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Ring Chime Pro vs WiFi Extenders

Today’s IAG sortie examines the Ring Chime Pro and WiFi extenders. “Wait!” you say. “Isn’t Chime? Pro is a WiFi extension?” Our definition of “extender” says no. Chime Pro connects to a router using WiFi and not cables (e.g. copper or coax).

Chime Pro “repeats” a WiFi signal from a router to reach distant Ring devices (i.e. end-users) such as the Ring Audio Doorbellcam. Unfortunately, Chime Pro is only compatible with Ring devices. Techies who like to mix and match IoT gear from different manufacturers should look elsewhere.

Ring Chime Pro is not the right tool to boost your WiFi signal. Chime Pro works only with Ring IoT devices, we repeat. Its functionality is therefore limited in comparison to a fully-featured WiFi extender/repeater.

This is a common marketing tactic for tech products. Home Depot, for example, advertises the Ring Chime Pro “connects unlimited amounts of Ring Video Doorbells Ring Security Cameras Ring Chimes and Ring Chimes”

What data speeds will these devices get? We don’t know. Good luck with determining Chime Pro’s data speed throughput. A thorough search of vendors and support.ring.com did not yield any answers. The ring may not be promoting Chime Pro’s throughput (as so many wireless routers do), but it is probably far from prepossessing.

According to reports, Chime Pro repeaters overheat frequently and stop working before the warranty expires. This YouTube video is by Paleo Postman, aka “Mr. Hands. His Ring Chime Pro stopped working, and he would like to hear your thoughts about your Chime Pro experience.

Chime Pro & Windows OS

The Ring Chime Pro plugs into any standard power outlet (110-240 A.C.) and “extends [sic] WiFi signal for Ring devices” (emphasis added). It improves the performance of your device, including wireless video doorbells, surveillance cameras, and solar panels.

Apple-friendly devices for Chime Pro, IoT devices, and Chime Pro are available. Ring users are encouraged to create an iCloud account to download the Ring app on their iPhones or iPads. Android users can also download the app with a Google Play account.

“Wait!” you say. Support.ring.com says that you cannot use a laptop or desktop computer to set up and manage the Ring app settings. Kohl’s however, claims that the Chime Pro works with all iOS (9.3+), Android (5+), and Windows 10 devices.

One searches deeper and finds. After Amazon bought Ring maker Doorbot on April 10, 2018, it stopped offering Ring App functionality for Windows Mobile devices. The app works on Windows desktops, tablets, and laptops running Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update (v. 1709 ) (or newer).

Device setup must be done using an iOS device or Android device. The “ring alarm content” will not be displayed on a Windows tablet, desktop, or laptop running the Ring app. Alarm functions cannot be controlled via an Android or iOS device.” This statement does not inspire confidence in using the Ring app on an MS Surface Get tablet.

A “real” WiFi extender would be more useful and allow you to use a laptop or PC to control IoT device functions. Or at the very least, a Windows-friendly WiFi repeater that works with all other Ring devices.

Chime Pro, WiFi

Chime Pro deploys 802.11b/g/n WiFi. “Wait!” you say. “It doesn’t work with 5GHz ( 802.11ac/ax).” No, but Chime Pro connects with IoT devices.

These home security devices can be used intermittently. Many devices are outdoor-based and require the ” Attenuation Value” at 2.4 GHz to penetrate walls between Chime Pro hosts and outside Ring devices. You can reserve 5 GHz of the greater data capacity for entertainment, audio streaming, and gaming.

Chime Pro cams can transmit HD quality (1080p resolution), images. “Wait!” you say. “Chime Pro Cams don’t stream 24/7 because HD quality images generate large data streams that need lots of bandwidth?” Yes, Ring cam video recording works only when it is activated by motion or alarm.

Support.ring.com recommends that users “ensure (that) their WiFi can provide adequate upload speeds (for (their) Ring devices via the Chime Pro. This requires 4 Mbps to all 1080p Rings devices or 2 Mbps to 720p Rings devices.

“Wait!” you say. You say, “Does this mean I only need 4 Mb for all my Ring cameras?” Netflix recommends 5 Mb/s download speeds per data stream for HD quality images and 3 Mb/s for SD quality images.

You will likely need multiple Ring cameras connected to your Chime Pro. Chime Pro works as a WiFi repeater and can only reproduce the router’s speed. Make sure your ISP has enough bandwidth to support all your WiFi devices, including Ring devices.

This Amazon review by “SMD illustrates. “Our Ring Pro doorbell receives 20 Mbps down speeds and 10 Mbps high-speed speeds. This speed creates enough lag that the app can only open slowly. There is also a delay of 4 to 5 seconds between real-time and the video feed.

Is Your WiFi Repeater “Chime?”

The Chime Pro WiFi repeater transmits audible alerts to Ring doorbells and surveillance cameras. You can select from several different volume levels and alert tones. There is also a “Do not disturb” mode that allows you to ignore unwelcome calls.

Chime Pro has separate chimes for motion sensors and doorbell alerts. Users can also assign different chimes to distinguish alerts from different Ring devices.

Chime Pro’s setup is simple, which is a credit to the company. Simply plug the device into an electrical outlet. Open the Ring app once the Ring logo flashes blue. Next, click “Add device” and you can start a startup. The app guides the user seamlessly through the entire process. Amazon now owns Chime Pro (which was bought for $1 bn). Its functionality has been integrated into Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa.

Chime Pro isn’t the only company selling WiFi repeaters that emit audible alerts. Google Nest WiFi points can also send alerts, but at a faster data speed and throughput because it has 5GHz capability.

Chime Pro Data Security

Are you up to date with current news stories? Did you know that Amazon is facing criticism from privacy advocates due to Ring’s data security flaws?

Last Christmas, a hacker hacked into the Ring network and claimed to be Santa Claus to a family’s 8-year-old daughter. Similar incidents were also reported in at least five other American States. Furthermore, the victims claimed that they had created “unique and complicated passwords” to their Ring networks.

The family of the little girl who was taunted by Santa Claus filed a lawsuit against Amazon. They claim that Amazon doesn’t provide adequate protection for consumers and their data.

Cnet.com also reported in November 2019 that Ring researchers had discovered a security flaw that allowed hackers to steal WiFi passwords and user names. In 2016, researchers hack a Ring doorbell to see how it works.

Amazon has partnered with over 600 police departments, making it possible for authorities to request and obtain footage from Ring cameras, including images taken inside homes, which privacy advocates find alarming. These images can be kept by police authorities indefinitely and shared with others without the need to provide evidence of criminal activity.

Amazon has made Ring software available to authorities. They can request up to 12 hours of video from anyone within a quarter-mile of a suspected crime scene. This is according to the Washington Post. Amazon demands that police provide only a case number and not evidence or court orders.

Coming soon to a Ring cam near you–facial-recognition capabilities, courtesy of Ring firmware updates. When you walk your dog along a sidewalk in your area, you will see a webcam pointed directly at the street from the top of a house.

Chime Pro-Social Commentary

We couldn’t resist adding comments by a Washington Post user who “translate(d),” this “Orwellian monster’s self-serving BS”.

“Ring’s Terms of Service (ToS), state that users must ensure that the cameras are installed within the boundaries of the user’s property. The ring will not view users’ videos to verify compliance.

“Yet… footage was taken by (Ring cameras) clearly shows it recording the sidewalk or roadway in front the home. TRANSLATION Customers are warned not to spy in public places (wink, wink). But if they do, we won’t even check.

“Ring does not own or control the videos of users and the Neighbors Portal was designed to allow users to make their own decisions about whether they want to give their videos to police. TRANSLATION This allows us to avoid any legal liability even if you violate the TOS.

“Ring’s privacy policies state that it doesn’t ‘knowingly collect personal data online from children under 13 years old but there is no monitoring system. Ring’s customers have control over their video recordings and, like any security camera system, Ring cannot verify or know that a child is within the range of the device.

“Yet Ring’s vast reserve of videos of children at their doorsteps — shared and tagged by Ring’s neighbors — is an unmistakable sign of its holiday advertising campaigns.
TRANSLATION Don’t… but let us know if you do.

“Facial Recognition was an unreleased concept. TRANSLATION We will make it available to the public as soon as possible while keeping corporate responsibility from its misuse.

Coda

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