Ring Video Doorbell 4 review: Great for people deep in the Ring ecosystem; just good for everyone else – Michael Brown

Ring now offers seven video doorbell models, and as you might have guessed, the company is running out of ways to differentiate them. The Ring Video Doorbell 4 looks virtually identical to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 (and the battery-only Ring Video Doorbell 2, for that matter), and it delivers the same 1080p resolution.

Like the model 3, the Ring Video Doorbell 4 can operate on either battery power or your existing doorbell wiring, and both models support dual-band Wi-Fi networks (2.4- and 5GHz). That leaves color pre-roll video previews (more on that in a bit) as the only additional feature you’ll get for the extra $20 in cost.

As is typical of Ring home-security products, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription to unlock all the Ring Video Doorbell 4’s capabilities. Without one, you’ll get motion-activated notifications and you’ll be able to see a live stream from the camera and chat with a visitor on your porch, but that’s about it. You won’t be able to record video or activate any of the camera’s more advanced features. A basic Ring Protect subscriptionRemove non-product link is relatively inexpensive at $3 per month or $30 per year, but that covers just one camera. Most people will want to step up to the $10-per-month/$100 per year Plus plan that covers an unlimited number of Ring cameras and includes professional monitoring if you also own the excellent Ring Alarm home security system.

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