Ring Video Doorbell users who want to expand the security perimeter around their home have a ready option in the Ring Stick Up Cam (available for $179). This outdoor camera, clearly designed as a companion to the company’s front-door sentinel, comes with customizable motion detection, two-way talk, and an assortment of installation possibilities.

The Stick Up Cam adheres pretty closely to the look of Ring’s video doorbells, with similar dimensions and design cues. The top of the body houses a motion sensor and a 720p HD lens with an 80-degree field of view. The lens is flanked on either side by three infrared LEDs for night vision. As with the doorbell, a built-in mic and speaker let you talk with anyone who moseys up to the camera.

“Stick up” implies, to me at least, a fairly informal installation, but that’s not exactly the case here. It’s apparent when you open the camera box and see a pair of mounts, screws, anchors, screwdriver, and drill bit, that setting up the Stick Up Cam requires a certain amount of consideration and elbow grease. Whether you decide to mount the camera to wood, stucco, brick, concrete, or vinyl, the array of included tools will help you get the job done.

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The Stick Up Cam comes with tools to mount it to wood, stucco, brick, concrete, or vinyl.

The Stick Up Cam is weatherproofed for rain and has an operating temperature of -5 degrees F to 120 degrees F. It’s powered by a 5,200mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. If you don’t want to have to remove it from its mount every few months to recharge it via USB (a USB cable is also included in the package), you can purchase Ring’s optional Solar Panel ($49) and mount it next to the camera to keep it continuously charged.

When motion is detected, the Stick Up Cam will push an alert to your mobile device and record video of the triggering event. You need a subscription to Ring’s cloud service to view the videos. A 30-day free trial comes with purchase of the camera; after that you can buy a Basic plan for $3 per month or $30 a year per camera, or a Protect plan for $10 per month or $100 a year for unlimited cameras.

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You can view a feed of recent activity from all your connected Ring devices in the companion app.

Ring recommends you fully charge the Stick Up Cam and connect it to your Wi-Fi before you mount it outside. The network-connection process only takes a few minutes with guidance from the Ring mobile app.

The app also provides a helpful instructional video for mounting the camera. There are two options: using the security mount and quick-release mount together, which lets you easily remove the Stick Up Cam for recharging (if you don’t use the Solar Panel), or attaching the security mount directly to a surface, which deters someone from walking off with the camera.

In either case, the Stick Up Cam has to be fastened to the security mount’s swivel arm. There are three mounting points on the back of the camera—top, middle, and bottom—each providing angling advantages depending on whether you mount the camera, say, high up on a wall, on a ceiling, or under some eaves.

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