A home security system is quickly becoming essential today, and if you’re looking to bolster your home security, you should consider investing in security cameras. There are many options, making it hard to decide which suits you best. Ring was launched in 2013, first known for providing video doorbells. eufy was founded in 2016 and provided a variety of home security products.
Ring and eufy offer several high-quality cameras with night vision, advanced motion detection, and other capabilities. When deciding which is best for you, there are vital areas to consider.
Ring vs eufy: What do they have in common?
- Outdoor cameras: eufy and Ring offer outdoor and indoor cameras.
- Pricing: Ring and eufy are priced affordably.
- Night vision: With advanced night vision technology, you can protect your home at any time.
- Alexa compatibility: You can use voice control technology thanks to compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa.
- Customizable activity zones: You can manually customize your activity zones.
- Video quality: Each provider offers great video quality.
- DIY installation: It’s pretty simple to install your cameras, saving you time and money.
- Two-way audio: Most models have two-way talk, a convenient way to make it seem like you’re home or answer the door remotely.
Ring vs eufy: What are the differences?
- Monthly fees: Ring charges hidden fees, but eufy doesn’t. You can view a live feed or use cloud storage without extra costs.
- Battery life: There are some concerns about eufy’s battery-powered equipment, as the batteries don’t hold much power.
- MicroSD Card: eufy’s cameras don’t use MicroSD cards, but some Ring products do. Local storage may be more convenient for some than cloud storage.
- False alarms: Ring have more reports for false alarms than eufy’s do. eufy’s cameras have an excellent field of view, and the 4:3 aspect ratio allows you to see all visitors fully; you can minimize false alarms with the built-in AI.
- Motion detection: eufy has more advanced motion sensors capable of detecting people via facial recognition without the risk of false alarms.
Ring: What you need to know
Ring came onto the home security scene in 2013 with a new video doorbell that other companies have been emulating ever since. Though they had a humble beginning, they now offer a much more comprehensive service.
The wired installations can be challenging to complete and may require hardwiring into your existing electrical system, but the battery-powered cameras are easy to install.
Installation can be expensive, as you may be forced to consult a professional. Amazon.com may offer you an independent estimate for this.
Ring offers an extensive array of equipment or compatibility with it. Honeywell offers equipment that Ring may be compatible with. Equipment available from Ring includes:
- Smart locks
- Video doorbells
- Indoor and outdoor cameras
- Panic buttons
- Open window magnets
- Solar security signs
- Window security stickers
- Smart outdoor lighting
- Mailbox security
- Garage door tilt sensors
The base package includes:
- Base station
- Five contact sensors
- Two motion detectors
- Range extender
Ring can be incorporated into an existing smart home system, including smoke alarms, lighting, window sensors, and Ring-compatible equipment. There aren't many third-party integrations, though.
- Equipment costs: For an alarm system, you'll pay under $200 for the basic kit, but more expensive kits are available. You can buy an individual camera for $99.
- Monthly costs are optional, but you can purchase monitoring for $10 a month. You can get a discount by paying yearly ($100).
- Cameras: Ring provides indoor and outdoor cameras, sometimes with night vision and other excellent perks.
- Professional monitoring option: If you want professional monitoring, you can purchase it for $10 per month.
- Video storage fees: If you want to store any of your videos, you must sign up for a storage plan. Some companies don't charge this.
- Monthly fees: Ring charges a higher monthly fee and has more features behind a paywall.
- Upfront payment: You'll have to pay more upfront as you can't spread the cost with a payment plan.
eufy Security: What you need to know
eufy is a modern provider that offers smart doorbells and other equipment without a subscription plan, and you can live stream and playback footage without paying extra. Let’s look at everything eufy has to offer.
The eufy app (available on Android and iOS) offers you notifications and is easy to use. Still, it’ll also walk you through a step-by-step installation process, regardless of the camera or equipment you choose. While installation is DIY only, it’s so simple that it’s not a problem. If you need extra help, customer support will be happy to help.
eufy’s parent company, Anker, provides a variety of home security cameras and appliances such as robot vacuums, smart lighting, and smart scales. You can’t buy an entire home security system, but you can buy cameras a la carte or in small bundles. You’ll need a eufy home base for most cameras, except the eufy video doorbell. Most eufy cameras have Wi-Fi/2.4ghz connectivity.
The eufy camera system is compatible with Apple Home kits and Google Assistant. Aside from other products Anker offers, there aren’t many smart devices with eufy.
Some popular eufy products include:
- eufycam 2 Pro: $239
- eufy Floodlight Cam: $279
eufy’s cheapest camera is under $40, and the home base includes 16GB of storage, including motion-activated footage. If you want a continuous recording, you can opt for a cloud storage plan which starts from $3 per month. If you need a more comprehensive system that covers up to 10 cameras, you’ll pay $10 a month.
- User friendly: It’s easy to set up your new eufy cameras.
- AI motion detection: Advanced motion sensors can tell the difference between a dog, a passing car, or a human, reducing the risk of false alarms.
- Motion zones: You can set your motion zones.
- Battery life: Some models have excellent battery life, but some have poor battery life. You should consider this carefully and check the reviews before purchasing.
- No SD Card storage: Most eufy cameras don’t have MicroSD Card storage.
Ring or eufy?
Suppose you’re looking for a provider that is part of a larger company and may provide additional home accessories such as robotic vacuums alongside excellent cameras with 2K resolution. In that case, eufy is a reasonable consideration.
However, the Ring video doorbell propelled Ring to fame several years ago, and they’ve enjoyed an excellent reputation ever since. Ring devices are reliable and affordable to meet your home security needs. You can buy a comprehensive security system from Ring, but eufy is more limited to just cameras.
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