Ring Doorbell Elite

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Ring Doorbell Elite Ratings

The Ring Doorbell Elite is just what its name sounds like. It is a video doorbell just like the Ring Doorbell, but it offers some higher-end features. It is also a professional-grade product. The biggest drawback to it is that it requires professional installation, but for those who don’t mind that, it can be an excellent choice. For those who are looking for a sleek, clean look and a nice upgrade of features, the Ring Doorbell Elite could be a good option overall.

  • Professional-grade product
  • Flush mounts against the surface, creating an impressive look
  • More secure ethernet connectivity to provide constant power
  • Ample features and design

  • Significantly higher cost than other doorbell cameras
  • Requires professional installation


For those who want a luxury version of the Ring Doorbell, the Elite is an option to consider. It allows property owners to monitor their home from a distance using a very reliable camera placed at the doorbell. The video quality is good. It allows for real-time video and two-way communication, which means you can see who is at the door, hear them, and speak to them no matter where you are. Overall, this doorbell camera is well-designed and versatile, but it does cost significantly more and requires a professional or a skilled do-it-yourselfer (not advised) to install it.

Features & Technology

Like Ring Doorbell, the Elite has a lot of fantastic features built into it. And, the technology itself is very reliable overall. With features like live view and quality video, it can be an excellent investment. Take a closer look at a few of the key features it offers that warrant the higher cost associated with the Ring Doorbell Elite model.

Ethernet Security

A big difference between this version and the Ring Doorbell is the ethernet connectivity. With an ethernet hard-wired system like this, there is more consistent security in place. The hard-wiring allows for the device to stay online all of the time. It does not lose power and provides some of the best video quality as a result.

Flush Mount

Other types of doorbell cameras really stick out and do not look as though they were designed to fit the home. That is not the case with the Elite. It offers a flush mount, and it looks sleek as well. Designed to be an upgraded look, it still fits into most standard junction boxes. In that way, it does not require additional work to your home to place the device.

Customized Motion Zones

The Ring Doorbell Elite allows users to customize the motion zones. In short, this means you can set the spaces you want it to respond to. When someone or something moves into that field, it will trigger a response. The user does not have to press the button to activate the motion. That’s important for security. Once motion is detected by the camera, it will send an instant alert. You can have the alert sent to a phone, tablet, or a computer.

Video Quality

The crisp, clear images of the Ring Doorbell Elite makes it an excellent choice. It offers 1080 HD video resolution. This allows you to clearly see what is happening outside your door. In addition to this, it offers Live View. This feature allows you to turn on the app and receive on-demand video and audio.  The camera also includes infrared night vision. This allows you to still have a clear view even when it is the middle of the night.

Ease of Use

While the installation of the Ring Doorbell Elite is not easy and should be done by a licensed electrician, the overall use of the system from that point on is very good. The ethernet connection makes this easy to do. More so, the app – which is available for Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows 10, is also intuitive and simplistic to use.

Customer Service

For those who need to contact customer service, the Ring team is available during standard business hours. The company’s website does offer a full FAQ and information about the product itself. Consumers who have reported connecting with the company say it is easy to do. If they have had a question or a problem, the company answers quickly and responds to concerns. Some people reported connectivity or installation concerns, but the tech team was helpful. Ring has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.


Where the Ring Doorbell Elite stands out in overall quality and functionality, its biggest downfall is the price tag. The company charges $499 for the system. In addition to this, users can add to it with features like the Ring Chime Pro and the Ring Elite Faceplate, which are additional costs. For those who need professional quality installation and an ethernet connection, the higher price may be worthwhile.


The Ring Doorbell Elite features Power over Ethernet (PoE) setup with an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. The system comes with 1080p HD video with live view and night vision capabilities. Custom motion zones, two-way audio with noise cancellation and a 160-degree horizontal and 90-degree vertical field of view makes this a powerful choice. Users can choose from several color options for the device. This is a weather-resistant product designed to be used in most climates. The package itself comes with the video doorbell itself, a low-voltage bracket, a 50-foot long and a 3-foot long ethernet cable, an elite power kit, screwdriver, and mounting hardware. The company also provides a one-year warranty on the parts for the device as well as theft protection.

Ring Doorbell Elite vs Ring Doorbell Pro

The primary difference between the Ring Doorbell Elite and the Ring Doorbell Pro is the way the doorbell cameras are powered. The Elite is Power over Ethernet (PoE) and the Pro requires the Pro Power Kit installation that wires to your existing doorbell. Also, since the Elite is PoE, it does not require Wi-Fi and does not have the typical issues that are involved with wireless video streaming. The Elite has a higher quality video resolution and lower latency because of its ethernet connection.


When choosing a video doorbell, the Ring Doorbell seems like the ideal choice. Yet, that version offers some limitations with connectivity and power. The Ring Doorbell Elite fixes that with its ethernet connection. The company’s product is very versatile and packed with good features including video, live view, and night vision. This helps it to stand out overall among options. Though it is significantly higher priced and requires a professional installation, it may be worthwhile for those who want a sleek looking system that is reliable no matter what. The Elite is easy to use and tends to be a favorite for those who want a name brand they know and trust.


  1. Avatar Mel says:

    Does ring elite have facial recognition ?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Mel,
      No, facial recognition is not on the list of features.

  2. Avatar Steve says:

    Does this Ring record any video or sound? and will this Ring tie into my existing DVR I have running know with five other cameras.

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Steve,
      It records video and sound. We’re not aware of any DVR compatibility.

  3. Avatar Derek says:

    Will this Ring Elite work with my Hikvision NVR currently running 6 4k cameras (i have 1 unused poe port)

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Derek,
      We are not aware of any compatibility between those devices.

  4. Avatar Earnest says:

    Will there be a 4K version of this elite doorbell soon. That’s what I’m looking for.

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Earnest,
      We’re not aware of any plans from Ring for a 4K doorbell camera.

  5. Avatar Michael Catala says:

    I have a ring elite that is randomly chiming throughout the house. Any ideas on why that might be happening?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Michael,
      We do not, but we’d suggest calling Ring customer service and asking them about it. That sounds frustrating.

  6. Avatar Pat A says:

    Does the ring elite use an sd card or micro sd card to record audio and video?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Pat,
      No, Ring only uses the cloud.

  7. Avatar AJ says:

    Is there a way for the video to pop up my television’s picture-in-picture when the bell is rung?

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