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Knock Knock... Who's There?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

I think Timmothy (the artist) has come up with an original knock knock joke here. Now a days one doesn't have to wonder who is at the door, you just get a video doorbell.

I have a Ring brand doorbell BUT I do not recommend them for a couple of reasons. It has a annual fee of  $49.99 that just went up $10. and I have been very disappointed with the clarity of the videos. Also the delay between it letting me know when someone is at the door is such that they usually have left before I can talk to them on the phone.

If you are interested in a video doorbell I highly recommend you check eBay, they are as low as $10.00 for the unit (shown below) and there is no annual fee.

I just ordered one of the above for my office so I will let you know how the $10. doorbell works compared to the Ring doorbell I purchased for $150.00.

Last of all your video doorbell is more likely to catch a porch piriate steeling your packages that it is to record this guy at your door.

 

 

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Comments (34)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Haven’t purchased a Ring yet . Based on your experience, I’m not sure I’m in a hurry to do so 

Feb 16, 2024 07:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Dorie Dillard Austin TX when I purchased my Ring I did not know about the Google Nest... I wish I would have. I do believe that Ring would improve my clarity IF I would subscribe to a more expensive plan. How crappy is that!

Feb 16, 2024 07:07 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754  perhaps a porch pirate may find it to much trouble but the seclusion may be very appealing to Charlie Manson.

Feb 16, 2024 07:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would never do business with them (Ring) again Michael J. Perry and when my annual contract is up I will go with a product that doesn't require a annual subscription after paying ten times the cost of the equipment others charge. That being said I've only seen those low, low prices on eBay. I believe Nest and other cameras sold in retail stores are priced similar to Ring.

Feb 16, 2024 07:14 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good heads up on the 'Ring'.  I too bought ring and while pleased with clarity very disappointed with not being able to put camera a bit further away from house in order to see upper shelf activities.  Oh well, live...I mean 'buy' and learn.  lol  M

Feb 16, 2024 10:23 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Well Bob sorry you're having issue with your ring.  We've had ring for quite some time and it works just fine. Course we are right in town and reception is very clear.  Wonder if that makes a difference.

Feb 16, 2024 10:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Camera placement has also been a problem for us Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho . We had to block a porch light for the best picture and we also find that it doesn't capture someone walking up to the camera until they are so close you can not see their face. Once they are there it does a good job of showing them walk away.

Feb 16, 2024 12:40 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Anna "Banana" Kruchten we have had the $39.00 a year package from the get go (which now is $49.00). I am wondering if a more advanced package (more expensive) is the difference? Do you also have the basic subscription?

Feb 16, 2024 12:43 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Bob ours is $43.43 a year - Gary just said.  Cheap and works great here.  I have no idea what the difference could possibly be.   Strange tho.....

Feb 17, 2024 09:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- Sorry about your Ring Doorbell. We've had ours for over 5 years and love it. We also have a Nest camera inside and a Solium+ in our back yard. 

Feb 16, 2024 06:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's good information you're sharing about security cameras.  I hadn't realized there was a subscription fee with Ring.

Feb 16, 2024 07:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 16, 2024 08:05 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Isn't it sad that we must have a video of our front door due to the increasing crime?  Thank you for sharing and looking forward to hearing how well your $10 video camera works.

Feb 17, 2024 05:27 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good morning Kathy Streib 😊. I am wondering if you and Anna "Banana" Kruchten purchased the more advanced package then I did at $39. (now $49.) ? I had not heard of the Soliom+ til now so I just looked it up. I like it, it may be next on my list.

Feb 17, 2024 06:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat , while the subscription fee is only $49. a year I don't see why they should have it at all (especially with the crappy service and quality I receive). I am eager to share how well the $10. system works.

 

Thank you for featuring this post with the Old Farts Club group! 

Feb 17, 2024 06:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is sad Leanne Smith . I blame much of it on the drugs coming across our Southern boarder and the addiction it has brought U.S. citizens. Way to many people are unable to work due to addiction so stealing is how they support their habit.

Feb 17, 2024 06:52 AM
Leanne Smith

How many people know drugs are bad are addicting are often the result of people not accepting the consequences of their actions. This may sound uncaring. Life is hard not easy.  People are looking for easy and often believe it lies in a moment of bliss that the drugs can provide.

Feb 17, 2024 07:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Cute comic strip of Timmothy's, Bob! We have an excellent front door camera. It takes above average videos.

Feb 17, 2024 06:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I wish I could say the same . Our camera is slow to start and the quality is grainy.

Feb 17, 2024 06:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob I am so sorry I missed this post, now that I am here I guess you can say I am late to the party:)Endr

Feb 19, 2024 11:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

.p.s.: not a fan of ring or anything like that I believe that if you have that they can break into your camera and the list goes on and on...Endre

Feb 19, 2024 11:53 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

No need to apologize Endre Barath, Jr. I am glad you are here now. 😊 I have heard of hackers taking over cameras and that is scary. When I am not using my web cams I either unplug them or turn them towards the wall.

Feb 20, 2024 06:52 AM