How to Install Ring Doorbell in 3 Different Ways

How to Install Ring Doorbell

Do you want to know to install Ring Doorbell? That’s easy! Follow the three methods mentioned below.

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How to Install Ring Doorbell App

Before installing the Ring Doorbell, you usually have to set it up with the Ring app first. It is a single free app you can use across all Ring devices. You can download it to most Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. If you want to learn how to install Ring Doorbell, follow the instructions below:

  1. Download the app to your mobile device.
  2. Tap “Setup Device” in the menu. Select the specific Ring Doorbell you want to set up from those in the list.
  3. For a much easier process of set up, you can scan the QR code on the device. It will automatically connect to the app this way. You can do this by choosing the “Scan QR Code” option in the app menu. (Skip this step if you want to connect the app manually)
  4. It helps if you name your other Ring products. You can create your own or choose the suggested device name.
  5. Specify your address to ensure the device works properly. By allowing the app to use your location service, it can determine your exact location. You can also manually enter your home address.
  6. Activate the Ring device to connect with the app and Wi-Fi network. Do this by pushing the orange button on the back of the Ring Doorbell. After pressing this button, there should be a spinning white light around the button in front of the device. Charge the doorbell if you do not see the light.
  7. When the device is in setup mode, the app will prompt you to link to the Wi-Fi. Choose the correct network from the menu and enter the password. If the device successfully connected, it will flash four times. Once connected, the front button’s light ring will flash white to show the software is updating. Wait until it is done before doing anything.

*Connecting to the main network is often automatic on Android devices. For iPhones or iPads, you can do this manually by going to “Settings” on your phone. Choose the network that starts with “Ring-” in the “Wi-Fi” menu.

  1. Test the doorbell by pressing the button in front of the device. It works if you get a notification that someone rung your doorbell.

When you are done setting up the Ring Doorbell, you can now physically install the device.

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How to Install Ring Doorbell Without Existing Doorbell

Installing a Ring Doorbell 2 without an existing doorbell is a simple process. Start by charging the battery, plugging it into a power source using the included orange cable. You will know it is fully charged when the small light on the top of the device turns green. When done charging, insert the battery back into the device.

Here are the instructions:

  1. Choose a part of the wall next to the door where you will install the Ring Doorbell, around chest height.
  2. Use the level tool included with the device. Insert it into the small hole you see on the front part of the doorbell, just below the camera.
  3. Using this tool, level the Ring Doorbell and mark the positions where the mounting holes will be.
  4. Drill holes on the positions you marked to create mounting holes.
  5. If you are installing the device on concrete, brick, or stucco, don’t forget to install the plastic anchors first. If needed, hammer the anchors into the holes.
  6. If you are mounting it on vinyl or wood, then just using the screws are okay.
  7. Remove the level tool then screw the Ring Doorbell 2. Use all four screws.
  8. Install the faceplates by sliding it over the doorbell then click into place.
  9. Use the security screws to ensure the doorbell is installed safely.

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How to Install Ring Doorbell with Existing Doorbell

Installing the Ring Doorbell 2 when you already have a doorbell is easy. Before mounting the device, remember to set it up with your Ring app first.

Here are the instructions:

  1. Charge the battery to full until the indicator light glows green.
  2. When done charging, insert the battery into the device.
  3. Shut off the power before removing the old doorbell and disconnecting the wires. Note that you need a transformer with 8-24 VAC if you are wiring into an existing doorbell. On the other hand, you need to use a resistor if you are wiring it directly to a transformer. Ring Doorbell 2 doesn’t support DC transformers and almost all intercoms.
  4. Use the level tool and adaptor plate to line the Ring doorbell. Make the places where the drill holes will be.
  5. Drill the mounting holes, keeping in mind to use the plastic anchors if you will mount the device on concrete, brick, or stucco. For wood or vinyl, the included screws will suffice.
  6. If your existing doorbell is digital, you need to install the included diode. For mechanical doorbells, the diode is not required. It will actually damage your old doorbell.
  7. If the wires of the existing doorbell are making it difficult to install the doorbell, you can use the wire extensions, and wire nuts included.
  8. Connect the wires out of the wall to the unit on either screw.
  9. Remove the level tool then feed all the wires into the wall and screw the device onto it.
  10. Install the faceplate and tighten the security screws.

You can also watch this video on how to install a Ring Doorbell to see how it is done.

Ring Doorbell Models

All the steps on installing Ring Doorbell mentioned above works on the different models. There may be some differences in the location of the setup buttons, but the idea is still the same. The steps apply to Ring Doorbells, such as:

  • Ring Doorbell

It is the standard model, measuring 4.98 x 2.43 inches. You can install it on any home, including apartments, since it has a built-in rechargeable battery. It works by connecting with Wi-Fi with features such as preset motion zones and 720p video.

  • Ring Doorbell 2

Ring Doorbell 2 is the upgrade version of Ring Doorbell. From 720p, it now has 1080p HD video resolution. It has a 90-degrees vertical vision and 160-degrees horizontal vision. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the motion-detection zones.

  • Ring Doorbell Pro and Elite

Both are upgraded versions of Ring Doorbell 2. They have almost the same features but does not include the rechargeable battery. For Elite, you need to hardwire it to a doorbell transformer. As for Pro, you have to install it with an existing doorbell.

  • Ring Doorbell 3

The newest addition to Ring Doorbell models, Ring Doorbell 3 upgrades the features other video doorbells offer. Aside from the usual, its 1080p HD video comes with a night vision. The two-way talk also has noise cancellation. Also, it has privacy zones and dual-band Wi-Fi.

  • Ring Doorbell 3 Plus

Ring Doorbell 3 Plus comes with features identical to Ring Doorbell 3 except it has a “Pre-Roll Video.” This feature allows the doorbell to detect an approaching person. Even when they are still a few feet away, the device already sends you an alert.

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Tips and Tricks to Use Ring Doorbell

Now that you have installed your Ring Doorbell, you may want some info on using it properly. On that note, here are some tips and tricks.

What tools do I need for installation? Almost all the tools you need for installation are already included in the box. They are the mounting screws, level tool, wedge mounts, security tools, and a star-shaped screwdriver. You may also need a drill or adhesive tape.

Which Ring Doorbell do I buy?  It all depends on what you need. Above, you will find a description of the standard models along with their features. Look them over and choose the unit you liked the best.

Is a smartphone necessary to use Ring Doorbell? Not necessarily. You need a compatible smartphone to use the app. You need it to set up the device and receive alerts. But your device will still ring without the app.

Do I need to remove my existing chime to use Ring Doorbell? No. You can use your existing chime with the Ring Video Doorbell. But you have to connect the two.

Should I use a different Wi-Fi network for my Ring Doorbell? Ideally, yes. Connecting your smart home devices with another Wi-Fi network than the one you use for phones, laptops, and tablets makes it safer. This way, access to your information will be limited in case of a security breach.

Do I need to subscribe to use Ring Device? No, but you can subscribe to a Protect plan for added features. Protect Basic lets you keep videos for up to 60 days for only $3 a month. Protect Plus lets you do more than that for $10 a month.

Conclusion

As you can see, learning to install Ring Doorbell is easy. It is a DIY process that you can do under an hour. With all the tools already included in the box, you can mount the device and use it right away.

References:

  1. How to Install a Ring Doorbell, Wikihow.com, September 5, 2019
  2. How to Physically Install Your Ring Video Doorbell 2 without an Existing Doorbell, Support.Ring.com
  3. How to Physically Install Your Ring Video Doorbell 2 with an Existing Doorbell, Support.Ring.com
  4. Chris Hall, Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ringmaster, Pocket-Lint.com

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James Core
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