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Works okay. But no 5Ghz band. See my speed results and how I fixed the issue!
January 7, 2018
Our ring pro doorbell gets 20Mbps down and 10Mbps up speeds on the 2.4Ghz band of our home router. That's not bad. But it's not great either. That speed causes enough lag that the app opens slowly and there's about a 4 or 5 second delay between the video feed and what's realtime. We have a powerful dual band router but it's a ways away. Our speeds near the router are 80down and 10up for the 2.4Ghz band and 150down and 10up for the 5Ghz band. Outside where the doorbell is, the 5G connection was very poor getting only 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up. So I connected the Ring Chime Pro and it worked but it really didn't help much at all. Maybe bringing the speeds up to 25-30Mbps down. I tried several outlets in various places between the router and the doorbell, mostly with the same results. I didn't realize it doesn't work with the 5Ghz band. It doesn't even search for that network connection. That was a big bummer. So while it works, and as you'll read in other reviews, it's a great solution for some people, it wasn't right for me.
So what did I do? Well we also purchased the Coredy AC1200 dual band wifi extender for only a few bucks more than this Ring Chime Pro. We found the optimal place to put it in between the router and the doorbell where it still got a pretty solid signal from the router and good speeds, and most importantly I could take advantage of the 5G band. It may not go through as many walls as the 2.4Ghz band, but within a certain distance it's much faster. I instantly was getting 110Mbps down and 10Mbps up speeds off this extender. So I then connected the Ring Doorbell Pro to this new 5G network coming off the extender and now outside with the door shut the doorbell gets a solid 5G connection and it's 80Mbps down and 10Mbps up! That's 4 times the download speed as the router only. I'll take that! The result...I instantly noticed that the live view popped up much quicker. And the delay was maybe one second max. That's 4 times better than what it was before. It's much more fluid now and while this is just day one with the device, I'm happy with how things are now. Hope this helps others!