Remobell vs Ring (What You Need To Know – 2023)
How we reviewed: hands-on tests, hours studying Remobell and Ring’s sites, and reading 100+ customer reviews.
Modern smart doorbells play the role of a doorbell as much as modern smartphones play the role of a phone. Although they still go by the name of “doorbells,” they’re so much more than just that. Smart doorbells can connect to the internet via WiFi and allow you to communicate with anyone at your doorstep remotely from anywhere. High-resolution cameras in smart doorbells allow you to see whoever is at your doorstep live, even if you’re half a world away.
For this RemoBell vs Ring comparison, we tested and examined RemoBell S and Ring Pro and compared their features against each other. Overall, we think RemoBell would be a better choice for most people. Here’s what we have to say about these video doorbells.
The RemoBell S is a WiFi-enabled video doorbell with HD video output. It allows two-way communication with anyone at your door directly via your phone. The doorbell also has a motion sensor. This not only extends the battery life of the doorbell but the bell also sends you a notification on your phone when it senses someone at your door. This allows you to see the front of your door even before the person rings the bell.CHECK LATEST PRICE
One of the most exciting features of the RemoBell is that it provides cloud-based storage for free, which means that any footage from your doorstep that you were not to see can be viewed later from any device and from anywhere. The RemoBell also works with Amazon Alexa, and they charge no monthly fees for this either. Wired
Ring has established itself as a leader in the smart home technology market. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro offers reliable security while delivering some of the best features you can find in the video doorbell. Smart doorbell allows two-way communication, HD video, and, of course, it is compatible with the Ring Alarm. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a DIY product; this means you can install it without any professional help.CHECK LATEST PRICE
The Ring Pro has some pretty impressive exclusive features. The Ring video doorbell allows you to see people at your doorstep at night, even in the dark. But hold on to your seat because Ring Pro has color night vision! Another amazing feature of this video doorbell is that it has dual-band WiFi, which means that the data transfer rate is not limited by the distance of the bell from the WiFi router. You will be able to see live footage in the best quality possible even when you’re not home. A faster internet connection also means that the data is uploaded to the cloud much quicker. Suppose an intruder were to sever or break the doorbell after noticing the camera. In that case, you and the police will still be able to identify the intruder since the footage would already have been uploaded to the cloud.
Remobell vs Ring: Feature Face-Off
Let’s first look at the features both of these smart doorbells have in common. First, we will discuss the specifics of each feature for both of the products, and then we’ll announce a winner for each feature.
Smart Home Compatibility
The RemoBell S is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT. This means that you can easily integrate it into your smart home if you have Google Nest smart home products or Amazon Alexa. IFTTT allows you to connect different smart devices and easily program the behavior of those devices based on conditions. Using IFTTT, you can automate the video doorbell and other devices in your home to do whatever you want. For example, you can automate your doorbell and your light bulbs such that as soon as the doorbell detects motion, the light gets brightened. With IFTTT, the only limit is your imagination.
The Ring Video Doorbell is also compatible with the Ring Alarm as well as Amazon Alexa. The Ring Pro has built-in Alexa greetings for when you’re not home. If you subscribe to Ring Protect Plan, the doorbell can speak to visitors when you’re away. Alexa asks the purpose of the visit and directs the visitors accordingly. For example, if delivery persons approach your door, Alexa will first ask the purpose of their visit and then tell them where to put the delivery.
Winner: RemoBell S
The RemoBell S is compatible with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT, making the RemoBell S superior to the Ring Pro at least in this category.
Both the RemoBell S and Ring Pro have infrared night vision. Infrared light is invisible to humans. This means that the cameras in these smart doorbells can see in the dark without turning on a light.
However, this is where the contrast begins (literally). Infrared night vision is usually dichromatic. It’s not even black, and while it’s quite different from anything you can capture with a normal camera. This is because infrared light is absorbed and reflected off if surfaces differently than visible light. Hence, night-vision footage from a normal smart doorbell does not look like normal video footage. That’s where the Ring Pro comes in. The camera in the Ring Pro has color night vision and HDR, which allows it to capture colorful and sharply contrasted footage even in the dark. HDR also has the added benefit of improving the contrast of the footage during the day, making the footage look more aesthetic. If you are looking for a camera that has night vision feature, you may check this guide to the best night vision security cameras.
Winner: Ring Pro
The Ring Pro easily wins this round since it has color night vision with HDR.
Field of View
Field of view is one of the most important factors to consider while choosing a doorbell. A wider field of view allows you to see more of the front door and leave less space out of sight. The ideal field of view of a doorbell is 180 degrees. A doorbell with a 180 degrees field of view horizontally shows you everything from left to right, while a 180-degree field of view vertically shows you everything from top to bottom. A field of view lower than 180 degrees leaves some range out of sight.
The RemoBell has the most impressive field of view possible in a doorbell. The camera has 180 degrees field of view both horizontally and vertically. This means that you can see virtually everything in front of your door. If a delivery person places a parcel in the bottom left corner right next to the wall, you’ll be able to see it.
The Ring Pro, however, has a field of view of 160 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically. This is quite adequate for a doorbell; this limited vertical field shouldn’t stop you from choosing the Ring Pro. Nonetheless, this makes the Ring Pro less than ideal in this regard.
With its 180 degrees horizontal and vertical field of view, the RemoBell leaves nothing unseen. This gives the RemoBell a perfect score in this category.
The camera quality is a major factor to consider while choosing a smart doorbell. A high-resolution camera will allow you to recognize distant faces and number plates in the recorded footage. A high-resolution camera will also allow you to zoom in on the recorded footage without decreasing the display quality. However, as we will see, the resolution is not the whole story.
The Ring pro offers a 1080p resolution. This is pretty good as this resolution would easily allow you to read the number plates of vehicles parked across the street.
The RemoBell captures footage with a resolution of 1536 x 1536 pixels. In terms of the number of pixels, the RemoBell has a higher resolution than the Ring Pro. However, since the RemoBell has a wider field of view, these pixels have to capture a much larger area. Since the same number of pixels have to cover a larger area, the resolution of a given object is decreased. Here’s an example to make more sense of this. If a person stands 4 feet away from your door, the Ring Pro will only capture their face down to their chest. Hence you won’t even need to zoom in to see what’s written on their shirt. However, if you have a RemoBell S doorbell, the camera will capture footage from the person’s feet to the ceiling. To see what’s written on the person’s shirt, you will have to zoom in. But, zooming in reduces picture quality regardless of the field of view. You will lose some quality zooming in and won’t see a person’s shirt in the same detail.
Hence, although the RemoBell has a higher resolution in theory, in practice, Ring Pro gives you higher quality footage. the Ring Pro also has HDR, which makes its picture quality quite decent.
Winner: Ring Pro
Even though the RemoBell has a higher resolution, the Ring Pro has a higher pixel density resulting in higher quality footage.
Cloud Storage and Other Services
When you first purchase the RemoBell, you get premium services for free for the first 30 days. Once this trial period is over, you can either choose a free plan or a subscription plan.
The free plan offers free cloud storage for 3 previous days. This makes RemoBell pretty attractive to people who don’t want to pay for cloud service every month. The free plan also has other smart services. Instant alerts let you know instantly via notifications on your phone when a visitor approaches your door. Two-way communication allows you to converse remotely with anyone at your doorstep, while live-view allows you to see what’s going on in front of your door. The RemoBell provides you with these features from anywhere through their servers. (1, 2)
However, if you subscribe to their standard plan, you will get all the free features plus 30 days of cloud storage. The standard plan costs about 3USD monthly or 30USD yearly, which is pretty inexpensive compared to competitors.
The free plan offered by the Ring Pro has all the basic features on a smart bell, such as two-way audio, live-view, and instant notification. Ring Pro also has theft protection and a 1-year warranty. What the Ring pro doesn’t offer for free is cloud-based storage.
If you want your footage to be accessible from anywhere, you will need to upgrade to one of Ring’s subscriptions. Ring has two packages, namely, Protect Basic and Protect Plus. Subscribing to either of these packages will give you 60 days of cloud storage. Ring alarm coverage is also included in the Protect Plus package. Protect basic will cost you about 3USD per month or about 30USD per year, whereas Protect Plus will cost you about 10 USD per month or 100USD per year.
Winner: Ring Pro
Although the Ring Pro does not offer free cloud storage, it has superior paid features.
Even though the two doorbells are pretty competitive in terms of features, the RemoBell S costs less. RemoBell also offers free cloud storage, so you don’t have to pay every month unless you want more storage. However, if you want more storage than 3 days, the Ring Pro would be a better choice since it provides 60 days of cloud storage for the same price as the RemoBell S provides 30 days of cloud storage.
RemoBell wins this round for having a lower cost and providing cloud storage without monthly charges.
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Remobell vs Ring: Stand Out Features
Advanced Motion Sensing
Motion sensors allow the camera to tell when someone approaches the door. However, the motion sensor may also get triggered when nothing is interesting insight. For example, the motion sensor field is too wide, and the motion of leaves due to wind can trigger the motion sensor.
This is where advanced motion sensors come in. Advanced motion sensors allow the user to define areas of interest. The sensors only trigger the camera or notify the user when they detect motion inside these zones and ignore any motion outside them.
While both the Ring Pro and the RemoBell S offer adjustable motion sensors, Ring Pro is substantially superior since the motion sensor on RemoBell often detects motion outside the defined zones. If you’re serious about this feature, we would recommend the Ring Pro.
Existing Chime Compatibility
If you already have a doorbell chime that you want to keep, you can make it work with your new smart doorbell. the Ring Pro claims to be compatible with all doorbell chimes once hardwired. The power budget Ring Pro is more than enough to afford most, if not all, doorbell chimes.
If you have seen footage your GoPro or some other wide-angle cameras, you might have noticed that the footage captured from these cameras is quite disoriented. This is mostly unavoidable with wide-angle cameras. But the RemoBell S uses dewarping to make the footage look normal and intelligible. The footage would look abnormal without this feature since the camera shows everything from top to bottom and from far left to far right.
The Ring Pro comes with a Satin Nickle, which can be removed and changed, which is great because the doorbell also comes with a coupon for an extra faceplate. This means you can easily renew the appearance of the doorbell if it gets scratched or old. (3)
Other Products: Remobell vs Ring
- Breeze installation, just hang over the door, Wire-Free
- Free 3-day rolling cloud
- Chime connects to your home Wi-Fi network and syncs with the Remo+ app
- Choose from a variety of ringtones to select the right sounds for your home
- Alarm Pro Base Station keeps your alarm system and Ring devices online and connected to your mobile devices, so you can get alerts as soon as activity is detected at home with a Ring Protect subscription (sold separately).
- Upgrade your existing Ring Alarm system or build a new Alarm Pro system with a built-in eero Wi-Fi 6 router to help keep your network secure.
- Connect your Ring doorbell with Alexa to hear announcements on your compatible Echo device when your doorbell is pressed and see a live view of your camera if you have an Echo device with a screen. Talk to visitors by saying “Alexa, talk to the front door”
- Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
The Bottom Line
This is definitely a tough comparison. I personally prefer the RemoBell S among the two, but it comes down to your preferences and the features you want. If you prefer a wide-angle bird’s eye view or if you’re price sensitive, you should go for the RemoBell S, whereas if you want a high-quality video with an advanced motion sensor, the Ring Pro is the right doorbell for you.
(1) cloud storage – https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-cloud-storage-and-file-sharing-services
(2) servers – https://www.britannica.com/technology/server
(3) faceplate – https://www.techopedia.com/definition/3066/faceplate
Senior Writer & Director
John Fox has been working as a security consultant for over 20 years. During his time in the industry, he’s learned about what it takes to ensure your home and family are always safe. With Safe Now, he’s tried to take those two decades of experience and share it with others. His goal now is to help others figure out how to make the right choices for their businesses and families.