DoorBot Rebranded To ‘Ring’, Announces New Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

DoorBot, the company that introduced one of the first Wi-Fi connected doorbells that is able to stream live audio and video to your smartphone, has announced its first new product under the company’s new brand, Ring.

In an interview Jamie Siminoff, Ring founder and CEO, said:

“With the Ring doorbell, early on when we were designing it, we decided what we were really doing was designing the alarm system literally turned inside out. Not an alarm system that copied what ABT is doing, what Canary is doing, or even what Dropcam was doing with its window and door systems, but actually building some kind of pre-crime system.”

Siminoff goes on to say that he thinks the first generation of the video doorbell, which started off as a KickStarter project, was a success in spite of a few flaws. He then goes on to compare his company to Apple, saying:

“The Doorbot, I think it turned out in the end to be a ‘good’ product, but I certainly wouldn’t say it was the best product. We now sort of looked at the world with, ‘we have to compare our products to Apple, regardless of whether we compete with them or not,’ and I don’t think we succeeded at that level.”

ring1The new Ring Video Doorbell allows users to communicate with anyone at their front door directly from their smartphone or tablet. 

The company’s latest device also offeres a High-Definition camera, which can record 720p video at 30fps, that comes with night vision capabilities and motion triggered notifications, allowing you to be aware of everything that is happening at the entrance of your home.

The device will also record any activity occurring in front of your home and store it on the cloud. Users can then access all recorded video from their iOS or Android device using the free Ring app. 

ring2The video doorbell can be powered using either the existing doorbell wires or using the device’s internal 5200mAh rechargeable battery. 

The Ring Video Doorbell is available for pre-order (in four different colour options) on the company’s website for $199. On November 1, the device will go back to its normal retail price of $249. All pre-orders are expected to start shipping on November 3 and will include free cloud video recording until January 1, 2015 at which point there will be a subscription fee. 

[via TechCrunch]

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  • Matt Perreault

    My two questions are… Will it work at 0 Degree’s Celsius? My doorbot doesn’t. And will it ring in a reliable and consistent fashion.. If it only works sometimes, it’s not quite good enough…

  • Dug

    Yeah I wanna buy a $200+ doorbell that someone can just pull off my wall

  • There’s proprietary screws, but yeah I don’t know how much they can hold up. But if someone wants your doorbell, they’ll get it. This looks less ‘flashy’ than the original DoorBot though and more like a traditional doorbell.

  • Bollocks

    Stay FAR AWAY from Ring. The people who run this company are pathetic. They don’t stand by their products. Siminoff has the balls to compare his company to Apple? No way. Apple stands by its products. Siminoff does not. I purchased two Doorbots. Both of them died within two months. The product itself rarely worked properly, even before dying. I asked for a refund. I was told it wasn’t possible. That’s a great sign right there. They replaced the units but they are still borderline horrible. I no longer have them installed. Siminoff admits in his email to early adopters that the first Doorbot wasn’t perfect (translation: it was garbage). But now he’s going out of his way to offer early adopters a new version for $99. Total BS. This isn’t a case of old technology being upgraded, like the iPod or iPhone. It’s a case of broken technology that barely works being improved (supposedly). I voiced my concern on Facebook about Doorbot screwing early adopters. My comment was deleted. I asked why my comment was deleted. I was banned from posting. I was also banned from rating the product. Do yourself a favor and stay far away from Ring/Doorbot. They do not care about their customers. They do not supper their defective products. And when you ask for help or complain, they’ll just ignore you and try to stop you from speaking out. Hopefully Nest comes out with a doorbell solution that makes sense. They have legendary support and they seem to value their customers. These guys don’t.

  • Interesting. We have a DoorBot but haven’t installed it–just looks way too massive. Will wait for a better and smaller solution.

  • grantfromsydney

    Totally agree! I’m in Australia and mine has never worked properly. When I got the insulting email to upgrade I ripped the piece of junk Doorbot of the wall (the security screw is pretty hopeless as well!) and smashed it with a hammer!
    Felt slightly better but $200USD down the drain.

  • Andrew Westrope

    I wouldn’t be without my Doorbot even though there are some issues with the first product. I have found their support to be responsive and helpful. I did end up putting a Wireless Access Point right by the door just for the doorbot but since then it has worked well. I accepted that I bought a very early version and was willing to work with them to sort a few niggles. I now look forward to an improved version 2 and will put the old Doorbot on the back door.

  • McStone

    Exactly.. don’t buy this crap..

  • Wyldman9

    My doorbot never worked properly and was ugly. I received my ring doorbell a few weeks ago, but it is just as useless and does not stay connected to my wifi network, has no motion detection and does not work woth the app on my iPhone. Just another useless piece of technology that the manufacturer does not reply to inquiries.

  • DUDE

    Jamie Siminoff, Ring founder and CEO IS A DICK, WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY ON DOORBOT!!! pos tHIS IS NOTHING BUT A PURE SCAM! STAY AWAY!

  • Jor1944

    Unhappily, I could not install my doorbot the more I tried. Today I gave it up. Crap? I see a great project, but needs be refined and get back my money.