Ring Doorbell Wired vs Pro (What’s the difference?!) – New Video

Ring Doorbell Wired vs Pro (with me looking up at them)

I purchased the Ring Doorbell Pro – a purely hardwired Ring doorbell – around a year ago, and it’s working out really nicely for me. But Ring have now announced the Ring Doorbell Wired, which is also purely hardwired. So… what’s the difference between the Pro and Wired versions? And what are the similarities? Well, … Read more

Ring and Nest: Video Management Support (Blue Iris, iSpy & ZoneMinder)

A Ring Doorbell Pro in-front of a D-Link ShareCenter NAS, and an SD-card adapter and Ethernet cable on the sides.

One of the key components of smart home security is a security camera. In the modern world, these cameras come in multiple forms: security cameras, video doorbells, and even built-in cameras on smart assistants (like the optional security feature in the Nest Hub Max). The ability to access these feeds at any time of day, … Read more

Ethernet Smart Doorbells: Is The Ring Elite Really The Best?

The power over Ethernet Ring Doorbell Elite, mounted on a wall.

We’re in the middle of a smart home technology boom. Everyone is racing to bring new products to the market. Not all of these are just cut-cost clones of name brand products. Companies are releasing products designed to fill both high-end and emerging markets. Ethernet connected doorbells, that may or may not offer the simplicity … Read more

New Video – Protect Your Neighbor’s Privacy With Ring Cameras & Doorbells

Ring neighbors privacy YouTube thumbnail

Ring cameras and Ring doorbells are great for crime prevention and parcel deliveries because they record in full HD and record audio. However this also means that they can be misused to invade neighbor’s privacy. As a result, this video explores some of the things you can do to protect your neighbor’s privacy when installing … Read more

New Video – Ring Floodlight Cam Brightness: Is 3,000 Lumens Enough?!

YouTube thumbnail showing me wearing sunglasses, the Ring Floodlight Cam and the text "Bright enough?"

The Ring Floodlight Cam should be bright. After all, it’s a floodlight! But is its 3,000 lumen total light output (from two 1,500 lumen lights) bright enough? I wanted to answer that question in this video, which compares it to other outdoor lights and also talks generally about when the Ring Floodlight Cam’s brightness will … Read more

New Video – Ring Floodlight Cam ‘Broken’ Issue: Don’t Make This Mistake

YouTube thumbnail showing a Ring Floodlight Cam hanging from its mount ball socket, and the text "Whoops!"

I recently purchased a Ring Floodlight Cam after it went on sale during Amazon Prime Day. I’d been really looking forward to this item, so when I ‘broke’ it by mistake during install – and when I read other people online say their cameras had the same issue – I was really disappointed. Thankfully I … Read more

Can You Adjust The Ring Floodlight Brightness? Or Dim It?

Ring Floodlight Cam wall mounted - front view

I remember when I first stepped into my backyard at night after installing the Ring Floodlight Cam, only to be half-blinded by the floodlight! Okay, I wasn’t actually blinded – but it certainly felt like it at first! The 3,000 lumen (total) floodlights can be quite bright, which led me to wonder whether it’s possible … Read more

New Video – Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications) – A Really Useful Feature

YouTube thumbnail for my newest video, covering Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications)

Ring have recently released a new feature called ‘smart alerts’ or ‘rich notifications’, which basically sends an image (snapshot capture) alongside any alerts it sends out. So if someone clicks your Ring doorbell, you’ll see an image of that person. If your Ring camera (and doorbell) detects motion, you’ll also see an image of the … Read more