Home security is one of the main concerns that we have. Home is our safe space, and we want it to feel that way. We not only want the home to protect us, but we also want to protect our homes when we aren’t there.
One of the first security measures that people put into place is getting a video doorbell installed. These smart doorbells allow two-way communication, motion sensors, night vision, live view on demand, and much more.
There are many quality doorbells available in the market, and it can easily become overwhelming for someone who doesn’t know much about the features that these doorbell cameras offer.
Zmodo vs. Ring: Comparison
Zmodo Greet and Ring are two of the top-notch options currently available in the market. To look at their differences and similarities, I will be comparing both the devices based on the following features:
- Field of View
- Power Supply
- Motion Detection
- Video Quality
- Night Vision
- Cloud Storage
- Two-Way Audio
- Color Schemes
Looking at the specifications of both the smart doorbells side-by-side will make it easier for you to compare the basics that the devices are equipped with and what they have to offer. Let’s take a look at both of their specifications before we jump into discussing the main features.
|Field of View||120° horizontal, 105° vertical||180° horizontal, 140° vertical|
|Video Quality||720p HD||720p HD|
|Live Video on Demand||Yes||Yes, when wired|
|Night Vision||Yes, LED technology||Yes, LED technology|
|Cloud Recording and Storage||No||Yes, paid|
|Dimensions (L x W x H) inches||5 x 2 x 3 inches||4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 inches|
|Easy to Set Up||Yes||Yes|
|iOS, Android, and Windows Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Color Choices||One||Four finishes available|
Field of View
Zmodo Greet video doorbell has a field of view of horizontal 120 degrees and vertical 105 degrees. Ring video doorbell has a comparatively wider field of view. It covers your space 180 degrees horizontally and 140 degrees vertically.
The Ring camera captures greater areas allowing you to see visitors at your front door, regardless of where they stand.
For Zmodo Greet, you need to hardwire it in your existing doorbell connection. If your doorbell used to work between 10VAC and 33VAC, then you can connect your Zmodo doorbell to the same wiring. Once it is connected, it is set to be used. You just have to turn the power on and connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and you are good to go.
The Ring video doorbell has a very easy installation process. All the tools that you’ll require for mounting the doorbell are already included. It will take a couple of minutes to complete the installation, which can be done by anyone without the help of a professional.
Both come with user manuals for ease of understanding. Connecting both the doorbells to your Wi-Fi network and paring them with the mobile apps is pretty easy.
Zmodo Greet needs to be hardwired, so it relies heavily on the wires that your current doorbell draws power from. This is why you need existing doorbell wires or will have to lay down new wires if you don’t already have a wiring system in place.
Ring video doorbell is dual-powered and runs on a rechargeable battery and also has support for battery power with a solar charging option. You can also install it on your existing doorbell setup. You don’t have to lay a new wiring system for it.
Zmodo Greet comes with just the doorbell and no other sets or kits. Additional equipment like sensors and motion sensors are essential depending on the size of your property and also helps when choosing a professional monitoring system.
Ring offers three different selling kits. This helps you customize the kit for your needs.
- Small apartments or condos – 5-piece kit – $199 (includes one entryway sensor and one motion detector)
- Two-bedroom houses – 10-piece kit – $259 (includes five entryway sensors and two motion detectors)
- Larger homes – 14-piece kit – $329 (includes eight entryway sensors and two motion detectors)
Zmodo Greet is enabled with a Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR). When the doorbell detects any motion within the field of view, the app will alert you with a 30-second video clip.
Ring’s motion sensor sends you alerts when motion is detected at your front door. With cloud recording on, video can be recorded for reviewing later. You might get some false alerts from the motion sensor, but this can be fixed by tweaking the sensitivity of the sensor with the customizable motion zones.
Zmodo Greet and Ring both offer a high-definition video resolution of 720 pixels. Both come with night vision and offer live video access via the app.
Zmodo Greet is equipped with an infrared night vision and has three levels of night vision sensitivity adjustment options. It can see up to 10 feet.
Ring comes with an infrared, black-and-white night vision, a necessary feature to look for. But the picture quality is a bit grainy, and the high video quality does little to compensate for it. It does not have a sensitivity adjustment as Zmodo Greet, but it can see up to 20 feet.
Zmodo Greet does not offer cloud storage, but it has an in-built storage capability of 8GB. The footage is stored locally in your unit, so you don’t have to pay any kind of fee.
Ring, on the other hand, comes with cloud storage that allows you to store the recorded feed and review it later, but you have to pay monthly fees for it, so cloud storage is optional.
Zmodo Greet and Ring, both allow two-way communication so that you can converse with the person at your door from anywhere in the world.
Ring has a noise-and-echo-canceling microphone that makes sure you can clearly hear the person at your door. The speaker is also loud to ensure that the visitor can hear your voice.
Zmodo Greet has a special feature that lets you record a personalized message to be played when you are not at home.
The Zmodo Greet comes in one color finish option:
The Ring comes in four color finish options:
- Venetian Bronze finish
- Polished Brass finish
- Satin Nickel finish
- Antique Brass finish
What Do You Get in the Zmodo Greet Doorbell Box?
Here are the things that you receive in the box when you buy the Zmodo smart doorbell:
- Zmodo Greet Smart Doorbell
- User manual
What Do You Get in the Ring Doorbell Box?
Here are the things that you receive in the box when you buy the Ring smart doorbell:
- Ring Smart Doorbell
- Mounting bracket
- Screwdriver bits and drill bits
- Wood screws
- Masonry screws and anchors
- Weather sealant
- Installation guide
- Warranty information
- User manual
- USB Charging cable
Pros and Cons – Zmodo vs. Ring
Zmodo Greet Doorbell
- It has a special message recording feature that helps you play personalized messages when you are not home.
- It has a ‘quiet hours’ feature for when you don’t want to be disturbed.
- The night vision comes with three levels of sensitivity adjustment.
- It offers 8GB in-built storage.
- It can easily be integrated with other products that Zmodo has to offer.
- It has no cloud storage option.
- It comes with just the smart doorbell and the user manual.
- It is wired.
Ring Smart Doorbell
- It comes with two power supply options, hardwiring in an existing setup, and rechargeable battery.
- It comes with Lifetime Purchase Protection.
- It has an optional cloud storage option.
- The box comes with everything you need to install and get started with your system.
- You can set customized sensitive zones and use them to adjust the sensitivity of your motion detectors.
- Ring has a wider field of view.
- For Live Video on Demand, the Ring needs to be hardwired.
- The motion sensor can be too sensitive and set off false alarms.
Zmodo vs. Ring: Which is the Best?
Now that I have walked you through the main features of both the smart doorbells, let’s look at which one wins this round.
When it comes to working abilities Ring definitely wins. It is one of the high quality and top-selling products with people rarely having any complaints about it. Zmodo Greet, on the other hand, is still learning.
Ring wins when it comes to battery use. Ring can be used as a wired as well as wired doorbell, while Zmodo Greet will only work as a wired doorbell, so you either need a pre-existing doorbell wiring or need to lay down new lines.
When it comes to cloud storage and recording, the preference is truly yours, but I think Ring wins here as well. Ring offers an optional and paid cloud recording option that lets you store the images and videos forever. Zmodo Greet does not have cloud storage. It comes with 8GB in-built storage, which is great as you do not have to pay anything, but if the unit is stolen or damaged, everything is lost.
Zmodo Greet wins when it comes to special features. You have the option to record personalized messages to be played when you aren’t home. You also get the feature ‘quiet hours’ for when you do not want to be disturbed.
Looks-wise, both the smart doorbells look great, but Zmodo Greet wins with a slight margin for its modern look.
As you have seen, Ring is better in a lot of aspects than Zmodo Greet. If you are in the market for a smart video doorbell, then I will definitely recommend going for Ring. Zmodo Greet is good too, but it isn’t as fine-tuned as a pro-player like Ring.