After researching several video doorbells, such as Ring, Google Nest, and Arlo, I decided to procure the Ring Video Door Bell 2 model for installation at my mom's home. She is 76 years old, living alone, with limited understanding of technology via apps. While shopping for a doorbell, I also had a keen interest in replacing the alarm at the same house. I chose the Ring Alarm. I made this selection based on the easy sync interface between Ring devices, cellular phone linkages via the Ring app, cost-savings, and simple guided installation instructions. Unfortunately, My mom's subscription with ADT and then Slomins became burdensome in cost.

These Ring devices offered several advantages and limited concerns that my mom and I considered. Our most significant benefits from both units were the simple installation for me and uncomplicated app technology for a novice, like my mom, to maneuver. A few other value-adds include being able to sync her devices in Philadelphia with my app platform via the Ring app in Washington, DC. So now, we can monitor and track activity at our doors and homes with one click on my cellphone. Additionally, we receive real-time news alerts and wifi outages in our home as well. Separately, the alarm notifies us on the same platform when the alarm alerts. We especially love the alarm and the immediate cost savings--no monthly usage cost anymore. The only downside to the alarm model it does not have a camera.

We give these products a 4.7 out of 5 and feel confident making recommendations for purchase for aging individuals.

May 2020 - Product Review

Ring Alarm 


Cost: $169.99 (Best Buy) 

Installation: 30 minutes 

Labor cost: $50 

Customer rating (Best Buy)


Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1364 reviews


(1,364 Reviews)

96%would recommend to a friend.

Ring Video Door Bell 2


Cost: $179.99 (Best Buy) 

Installation: 40 minutes 

Labor cost: $50 

Customer rating (Best Buy)


Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1364 reviews


(7,869 Reviews)

94%would recommend to a friend.


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