Phone screenshot showing the WiFi selection of my Ring Indoor Cam, with the prompt asking me if I want to connect to a pre-existing WiFi network.

Which Ring and Nest Devices Support 5 GHz WiFi?

When it was first released, 5 GHz WiFi was advertised as being faster and sometimes ‘more reliable’ than 2.4 GHz WiFi. Whilst this is broadly true, many Ring and Nest…

Read more »
Nest help pages - familiar face detection

Your Nest Device May Be Pointless In Illnois (Or The EU!)

When you’re looking at Nest’s smart doorbells and cameras, you may see a symbol (indicating a footnote) whenever “familiar face detection” is mentioned: So what does this suspicious footnote mention?…

Read more »
The Ring Stick Up Cam installed outdoors.

Is The Ring Stick Up Cam Discontinued?

The Ring Stick Up Cam was first released at the end of 2015, and it has undergone various redesigns since then, along with being released as Solar Powered and ‘Elite’…

Read more »
A marketing image of a black Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell (on a white background).

Nest Devices Without A Subscription (What Will/Won’t Work)

After shelling out $230 for the Nest Hello smart doorbell or $399 for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, you could be forgiven for baulking at the $60 per year “Nest…

Read more »
YouTube thumbnail for my 'Ring Indoor Cam Q&A' video.

New Video – Ring Indoor Cam Q&A: 10 Popular Questions Answered

While I was waiting for my Ring Indoor Cam to be shipped (a whole 24 hours!), I was Googling around to get some answers to questions I had about it….

Read more »
A Ring Indoor camera removed from the box, but still with the protective plastic films on it.

Ring Indoor Camera: 10 Most Popular Questions Answered

The Ring Indoor Cam was released towards the end of 2019, and whilst it’s been out for a little while now, there’s still quite a few questions being asked about…

Read more »
A Ring Pro attached to a door frame, but without the faceplate - or power being supplied to it (yet).

Can You Change The Ring Doorbell Sound Outside?

When someone presses your Ring Doorbell, an external ‘ringing’ sound is played. One time – not long after installing my own Ring Doorbell Pro – someone pressed the doorbell (without…

Read more »
Screenshot from the Ring app's "History" section, with a big red 'x' across it.

Using Ring Devices Without A Subscription: What Won’t Work

The basic Ring Protect plan costs just $30 per year (per device) and it appears to offer a bunch of nice features over and above not having a Ring subscription….

Read more »
Two people standing under lots of bullet CCTV cameras

Viewing All Your Ring Cameras (And Doorbells) At Once

We’ve probably all seen movies where a secretive company has dozens of CCTV cameras along their perimeter, and the security control room has multiple TV monitors that display the live…

Read more »
Various Ring doorbells and cameras in a UK store.

Which Ring And Nest Cameras Are PoE (Power over Ethernet)?

Power over Ethernet involves using the multiple wire strands within an Ethernet cable to send both data and electrical power. This allows the end device to be fully powered by…

Read more »