Several months ago, I bought a Ring video doorbell off Amazon. I added an audio ringer for the bedroom hallway to ensure we could hear the doorbell when we’re at the far end of our house. All this runs over our installed WiFi and seamlessly interfaces to our smartphones. We could not be more pleased.
As Baby Boomers, we’ve grown more concerned about home security. Let’s face it, when someone rings your doorbell, you’re reluctant to open the front door not knowing who it is. This is especially true at night. And even if someone is just on your doorstep, delivering a package or possibly contemplating mischief, we’d like to be alerted to their presence.
The Ring program alerts me whenever the doorbell is ringed. A video window opens on my smartphone so I can see who is at the door. If it is someone I don’t know, I can simply ask “Can I help you?” by pushing an icon on my phone. If it’s someone I know or an uniformed delivery person that needs a signature, I can let them know I’ll be right there. And if I’m at the store when the doorbell rings, I can ask the delivery person to just leave the package on the doorstep.In fact, no matter where I am, I can see, hear and talk to a person on my doorstep or in my front yard through the adjustable Ring motion detection system. It works! And they don’t have to know whether you are at home or not.
My wife is a tiny person and isn’t tall enough to see through the front door peephole. She feels much better now with Ring installed, knowing what’s going on without having to open the front door when I’m not there. And since I have the Ring application installed on my smartphone too, I can also see what’s happening even when I’m golfing, shopping or in business meetings.
Another thing, for just $3 monthly (or $30 annually), all my Ring videos are stored in the cloud. So, if someone does break into my house when we’re both gone, the police will have real evidence to work with once they arrive after being notified.
Ring also offers spotlight security cameras with the same capabilities as the doorbell. It’s something to think about depending on your situation. All these gadgets, by the way, run off rechargeable batteries.
The Bottom Line for Baby Boomers
New, inexpensive video technologies designed to work with Apple and Android smartphones are making life easier and more secure for Baby Boomers and our aging parents. Installing a video doorbell (which anyone can do by themselves) is something every Boomer should consider. For $100-$200, it provides peace of mind. And that’s something we can all use in the Fall and Winter of our lives.