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Ring Chime (2nd Gen) review: Ding-dong booster

Ring Chime (2nd Gen) review: Ding-dong booster

Ring Chime

One of my few grouses about the Ring Peephole Cam, which I have been using for some time now, is that the built-in chime is too soft. I finally caved and bought the Ring Chime (2nd Gen), which adds much-needed volume to the Peephole's notifications. But this chime also works with all other Ring video doorbells and security cameras. I would say it's practically an essential accessory for any Ring user that's staying in a large or multi-storey home.

Quick specs

  • Size: 77.8mm x 62mm x 25mm
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz only)
  • Compatible with all Ring video doorbells and security cameras
  • Plugs into standard UK wall outlet

Compared to the original model, the 2nd Gen version looks sleeker and more modern. More importantly, the newer chime has an LED indicator for setup and power states. For example, the LED will flash in blue when it's ready to be paired during the setup process. This process, of course, will be familiar to anyone who has used a Ring product (or most home security cameras). It involves using the Ring mobile app (for iOS and Android) to scan a QR code found in the Quick Start guide and at the back of the Ring Chime.

Ring Chime
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It takes just a couple of minutes to connect the Ring Chime to my home 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. The app automatically downloads the latest firmware, which is a plus in my books for security and stability reasons. Subsequently, you should link it to a Ring video doorbell or security camera. Besides being activated by the press of a Ring doorbell, the Ring Chime can also sound when motion is detected by a Ring camera. This means you can have an audio alert from the Chime to complement the usual smartphone notification, for example when a Ring security camera detects an intruder.

Ring Chime
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Using the Ring app, you can set different tones for both doorbell presses and motion detection to better help you distinguish between the two types of events. In my case, I only set the Chime to sound when someone presses my Peephole Cam. A snooze option is also available if you had set the Chime for motion detection with a Ring device. The maximum volume is rather loud. If your home is really big or have multiple floors, you can easily add more Ring Chimes for the more distant rooms. You just have to ensure each Chime has access to Wi-Fi and is plugged into a power outlet, of course.

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The Ring app itself can be sluggish at times. But that's not too disruptive for the Ring Chime as you probably don't need to do anything after the initial setup. The Ring Chime (2nd Gen) is selling for around S$56 on Shopee and Lazada. The company also has a higher-end Chime Pro (S$89), which does double duty as both a chime and as a Wi-Fi extender to improve your home Wi-Fi coverage. You can also get that on Shopee and Lazada.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

Essential accessory for Ring video doorbell and security camera owners.

Buy it at Shopee
Available at Lazada

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