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Do Ring Doorbells & Cameras Record Continuously (24/7)?

A Ring Doorbell Pro on the foreground, and a NAS ShareCenter in the background. Also with the infinity symbol and the text "24/7?!".

So you recently paid $229.99 for a Ring Doorbell 3 Plus and $99.99 for a Ring Stick Up Smart Camera, and you’ve finally installed them. Phew, now you can sit back, and relax in the knowledge that your house is protected by 24/7 video surveillance, right? What do you mean no?! Ring’s smart doorbells and … Read more

Can You Record Ring Doorbell Footage Locally (No Cloud)?

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

The Ring Doorbell is a useful smart device: it replaces your existing doorbell, giving you the ability to speak to visitors when you’re out (which is handy when it’s a delivery driver). They also act as a security device, because they are constantly checking for motion and they start recording when motion is detected. However … Read more

New Video – Ring Video Doorbell Pro: 4 Colored Faceplates

YouTube thumbnail for the Ring Doorbell Pro Faceplate video

I just published a new YouTube video. It’s a quick 4 minute video covering the four different faceplates that come with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro: silver, cream, dark bronze and black. I also show how to change these faceplates (it’s really easy): Video Transcript Hey YouTube, it’s Tristan from Smart Home Point here. I … Read more

Nest Hello Doorbell: 18 Questions/Answers You Need To Know

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

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell was released in 2018, and whilst it’s sold decently well, Ring still rules the smart doorbell market. This means that whilst people have lots of questions about the Nest Hello doorbell, some of these questions go unanswered. Other answers are incomplete. Hence I wanted to create this FAQ which answers … Read more

Why I Chose The Ring Doorbell Pro For My House

A Ring Doorbell 2 and Ring Doorbell Pro side-by-side, showing how the Pro is much smaller than the '2'.

I live in a new build development, and due to a few initial teething issues with the property developer, we all setup a Facebook group to keep each-other informed. A year ago, one of my neighbors reported that someone was trying their door handle at 3am – i.e. an opportunistic thief. Other neighbors said this … Read more

Ring Doorbell With Narrow Installation: Here’s What To Do

A narrow door frame with a wall jetting out, which would block a lot of a Ring's video capture.

The Ring Doorbell is easy to install (according to the marketing): attach the mounting bracket, hook the doorbell over it, fit the security screws – and you’re done. Simple. Then the wide angle lens will capture a full view of your visitors, including their faces. Great. But what happens if you have a narrow or … Read more