, you’ll get alerts when there are package deliveries, unexpected activity and potentially even criminals at work. (Porch pirates are still on the prowl, alas.)
Here’s a particularly affordable option: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the. The doorbell alone usually sells for $99.99. Take note that the two available colors, satin nickel and Venetian bronze, show in-stock dates of July 2 and July 8, respectively. But you can still place your order today.
Like all good doorbells, the Ring offers live video feeds, motion alerts, two-way voice communication and a rechargeable battery pack. It can also be hardwired. If you don’t already have an indoor bell,is a great accessory, as it lets you actually hear the doorbell when it’s pressed, rather than just relying on your phone or tablet to notify you.
Before you buy one of these, you may want to investigate the various security and privacy issues that have cropped up in recent years. Good news on that front:. I’m not going to weigh in on all that, other than to say I have no personal qualms about using the product.
CNET hasn’t reviewed this version of the Ring, but you can get a good overview from the. Important to note: After the 30-day cloud-storage trial is over, the Ring stops recording video — kind of the whole point of having the thing — unless you pay for a subscription. That costs $3 per month or $30 annually (a pretty reasonable rate, I think) or $10 per month ($100 annually) for the Protect Plus option. My two cents on the latter: Skip it. It offers little added value.
Of course, there are, including the , which includes free rolling 3-day cloud storage.
Originally published last year. Updated to reflect a different version of the Ring and the Echo Dot bundle.
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