Roughly two years after it originally launched, DoorBot is dead. But not to worry — it’s not completely gone. Both the network connected video doorbell and the company behind it have been reborn as Ring. Along with its new name, the new and improved doorbell comes with a sharper focus on home security, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing look that should blend better with your home’s exterior.
Just like DoorBot, the new Ring bell can transmit HD audio and video over the owner’s home Wi-Fi network. When somebody rings the bell, an alert will pop up on the homeowner’s smartphone or tablet and allow them to see and communicate with the person in the doorway — no matter where they might be in the world.
In addition to this core functionality, the new and improved Ring doorbell also boasts a number of new tricks. Unlike the original, Ring can be connected to your existing doorbell wiring, or run entirely off the built-in lithium ion battery if that’s what you prefer. It’s also completely weatherproof, outfitted with infrared sensors that give it night vision, and even sports new motion detection software that can alert you to activity happening outside your door when the bell hasn’t been touched.
Ring is available for pre-order now for $199 until November 1st, at which time it goes back to the full price of $249. It comes in four different finishes, and free cloud-based video recording until January 1, 2015, at which time subscription options will be available. Orders start shipping on November 3rd to early pre-order customers.