Ring Video Doorbell users also have PC and Mac apps, faster than unlocking your phone
In case you hadn't spotted this yet, Ring made an announcement on their blog:
- #AlwaysHome, Even from Your Desktops
May 02 2016 by Yul at Ring
featuring a nice functionality overview of the free apps, and download links for the Windows and Mac App stores. I've been using the Windows version on Windows 10 Anniversary edition for about a month now, without incident. It just works. When somebody is at my door, it's faster when the app pops up, versus taking my phone out of my pocket to unlock it.
A nice bonus is the ability to use your trackpad or mouse to draw the motion detection zones, which some might find easier than smallish mobile screens. That said, the lowest 10% of the screen can't be specified in the detection zone when using the Windows app, a minor issue, but there is room for improvement here.
A more significant drawback I noticed was the lack of Live View functionality in the Windows app, discussed here:
Kevin on July 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm
Not everyone has a mac or windows 10 desktop. I want the app on my desktop to view it live. Through the website there currently is not the option to do so. Is there going to be more options added in the future?
Yul on July 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Kevin! We’ll look into this desktop feature for future so please stay tuned. Let us know if you have any other suggestions to share with us!
Oct 13 2016 Update
Not sure when this happened, but spotted this little message for a brief second, when using the PC app today. Yes, it appears that you can now do on demand Live View of your Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Keep in mind that if you leave it running, you are using Wi-Fi bandwidth, and you will eventually be automatically disconnected after about 30 minutes. I believe this limitation is by design.
See also at TinkerTry
- My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro
featuring new developments added on Sep 7 2016 here.