In this comparison -Ring vs Skybell 2.0 I put them up against each other “one on one” to see just how they match up.
To see and understand their differences and capability to answer the door remotely with your phone and monitor it from anywhere you can get a signal.
There are a number areas where they are similar but they do have some big differences in their capabilities and services.
These differences will help to answer the big question as to whether the difference in price is fully justified.
The doorbells both can be accessed remotely anywhere you can get Wifi or cellular connection so you can know what is happening at your front door or other entrances – helping you to deal with both wanted and unwanted visitors remotely.
Before looking at where they differ here is a quick review of the two video doorbells.
Ring Video Doorbell
It comes in range of colors to help it match with your home. It can be fitted to an existing mechanical or digital doorbell wiring making it easy to install. It works with your WiFi.
It sends you alerts to you when it detects motion up to 30 ft away from the door and when someone pushes the doorbell.
The biggest issue is that you can’t initiate a live feed on demand you have to wait until you receive an alert and accept it to see what is happening at your door.
Overall customers are positive about it enjoying using it for keeping a watch on their door and immediate area. Read the full review here
It is also designed to work with your existing mechanical or digital doorbell allowing you to quickly wire it up and install. It also needs to connect to your WiFi to be able to use the internet to contact your phone.
You can receive alerts to your phone any place you have WiFi or cellular connection for your phone.
It works with both iOS and Android devices.
It does allow you to initiate a live feed on demand but it doesn’t have the ability to record video of motion events or when the doorbell has been pushed. It only monitors motion up to 5 ft from the door.
There have been a number of issues recently identified by customers with its reliability. Read the complete review and analysis here
How Do They Differ
Here are the differences between the two – the facts with explanations as needed on the things that are likely to help in deciding on which is the right one for you.
Video Storage. You can store recorded video on Ring cloud servers for $3.00 per month (or $30 per year) for 6 months. There is no ability to do this with Skybell other than capturing screenshots with your phone.
Notifications. The Skybell allows you to turn the motion alerts on or off. With the larger range of Ring Video Doorbell motion detection for detecting and notifying you of people approaching the door, you can change the settings from Frequent to Standard to Light which allows you to change from receiving an alert for every motion detection to once every 30 minutes depending on set up.
Installation. Both are designed to work with an existing mechanical doorbell but can be installed if you don’t have one it is just more involved for both.
However, with Ring Video Doorbell you can install using a rechargeable battery that doesn’t involve having to wire into the mains. It is a much simpler solution. The battery does need to be recharged every 6 – 12 months
If your existing doorbell is digital then you need to install using the diode that is included in box with Ring. But for Skybell this needs to bought separately and they have an accessory kit for this.
Image Quality. The Ring WiFi doorbell has 720p HD resolution that produces a clearer picture day and night even with the fish eye effect which is better than the grainier 640 X 480 resolution of the Skybell
Field Of View. The Ring video Doorbell has a wide angled view of 180 degrees compared to Skybell with a view of 120 degrees.
Motion Sensor. Ring can detect people up to 30 feet away in the same field of view as the camera. The Skybell detects people up to 5 ft away from the camera. Both do detect and send you a notification when the doorbell is pushed.
Motion Sensitivity. The Ring’s field of view is broken up into blocks so that you can ignore high traffic areas to reduce notifications. It’s field of view can also be reduced to 5 ft if you still receive too many alerts.
On Demand Live Feed. The Skybell 2.0 has an advantage here that you can initiate a live feed whenever you want using the App. The Ring doesn’t give you this functionality at present. You can only do this by accepting a notification on your phone and then initiate a live feed.
Customer Ratings, The Ring Video Doorbell is rated positively overall by customers. Skybell 2.0 has moderate to poor ratings at best due to issues with reliability, freezing up, losing connection and thetime to receive alert too slow to answer door in a reasonable time.
Home Automation. Ring works with a number of smart locks so you can open the door using its App, the Wink hub and also has an IFTTT channel to allow you it to connect to other devices such as turning on lights when someone is detected at or coming to the door at night etc.
Accessories. The Ring doorbell has 2 accessories that can be bought separately – a wireless outdoor camera that can be placed anywhere outdoors and WiFi chime for use when not installed using an existing doorbell chime or if you want a chime in a different place in the home. The Skybell has accessories (available separately) that can help with installation if your existing doorbell is digital doorbell or you want to change the angle of the doorbell.
Windows. Ring Works with Windows 10 for PC as well as IOS and Android for smart devices.
What About Price
When I checked the Skybell 2.0 was about $50 cheaper than the Ring Video Doorbell at date of review.
Which Is The Right One For Me
For me the answer is the Ring Video Doorbell as the Skybell 2.0 is not reliable enough to make up for the cheaper price. Also Skybell does not give you an option to record video, so if you miss an event that leads to a break in you don’t have any video record of it.
Syskybell has one advantage over the Ring Video Doorbell (besides price) and that is if you want to initiate a live feed you can do this.
Skybell have recently released Skybell HD which appears to address some of the issues but is only sold on their site at present and not widely available yet.
The Line By Line Comparison
The table below lines the two up against each other so you can compare the features and specifications of the two in detail.
|Contract for Monitoring||No||No|
|Ongoing Fees||Yes |
Basic - Free
Premium - $3 per month per camera
Basic - Free
Essential - $4.99 pm
Peace Of Mind - $14.99 pm
Absolute Control - $29.99 pm
|Devices Supported||iOs, Android|
|Max Devices Controlled||No Limit||No Limit|
|Home Automation||Yes - limited|
Works with Kevo, LockState, Kisi, or Lockitron smart locks and Wink smart home controller.
(Wireless standard for home automation)
Stick Up Camera
|Distance WiFi||Dependent on WiFi Signal||Dependent on WiFi Signal|
|WiFi Compatible||2.4 GHZ|
|Upload Speed Per camera||1 mbps||1.5 mbps|
|DIY - 30 minutes|
Compatible with transformers with a voltage of 8 VAC to 24 VAC.
|DIY - 30 minutes
|Live Video Feed||Not on demand||On demand|
|Camera Resolution||720 p||640 X 480|
|Camera View||180 degrees||120 degrees|
|Video Storage||In cloud only||No|
Can be installed with battery
|Motion Sensor Type||PIR||PIR
|Can Sensitivity |
|Audio||2 way audio||2 way audio|
|How many can view and receive notifications||No Limit||No Limit|
|Siren - Loudness/Type||None||Yes - 100 db|
|Price||$100 - 200||$100 - 150|
I hope you now have all the information to decide on which one of the Skybell 2.0 and Ring is best to help you with monitoring your door remotely. It would be great to hear what your thinking is on them now.
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