Are Ring Video Doorbells wireless or not? What are the limits of their wirelessness? Should they be hardwired to your electrical wiring or should they be plugged into a socket? What about batteries?
Ring Doorbells or Video Doorbells can be powered by batteries and can be powered by hardwiring. Either or. You can even use a power socket on it but that brings in the risk of it being unplugged depending on its placement. Don’t use it like a laptop though.
Don’t “recharge” its battery by plugging it in the power socket then unplugging it.
Are Ring Doorbells Wireless?
You can make your Ring Video Doorbell wireless if you wish to. So yes, they are wireless in that sense. They come with a rechargeable battery that can power the device for long time periods without the need for hardwired cables.
Every model other than the Ring Elite uses the Home Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. This way, it can send you notifications and alerts to your phone or archives of footage to the cloud if you have a cloud storage subscription.
On that note, some Ring Doorbells also require hardwiring alone and don’t have batteries. There are advantages to hardwiring over battery usage, chief among them a steady flow of power.
Wireless vs. Hardwired Ring Doorbells
Wired Ring Video Doorbell models require you to put it in a permanent state of powered function so that you don’t need to recharge it every 6 months to 2 years or something. Hardwiring also makes it harder for thieves to unhook your doorbell—they’d sooner trigger its alarm.
However, a wireless doorbell is convenient in its own right. Even if there’s a blackout in your town or county the doorbell will keep functioning like your smartphone, tablet, or some other mobile device would. It’s not mobile but you’ll be impressed with its rechargeable battery life.
Your Ring Video Doorbell can be completely wireless or it might require some basic wiring by your behest. Some prefer wireless because it’s harder to install doorbells with a hardwired setup for them since they lack do-it-yourself skills.
The Benefits of Having Your Own Ring Video Doorbell
The Ring Doorbell has gained popularity steadily over the years. This is thanks to the additional convenience and safety features they offer to users. They’re also easy to install, especially their wireless version. They’re quite dependable and multipurpose indeed.
Video doorbells work excellently as burglar deterrents. Vandals can also end up leaving video evidence of their vandalism attempts. If an incident occurs, you have proof to present to the police. You can also use the doorbell like an intercom if you wish.
Many people prefer the wireless version of the Ring Doorbell because it’s easier to setup, install, and integrate. A wired doorbell can work fine, but you might need assistance from an electrician to install it properly.
These Ring Doorbells Can Be Completely Wireless
If you’re searching or a completely wireless solution, you can go with the basic Ring Doorbell, Peephole Cam, Doorbell 3, and 3 Plus. You can have a completely wireless setup with any of the above models. They work fine using the battery charge with no compromise.
You just need to occasionally remove them from their perch or mount to access the battery and recharge it for about 8 hours so that you can use the device 6 more months or more. Hardwiring works best with communication and power.
In the abovementioned devices, these aspects can be dealt with by other means, such as battery power. Their batteries are rechargeable and removable. The device can work for a long time in a single charge.
What to Do When The Power Gets Depleted
You can use a standard wall charger in order to recharge the battery. The battery pack is easily removable too. Just take out the battery, replace it with a fully charged pack and recharge the depleted battery if you want to avoid doorbell downtime.
The Home Wi-Fi network handles communication. The Peephole Cam and Video Doorbell uses 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band over 802.11 B, G, or N protocols. The Ring Doorbell 3 Series uses dual-band Wi-Fi, which means they can connect to either 2.4GHz or 5GHz under the 802.11 AC standard.
These Ring Doorbells Need to Be Hardwired
Both Elite and Pro Doorbells require hardwiring. The Pro lacks a built-in battery. It gets its power solely from the wire. It also comes with the Pro Power Kit. This means you can use the kit to hardwire it to the home wiring (or have an electrician do it for you).
The Ring Elite needs an Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. This type of Internet ensures dependable, fast, and smooth data flow while also providing power to the unit over the PoE or Ethernet protocol.
This makes the doorbell work without the need of hardwiring. You still need to connect it to the Ethernet connection though so it’s still a wired device.
Why a Hardwired Video Doorbell is Beneficial
Hardwiring your video doorbell gets rid of the need of removing the battery pack for recharging in a loop. If you forget to recharge the battery, it can lead to you leaving a gap of time where you don’t have a functioning doorbell.
A hardwired doorbell by cables or Ethernet ensures constant Internet and power flow when push comes to shove. On the power front, just hardwire your Ring Doorbell into your existing door chime or previous doorbell wiring. A low-voltage transformer could also be utilized.
On the Internet front, you don’t need to constantly reset your Internet as much. You’ll occasionally still need to power cycle your Internet but it’s less likely to need to do that since wired connection work faster and more dependably.
More Things to Consider
You can operate many Ring Video Doorbells wirelessly. It depends on your model choice and whether you want it to work wirelessly or not. Wireless operation offers convenience for sure, but it comes with the inconvenience of recharging. A hardwired video camera and doorbell works indefinitely.
Look into the benefits of hardwiring and how much it will cost for you to hire someone to do it for you in case you don’t know how to hardwire devices like doorbells in your home in a DIY fashion.
- Snead, “Are Ring Doorbells Wireless? Here’s What You Need To Know…“, SmarterHomeGuide.com, July 19, 2021