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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Ring.

Overall Score: 9.2/10

Ring and August doorbell cameras are both effective, but Ring offers more in-depth security. While doorbell cameras are an essential part of home security, Ring goes further offering motion sensors and video cameras that allow you to have a more complete home security solution.

Overview: Ring vs August

Ring and August doorbells are very comparable. The August doorbell cam Pro and Pro 2 provide high-resolution video and aren't easily triggered by debris in the environment. This limits false alerts and provides reliable coverage. The cams also offer full color, even at night.

  • August uses Bluetooth connectivity
  • Ring offers both entry sensors and motion detectors
  • Both systems are easy to install
  • Self-monitoring systems with no contract requirements

Similarities: August vs Ring

Both Ring and August doorbell cams allow you to interact with the person at your door. They allow you to remotely access your doorbell through an app that is easily downloaded to your tablet or smartphone. The video is highly detailed and gives you a good view of the area.

  • Both doorbell cams offer two-way voice communication and night vision
  • Both doorbell cams also integrate with their respective home security systems
  • Both doorbell cams can be hardwired to your existing wiring

Differences: August vs Ring

Ring is a more well-rounded home security system and offers many different devices that can be added to its basic starter kit. August primarily offers doorbell cameras and smart locks for exterior home protection.

  • The August doorbell cam must be hardwired into your existing wiring
  • The Ring doorbell cam offers a wireless option
  • Ring's video doorbell can be accessed from anywhere
  • Ring's indoor video cameras allow you to view inside the home

Features

Ring's features include integration with the Alexa platform, motion sensors, entry sensors, video doorbell viewer, remote access through the app and the key fob. Provides alerts to both the homeowner and a third-party monitoring center if one is in use.

The August doorbell cam Pro and Pro 2 allow you to view the area where it's located any time you choose just by turning on the app on your phone. Color video is taken during the day and at night. The doorbell gives you the ability to both communicate with visitors as well as allow them into your home.  You also have access to videos for 24 hours.

Contracts

No contracts are required for either company.

Pricing

Ring's basic doorbell camera costs $199 upfront. You can subscribe to their video storage service for $3 a month or $30 for the year for one camera or $10 a month or $100 a year for an unlimited number of cameras.

The August doorbell cam Pro and Pro 2 range in price from $156.00 to $199.00 depending on where you purchase them and what deals may be going on at the time.

Equipment

Ring offers doorbell cameras as well as an alarm system. The alarm system options include door and window sensors, motion sensors and video cameras. You also get an app that allows you to control your system from a distance and interact with the doorbell.

The August doorbell cam Pro and Pro 2 is a video doorbell viewer that is hardwired into your home's existing doorbell wiring.

Installation

The Ring and August doorbell cam is easy to install and only takes a few minutes if you are replacing an existing doorbell.

Emergency Connections

Ring has the capability of sending alerts to local authorities if a third-party monitoring service in place. It will also send notifications to the homeowner or renter.

The August doorbell doesn't contact EMS directly but sends you alerts if someone is nearby. This allows you to call 9-1-1 if needed.

Summary: Ring vs August

Ring is an affordable system that is beneficial for both homeowners and renters due to its simplicity and effectiveness.

The August doorbell cam is a good choice for homeowners who don't want to worry about changing batteries but want the convenience of two-way interaction with visitors.

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