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Ring Devices Without A Subscription: What Still Works (Hint: Not Much) – New Video

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Ring devices aren’t exactly cheap, so the thought of paying even more for an additional monthly subscription seems silly. Surely it’s worth just keeping the basic Ring functionality without a subscription, right? Well… as it turns out, many of the key features only work with a Ring Protect plan – whether it’s the $3 per … Read more

Help! My Ring Device’s Battery Is Draining Too Fast (How to Fix)

The Ring Alarm base station mounted on a wall above a shelf, with a Ring stick-up cam sitting on the shelf.

There are plenty of smart home devices that have chosen rechargeable batteries over your old-fashioned outlet options for power. This allows you even greater mobility and a wider range of potential installation points, but it does have its drawbacks.  Ring devices that are battery operated can lose their charge over time depending on a variety … Read more

Does The Ring Stick-Up Cam Come With A Mount? (Should You Buy A Third Party Mount?)

The base of the Ring Indoor and Stick up Cam mount

Ring Stick-Up Cameras are a great choice for smart home enthusiasts who either want to expand their home security technology as well as people just taking their first steps into home automation and security. These cameras are versatile and designed to be attached to a wide range of different surfaces.  If you’ve been worried about … 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

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

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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 ‘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

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