The Ring Floodlight Cam impressed us back in 2017 with its sharp image quality and ability to work with other smart devices, but at the time, its companion app was a bit buggy. With the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro ($249.99), the app is no longer a hindrance and Ring has enhanced the camera with welcome features such as HDR video, dual-band Wi-Fi, 3D motion detection, and a bird’s-eye view of motion events. The $199.99 Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera remains our Editors’ Choice winner thanks to even sharper 2K video and greater third-party compatibility, though the Ring is good alternative if you’re looking to illuminate your entire yard.
Weatherproof Housing With Dual-Band Wi-Fi
Available in a black or white finish, the IP65 weather-resistant Floodlight Cam Wired Pro measures 7.7 by 12.8 by 8.5 inches (HWD). It uses two adjustable LED lamps that each put out 2,000 lumens and have a 3,000K color temperature. For comparison, the lights on the Eufy Floodlight Camera each have a brightness of 2,500 lumens, while the lights on the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera each reach 3,000 lumens. In any case, the Cam Wired Pro’s lamps were bright enough to light up my backyard in testing. The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight, meanwhile, is aptly named in that it shines a spotlight on whatever is moving around on your property, but it isn’t going to light the whole area up like a floodlight will.
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The camera enclosure sits just below and in between the two lamps. It houses a 1080p HDR sensor with a 140-degree horizontal field of view; a speaker and microphone; a 110dB siren; and six infrared LEDs for black-and-white night vision. If the floodlights are on, the camera can deliver color night vision, too. It uses a dual-band Wi-Fi radio to connect to your home network. The camera interacts with other Ring devices, supports Alexa voice commands, and connects with many third-party smart home devices via IFTTT. That said, it doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit platform or Google Assistant.
The Floodlight Cam Pro uses the same 3D motion radar technology that Ring first introduced with its Video Doorbell Pro 2. In a nutshell, the 3D motion detection feature lets you create custom motion zones with distance thresholds. When the sensor detects an object, it measures the distance between the object and the camera and sends an alert if that distance exceeds the threshold. This technology also powers Ring’s Bird’s Eye View feature that lets you see where visitors to your home traveled while on your property. These events appear as dots on an aerial map and show the path of the visitor.
As with every other Ring camera, the Pro 2 requires a Ring Protect subscription in order to view recorded video and access some of these more advanced features. The Basic Plan gives you 60 days of rolling storage for one camera and goes for $3 per month or $30 per year. The Plus Plan costs $10 per month or $100 per year and provides 60 days of storage for all of your Ring cameras.
The Floodlight Cam Wired Pro uses the same mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as every other Ring device. The app opens to a dashboard screen that lists all of your Ring products; this section also shows shortcuts for Neighbors (the community app …….