Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) on a modern home's front door.

Comparing Video Doorbell (1st Gen) and Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

Learn the differences between Video Doorbell (1st Generation) and Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) by familiarizing yourself with their hardware and product specifications.

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Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation) has copper connectors on the back of the device and a mounting plate. 

Image of Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) device and mounting plate.

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) does not have the copper connectors on the back of the device or the mounting plate. To get the mount off the doorbell, put two fingers on the mount. With the other hand, pull the doorbell straight back to release the magnet holding them together. 

Image of Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) device and a mounting plate.

Product Specs Comparison

Ring Video Doorbell
(1st generation)
Ring Video Doorbell
 
(2nd Generation)
Power Options
Rechargeable internal battery, solar or hardwired.
For your safety, only use an existing doorbell transformer within the range specified below to power your device. For connecting to an existing doorbell system:
- Hardwired transformer (8 to 24 VAC, 50/60Hz, 5VA to 40VA) Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers
Rechargeable Quick Release Battery Pack, mains, solar or hardwired.
For your safety, only use an existing doorbell transformer within the range specified below to power your device. For connecting to an existing doorbell system:
- Hardwired transformer (8 to 24 VAC, 50/60Hz, 5VA to 40VA) Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers
Power supply
Internal battery
Internal battery
Compatible Doorbell Transformers
8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz. Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers
8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz. Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers.
Field of View
180 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical
155 - degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical
Video Resolution
HD 720P
HD 1080P
Finishes
Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel
Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel
Compatible Networks
2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Resistor
Yes, resistor needed when hardwiring.
No, resistor not needed when hardwiring
Diode
Yes. Diode needed when hardwiring and using a digital bell
No. Diode not needed when hardwiring and using a digital bell
Near Motion Zone
No
Yes. Improves battery life by limiting unnecessary alerts; more flexibility over motion zones
Size
4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 inches
12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 centimeters
4.98 x 2.4 x 1.10 inches
12.65 x 6.2 x 2.8 centimeters
Operating Temperature Range
-5 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (-20.5 degrees Celsius and 48.5 degrees Celsius)
Note:
 The devices are also weather-resistant.
-5 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (-20.5 degrees Celsius and 48.5 degrees Celsius)
Note:
 The devices are also weather-resistant.

Last updated 3 months ago