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The Answer is "Yes" and "No". You're not required to have cloud service, but have to pay if you wish to activate it.
HERE IS MORE DETAIL FROM THE RING SITE:
All Ring devices will operate without an additional fee or subscription. However, we offer optional Ring Video Recording Plans that cost a monthly or yearly sub… see more
The Answer is "Yes" and "No". You're not required to have cloud service, but have to pay if you wish to activate it.
HERE IS MORE DETAIL FROM THE RING SITE:
All Ring devices will operate without an additional fee or subscription. However, we offer optional Ring Video Recording Plans that cost a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Without Ring Video Recording, you will still receive alerts when visitors press your Doorbell or trigger the motion sensors in your device, and you’ll still get live streaming video and two-way audio, so you can see, hear and speak to guests in real-time, as the event is happening. However, if you don’t have Ring Video Recording and you miss an alert or a live event, you will not be able to review the video. Ring Video Recording will save all of your recordings to your Ring account for up to 60 days, and with Ring Video Recording, you can also review the videos, download them to local storage, and share them via social media, text and email. There are two options for Ring Video Recording: Basic and Protect. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 for the year per device; Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty and gives you an additional 10% off future purchases at Ring.com. see less
The Answer is "Yes" and "No". You're not required to have cloud service, but have to pay if you wish to activate it.
HERE IS MORE DETAIL FROM THE RING SITE:
All Ring devices will operate without an additional fee or subscription. However, we offer optional Ring Video Recording Plans that cost a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Without Ring Video Recording, you will still receive alerts when visitors press your Doorbell or trigger the motion sensors in your device, and you’ll still get live streaming video and two-way audio, so you can see, hear and speak to guests in real-time, as the event is happening. However, if you don’t have Ring Video Recording and you miss an alert or a live event, you will not be able to review the video. Ring Video Recording will save all of your recordings to your Ring account for up to 60 days, and with Ring Video Recording, you can also review the videos, download them to local storage, and share them via social media, text and email. There are two options for Ring Video Recording: Basic and Protect. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 for the year per device; Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty and gives you an additional 10% off future purchases at Ring.com.

Robin Opie
· August 26, 2018
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This is the main thing I don't like about Ring Pro, they have not bothered to make it work with live view for Windows 7. This tells me that like many companies they don't care or bother to make their products backward compatible. If you decided to upgrade to Windows 10 despite all negative pushy attempts to force it up… see more This is the main thing I don't like about Ring Pro, they have not bothered to make it work with live view for Windows 7. This tells me that like many companies they don't care or bother to make their products backward compatible. If you decided to upgrade to Windows 10 despite all negative pushy attempts to force it upon us by Microsoft, you are in the Live View club. If you choose to stick with Windows 7 and wait until Windows 10 OS issues are resolved before upgrading or buying a new system, your out of luck. Thanks, Ring! I feel like you truly care about all customer's needs. see less This is the main thing I don't like about Ring Pro, they have not bothered to make it work with live view for Windows 7. This tells me that like many companies they don't care or bother to make their products backward compatible. If you decided to upgrade to Windows 10 despite all negative pushy attempts to force it upon us by Microsoft, you are in the Live View club. If you choose to stick with Windows 7 and wait until Windows 10 OS issues are resolved before upgrading or buying a new system, your out of luck. Thanks, Ring! I feel like you truly care about all customer's needs.
FreeSpoken
· May 9, 2017
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You can wake camera in live view mode from you phone.
AVAA Global LLC
Seller · August 31, 2016
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The common sense answer to this question is that it's a matter of personal preference. You can view the Ring Doorbells from your smartphone, your computer, your television (using the Echo Fire HDMI compliant device), or any of Amazon's assistant devices such as the Echo Show, The Echo Dot, or the Fire Tablet. There a… see more The common sense answer to this question is that it's a matter of personal preference. You can view the Ring Doorbells from your smartphone, your computer, your television (using the Echo Fire HDMI compliant device), or any of Amazon's assistant devices such as the Echo Show, The Echo Dot, or the Fire Tablet. There are no additional features granted by using an Echo Dot or Echo Show, but the convenience of having the ability to use voice commands (e.g. "Alexa, show me the front door.") is quite nice. see less The common sense answer to this question is that it's a matter of personal preference. You can view the Ring Doorbells from your smartphone, your computer, your television (using the Echo Fire HDMI compliant device), or any of Amazon's assistant devices such as the Echo Show, The Echo Dot, or the Fire Tablet. There are no additional features granted by using an Echo Dot or Echo Show, but the convenience of having the ability to use voice commands (e.g. "Alexa, show me the front door.") is quite nice.
J.R.V.
· November 30, 2019
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The Alexa App for the Phone would only allow you to configure the Ring Doorbell but does not respond when the bell rings. Through the Alexa app you can now configure your Alexa devices to announce rings through most Alexa devices. My Door Bell is called "Front Door" so when someone rings the Ring Doorbell my Alexa de… see more The Alexa App for the Phone would only allow you to configure the Ring Doorbell but does not respond when the bell rings. Through the Alexa app you can now configure your Alexa devices to announce rings through most Alexa devices. My Door Bell is called "Front Door" so when someone rings the Ring Doorbell my Alexa devices announce "Someone is at your Front door". If you have a RING at your Back Door, and it is named "Back Door" it would say "Backdoor" ETC distinctive ringing at it's best. Also you can turn off Alexa features if you prefer. But this works on my Dot, Show, and Spot in my home. see less The Alexa App for the Phone would only allow you to configure the Ring Doorbell but does not respond when the bell rings. Through the Alexa app you can now configure your Alexa devices to announce rings through most Alexa devices. My Door Bell is called "Front Door" so when someone rings the Ring Doorbell my Alexa devices announce "Someone is at your Front door". If you have a RING at your Back Door, and it is named "Back Door" it would say "Backdoor" ETC distinctive ringing at it's best. Also you can turn off Alexa features if you prefer. But this works on my Dot, Show, and Spot in my home.
BryanZ Staten Island
· November 2, 2018
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Mine is mounted to the side wall. I did not use any of the included shims to angle the doorbell. I have found that it sees quite well down my front steps and towards my driveway, where virtually all arriving visitors will come from.
Dan
· November 21, 2018
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None of the Echo Shows or Echo Spots can work like a Security Camera can. They are not designed that way. What you can do is view the Live Feed from a Security Camera via the Echo Show. Like Ring, Arlo, Blink, Vivint, Canary, etc... Security Cameras. You can also view your home using the Echo Show from the Alexa app on… see more None of the Echo Shows or Echo Spots can work like a Security Camera can. They are not designed that way. What you can do is view the Live Feed from a Security Camera via the Echo Show. Like Ring, Arlo, Blink, Vivint, Canary, etc... Security Cameras. You can also view your home using the Echo Show from the Alexa app on your phone using DROP IN. see less None of the Echo Shows or Echo Spots can work like a Security Camera can. They are not designed that way. What you can do is view the Live Feed from a Security Camera via the Echo Show. Like Ring, Arlo, Blink, Vivint, Canary, etc... Security Cameras. You can also view your home using the Echo Show from the Alexa app on your phone using DROP IN.
NikkiRoxi1
· July 3, 2019
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If you are handy, it is very easy to install yourself. I would suggest checking your existing doorbell transformer and if it's not 24V, 30-40VA you need to change it to make the Ring work properly. You find this out when you read the installation instructions.
John R.
· February 13, 2019
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If you have motion turned the Ring Pro may, you will have to set the motion zone to look down and out only a foot or two and see a person's shoes to detect motion. But you can turn motion off and just use the ring function to prevent false alarms if needed.
redflash
· August 7, 2019
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Yes this is possible. Amazon a few months ago added the ability of two way talking to the Ring Pro. Not sure about the other Ring Doorbells, but I can confirm it works on the Ring Doorbell Pro. I have used it.
NikkiRoxi1
· July 7, 2019