Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro review: Light up the night

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Attach two large floodlights to a Ring camera and you’ve got the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, a powerful, premium surveillance system that stands near the top of this market.

Don’t miss the word “Wired” in the product name. Like its predecessor, which we reviewed in September, 2019, this device must be permanently wired to an electrical receptacle via wire nuts (included) and mounted on the wall like a light fixture. If you’re replacing an existing floodlight, that may not be a big deal, but if you’re installing this from scratch, you might need engage an electrician.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best home security cameras, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.

Two 2,000-lumen floodlights that produce a relatively warm (3,000K) light dominate the device’s appearance. Each can be independently aimed by simply twisting the hinges that attach each light to the base. Between the two lights you’ll find the camera unit, a beefy Ring camera with a large motion sensor underneath the lens.

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The Ring Floodlight Cam Pro captures video in 1080p resolution, but you’ll need a subscription if you want recordings.

The camera features a 140-degree horizontal and 80-degree vertical field of view and 1080p resolution. Two-way audio is included, along with a 110dB siren that can be fired off on demand or if motion is detected when security settings are enabled. As a seamless part of the Ring ecosystem, you can easily tie alerts and actions to other Ring devices in your home. (As a side note, the unit is available in either black or white; consider white strongly, as the black unit I tested got quite hot sitting in the sun.)

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An overhead “Bird’s Eye View” shows you the path your visitors have taken.

Unlike most other Ring smart lighting devices, the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro does not require a Ring Bridge or other device to connect to your network. It connects to Wi-Fi directly—on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency bands—and  in my testing, the camera was up and running within a few minutes of following the intuitive setup instructions. (Installing the hardware is the more daunting part of the setup process.)

It doesn’t take much time using the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro to realize how incredibly powerful it is, starting with some of its impressive motion-detection features. The 3D Motion Detection with Bird’s Eye View feature is a game-changer. This feature lets you specify (via an overhead world map) exactly where your camera is placed and which way it is aimed. When motion is detected, recording begins, and the location of the motion is plotted on that overhead map, showing you exactly where it took place and tracking the movement over time. It’s powerful and informative—and in my testing, both quite sensitive and accurate.

The feature is aided by one of the most seamless playback interfaces I’ve seen to date in a camera system, letting you drag a 24/7 timeline of activity back and forth and scan through video in fast motion with no interruptions and no frustrating delays for buffering, although your mileage may vary based on the speed of your internet connection. When motion is detected, the scrubbing automatically slows down so you don’t accidentally skip past something important, then it speeds up again when all is quiet. This makes it incredibly fast and easy to find clips of interest, even over the course of multiple days, without the lengthy trial-and-error search process required by many competing services.

Note that you will need to pay a subscription to record anything (otherwise the camera can only be used for live viewing and two-way conversation). At a minimum, you need a Ring Protect Basic subscription ($3 per month), which includes 60 days of 24/7 recording history. Thirty days of the service are included for free and are automatically initiated when you first set up the device. That said, $3 per month is decidedly affordable compared to the rest of the market, although it covers only one camera. The $10-per-month Ring Protect Plus plan covers an unlimited number of cameras—including Ring’s video doorbells—and if you also own a Ring Alarm system, it includes 24/7 professional monitoring. That’s an even better deal if you have Ring’s security system and/or lots of other Ring cameras.



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