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View kingdowieonthewall's Profile kingdowieonthewall Flag Sussex, ex-Cronx. 17 Mar 23 7.51am Send a Private Message to kingdowieonthewall Add kingdowieonthewall as a friend

A spot of advice please..

They seem pretty common now, I need to install one for my daughter at her rented house.
Having looked on amazon there are several models.
Does it have to be connected to alexa or google, or will it just connect direct to her phone without too much faff?

As she lives on her own, I want it mainly to record who calls & as an option to not go to the door if in doubt.

cheers for a bit of guidance
(keep it simple please !)
KD

 


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Then leave home, get a job & pay your own bills, while you still know everything.

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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Flag 17 Mar 23 8.11am Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

I installed mine, put the battery in, downloaded the ring app, set up an account on the app (You need an email account to prove who is setting up the account) paired the app with the house wifi & the doorbell (a bit like you pair your phone with the car) & it worked -

On the app there are various account choices, you can choose what features you want in line with how much you want to pay per month / or annually -

From the app you can see anything going on outside your door or speak to someone on the step (if you dont want to answer the door or your out at the time)

I dont have any alexa style devices in the house -

Hope that helps -

 

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View Goal Machine's Profile Goal Machine Flag The Cronx 17 Mar 23 10.17am Send a Private Message to Goal Machine Add Goal Machine as a friend

Originally posted by kingdowieonthewall

A spot of advice please..

They seem pretty common now, I need to install one for my daughter at her rented house.
Having looked on amazon there are several models.
Does it have to be connected to alexa or google, or will it just connect direct to her phone without too much faff?

As she lives on her own, I want it mainly to record who calls & as an option to not go to the door if in doubt.

cheers for a bit of guidance
(keep it simple please !)
KD

A wonderful piece of kit. I moved house last week and fitted mine on Sunday, so like to think I'm well placed to help...

In answer to your question, no. I don't have an Alexa. You will need to connect it to her smart phone. It's pretty easy, even a technophobe like me managed it. There is one of the square barcode/scanner things on the device, so she will need to link her phone, using her phone camera initially.

My only minor criticism is that you can't actually hear the doorbell as its only connected to her phone, so she will receive an alert when the doorbell rings - so not much good if her phone in is in a different room. The solution to this is buying a ring 'Chime' (30) which is effectively a doorbell you can plug into the wall. I'd suggest buying that at the same time. If she had an Alexa/other google device, this could also be linked to the doorbell.

Fitting to a brick wall is tricky due to the surface, but a plaster/wood wall is smooth and easy. The ring unit itself has a special shaped screwdriver and matching screws in the box to fix the device to the wall bracket so will need to be unscrewed occasionally for recharging.

The one I got was the 99 model from Argos. I think its awesome. It automatically tracks activity by the front door and saves them into a highlight reel. It's about as exciting as watching Palace on MOTD.


 

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View kingdowieonthewall's Profile kingdowieonthewall Flag Sussex, ex-Cronx. 17 Mar 23 10.43am Send a Private Message to kingdowieonthewall Add kingdowieonthewall as a friend

many thanks.
sounds reasonably straight forward.

 


Kids,tired of being bothered by your pesky parents?
Then leave home, get a job & pay your own bills, while you still know everything.

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View Daddyorc's Profile Daddyorc Flag Atlantic Highlands, NJ 17 Mar 23 12.11pm Send a Private Message to Daddyorc Add Daddyorc as a friend

Alexa pairs with the ring. [Link]

 

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View Apollofuzz's Profile Apollofuzz Flag On the edge of reason 17 Mar 23 5.55pm Send a Private Message to Apollofuzz Add Apollofuzz as a friend

We have an Eufy Doorbell. No monthly cost. Links to our phones, Seems to work well for us. We got ours from Amazon waited for it to be on offer cost 99 you can add cameras and other stuff.

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View batcountry's Profile batcountry Flag Melbourne 17 Mar 23 6.19pm Send a Private Message to batcountry Add batcountry as a friend

Got a RING and bought the chime and an extra battery. No monthly cost involved. Works fine.

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 18 Mar 23 8.05am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Really really good. The one we have has no hard-wiring, but you have to recharge the battery in the doorbell/camera every few months - and it tells you when.
Notifications can come to Alexa and/or to your mobile. and it auto-records if you have the motion sensor set up, only when movement is detected.
Good for deliveries when you are out and general people-watching.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 18 Mar 23 8.16am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Goal Machine

My only minor criticism is that you can't actually hear the doorbell as its only connected to her phone, so she will receive an alert when the doorbell rings

One of the common criticisms is that the notifications can be a bit slow in coming through and many callers have died of old age whilst waiting.

I tried it out but had to send it back as I found it too flaky and some days it connected to the wifi and sometimes it didn't

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 18 Mar 23 9.37am Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Wherever anybody has a video doorbell, it's me that walks along outside in several disguises. I walk across one way as Stalin, quick change Tommy Cooper, quick change Hitler, quick change Queen Elizabeth II, I used to do Lenin and Trotsky but Mao more recognisable these days.

 


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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 20 Mar 23 11.12am Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

Originally posted by kingdowieonthewall

A spot of advice please..

They seem pretty common now, I need to install one for my daughter at her rented house.
Having looked on amazon there are several models.
Does it have to be connected to alexa or google, or will it just connect direct to her phone without too much faff?

As she lives on her own, I want it mainly to record who calls & as an option to not go to the door if in doubt.

cheers for a bit of guidance
(keep it simple please !)
KD

Doesn't need to be connected to alexa or google. smartphone is fine.

Battery versions are a good option, few mins to install and the battery lasts ages. Worth getting a 2nd battery so you can jsut swap a charged on in vs having no bell for a while.

 

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View Holy Eagle's Profile Holy Eagle Flag Bletchley 20 Mar 23 8.44pm Send a Private Message to Holy Eagle Add Holy Eagle as a friend

Found it to be pretty useless. Notifications were very slow and sometimes didn't happen at all! I had a giga broadband so it certainly wasn't anything to do with the Wi-Fi.

 

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