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  1. baa

    Researching the Ring.

    Bear in mind, the Iris magnets (contact sensors) will work fine with the Ring contact sensors. I have used them together in tight spaces where the Ring magnets will not fit.
  2. Received my 2nd and final Visa card (manual)_ this AM. Thank you Iris.
  3. baa

    Researching the Ring.

    To expand on that a bit, I added an Alexa skill to allow Alexa to turn on the alarm. My Ring Pro Doorbell Camera also shows in the Alexa app as a seperate device. Through the app I enabled Alexa to notify me when there is "Motion at the front door" or "Someone is at the front door" (doorbell press). This is quite helpful as I have several Echo Dots throughout the house, and they all give the notification. I am told with the Echo Show you can ask Alexa to display the front door, and perhaps speak with the front door. For that, I currently use the Ring app on my smart phone. Very helpful, as I was able to speak with the person delivering the Iris refund, and have them wait for me to come down and sign <grin!>. Other tidbits: Amazon has some smart plugs on sale that are supposed to work with Alexa or Google, when bought in a 4 pack with cupon work out to $7.59 each. Link is here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CVH7WPD?tag=b0c55-20
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    Researching the Ring.

    Interesting tidbits department: Google has buried a microphone in the keypad for its home alarm system: https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/google-in-hot-water-after-not-revealing-it-had-hidden-a-secret-microphone-in-home-alarm-product-20863.html
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    Researching the Ring.

    There is a fair amount available about Ring Doorbell integration with IFTTT. Here are some links: https://ifttt.com/ring https://blog.ring.com/2016/02/24/18-recipes-to-keep-your-home-secure-with-ring-ifttt/ These appear to be available for the doorbell cameras, not yet for the alarm system. I have integrated the alarm with Alexa, in as much as I can arm the system verbally (i added a "skill" for this), and have it "announce" when there is someone at the door or motion at the door is detected. There are switches for this in the mobile Alexa smartphone app, under the doorbell device settings. Hope this helps.
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    Researching the Ring.

    Nice review. Thanks for that. I would add, re the branding: Costco WILL NOT carry Amazon products, as they are a direct competitor. You can find all the Google products and Nest products there, but not an Amazon Echo in sight. However, they have very good pricing on Ring. Branding. Go figure...
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    Multiple Locations

    My understanding is the subscription is for and alarm and an unlimited number of cameras AT ANY ONE LOCATION (address). Different address, different plan.
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    Researching the Ring.

    Amazon announced today that it would purchase WIFI mesh network provider Eero. https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/11/amazon-acquires-wi-fi-mesh-network-startup-eero/ So, Amazon fleshes out its home mesh network offering. Aint it nice, when, if you want something, you just buy it?
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    Researching the Ring.

    Saw the 10 piece Ring alarm set on sale yesterday at Costco for $219.
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    Researching the Ring.

    Here is a brief video on IFTTT integration with Alexa. Its pretty elementary, this guy is just getting started, but gives you some indication of how it works. Its pretty clear to me that this could work great with home automation devices that work with IFTTT, and it looks pretty easy to use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n84jkEUvlXo
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    Researching the Ring.

    Saw my first wierd behavior by Ring this evening. Told Alexa to turn on ring and she did "Ring is on in stay mode", however the key pad, which sits by the bedside did not change color or show the system armed. The Hub however, did change color and showed the system armed. I un plugged the key pad and plugged it in again, it seemed to reset itself and show the system was armed. I assume the keypad lost connection with the hub. This lost connection did not show in the event history. If you can not disarm Ring from the keypad you can still do it from the cell phone.
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    Researching the Ring.

    On page 1 of this thread toward the bottom I posted a video of me answering the door from 14 miles away... The doorbell is pressed at 12 seconds. The conversation begins at 32 seconds. That means, in 20 seconds, my phone rings, I pull it out of my pocket, I press the notification on the front of the phone, the video opens on the phone, and I press the green talk button to begin the conversation. Seems reasonable to me. How long does it take you to answer the door when a conventional doorbell is rung? You must get to the door. Do you do it in 20 seconds?
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    Researching the Ring.

    I bought a couple of Ring 2 doorbells, and would up returning them because: 1. Aesthetically, lots of plastic, felt cheap and tacky. 2. Battery power. You will need a second battery to swap out to keep the thing running, add another $29 from ring. 3. Batteries and cold do not work well together. 4. The motion detection scheme and the way you set it up are quite different between the Pro and Ring2, and IMHO, inferior on the Ring2 ... also the way you can control the areas of motion to ignore is better on the Pro. 5. I have heard but not verified that the battery powered cameras take longer to wake up.
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    Researching the Ring.

    A couple of nice things I noticed about the video playback shown above: 1. Definition seems pretty clear for a tiny device. Supposed to be 1080p. Perhaps it is. 2. Recording began way before the doorbell was pressed, I'm thinking maybe by motion detection, or perhaps it records everything and discards it all except say the last 5 or 10 seconds before motion detection kicks in or the doorbell is pressed. Either way, I like it. Nothing seems to be missed here. 3. Play the video, then replay grabbing the slider, and moving back and forth. You basically have controlled stop motion, with forward and reverse by just using the slider. This is better than I have seen on some high end NVR software... pretty cool for around $200. (on sale). One thing to note about the Pro Camera: this is a powered device designed to get power from your existing doorbell power supply or transformer. It installs where the old doorbell button was. You also need a decent signal from your router... mine is on the 2nd floor, probably 20 ft (approx) from the doorbell itself.