Now that our Ring Video Doorbell Pro is installed, I want to show you through the user interface of the app so you can get a better idea of what you can do. Check out the video for the full tour, and my post below for a description of the functionality both in the iOS app, and Windows 10 app.
As you'll know from my previous post 'Ring Video Doorbell Pro Setup and First Impressions', we've now got our Ring Pro installed. To use a Ring Doorbell, you need a SmartPhone (iOS or Android), and the Ring app installed. The software is also available for Windows 10, and MacOS.
I've now had a bit of time to play with the Ring app for iOS and Windows 10, so have recorded the above video. Take a look for the full tour, and read my description below.
The Ring interface is organised around your devices, and your 'events'. So, inside both apps you'll find a place where your devices are listed, either from the main dashboard, or via a 'hamburger' menu.
If you tap on a device, you can then control various settings like turning ring and motion alerts on or off. You can view a history of activity including -if you have a Ring cloud recording subscription- previous videos.
You can also view device health, where you can verify that your device is receiving enough power, and also review wireless network signal quality.
You'll also be able to review which plug-in Ring Chimes are linked to your doorbell, as well as configure motion settings. You an choose motion sensitivity, configure times when you don't want to get motion alerts, and choose motion zones. That last one is really cool - with the Ring Pro, you can actually pull up live view, and then draw 'areas' on the video where you'd like motion sensing to be active.
This sort of thing is really helpful. If you don't want to get alerts at every car passing by, Motion Zones avoids the problem by letting you be highly granular with where detection is going to occur.
Other settings include the ability to add 'sharing' with other users, configure the volume of the doorbell unit sound (the audible feedback callers to your home hear when they ring), and even configure the settings for any 'old' doorbell chimes that you'd like to carry on using - assuming they were wired in properly during installation.
You'll also get the option to configure the Chime and Chime Pro units you might have. Here, you get similar settings, minus those specific to the doorbell unit itself of course. Unique settings include which sound will play when someone rings your doorbell. There's a set of chime tones to choose from for both ring and motion alerts. Tap on one, and you'll hear it played through your speaker. Tap 'Test Sound' and you'll hear it played through the Chime itself. You can of course set the volume.
You can review previous activity from your main dashboard. You'll see live views, missed and answered rings - everything. If you have a recording plan, you can tap on events to review the videos. These are stored for 60 days. You can star these to flag important activity, and share videos too if you need to send them elsewhere.
Finally, there are of course links inside the app for help and troubleshooting, as well as ways to contact technical support if you need assistance.
The app seems well put together and is easy to use. The Windows 10 app features similar functionality to the iOS app but with a Windows 10 'look and feel'. At the time of writing, Ring had just overhauled their Windows 10 app and released a brand new one. It's already looking great, but you can't yet setup new devices. That feature is listed as coming soon. Still, it's nice to have the app on Windows 10 and MacOS, so you can interact with your Ring system when sitting at your computer, as well as via a smartphone.
Hopefully, that gives you a good idea of how the Ring apps work, and the video will give you a better understanding of how it looks. I'll come back with more to share soon on how we're getting on with our Ring Pro.