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.


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.

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!


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.


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!


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!

Aqara Smart IP Camera 1080P HD

In this review I will tell you about an interesting gadget for the Xiaomi smart home – combining the capabilities of an IP camera and a ZigBee gateway – Aqara Smart IP Camera 1080P HD.



  • Wireless interfaces: ZigBee, IEEE 802.11 b / g / n 2.4GHz
  • 180 degree viewing angle
  • Resolution and frame rate – 1080p, 12 fps
  • Operating temperature: -10 / 40 C
  • Power supply: micro USB 5V 1A
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 7.7cm

Contents of delivery

The device is delivered in a white cardboard box with printing made in grayscale. Specifications, traditionally on the back of the box.

Let’s start the discovery. Inside – everything is tightly packed using cardboard templates, nothing dangles the box.

In the delivery set, besides the “gateway” itself, there is also a power supply unit with a flat plug, a USB-micro USB cable, a metal base with a clip and a clip for resetting.


A fairly powerful magnet is built into the base of the camera, and if a complete metal base is attached to the wall, the camera can be securely fastened and quickly removed if necessary. For mounting on non-magnetic smooth bases, the diameter of the base, pasted a strip of double-sided tape

At the bottom of the camera is a micro USB connector for power, a reset button and a slot for a micro SD card.

On the back side there is a speaker for which a perforation is made in the case.

The complete power supply unit is designed for an output voltage of 5 V, current up to 1 A, input – 100-240 V, up to 0.2 A

Work with the application

Connecting to MiHome is completely standard – After turning on the camera, it is detected by the application, after which the settings are synchronized and the latest firmware version of the device is downloaded.

At first glance, the new gadget is not particularly different from the usual IP cameras included in the Xiaomi system. Plug-in with the usual standard camera options – image quality, sleep mode, taking screenshots, voice communications, video recording. Unusual here is the option to activate the alarm. The settings menu is also standard – rename, login password, device sharing, location, checking for updates, deleting a device, adding a shortcut to the desktop, network information.

The camera has the usual settings, such as recording video only by movement, flipping the image, displaying time on the video, screen correction — it programmatically removes the barrel of the video, the SD card settings, the sleep timer. From the unusual settings – sound adjustment and alarm settings

After inserting a memory card, a timeline appears below the video window, allowing you to track the intervals when the recording was made, as well as view it. The button on the left of the timeline allows you to select the day for which you want to view the record. The button on the left above the timeline gives access to the menu of manually recorded photos and videos, as well as alarm videos.

The usual menu, like all gateways, with a list of sub-devices in the plugin of this camera is not. Adding new zigbee devices is carried out through the main menu – add a device – add manually, then you need to select a connected device from the list, and in the next menu – select a gateway, among which there will be this camera and further on, add a sensor to the system in a standard way.

From the usual function of the gateways, this camera has only the alarm function, its usual setting is the alarm activity time, the sensor that will trigger the alarm – it can only be a sensor connected to this gateway, the alarm interval, alarm sounds are also standard, it is possible to work in tandem when an alarm is triggered by any other system gateway.

Just in case, let me remind if someone does not know – recently, in square Aqara gateways, the opportunity has appeared to enable the developer mode, which allows working with gateways to alternative management systems. With a five-fold click on the version of the gateway in the about menu, additional options also appear here, one of which is the developer mode. But when you directly click on this option, a message is displayed that this device does not support this feature, and if you click on the gateway information, where all the information will be on both the gateway and devices connected to it, then click on the left button below – You can get to the developer mode menu. However, the switch of its activity will still not be available for activation.

In scenarios, this camera can only work as an action. The conditions for detecting motion in the frame are the same as those of other cameras; Action at the camera – six. The first is the third action, they are responsible for managing the alarm, the fourth action records an alarming video for about 10 seconds to the cloud, and the fifth and sixth options enable and disable the sleep mode.

In the SD card settings menu, you can see not only the used and remaining space, but also the time of the recorded clips and the approximate time for which the memory card is still enough, which is very convenient. When recording – the camera creates videos of about a minute and a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with a frequency of 12 frames per second, with mono sound. The size of the rollers from 4.5 to 6 MB each.

Video recording

Of the benefits – it should be noted that in the watermark on the video, the local time is indicated, and not Chinese – this is convenient. The camera has a very wide shooting angle – 180 degrees. And if the plug-in effect of a fish-eye is corrected programmatically, then actually raw videos are written just with this effect and viewing them outside the plug-in is not very convenient. The very quality of the video is very mediocre, especially when shooting at night with infrared illumination – everything that is on the sides of the frame is quite blurred.

Shooting examples – can be viewed in the video review, which will be at the end of the text.

As for power consumption, it consumes 0.25 A, and can work for quite a long time from the powerbank.


Summing up, we can say that this is, in principle, a good alternative to conventional gateways – you get a camera and a gateway in one bottle. Although the quality of shooting is quite specific – but it is quite enough for home video surveillance and due to its wide viewing angle it can quite compete even with PTZ cameras.

By the way, this is the only gateway without a rigidly built-in triple Chinese plug – the camera is powered via the micro USB connector.

The advantages should also include a convenient magnetic base and the supplied metal base.

Home security: How to secure your smart home

Of course, there is no such thing as zero risk, but home automation must make it possible to achieve a more secure home. From simple locks, to video surveillance cameras and motion or smoke detection, many tools exist.


A recent study shows that more than 17% of French people do not feel safe at home. This impressive figure obviously takes part of its source in the constant increase in the number of burglaries in France: more than 240,000 over the whole of 2016.

The solutions we are going to present to you will not protect you from burglary attempts, we will not hide behind barbed wire and watchtowers. On the other hand, they could deter opportunities or provide you with some tools to facilitate their identification and, perhaps, speed up police investigations. However, things are not limited to that.

A recent study shows that more than 17% of French people do not feel safe at home. This impressive figure obviously takes part of its source in the constant increase in the number of burglaries in France: more than 240,000 over the whole of 2016.

The solutions we are going to present to you will not protect you from burglary attempts, we will not hide behind barbed wire and watchtowers. On the other hand, they could deter opportunities or provide you with some tools to facilitate their identification and, perhaps, speed up police investigations. However, things are not limited to that.

The possibilities are already very numerous and our little guide is obviously not intended to list them all. Our objective is rather to give you an overview of the options available to you through a selection of products that we have found interesting, which we advise you to at least look at. Of course, it is then up to you to dig deeper into the question.

The best solutions to secure your home

  1. Netatmo Presence (220€)
  2. Nest Protect 2nd generation (120€)
  3. Sen.se Mother (200€)
  4. Sen.se GuardPeanut (30€)
  5. Logi Circle 2 (150€)
  6. Bosch Camera 360 (250€)
  7. Archos Smart Home (125€)
  8. Hydrao First smart shower head (90€)

Given the radically different objectives of the “security” products we have chosen, we cannot tell you which one is best suited to your needs. However, we are still able to tell you which one we found most interesting. At this little game, it seems to us that the outdoor camera is the product that stands out from the crowd. With the Presence, Netatmo effectively offers a product that is both rich in multiple features and powerful. Of course, it will not protect against all intrusions and will not prevent malicious people from breaking into your home, but it will keep track of it with an image quality that could significantly facilitate the identification of opportunities.