Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro | Review

Ring vs Ring Pro

Being able to keep an eye on your front door and communicate with visitors when you’re indisposed is a great combination of safety and utility. Ring’s mission with its doorbells is simple: to reduce crime and put the power of home security in your hands.

With both the Ring 2 and Ring Pro, you can monitor your home from anywhere with a convenient app for your smartphone, tablet, or PC. You receive instant alerts when activity is detected, and are never caught unaware when someone approaches your door.

Ring will also replace your doorbell if it’s even stolen, ensuring that your investment will protect your home for years to come.

Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro — Things in Common

Ring Video Doorbell 2

As far as field of view goes, both cameras have a 160 degree horizontal and 100 degree vertical view. This is a pretty decent field of view in comparison to other smart doorbells on the market, and it catches activity both in front of and around your door.

Both Ring 2 and Ring Pro have an HD 1080p resolution, which provides crystal clear recording so you can easily identify visitors and intruders. They also have instant alerts so that when someone rings and or motion is detected, you’re notified.

Two-way audio and live video feeds provide convenience and allow you to listen and speak through the doorbell using Wi-Fi. Let a delivery person know you’re on the way to the door, and recognize any visitors instantly using the Ring app. Enjoy these features even at night, using the Ring 2 and Ring Pro’s night vision technology.

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Both devices feature easy installation, and integrate with a control center app available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10. For additional smart home compatibility, the Ring 2 and Ring Pro work with the Amazon Echo Show and may support Apple HomeKit in the near future.


Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro — Differences

  • Difference #1: Power Options – The Ring 2 allows you to power your device either with a rechargeable battery or via hardwired power into your existing doorbell kit. The battery life of a single charge is around 6 months with average use, so you’ll rarely have to worry about charging or changing the battery.

    The Ring Pro only supports hardwire power, but this setup ensures that it will always be on and active after the initial installation.

  • Difference #2: On-demand live video – Expanding on the section above, the hardwired power allows both the Ring 2 and the Ring Pro to provide on-demand live video. If you opt for the rechargeable battery power for the Ring 2, on-demand video won’t be available due to the consistent power requirements.

    On-demand video ensures you’ll have constant access to video footage of your front door, so you can always keep yourself informed of the situation for increased security and convenience.

  • Difference #3: Compatible networks – Compatibility with Wi-Fi is important for smart devices.

    The Ring 2 supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz.

    The Ring Pro also supports a 2.4 connection, but also works well with a 5 GHz connection, which is generally considered to be a superior connection with less interference and a stronger signal. With less interference, you can remain confident that you’ll have access to your footage whenever you need it.

  • Difference #4: Design – The Ring 2 and Ring Pro vary significantly in design. The Ring 2 has dimensions of 5.05 x 2.50 x 1.08 inches. It’s bulky and not as sleek looking as the Ring Pro, but this is due to the rechargeable battery.

    The Ring Pro, on the other hand, is 4.50 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches and is looks much more attractive.

    If the rechargeable battery is important to you, the Ring 2’s aesthetics might not matter. There’s no denying, however, that the Ring Pro is the more attractive looking doorbell.

  • Difference #5: Motion detection – Another way in which the Ring 2 and Ring Pro differ is the way they handle motion detection. While detecting motion is a feature with both models, the Ring 2 uses basic motion detection while the Ring Pro has advanced motion detection.

    Basically, the Ring 2’s basic motion detection uses passive infrared (PIR) to detect human-sized heat signatures from up to 30 feet away. This may sound complicated, but the feature is easily configurable by dragging the “range” bar in the motion settings of the Ring app.

    The advanced motion detection of the Ring Pro captures an image of the view in front of your door to use as a reference, and then alerts you when there’s a discrepancy between the reference image and its current view. You can also create motion zones and customize their layout. When the pixels in these zones change, you’ll be instantly alerted.

  • Difference #6: Silent mode – If your Ring doorbell is wired to your existing doorbell, it will sound the pre-existing door chime when rung. There’s no way to get around this with the Ring 2, but the Ring Pro does feature a silent mode which addresses this issue.

    Also, if you don’t already have a doorbell chime in your home, seriously consider getting the Ring Chime Pro. It not only works as a chime, but also as a Wifi extender for your Ring doorbell.

  • Difference #7: Colors – One final difference, while perhaps not a deal breaker, is the colors each device is available in.

    The Ring 2 offers only two color options, but you don’t need to choose between the two when you order. The device comes with two interchangeable faceplates, so you can swap between Venetian Bronze or Satin Nickel finishes at your leisure.

    The Ring Pro also offers interchangeable faceplates, but includes 4 different finishes versus the Ring 2’s two. This wide variety of customization means you’ll be able to easily change the style of your doorbell without purchasing a new device.


Ring vs. Ring Pro — Comparison Chart

Ring Video Doorbell 2Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Power OptionsBattery/HardwiredHardwired Only
Battery Life~6 monthsn/a
Compatible Doorbell Transformers16-24 VAC,
DC not compatible
16-24 VAC,
DC not compatible
Field of View160 degrees horizontal,
100 degrees vertical
160 degrees horizontal,
100 degrees vertical
Video Resolution1080p HD1080p HD
Night viewYesYes
Color Night VisionNoNo
Compatible Networks2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n2.4 or 5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Motion DetectionAdvancedAdvanced
Live View Motion TriggeredYesYes
Live View On DemandOnly if WiredYes
Size5.05 x 2.50 x 1.08 inches
12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm
4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches
11.43 x 4.7 x 2.03 cm
Mounting Screws42
Security Screws11
Silent ModeNoYes
Two-Way AudioYesYes
Operating Temperature-5 – 120°F (-20 – 50°C)-5 – 120°F (-20 – 50°C)
Web AppYesYes
FinishIncludes 2 faceplatesIncludes 4 faceplates

Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro — Our Thoughts

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Both the Ring 2 and the Ring Pro are high-quality, smart doorbells that offers a great amount of security and convenience to your home.

There are differences between the two that make them better suited for different users. If you’re comfortable with hardwiring the Ring Pro or are willing to hire a professional, there are a lot of benefits to that model.

With that said, the rechargeable battery on the Ring 2 makes it much easier to use out of the box.

Which device is right for you is going to depend on what you’re looking for in a doorbell. Overall, the Ring family of has a lot to offer. Check out our doorbell comparison page to find and select smart video doorbell that’s right for your home.

Our Score:
  • Ring Video Doorbell 2
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
4.6

Let us know what you think!

If you had to choose between Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro smart video doorbell, what would you choose and why?


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5 Replies to “Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro | Review”

  1. An excellent article; well written (especially for electronically-challenged folks), and gets to the heart of the issue (for us nerds). It made the decision an easy choice without wasting a bunch of time trying to accomplish what you provided, and we would have needed both doorbells at hand to confirm. Your article answered 2 questions I had, which the Ring.com website avoided, for some reason. A+ !

    Now, for the Ring security lights?

    Perhaps an article on integrating multiple items?

  2. Some items are just silly
    #2 – On-demand live video available in Ring 2. True, only when hardwired but Pro is also hardwired with no option for Battery… marking it as a bad thing for Ring 2 (in the table) is foolish
    #6 “Silent mode” – with Ring 2, all you need is to disable your old doorbell from ringing.
    What you left with is colors, design and 5GHz Wifi. The only important difference is the custom zones – if you need them, and many don’t.

    Not sure it worth the extra $$$, same for the Elite. Just more ways to grab money from people who don’t do their research.

    1. Hey Stamus,

      In our tables, we don’t necessarily highlight the “bad” / “good” things, we highlight the differences between the products. It’s more of the red highlight having less options or weaker usability than the green; even if we compared two cameras, one with 1080p live and recorded and the other with just 1080p recorded, we’d still highlight the 1080p recorded as red because it’s the “weaker” option of the two — even though it’d still be better than most cameras on the market.

      A lot of the time, the more money you spend, the more features you end up getting. Are the extra features worth the price? Well, that’s totally up to you and your use case. From our side, we try to put together the best research that we can with all the minutia that most would miss in researching the products — like the on-demand-live-video-only-when-wired kind of details.

      Sorry this wasn’t as helpful to you as it was to others. But we really appreciate the feedback Stamus, as it helps us in writing future articles.

      – Joseph & Iryna

  3. I really liked your comparisons. It was very helpful to me except for one point.
    You said the ring pro has to be wired. Does that mean there is no battery backup at all? Living in Texas during the hurricane season we’re out of power sometimes for a week or 2. Weeks If I hard wired the ring 2 would I then still have a battery backup?

    1. Hi Sabine!

      Thanks for your feedback, we really appreciate it 🙂

      The Ring Pro has no battery backup, so if the power goes down, the Ring Pro will stop working until the power is back up. The Ring 2, on the other hand, has battery backup and can work more than six months on a single charge. If you hard-wire the Ring 2, it will automatically switch to battery power if power goes down.

      Also, if you hard-wire the Ring 2, you won’t need to worry about charging its battery because the wiring from your existing doorbell will keep the Ring’s 2 battery charged.

      So, it looks like the Ring 2 will work way better for you than the Ring Pro.

      Cheers,
      Iryna

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