Ring Doorbell vs Arlo Essential Wire-free Doorbell

Ring doorbell products are popular among various models of video camera doorbell available in the market today. Then many security camera vendors are competing to release video doorbell products considering the high market demand including Netgear with Arlo doorbell and still more.

Ring Doorbell Series

There are at least three series of Ring doorbells on the market today and showcased at Ring website, they are:

  1. Video doorbell series
  2. Video doorbell Pro series
  3. Video doorbell elite

Each series has one or more models with different spec and features like other products from other vendors such as Amcrest with two models, or Arlo that also comes with two series. See also Amcrest ad410 doorbell vs Arlo essential.

Ring Pro 2 doorbell

With Ring video doorbell series you can find few models including:

  • Video Doorbell v1 (Wired model)
  • Video Doorbell v2 (2020 Release)
  • Video Doorbell 3
  • Video Doorbell 4 (the new one)

And with Ring doorbell Pro series you have two different models:

  • Ring video doorbell Pro
  • Ring Video doorbell Pro 2 (new)

First of all, we need to discuss several models of this Ring doorbell and take one of them that is comparable with one of the Arlo doorbell models. See also Arlo avd1001 vs Eufy doorbell.

Ring doorbell

Ring doorbell 2 (2020 release) is the non-wired model of Ring doorbell 1 (wired model), the first generation of Ring doorbell. And the Ring doorbell 4 is the enhancement model of Ring doorbell 3. Take a look at the following spec and features comparison among the Ring doorbell series.

Table 1 Ring doorbell series

Ring doorbell versionRing doorbell 2Ring doorbell 3Ring doorbell 4
Dimension126.5mm x 62mm x 28mm128mm x 62mm x 28mm128mm x 62mm x 28mm
1080 HD Video, Live View, Night VisionYesYesYes, color Pre-Roll feature is less than 1080p
Advanced Motion Detection with Customizable Motion ZonesYesYesYes
Field of viewH: 155°, V: 90°H: 160°, V: 90°H: 160°, V: 84°
Two-way audio with noise cancellationYesYesYes, Pre-Roll does not include audio
PowerRechargeable battery/ 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60HzRechargeable & removable battery ; or hardwired 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60HzRechargeable & removable battery ; or hardwired 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n wifi @2.4GHz802.11 a/b/g/n wifi @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz802.11 a/b/g/n wifi @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Works with AlexaYesYesYes
Built-In Alexa GreetingsNoNoNo
MSRP$99.99$179.99$199.99

The main difference between doorbells 3 and 4 lies in the presence of a pre roll video 4 seconds before the event is triggered. Ring claims this pre-roll video feature is unique and first to the market for battery power doorbell.

Ring doorbell Pro

What about the pro series? There two models of the Pro series, the pro and the pro 2 models. The following spec and features comparison table 2 shows you what they are. See that the recording resolution is different between Ring Pro and Ring pro 2, pro 2 is higher resolution than the pro 1 and the HDR feature is also applicable.

Table 2 Ring doorbell Pro models

Ring doorbell Pro versionRing doorbell ProRing doorbell Pro 2
Dimension114.3mm x 46.7mm x 20.3mm114mm x 49mm x 22mm
Camera ResolutionHD 1080p + live video1536p HD + live video
Live View, Color Night VisionYesYes; plus HDR
Motion detectionAdvanced Motion Detection with Customizable Motion Zones3D Motion Detection with Bird’s Eye View
Field of view160° horizontal, 90° vertical150° horizontal, 150° vertical
Two-way audio with noise cancellationYesYes
PowerHardwired with existing standard doorbell; Ring hardwired transformer w/ 16-24 VAC/24VDC, 10-40VA max, 50/60HzHardwired with existing standard doorbell; Ring hardwired transformer w/ 16-24 VAC/24VDC, 10-40VA max, 50/60Hz
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n @2.4GHz and 5.0GHz802.11 a/b/g/n/ac @2.4GHz and 5.0GHz
Works with AlexaYesYes
Built-In Alexa GreetingsYesYes
MSRP$169.99$249.99

The other difference is the wifi connectivity to the network. See that Ring Pro 2 is ready with wireless ac as opposed to wireless n for pro 1. Connecting to wireless ac network is faster than to standard wireless n network. Meanwhile, the latest today’s wifi technology is the 6th generation one (wifi-6 aka wireless ax).

Arlo doorbell

Now, let’s discuss briefly what the Arlo doorbell series come to the market. There are two series of Arlo doorbell available in the market today – the Arlo wired doorbell and Arlo wire-free doorbell.

Arlo wired vs Arlo wire-free

When you compare to Ring doorbells which in general have wired and wireless connection models with battery power, Arlo also has two similar models, wired doorbells and wire-free doorbells. The wire-free model comes with battery power model and also works with your existing wiring doorbell and chime if available.

Arlo essential wire-free doorbell
Arlo essential wire-free doorbell

Or you can purchase Arlo wifi chime you can connect to your wire-free Arlo doorbell directly and works as normally when you press Arlo button will sound normally.  So what the difference between wired Arlo and wire-free Arlo is you can refer to the following table 3 below.

Table 3 Arlo wired vs wire-free doorbell

Arlo ModelArlo Essential AVD1001Wired ModelArlo Essential AVD2001 Wire-free Model
Resolution2.3MP (1536 x 1536), 1:1 ratio2.3MP (1536×1536), 1.1MP (1080×1080), 720×720, 1:1 ratio
View angle180 degree whole body coverage180 degree whole body coverage
Motion detection rangeAdjustable up to 16.4ft (5m)Adjustable up to 9.8ft (3m)
Power needRequires existing doorbell wiring with power supplyWire-free; connect direct to existing wireless network
Arlo foresight featureYesNo
Base station compatibleVMB5000, VMB4540, VMB4500, VMB4000VMB4000, VMB4500, VMB4540 or VMB5000 or a 2.4 GHz WiFi network
Dimension1.77 x 5.11 x 0.98 inch / 4.49 x 12.97 x 2.49 cm1.85 x 5.63 x 1.45 inch / 4.69 x 14.30 x 3.68 cm

With Arlo wire-free model (aka Arlo AVD2001), you can connect it direct to your existing wireless internet network @2.4GHz radio band.

Ring doorbell vs Arlo doorbell

Ring is the pioneer of video camera doorbell in the market with two way audio and advanced motion detection and customized zone and then followed by other security camera vendors including Netgear with Arlo doorbell, Amcrest doorbell, Lorex doorbell etc.

The good thing with this Ring doorbell pro 2 is you can opt up to 16 color faceplates to match your home aesthetic color. Please refer to table 4 below for spec and features comparison between Ring Pro 2 vs Arlo essential wire-free doorbell.

Ring pro 2 doorbell with bird's eye
Ring pro 2 doorbell with bird’s eye

1:1 aspect ratio

Let’s take Ring doorbell Pro 2 and compare it with Arlo essential wire-free doorbell that is getting popular with its 180 degree viewing angle and with 1:1 aspect ratio to allow you see the whole body of someone standing in front of your front door.

Ring pro 2 is one of Ring doorbell series that comes with 1:1 aspect ratio and a bit higher resolution up to 1536p, same as what Arlo essential offered but with less wide view angle than Arlo.

Both models support high dynamic range (HDR), the software version of WDR (Wide dynamic range, the combination of hardware and software) to challenge two contrast lighting conditions both bright and dark shadow in one frame.

Table 4 Ring Pro 2 vs Arlo essential wire-free doorbell

Doorbell model  Ring Pro 2Arlo essential wire-free AVD2001
Dimension114mm x 49mm x 22mm46.9mm x 143.0mm x 36.8mm
Camera Resolution1536p HD + live video2.3MP (1536×1536), 1.1MP (1080×1080), 720×720, 1:1 ratio
WDRHDRHDR
Field of view150° horizontal, 150° verticalWider 180° viewing angle
ZoomZoom by app12x digital zoom
Night visionColor night visionNight Vision, high powered Infrared LEDs (850nm) with IR Cut Filter
Motion detection3D Motion Detection with Bird’s Eye ViewSingle Motion Sensor, 110 degree horizontal
Audio Two-way audio with noise cancellationFull duplex 2-way audio, SIP audio/video call initiated at doorbell press, quick reply messages. And if you’re unable to answer the door, guests can leave a voice message
SirenN/AYes, you may trigger the siren automatically with motion detection, or manually from the app
PowerHardwired with existing standard doorbell; Ring hardwired transformer w/ 16-24 VAC/24VDC, 10-40VA max, 50/60Hz8V AC ~ 24V AC voltage and existing doorbell and chime electrical wiring, for continuous battery charging
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac @2.4GHz and 5.0GHz802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz single band
Smart homeWorks with Alexa, with Built-In Alexa GreetingsAlexa and Google assistant; works with Smartthings
Service planRing protection plan: record all your videos, review what you missed for up to 60 days, and share videos and photosArlo smart plan, 3-month free with Arlo purchase. With smart plan: 3—day cloud storage, person vehicle and animal detection, etc.
MSRP$249.99$179.99 ($199.99)

Wifi connection

Unlike Arlo essential that comes only with single band @2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n wifi standard, Ring Pro 2 doorbell comes with 5th Generation of wifi technology 802.11ac with dual band supports either @2.4GHz or 5GHz radio band for cleaner band. Even though your home wifi network is already using wifi-6 router, both Arlo and Ring pro 2 can be compatible with latest wireless ax router such as Asus xt8 or Orbi wifi 6 mesh routers.

Protection plan

Ring doorbell pro is not equipped with memory storage which allows you to save video snapshot when there is motion detection which then triggers the camera to record the event and send it to your mobile device in real time. Ring without a protection plan works just like the one with protection plan except you can’t save your video footage to share with everyone.

Arlo smart plan allows you for smart services including accurate smart detection for human, vehicle and animal not just all sorts of motion detection. It also detects package, activity zones, smoke and CO alarm detection, emergency calls, or just call a friend in case of emergency; and also 30-day cloud storage for all video footages up to 4k resolution. Without Arlo smart plan you can only live video streaming, motion detection alerts, two way communication and all are controlled by the app with your mobile devices.

If you have Arlo smarthub or base station you can also connect to them and store the video footage locally. Arlo smart plan provides you smart services you can subscribe monthly or annually.

Now which one is suitable to meet your home need, click the link below to read more details product descriptions and reviews in Amazon (#ads).

Related products

Still work from home amid pandemic? Consider Nexigo N660 webcam for remote meeting video call with business clients. Or consider Logitech meetup or Jabra panacast for business video conference room meeting.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.