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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Ring.

Overall Score: 9.2/10

Ring and DoorBird are dramatically different in terms of services and features. Although Ring is one of the more simpler home security systems, it offers a wider variety of devices and features than DoorBird. DoorBird offers both the video doorbell view and entry sensors. The DoorBird system does offer multiple features but is severely limited in terms of services and reliability.

Overview: Ring vs DoorBird

Ring offers multiple devices that provide effective security on many different levels. DoorBird, on the other hand, is limited to the front door and wherever the entry sensors are placed. It does have the capability to connect with your garage door opener and smart locks that are already in place.

  • DoorBird offers night vision
  • Both systems offer motion sensors
  • Do-it-yourself installation
  • No contracts, service agreements, or long-term commitments
  • Video doorbell viewer with two-way communication

Similarities: DoorBird vs Ring

Both Ring and DoorBird's video doorbell viewer offers two-way communication. Each device offers quality video images and can communicate with whoever is within the vicinity of the device. Both systems offer mobile apps that allow for seamless connectivity so that you are always able to view what is happening near the device. They each offer entry sensors for doors and windows as well.

  • No contracts
  • Effective two-way communication
  • Motion sensor capabilities
  • Installed by the homeowner
  • Multiple designs

Differences: DoorBird vs Ring

The biggest difference between Ring and DoorBird home security systems is that Ring offers several different devices and multiple features. DoorBird offers one primary device that offers a few of the more basic features without the option for 24/7 professional monitoring. Both are effective for the level of protection they offer, but DoorBird is much more limited than the Ring system.

  • Ring offers indoor video surveillance
  • DoorBird's cameras have a 180-degree wide angle lens
  • DoorBird can place audio/video phone calls
  • Ring offers 24/7 monitoring service through C.O.P.S.
  • DoorBird uses Wi-Fi to establish a connection and send alerts

Features

The Ring home security system offers mobile app connectivity, entry sensors, video doorbell viewers with two-way communication, and indoor video surveillance. They also offer environmental hazard detection and motion sensors that can be customized to your specific needs.

DoorBird offers both entry sensors and the video doorbell viewer with two-way communication. The doorbell viewer has the capability of integrating with your garage door opener and smart locks that you already have in place. The doorbell viewer also has built-in motion sensors and can make audio and visual phone calls.

Contracts

Neither Ring or DoorBird require a contract or service agreement of any kind.

Pricing

The initial price for the Ring system is just under $200 (It can be found for a lower price if you shop around.). You can choose to pay for their 24/7 monitoring system by the month or year, with the year being the more affordable option. Ring's Basic plan runs $3 a month or $30 a year per camera. Ring also offers the Protect Plus Plan. This plan costs $10 a month or $100 a year and services multiple cameras.

The DoorBird system can be purchased for around $350, maybe less if you can find it on sale at Best Buy or on Ebay. There are no monthly fees.

Equipment

Ring offers multiple devices including door/window sensors, motion detectors, a hub, keypad, indoor video surveillance cameras, and a video doorbell viewer with two-way communication. They also offer floodlights, small solar panels, chargers, and many other accessories.

DoorBird offers several different video doorbell designs and entry sensors that can be used on doors and windows.

Installation

Both systems are designed for easy installation by the homeowner.

Emergency Connections

Ring offers both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity for increased reliability. When alerts are triggered, notifications are sent to both you and your contacts. The local authorities are also notified and dispatched to your home.

DoorBird relies on Wi-Fi connectivity and gives you immediate access to audio/video images when an alert is triggered. Because there is no option for 24/7 monitoring, it is up to you to notify the authorities if an alarm is triggered.

Summary: Ring vs DoorBird

Ring is a good system for both renters and homeowners who want the security of multi-level protection for an affordable price. It is easy to install and provides reliable service.

DoorBird is best for people whose home security needs are minimal. It's slightly more expensive but is both effective and reliable as long as the internet connection is not disrupted.

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