New Ring products were announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, an annual trade show where tech companies present their latest products. Ring’s lineup includes:
- Ring Access Controller: This device lets users control their outdoor gates or doors through the Ring app via either a cellular or ethernet connection. Priced at $299, the Ring Access Controller works with Amazon Key so that users can get deliveries inside their gates or doors. It also requires either a Ring camera or a Ring Video Doorbell as well as professional installation. This is the only item currently available on Amazon as well as the Ring website.
- Ring LED Lights: Available on April 1, Ring’s latest smart light bulbs come in the A19 and PAR38 sizes. Motion-activated and dimmable, users can set these lights on schedules. The Ring Bridge is needed for remote control.
- Ring Solar Lights: Finally, Ring introduced three solar-powered smart lights, a Floodlight, Pathlight and Steplight with the same features as the LED bulbs. The solar lights also won’t be available until April 1.
The company is also adding two-factor authentication to its products, according to a press release from the Ring website, especially relevant given the recent security breaches of Ring cameras. The Ring— Always Home app will have a Control Center where users can update privacy and security settings as well as opt-out of video requests from police.
Ring Under Investigation By Senators
Over 400 police stations across the United States have partnerships with Ring, using Ring footage as evidence in criminal cases with the consent of the user. A group of Senators investigated Ring’s partnerships with police departments, finding the cameras’ security requirements to be sub-par. Law enforcement isn’t regulated on how they share, store or request users’ video footage. Senator Edward J. Markey, one of the Senators who investigated Ring, wrote on his website,
“Amazon Ring’s policies are an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations. If you’re an adult walking your dog or a child playing on the sidewalk, you shouldn’t have to worry that Ring’s products are amassing footage of you and that law enforcement may hold that footage indefinitely or share that footage with any third parties.”
Is there a new Ring doorbell coming out?
As of now, there hasn’t been any announcements of a new Ring video doorbell since the Door View Cam was introduced last year.
What products work with Ring?
Some products that work with Ring are the Schlage Connect Deadbolt, the GE In-Wall Toggle Switch, the Leviton Decora Smart Plug and the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/ CO Alarm.
Can you add additional cameras to the Ring doorbell?
You can add additional cameras to your Ring video doorbell in the Ring— Always Home app.
How much is the monthly charge for the Ring doorbell?
The Ring doorbell doesn’t require that you pay a monthly fee. You can self-monitor your video doorbell for free through the Ring— Always Home app. However, if you want 60 days of cloud storage for one video doorbell or camera, the cost is either three dollars a month or $30 a year with the Protect Basic Plan. If you want to cover all your Ring video doorbells and cameras at one address and get an extended warranty, local storage, cellular backup, professional monitoring and discounts on the Ring website in addition to 60 days of cloud storage, the cost goes up to $10 a month or $100 a year with the Protect Plus Plan.