We get frequent visitors here at the TechnoBuffalo office—at least a few a day. That's not an issue in and of itself, but the problem is we can't actually see who's outside our door until we open it (sadly, there's no peephole). That makes for some awkward situations when solicitors come knocking. That's where the Ring video doorbell comes in.

Here are the important bits:

  • 180-degree, 1280×720 live video
  • 5200mAh battery for up to a year of use
  • Two-way talk
  • Infrared LEDs for night vision
  • Rugged construction
  • MSRP: $199

The basic function of the Ring is to see who's knocking at your door. But it serves a more important role in ensuring your safety. Equipped with a number of sensors, Ring is capable of detecting motion, giving you a heads up when someone is outside even before they approach your door. You can then choose to engage whoever is there, or just ignore them completely.

Not only is this convenient when you're home, but it also helps you monitor your property when you're on vacation. You can essentially answer your door from anywhere—there's an app for iOS and Android—whether you're home or not, giving you the opportunity to act if someone shady is on your doorstep. And with the HD camera, you should get a pretty crystal clear look at who you're dealing with.

In addition to its functionality, the Ring is pretty easy to use all around, making it perfect for technophiles and complete novices. And it's simple to install—just mount it to a wall, connect it to your Wi-Fi network using the Ring app, and you'll be good to go; it only took us about 10 minutes to get up and running. The company behind Ring says the device comes with a proprietary mounting screw for security reasons, but if it's ever ripped off your wall, you'll get a replacement for free.

To see the device in action, check out the video above. Home owners should take a hard look at what this device has to offer. Sure, you might find that a more robust security system is a better fit for your home, but you'll be looking at monthly fees and complicated installs. With Ring, all it takes is 10 minutes and a smartphone.