Impressive two-way audio and access control

Impressive two-way audio and access control

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With its new intercom, Ring aims to do for apartment owners and renters what it’s already done for those living in homes: providing an easy way to communicate with anyone who knocks on the door . The company announced the product at IFA 2022 and we were able to test it in action and see what it is.

First, picture it. You are not at home and you get a call from someone who has delivered something ahead of time. Or the handyman who was supposed to check for a faulty solar panel installed on the roof of your building and kept ignoring appointments, then one day you decided to move out (it’s a true, personal story). What do you do? You ask them to randomly try out other apartments in the building, you scramble them to find a way in, or you block them until you get back home.

With a connected intercom, this is not a problem. You summon them from afar, and they have access to the lobby and shared building space, but not your own home. The delivery driver can drop the package in your mailbox or leave it in a secure designated location, and the handyman can fix anything they can access from common areas.

That’s what Ring aims to do with its intercom and has been using a similar but less powerful product for a few years ( pointed opener), I can appreciate all the extra features that Ring has added here.

The product looks like a simple white square box that you physically attach to the internal structure of your existing intercom at home. providing a ring compatibility checker for different brands and models, but keep in mind that this is for audio-only units. This will not work if your building is equipped with a video intercom.

It needs to be a bit easy to set up (it took me about 30 minutes to set up the Nuki opener, and it looks like it’s pretty much the same), but you don’t need more than a simple screwdriver and its For a little logic follow the instructions and connect it properly. Nothing needs to be changed on the main exterior intercom of the building. My personal pro tip: Just take pictures of your old wiring before replacing anything, so you can return them if needed.

The square box is affixed to the wall with double-sided tape and can sit anywhere near your intercom unit (left, right, top or bottom). It comes with a rechargeable battery—the same Ring uses for its video doorbells and security cameras—so you can buy extra batteries and a charging dock for fast swapping. And it apparently connects to Wi-Fi.

With logistics and specifications, let’s talk about what Ring Intercom can do. In its most basic form, it lets you remotely unlock the gate of your building and let yourself or someone else in. You can also share access with other household members and view a log of all intercom actions (ring, buzz, talk). It worked great in our demo. To avoid accidental unlocking, you’ll need to tap and hold in the app for a bit before the door opens.

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This is exactly what the Nuki opener does. Where Ring goes the extra mile is by supporting encrypted two-way audio, letting you talk and discuss with anyone in your apartment from your phone. Or your Amazon Alexa speaker at all.

Even on a noisy and Wi-Fi-saturated IFA show floor, audio was clear and delays were almost non-existent. I could talk to the external intercom unit and a second later could hear my voice from the mobile ring app. I won’t deny that I was a little jealous because it’s a feature I’ve wanted to support the Nuki with for years, but the company claimed it was too hungry and too complex to implement in many intercom systems. Is. I was amazed to see it working so smoothly on the Ring intercom. Because to be honest, it’s nice for someone to be able to open the door to your building from afar, but it would be better if you talk to that person first and know who they were and what they needed, right?

Another benefit of Ring’s Amazon affiliation is its direct integration with Amazon Delivery. If you opt in, a verified driver will only have temporary access to your building when they’re near it on their route, so they can leave a package in your mailbox or at your door when you’re not home Huh. Their access is revoked when they drive. This is much better than sharing the building code with the driver or asking them to come back some other day.

Ring also plans to enable a similar feature for guests, so you can give them scheduled access without having to share a physical key or revoke it at any time they need to enter the building. Can you

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Since the Intercom is aimed at apartment dwellers, it is launching in the first European market on September 28, 2022, starting with pre-orders in Germany and the UK. Ring’s website, Amazon UKAnd Amazon Germany, (Other markets will follow later.) A single unit will cost £119.99 or €129.99, but a bundle with additional batteries and a charging station will also be available for £149.99 or €169.99 (£89.99 or €99.99 starting price) . No additional subscription will be required for any of the features.

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