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CANNOT DETECT MOTION AT NIGHT!!
February 16, 2018
UPDATE 16FEB2018: After two weeks, I must downgrade my review... it's become obvious that the Ring Floodlight Cam only detects motion during the day. At night, I can walk through the center of my defined motion zone, but the cam won't record until I'm within 10 feet of it. The defined zone is my driveway which is about 40 feet long and we have 3 cars. As long as the ne'er-do-wells only break into the car parked closest to the Ring cam, they will be recorded. A quick Google search for "ring cam won't detect motion at night" will yield many stories of the Ring product line failing to work in darkness. Apparently, the problem has been documented since September 2017 and Ring has failed to fix it. I must say that I'm beyond disappointed. At least I discovered this in enough time to send the cam back to Amazon for a refund.
We've begun having an ongoing problem with car break-ins in our neighborhood. I wanted to get a security cam to monitor our driveway. I looked into standard cctv and more advanced poe/hd cams with a dedicated computer and HDD, but hesitated due to the complicated nature of the installs. Not that I can't do that, but I really wanted a simpler option. Enter the Ring Floodlight Cam. I purchased one to install in place of the motion floodlight over our driveway. I am pleased.
- Easy/straightforward install. If you can wire a light fixture, you can physically install this cam.
- Getting the cam online was simple (you have to use the Ring App).
- Setting zones was easy as well (using the app).
- I receive motion notifications within 5 to 10 seconds of motion being detected.
- The cloud app works well from my phone and is one of the more reasonably priced plans out there.
- The two way voice communication allows me to startle my wife when she comes home from work.
- The camera mount has very little range of motion... approximately 30* left, right, up or down. It worked in my install but it may not for you.
- I see no way this cam could be mounted under an eave... vertical wall only.
- A bubble level on the cam would be VERY helpful for setting the cam level with the ground (necessary for the motion sensor to work properly).
- My house has several access points all using the same SSID. The cam occasionally connects to a weaker signal of one of the other APs. (Will likely fix this by setting up an SSID just for the cam.) When it connects to that weaker signal the performance of the cam is significantly degraded.
It was 20*F outside when I installed the cam. I didn't want to be running up and down a ladder if I had problems connecting to the network. I wired the cam up with a plug (from an old, grounded extension cord) and ran the wifi setup routine at my kitchen table. I verified everything was working (including the app, motion detection, etc.) before I installed it outside.
My sole wish is that the wide angle lens were "slightly" less wide. But I knew that before purchase and it didn't stop me.
If this cam continues to work as well as it has so far, I will likely get another for our front yard/door.