If you're buying a Ring Stick Up Cam, buy the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired

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The new Ring Stick Up Cams are back and better than ever, but before you snatch up one — or four — for your home, you should be aware that not all Ring Stick Up Cams are created equal. We've looked beyond the names and the power sources to see the differences you need to know about before you buy.

Stick Up Cam Wired by Ring


Ethernet excellence

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Pros

  • Works indoors and outdoors
  • Flexibility in power and internet sources
  • Wider field of vision
  • Built-in siren to ward off intruders
  • Excellent Amazon Alexa, Echo integration
Cons

  • Has to be near either AC or Ethernet power
  • No video recordings without subscription
  • No 24/7 recording option
  • Doesn't play well with Google anymore

The Wired version of the new Ring Stick Up Cam sports a bigger camera sensor and support for Ethernet, Power over Ethernet, and customizable motion detection. It sounds odd that the Stick Up Cam Wired is actually the most flexible of the trio, and it is also the most adaptable and reliable.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery


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Pros

  • Works indoors and outdoors
  • Wire-free setup with battery pack
  • Built-in siren to ward off intruders
  • Good Amazon Alexa integration
Cons

  • Wi-Fi only
  • Cannot use microUSB power while battery recharges
  • Smaller camera field of range
  • No video recordings without subscription
  • No 24/7 recording option

This battery-powered Ring camera isn't chained down to an outlet, allowing you to mount it outside even if you lack outside power. The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is also excellent for using inside your home, where it can be easily moved between rooms or hidden away to see if the pet sitter is actually taking Fluffy for walks or just enjoying your cable.


Normally, the battery-powered version of a smart camera is the more flexible and desirable model, but the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired is better than the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery in just about every single way.

Bigger sensors and the power of freedom


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All Ring Stick Up Cams are 1080p, IPX5 "weather resistant" internet-connected security cameras with remote-activated sirens to scare off intruders, infrared Night Vision for seeing in the dark, and affordable subscription plans through Ring Protect for 60 days of access to video recordings. Where the three Ring Stick Up Cams vary — the Wired, the Battery, and the Solar — is in how they are powered, the size of their camera sensor, and their motion sensor options.

The Ring Cam Wired has two power options — microUSB cables or Power over Ethernet, while the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery can only be powered by Quick Release Battery Packs, and cannot be used while the Battery Pack recharges. If you want to keep the Battery model online during the 5-10 hours it takes a Battery Pack to recharge, you'll have to buy a second
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Ring Stick Up Cam Wired Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Weather-proofing IPX5 "splashproof" IPX5 "splashproof"
Power options microUSB
PoE Quick Release Battery Pack
Internet options Wi-Fi
Ethernet Wi-Fi
Camera field of range 150° horizontal
85° vertical 115° horizontal
65° vertical
Video quality 1080p 1080p
Customizable motion detection ✔️ ❌

The Ethernet compatibility on the Ring Stick Up Cam helps it completely sidestep one of Ring's most frequent issues: Wi-Fi wonkiness. If you've had issues with Ring cameras and Wi-Fi in the past, you know all too well the reliability of a hardwired connection is a godsend, as is the ability to skip the microUSB cable and use Power over Ethernet to give the camera both power and internet even when the camera is sitting in a outlet-less dead zone like a stone entryway.

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The other benefits of the Ring Stick Up Cam are a significantly larger field of view — the Wired can see significantly more horizontally and vertically than the Battery and Solar models — and the motion detection customization. In short, the Wired model films a larger area and features customizable motion detection, while the Battery version films a smaller area and has only "adjustable motion detection".

So, unless you absolutely have to rely on a battery pack for powering your camera, I'd highly recommend purchasing the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired, which can see more, detect smarter, and can be more reliable than the Wi-Fi only Battery thanks to Ethernet support.

Ring Stick Up Cam Wired


Ethernet excellence

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This camera can show more on its video and go more places.

This camera works with Ethernet — including the under-appreciated Power over Ethernet — and has a significantly larger field of range for its camera. If you're wary of the Wi-Fi weirdness Ring products tend to see, Wired can sidestep all of that.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery


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If you need a camera that can go beyond the AC outlets.

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If you need your Stick Up Cam in an area that doesn't have outlets nearby — or you want to flexibility of being able to move the Stick Up Cam easily from location to location within your home — the Battery version may have a smaller camera sensor, but it will work where Wired cams will not.

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