Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) on a modern home's front door.

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) Information

Learn about the features, tech specs and installation for Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation).

What is Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)?

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) (discontinued) provides a new level of security, by notifying you when someone is on your property and letting you see and speak with anyone at your front door.

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What are the features of Ring Video Doorbell?

  • 720p HD Video
  • Motion detection
  • Live View
  • Infrared Night Vision
  • Weather-resistant design
  • Installs in minutes - no professional help or special tools required
  • Theft protection
  • Works with iOS and Android
  • Wifi Connected
  • Available in four fashionable finishes
  • Does not require connection to a wired doorbell

Product specs

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)
Power Options
Rechargeable battery power or hardwire to existing doorbell kit
Battery Life
approximately 1,000 activations
Compatible Doorbell Transformers
8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz, DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers not compatible
Field of View
180 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical
Video Resolution
HD 720P
Ring Video Doorbell comes in two different colors: Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel.
Compatible Networks
2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Motion Detection
Five selectable zones and customizable sensitivity scale
Live View Available
4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 inches
12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm
Operating Temperature Range
-5 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (-20.5 degrees Celsius and 48.5 degrees Celsius)
 The devices are also weather-resistant.

Power supply

Does Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) operate on battery power?

The Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) connects to existing doorbell wiring or runs off the built-in rechargeable battery. It lasts approximately 1,000 activations on a single charge with regular use.


What do I need to install Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)? 

Everything you need comes in the box:

  • Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Mounting bracket
  • Miniature level
  • Screwdriver handle
  • Two-sized screwdriver bit
  • Screws
  • Screw anchors
  • A drill bit for anchors
  • User manual
  • Installation instruction guide 
  • Diode

Does Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) use a diode for digital doorbell kits?

Yes. The Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) comes with an enclosed diode. More information on when and how to use the diode

Which existing doorbell systems is Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) compatible with?

Ring Doorbell is compatible with most mechanical or digital doorbell kits that use transformers between 8 and 24 volts AC. DC transformers are not supported. 

Internet requirements

What wifi networks is Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) compatible with?

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) is compatible with 802.11 b/g/n wifi networks operating on 2.4 GHz frequencies. Ring recommends WPA2 wifi security.

What is the recommended Internet speed for Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)?

For best streaming performance, we recommend 1 Mbps upload and download speeds but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance.

Data usage and recording plans

Does Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) use data all the time or just when it's activated?

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) will only use data when it’s activated by a motion or when you access the Live View. If Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) doesn’t detect motion or isn’t activated with the app, it won’t use your data.

What is Ring Protect?

Ring Protect is a comprehensive subscription that activates video recording and photo capture, saving and sharing for your Ring video doorbell or security camera, plus a few extra perks.

Without Ring Protect, you’ll still receive real-time notifications, and can see, hear and speak to visitors from your mobile device, but will not receive videos.

Purchases, refunds and warranties

Does Ring Video Doorbell have a warranty?

Yes, a limited warranty on parts and labor and theft protection apply.  

Tap here for more information on Ring's Limited Warranty and Theft Protection Plan. 

What is the Ring's refund policy?

Yes, it has a one-year parts and labor and lifetime theft protection.

What is Ring's refund policy?

Please refer to Ring’s refund policy.

Last updated 7 months ago