Review Of Ring Indoor Home Security Cameras: Compare Your Options

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Ring stick up camera on table (caption: Ring Indoor Camera Review)Ring Alarm is a popular home security solution for many households, and it has many cameras to choose from. The Ring cameras can integrate with the security system, or you can use them independently. Ring has two indoor camera models, Indoor Cam and Stick Up Cam. Our review covers both devices’ details, so you can decide which is best for your home.

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Article Overview

Ring Cameras

4.45 / 5
Ring Cameras
Camera View & Visibility 4.5
Audio 4.5
Remote Viewing/Streaming 4.8
Price 3.8
Recording Options 4.5
Tech Support 4.8

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Free motion alerts and live viewing 24/7
  • Night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Compatible with Ring Alarm security system
  • 1080p video resolution
  • Battery and solar options

Cons

  • Some require AC power
  • No pan and tilt
  • More expensive than other basic indoor security cameras
  • Monthly fee required for recording and clip storage

Ring Cameras

Ring’s DIY cameras can integrate into your Ring Alarm security system, or you can use them on their own. You can view the live feed and recorded footage in the Ring app.

The video below gives a quick overview of your options for indoor cameras from Ring. Don’t worry, we’ll go over all the tech specs and other details below.

Can My Camera Trigger The Alarm?

You’re probably wondering, can a camera event set off your alarm? There are home security cameras that can detect motion and set off an alarm (see CCTV cameras) but we are not aware of a central monitoring station that support this (i.e. a professionally monitored alarm), probably because of the likelihood of false alarms.

Indoor Cam

Ring Indoor CamView on Amazon

The Indoor Cam is small enough to fit most spaces in your home. It’s available in black or white and needs to be plugged into an outlet to work.

  • 140° field of view
  • 1080p video
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Motion detection
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Night vision
  • Dimensions are 1.81″ x 1.8″ x 2.95″ (without stand)
  • WiFi 2.4 GHz
  • One-year warranty

Price

Stick Up Cam

Ring Stick Up CamView on Amazon

The Stick Up Cam is available in a few different charging options: battery, plug-in, solar, and PoE (power over ethernet). You can use this camera both inside and outside. It looks very similar to the Indoor Cam and is available in black or white.

  • 130° field of view
  • 1080p HD video
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Motion detection
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Charging method: rechargeable battery, power adapter, solar panel, or ethernet
  • Night vision
  • Weather-resistant
  • Operating temperature is -5°F to 122°F
  • Dimensions are 3.82″ x 2.36″ x 2.36″ (without stand)
  • WiFi 2.4 GHz (5 GHz also available for PoE)
  • One-year warranty

Price

Installation

Ring cameras are super simple to install. Download the app, select which device you want to install, and go through the setup process. The app will walk you through every step, from syncing the device to your account to mounting the camera to a wall.

Is A Monitoring Plan Required?

Ring doesn’t require a monthly fee for its monitoring plan. The table below shows how the subscriptions compare, so you can decide if you’d like a monitoring plan or not. And it’s good to know that you get a free 30-day trial of Ring Protect Plus when you set up your Ring device.

 FreeBasicPlus
Price Free$3/month or $30/year$10/month or $100/year
CoverageOne doorbell or cameraAll devices at one address
Ring & Motion AlertsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Live Video On DemandCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
WarrantyOne yearOne yearExtended
Video RecordingCheckmarkCheckmark
Review, Share & Save VideosCheckmarkCheckmark
Professional MonitoringCheckmark

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most common questions about Ring’s cameras that we get from our readers. Don’t see yours? Ask us in the comments.

What’s The Battery Life For Ring Cameras?

Battery life is determined by the level of activity the camera receives. The more activity, the sooner the battery will need recharging. With an average level of activity, your camera should be able to go at least a month without needing to be charged.

How Many Ring Cameras Can I Have?

You can have unlimited cameras associated with your Ring account.

Does Ring Work With Alexa?

Yes, ring cameras work with Alexa.

Why Isn’t Ring Camera’s Live View Working?

The most common issues for this are:

  1. Poor connection between your smartphone and internet
  2. Slow internet speeds
  3. Poor connection between your Ring device and router

To troubleshoot, visit Ring’s support article here.

How Do Ring Cameras Work?

Ring cameras are pretty simple to operate. All you have to do is use your home’s WiFi to connect your Ring products to the internet. Download the free Ring app (available on Android and Apple devices) to control your devices and receive alerts when motion is detected. Ring has more innovative products planned for the future, including the flying Ring Always Home Cam.

Ring’s Doorbell Cameras

Ring exploded in popularity when it came out with its doorbell camera in 2014. Since then, the company has released many video doorbell models to fit various needs. You can compare Ring’s doorbell cameras and control yours through the same app used for Ring’s indoor cameras.

What Ring indoor camera are you leaning towards?

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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