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Smart home technology has been a part of Steph's home pretty much since she became a homeowner in 2013. For example, Phillips Hue light bulbs went in almost as soon as she closed on the house! So, partnering with The Home Depot on their Smart Home campaign is a natural fit. Over the next year, we will be reviewing and installing a variety of smart home devices.
Up first is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. The Ring comes with almost everything you need for installation. We only needed to provide a drill and a small bit. It comes with a screwdriver as well as a drill bit for drilling anchor holes if needed.
The first step is to install the Ring Power Pack to your existing internal doorbell. Note: See that little piece of paper hanging on the wire near Steph's hand? Those are important. The wires are identified with little tags, but they fall off very easily. Both of ours fell off and we had to go back and refer to the product pictures we took to determine which wire was which. Save yourself some trouble and add a bit of tape to each so that they don't fall off or take a picture you can refer to in case they do fall off. Just a little tip.
Hold the doorbell up and mark the placement of the screw holes. If we had used the written instructions we would have seen the paper template which would have made this step a little easier. The video does not mention the use of the paper template. Note: We initially installed the doorbell too close to that edge on the right. We had to go back and move it a little to the left so that the faceplate would fit.
The installation of the Ring doorbell was surprisingly easy. With the exception of the one hiccup we had installing the doorbell too close to the wall, everything was without difficulty.
It seems like Ring tried to anticipate any potential problem a homeowner may have with the installation and was ready with handy tips and solutions via the installation app we followed.
The app has a share feature. Steph shared it with me so I can also monitor her front door. It's really been handy to see the front door especially to know when packages have been delivered.
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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6/7/2018 10:18:09 am
I love all the different smart home products. I would love to use some. My problem is I do not have a smart phone (cost) so a lot of products are useless to me. I am interested in products that work with a computer.laptop or HD TV.
6/8/2018 08:31:56 am
Hi William! Great point- thanks for sharing. This product can actually be setup on a computer and does not have to be done through a phone. We mention it in the video briefly but will try to make this more clear in the written post in future projects. Thanks!
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