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Video Doorbell For An RV? You Betcha!

Ring Video Doorbell

Ok, you must know by now I am a gadget guy and love my little electronic gizmos. So maybe it would be a shock for you to hear me say I installed a doorbell on our coach. Yawn! However it should come as no surprise that this is not an ordinary doorbell, oh no, nope! It’s a Wi-Fi video doorbell. I know what you are saying “Come on Dave, get out!?!?!” No I will not get out. In fact I am going to tell you more about it.

 

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Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell is actually made for use on a house to replace your current traditional doorbell. But seeing we live in a motor coach, I had to of course install one. Hey, after all, it is our “house”. The best news to me was that it actually can run on it’s internal, rechargeable, battery! Yup…That means no wires need to be run or holes made in the coach. The batteries recharge via USB port and last for a very, very, long time. I have had this installed for over two months now and the battery is still at 85%!

What does it do you may ask? Well, when someone presses the button, it rings an app on your smartphone (Android or iPhone). From that app you can see the person at your door no matter if you are home or not. If you care to then chat with the person, you can do that via it’s built in speaker and mic. Even if you choose not to, it records the video onto a cloud storage area. Now the service does cost for the storage, however it is only $30 a year. (That’s cheap.) So that means even if you miss the call, your still get a video of anyone that pays a visit.

It even has motion sensitive areas. So you can setup zones for it to watch for motion and if detected, it will send you an alert and record the video. We do not do this however, for we do not need it to send us a notice and make a video every time we go in and out of the coach.

All in all, here is a video I did talking a little about it and showing you how it works on our coach.

Side Note…As mentioned in the video, you need full time Wi-Fi that is on the internet in your motor coach.

Purchase online on Amazon HERE and find out more about it from manufacturer HERE.

25 thoughts on “Video Doorbell For An RV? You Betcha!

  1. Ted & Kathleen

    Nice! Do you find that people recognize it as a door bell? In other words, is it intuitive enough to the regular door knocking person? I wonder if a small sign may be a good idea….?

  2. Roy Brody

    David

    After reading the questions and answers on Amazon about the product. I have a number of concerns.
    First is Security.
    The way I read it, there is no encryption on the video files when transferred to and downloaded from the cloud. I novice hacker could get the files.
    Also after 30 days you have to pay for the Cloud service.
    If I wish, there is no way to record the video directly to my server.

    Thanks
    Roy

    1. David.B Post author

      You have a concern over a video file of someone at your door? I can see maybe inside your home…But outside? I do not think that would be much of a thing for a hacker to want to view IMHO. I did mention that there is a fee, for this service at $30 A YEAR, I do not see this as a big deal at all. I spend more than that on one dinner. :)

  3. OUR ROVIN JOURNEY

    My husband is loving all these little gadget you keep showing!! We are waiting for our new water system to clean the coach with!! And I purchased the pans you use! So keep up with all the information! Love it!

  4. Mike Wallace

    How is the video, saw som comment on lack of quality video , as well as very slow response. Some info on your overall experience to include less than stellar performance.

    1. David.B Post author

      Hi…Not idea what you mean by…”Some info on your overall experience to include less than stellar performance.” I never stated as such. Like any Wi-Fi device, it will act only as good as the connection you have. Me nor my wife have really not seen any issue per say with the video sent to our phones during an RING. Seeing that the event has to go from your Internet connection, to the RING servers, and then the notice is sent out to the app, yes, it can surely have a delay that could be caused anywhere along the path. But overall, we are happy with the response.

  5. radven

    Looks nifty. But…

    Does it have a way of ringing your gadgets when you don’t have a WAN net connection? What happens when people ring the door when the net is down?

    I also saw that there isn’t a way to engage the intercom unless someone actually presses the “ring” button first to trigger an alert. If someone knocks, I’d still love to talk to them via the intercom and that doesn’t seem possible.

    Still – super cool.

    I think Cherie wants one. *grin*

    – Chris

    1. David.B Post author

      Hi…They have a internal bell you can plug into an outlet that will ring that can be purchased. As far as talking when someone knocks, well, that would require full time data to be happening which kind of would kill it as an idea for RV use for many. :) Not to mention, again for RV use, if someone knocks, you can talk with them as it is not like you need to go far. LOL For us, it is more of something to use when away from the coach. Even if we do not care to answer the call, we still know when someone stopped in for a visit.

      1. radven

        I can’t tell whether or not the Chime ringer module will work when the WAN is down and the WiFi LAN is up. I may need to check in with Ring support.

        The Chime requires an AC outlet too – not 12V friendly. I wonder if it could be hacked to run on DC?

        Ideally I’d prefer a bluetooth doorbell that could ring devices without a LAN at all.

        As for answering a knock – I saw a mention in some of the Amazon comments that being able to remotely initiate a call or view the camera is on the todo list. Hopefully soon.

        It doesn’t need to burn data, just wait for a remote trigger.

        Cheers,
        – Chris

        1. Joshua Wingate

          Hear hear, 🏆 these things DO need LAN only service interruption modes where the basic function of video (or just audio) intercom will work when WAN is down. Even if that requires a hub to facilitate processing.

          Did you ever determine if the chime extension works without WAN?

          I have both sitting in a bag waiting. It was an impulse buy at Walmart and they only had black and silver. Already was a bit aware about ring since before it launched. Thinking maybe black or bronze might look better with my color scheme. Then again Silver will show up more on black paint.

          I haven’t permanently installed my wireless router, nor my outdoor AP client that connects to park WiFi.

          Bought 100′ of split loom to run Ethernet from front to back of coach, and also, have to figure out how I’m going run Ethernet to the roof. Hmm, fridge vent to basement, air conditioner to plenum, to ? Just pondering.

          I have a first gen Skybell at home that was really futuristic two years ago. 😎😀

          1. David.B Post author

            Hi…The downside is still that it does require Internet to work with even the Chime being used. I have told them about this more than once…sadly I have not seen an update to address this.

  6. Ren

    I’ve heard the ring doorbells aren’t completely waterproof and will die after being exposed a lot. Is it still working? You should explain a wifi connection inside the rv is needed… or campground I guess. Out in the boonies it won’t work.. then again nobody will visit there most likely.

    1. David.B Post author

      Hi…No issues at all and it has been working without issue and without fail. I did mention in the video that full time Wi-Fi is needed at the coach. I have added a note to the blog post.

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