Ring Video Doorbell 2 Test

In an increasingly connected world, Ring has managed to make its mark with its home automation devices. In particular, its connected bells have been very successful, and a lot is expected of Ring Video Doorbell 2. But what does the product bring to the range? The answer in test.

If many films and novels have imagined worlds filled with cameras, we can say that this is the case with ours. Today, they are everywhere and are increasingly connected. The company Ring has thus based itself on these to propose objects linked to the house. With Ring Video Doorbell 2, it wants to offer a bell that offers both safety and comfort of use. But is it succeeding?

  • Brand: Ring
  • Model: Video Doorbell 2
  • Category: Connected bell
  • Price: 219 euros
  • Availability: Immediate
  • Tested with: Huawei Honor 8

Unboxing Ring

Unboxing of the Ring Video Doorbell 2

With the unboxing of the Ring Video Doorbell 2, it’s hard to be surprised if you’re used to the brand’s products. Whether it is the sobriety of the box or the clever storage, we are on familiar ground. Inside, we recover the cables and screws, of course, but also a multifunctional screwdriver. This is the only one you will need to install your connected bell.

Ring also offers interesting alternatives for its product. In addition to the operating instructions, there is an additional shell to be placed on the device. This way, you can choose between a grey or black aspect to display in front of your front door.

Design and ergonomics of the Ring Video Doorbell 2

Concerning the Ring Video Doorbell, we can say that the simplicity of installation is there. Indeed, if several electrical connections are necessary, they remain anecdotal and rather easy. Attaching the device does not pose any more problems, especially thanks to the very clear instructions provided. However, it is advisable to obtain the application directly and follow it. Indeed, the assembly instructions are much more precise on this one than on paper. However, it should be noted that the object is not compatible with dwellings with a garden. Indeed, no door opening system is included. So, if you have to open a portal for example, you will have to move around.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

On the construction side, we’re already more concerned. And for good reason, the shell of the device under which the battery is located is made of plastic. We feel a real feeling of fragility in the face of it. While the doorbell is (logically) placed in the street, this cannot be said to be very reassuring. But not everything is black, since a fast charge battery is included in the Ring Video Doorbell. This one works without connections and avoids any wired link. A godsend for anyone who is really allergic to manual work involving electricity.

Features of Ring Video Doorbell 2

When faced with a connected bell, you don’t think you’ll find many features. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is still quite generous. First of all, there are some things you can expect, namely the alert on the smartphone as soon as someone rings the bell. You can then use the camera and see who is on the landing. If the quality is good, the lens sometimes has difficulty following the movements and offers us a light porridge of pixels instead of the face. Note that as soon as night falls, the camera automatically switches to night mode.

In addition, there is a motion detection system that will alert you as soon as someone stands in front of your door. In other words, it is not advisable to activate it if it faces directly onto a street. Depending on this function, it is also possible to contact the person in front of the camera. This is at least the case in theory, since in practice it is very difficult to understand anything. Indeed, even when speaking from a quiet place, cuts and crackles are to be deplored for both parties. Needless to say, the phenomenon worsens in a noisy place.

Application of Ring Video Doorbell 2

Like all Ring products, Video Doorbell 2 uses the application dedicated to the brand’s objects. Once again, we find a simple but above all very instinctive design. With it, your smartphone turns into a remote control allowing you to fully control the device. Of particular note is the possibility of reviewing the captured videos with each ring tone. Be careful though, as this is only available with a Ring Protect subscription. This reaches 30€/year (or 3€/month) for a camera and 100€/year (or 10€/month) for an unlimited number of cameras. A 30-day trial period is still available for purchase.

Connected by Wifi, no machine interruption is to be deplored during the test. As long as the box has no problem, the bell should not have any either. This link is also found with all the Ring products you own, since each can be connected to the others. If Ring Video Doorbell 2 works alone, it is much more effective with other objects, such as a lock. There is also compatibility with other systems, such as Alexa and IFTTT.

Conclusion

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is not perfect, but it has many arguments in its favour. If it is a pity that the vocal part is of very poor quality and that it is not adapted to houses with gardens, we remain in front of a good product. Its video and application are of very good quality, the latter being adapted for novices. If one remains cautious as to the solidity of the object, its construction still has the advantage of facilitating its installation. If you absolutely need a connected bell, Ring Video Doorbell 2 is far from being a bad choice.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4 et Mi Box 4c

Xiaomi today introduced two new TV Boxes in China, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and Xiaomi Mi Box 4c. These fourth-generation TV Boxes are the successors to the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 and Mi Box 3c launched in November 2016.

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has the same design as Xiaomi’s TV Boxes, in a square shape. The color for this version is uniformly white. It is 1.6 cm thick and weighs 145 grams. It has a 64-bit quad-core processor and a GPU, but we don’t have more details about the manufacturer of this processor yet.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4

Outside the processor, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, like the Mi Box 3, and has an AV port, an HDMI port and a USB port. The device supports 4K, HDR, Ultra HD content, as well as h.265 hardware decoding and Dolby + DTS audio. As for the OS, there is also little precision, except that it is likely that the MIUI home OS is at work.

As rumours have suggested, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 is equipped with an artificial intelligence technology that constantly monitors the user’s habits to recommend different types of content. AI technology also takes into account film reviews and comments to make recommendations.

Like the previous version, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has an intelligent voice assistant that allows users to search by keywords, open applications, check the weather and calendar, etc.

In addition to the Xiaomi Mi Box 4, Xiaomi introduced a second TV Box, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4c, similar in terms of processor, but with only 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. To distinguish it, this Mi Box 4c is matt black.

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 is sold in China for 349 Yuan, about 45 euros. The Mi Box 4c is sold for 249 Yuan, about 32 euros. These two new Xiaomi Box TVs are currently on pre-order until February 1, the date of their effective marketing in China. At the moment, we have no information on their availability in countries other than China.

Fibaro carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide detectors are, in general, unsightly and when the alarm sounds, there is little we can really do if we are not at home. But today we are discovering a more special detector.

It’s the Fibaro carbon monoxide detector! Design, small and above all Z-Wave compatible, let’s see what he has in his stomach!

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Carbon monoxide

What is it? What is it?

Before you start, do you really know what carbon monoxide is?

For those who do not know, carbon monoxide is a gas that results from incomplete combustion, whether with wood, butane, coal, natural gas, etc.

It is colorless, odourless, and has a density close to that of air. It is therefore impossible for a human being to detect it and yet it is extremely dangerous.

It acts as an asphyxiant gas which, when inhaled, binds to hemoglobin.

  • 0.1% of carbon monoxide in the air kills in 1 hour
  • 1% of carbon monoxide in the air kills in 15 minutes
  • 10% of carbon monoxide in the air kills instantly.

Every year, about 5,000 people are poisoned by carbon monoxide. However, solutions can be put in place to reduce this risk. And the CO Fibaro detector is one of them!

Presentation

This CO detector from Fibaro is sold in a classic box that is faithful to Fibaro codes.

The Fibaro carbon monoxide detector is very small. It measures 65x28mm and its design is quite charming.

The material used is plastic with an aluminium contour for the grid.

It has a button on the top allowing all interactions

Features and functions

This carbon monoxide detector is compatible with the Z-Wave protocol. It can therefore be included in a network to trigger scenarios such as shutting off a gas valve or sending a notification to your smartphone.

To include it, go to inclusion mode on your box and then it will be enough to press three times quickly, several times, on the (only) button of the box. The detector can then take two states: alarm and no alarm.

And as you might expect, it will be possible to create scenarios with these two states! You will not be able to turn off the gas if you have a valve connected, or activate a VMC to evacuate the gas.

Notification

When the detector rings, it is possible to receive notifications on your smartphone. We know many methods to do this (IFTTT, VoIP, Mail, SMS…) but today we will see how to do it with an application dedicated to notifications.

The latter can be used for any other scenario later on. First, go to the pushingbox site, click on “Login With Google” in the top right corner

Then log in with the Google account that is on your smartphone!

Conclusion

This carbon monoxide detector does its job very well. It is small, pretty and its design allows it to be integrated into any home.

Very easy to install and use, all you have to do is put the battery in to make it work.

Z-Wave compatibility is a real plus that allows you to create scenarios according to the situation. Of course, you can do much more than just receive a notification on a smartphone!