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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Ring.

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Ring Doorbell and Ring 2 are quite similar, but the upgrades between the two are substantial. While the original Ring Doorbell offers video, stills, and effective motion detection, Ring 2 has been given a higher-resolution camera and a motion sensor that is more selective. Many of the best features have remained including the option to hardwire the device to your home's wiring or simply install it and recharge the batteries. Both function efficiently on Wi-Fi and offer clear voice communication.

Overview: Ring Doorbell vs Ring 2

The original Ring doorbell and the Ring 2 were designed to offer homeowners a way to communicate with visitors without actually going to do the door. While both cameras are effective during close-up video, the Ring 2 offers a sharper image and better video quality. Both offer clear communication and are easy to use. They can be managed from a distance whether you are at the back of your home or across the country.

  • Easy to install
  • Manage with a convenient mobile app
  • Motion detection
  • Two – way voice communication
  • Ring 2 integrates with Alexa

Similarities: Ring 2 vs Ring 

Ring doorbell and the Ring 2 are similar in that they both originated from the same basic design. Both offer you to see and communicate with any visitor who is within close proximity of the device. You can record video and view snapshots of your home at any time. Both offer the option of a simple installation or you can have device hardwired into your home's electrical system. Wi-Fi is used to support the device and allows you to manage its operation through a convenient mobile app.

  • Communicate with visitors from anywhere
  • Manually video activity around the device
  • Same basic design (Ring 2 is somewhat bulkier)
  • Snapshots are taken throughout the day for display
  • Monitoring plans are available

Differences: Ring 2 vs Ring 

Besides the slight size difference, there are several advancements that have been included with the Ring 2. The camera has been upgraded from a 780p to a 1080p HD allowing for better visual quality overall. While the Ring doorbell is supported by Alexa, the Ring 2 allows for full integration allowing it to communicate effectively with other devices in the home. Ring 2 also offers On-Demand streaming and cloud recording (subscription is required).

  • Ring doorbell is battery powered
  • Ring 2 allows for motion alert customization
  • Ring doorbell's camera provides quality images close to the device
  • Ring 2 offers high definition video and better quality at a distance
  • Ring doorbell has an MSRP of $99, Ring 2 $199


The original Ring doorbell offers two-way voice and video communication and can be managed from inside the home or using a mobile device from a distance. A 720p camera captures video in a 180-degree field of view. The unit is battery powered and offers motion alerts. It is supported by Amazon Alexa and operates using a Wi-Fi signal.

The Ring 2 doorbell also offers two-way voice and video communication and is effectively managed from either inside the home or through the mobile app. It includes a 1080p camera and provides effective motion alerts. It easily integrates with Amazon Alexa and offers both On-Demand streaming and cloud recording.


The Ring doorbell has an MSRP of $99 while the Ring 2 has an MSRP of $199. Both can be found for less depending on where you choose to purchase them. When it comes to monitoring, there are two price plans. Both apply to each device. The first plan is the Basic and costs $3 a month or $30 per year and covers one camera. The second plan, Protect, costs $10 a month or $100 per year and covers multiple cameras. You can also choose to monitor your system for free.


The Ring doorbell offers a 720p video camera and 180-degree field of view. It is battery operated but can be hardwired into your electrical system.

The Ring 2 doorbell offers a 1080p video camera and 180-degree field of view. It can be powered through the battery or hardwired into your home's electrical system. You will need to measure the area where you plan to install it to ensure that it fits.


Easy to install. Both can be hardwired into your electrical system but function equally well off of battery power.

Summary: Ring Doorbell vs Ring 2

The Ring video doorbell is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to manage their own system without a monitoring plan.

The Ring 2 offers all the bells and whistles for anyone who wants the convenience of self-monitoring with the option for professional monitoring and cloud recording.

Read our Ring doorbell reviews here to learn more about these models.