In a word: yes.
The Ring Chime Pro instantly solves two problems for Ring Video Doorbell owners. The first was that the original Chime – the bit that makes the noise in your house when someone presses the smart doorbell – simply wasn’t loud enough. We had our original Chime in the living room of our modest three-bedroom house, and we could barely hear it upstairs. Ring has cranked the volume to 11 with this new Chime, so that you’ve got a much better chance of hearing it at max volume.
The second great thing they’ve done with the Chime Pro is to make it double as a Wi-Fi extender. The Ring doorbell only works on the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band and its Wi-Fi reception is poor. We can’t get a strong enough signal from our router to the doorbell, which is no more than five or six meters and a couple of walls away. Previously we were using a plug-in Wi-Fi extender as well as the Chime – now the single Chime Pro device can serve both purposes. That saves electricity and unnecessary congestion on the Wi-Fi network.
The Chime Pro has two external antennae sticking out either side of the unit, which might obstruct a neighbouring socket on a double wall plug. However, those antennae ensure that the Wi-Fi connection is solid. I’ve been using the Chime Pro for more than a week and we’ve not missed a single ring of the doorbell.
Sadly, the Chime Pro only extends the Wi-Fi to other Ring devices – you can’t use it as a Wi-Fi extender for your laptops, smartphones or other devices, which seems like an opportunity missed. And at £49, it’s one expensive doorbell chime. But if you need to make your Ring Video Doorbell system more audible and less hassle, it’s an expense that’s probably worth sucking up.
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