Ring Door View Cam / Ring Peephole Cam Review

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The easiest way to stop intruders is to make them think that you’re at home, and with video doorbells, you can do so from anywhere in the world. Video doorbells, by connecting to a mobile app, allow you to see and speak to your visitor as soon as they’re detected. Of course, this is a convenient feature in general, but it’s also becoming an increasingly popular component of smart home security.

Ring Alarm has made many great video doorbells that I’ve reviewed, from the Ring Video Doorbell 2 to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. When I heard that they made a camera specifically for peepholes, I couldn’t wait to try it out! In this review, I’m doing a deep dive into the Ring Door View Cam in terms of its design, features, installation process and of course, the Ring— Always Home app. We have a lot to go over, so let’s get started.

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If your front door has a peephole, the Ring Door View Cam can show you who's visiting, even if they knocked! 

Ring Door View Cam Design

Ring Door View Cam
Ring Door View Cam

On the surface, the Ring Door View Cam looks remarkably similar to its predecessors, in silver, black and blue. Of course, being intended for a peephole, it’s the smallest of Ring’s video doorbells. You’ll place the camera right over your peephole so it can capture your visitors, but don’t worry— you’ll still be able to see your visitors from your indoor peephole, as the Ring Door View Cam doesn’t take away any capabilities you already had.

Ring Door View Cam Front and Back
Ring Door View Cam Front and Back

The Ring Door View Cam works in temperatures from negative five to 120 degrees Fahrenheit indoors and from 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors. It has an IP rating of X5, meaning that it’s protected from water jets from any direction, which means it can withstand a rainstorm or two. The Ring Door View Cam is battery-operated and the battery itself is rechargeable, making installation super convenient. It’ll connect to the Ring— Always Home app via Wi-Fi.

Ring Door View Cam Features

Ring Door View Cam on Wall
Ring Door View Cam on Wall

Of course, when reviewing a video doorbell I always like to focus on the camera itself. If you’ve read my security camera reviews, then you’re probably already familiar with Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test, which matches technical specifications up with my experience testing a product in terms of video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, and artificial intelligence. Is the Ring Door View Cam up to snuff? Let’s find out!

Video

Ring Door View Cam Video Display
Ring Door View Cam Video Display

The Ring Door View Cam has 1080p HD video display, the industry standard, plus a wide field of view of 155 degrees.

Audio

Naturally, the Ring Door View Cam has two-way audio, allowing you to actually speak to your visitor remotely.

Night Vision

Ring Door View Cam Night Vision
Ring Door View Cam Night Vision

Not shockingly, this camera has excellent infrared night vision allowing you to see clearly even in the darkest of nights.

Storage

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Ring Protect Plans

When it comes to storage of any kind, you’ll need to invest in a Ring Protect plan. Of course, I wish local and cloud storage came free with the Ring Door View Cam, but I’m not mad at the fact that you can buy local storage and 60 days of cloud storage for only three dollars a month.

Smart Platform Integration

Amazon Echo Show Features

The Ring Door View Cam works with Amazon Alexa, not shocking as Amazon owns Ring. Unfortunately, there’s no integration with Google Assistant, so it may not be the best choice if you’re in the Google smart home ecosystem.

Artificial Intelligence

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Person Detection

Double unfortunately, the Ring Door View Cam doesn’t have any artificial intelligence capabilities like person detection or facial recognition, so you may receive some unnecessary notifications from movement from cars, pets— any moving object that’s not a human.

Extras

What if someone knocks on the door instead of ringing the doorbell? Fortunately, Ring has already thought of a solution. The Ring Door View Cam comes with an impact sensor, so you will be notified if someone knocks. There’s also a feature called privacy zones which blacks out neighbor’s property from view— you’ll be able to designate these zones within the Ring app. And that’s it for the Ring Door View Cam’s features!

Installing the Ring Door View Cam

Installing the Ring Door View Cam
Installing the Ring Door View Cam

To install the Ring Door View Cam in your home, you’ll need a door that’s 24 to 55 mm thick (a standard width), along with a peephole. But being battery-operated, it’s something you can do yourself. Ring gives you a step-by-step guide and manual for the Ring Door View Cam, which I suggest following to a tee. First, make sure to charge your Ring battery to completion, which allows it to last from six months to a year depending on usage. Next, take out your current peephole using the tools Ring provides for you. Place the camera so it faces the visitor, and use the tools to make sure it’s evenly placed.

Next, install the tube and wire to connect the camera to the battery, on the inside of your door. Make sure the wire is nice and taut in the battery’s port. Next, you can connect the Ring Door View Cam to Wi-Fi by scanning the QR code in the battery case. From there, the Ring— Always Home app will walk you through the rest of the process, having you perform tests each step of the way to make sure you’re installing it correctly. For a more complicated product, this installation process was pretty straightforward.

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Ring Door View Cam
Ring Door View Cam

If your front door has a peephole, the Ring Door View Cam can show you who's visiting, even if they knocked! 

The Ring— Always Home App

Ring Door View Cam on Ring— Always Home App
Ring Door View Cam on Ring— Always Home App

The Ring— Always Home app is where you’ll livestream footage, receive notifications, create privacy zones, see and speak to your visitors, and set up your Alexa integration. The app has 3.3 ratings on both the Google Play and Apple stores, which is pretty decent but not incredible.

“Love my ring. I originally brought and doorbell and spotlights at least a year ago. They work great. The connect was slow at first but I purchased the range extender,”

wrote Android-user Jenene Mitchell in a five-star review.

Recap of the Ring Door View Cam

Ring Door View Cam Box
Ring Door View Cam Box

At $199, the Ring Door View Cam is at average price for a video doorbell, and I think it’s worth the money. It has many of the Necessary Features that I’m looking for, plus it’s one of the only options that takes peepholes into accounts.

I think the Ring Door View Cam is a great choice if you’d like…

  • Peephole coverage: The Ring Door View Cam is the only video doorbell I’ve seen . meant specifically for peepholes, making it a great choice for apartment-owners or renters.
  • Alexa integration: If you’re already part of the Amazon smart home ecosystem, then you’ll love commanding the Ring Door View Cam using your voice alone.
  • 1080p HD video: The Ring Door View Cam meets industry standards in terms of video.
  • Infrared night vision: I prefer this over a bright white light, which creates color night vision but is quite conspicuous.

But avoid it if you wanted the following features…

  • Person detection: With no A.I capabilities, notifications may be more frequent and unnecessary than with.
  • Google Assistant integration: Those in the Google ecosystems should probably check out the Nest Hello  video doorbell, which works with Google Assistant.
  • Free cloud and local storage: Although storage options are super affordable, unfortunately the Ring Door View Cam doesn’t come with any storage on the house.

Want to explore some more great options? Read my review of 2019’s best video doorbells.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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