Can Your Ring Doorbell Work without Wi-Fi?
The Ring Video Doorbell is a multi-feature smart doorbell device. It serves both as an intercom – where you’re able to communicate with your visitor(s), while being able to see them – and as a doorbell, notifying you when someone rings, giving you 24/7 front door surveillance in the palm of your hand.
The best thing about Video Doorbell devices from Ring is that everything is done through your smartphone, meaning that you don’t even have to be at home in order to see who’s at your front door and communicate with them. But does the Amazon Ring Doorbell work without Wi-Fi?
How It Works
The Ring Video Doorbell device is attached to the wall on your porch or to your door using an adhesive tape or, more commonly, regular screws. Then, you download the Ring app to your smartphone or tablet, using the device’s dedicated app store. This app basically becomes the main interface that you’re going to use in order to access and use the Ring Video Doorbell device.
You set up your own account within the app, entering basic information, such as your name, email address, phone number, etc. Once you’ve set up the account, you’ll see a list of Ring devices in the vicinity. If this is your first device, you should only see that one. Essentially, the Video Doorbell is equipped with its own little Wi-Fi router that can be used solely for connecting your phone to it.
Select the device in question and you’ll be prompted to connect to a Wi-Fi Connection. Note that this isn’t for connecting your phone to the network, but for the Video Doorbell device. Once you’ve selected the network and entered your credentials, the Ring device should be connected to your Wi-Fi and fully functional.
So, Can It Work without Wi-Fi?
Without further ado, let’s answer the big question of whether a Ring Video Doorbell device works without connecting to a wireless router. No, it simply won’t. And here’s why.
The way Ring devices work is they connect to an internet server. All the live footage is accessible from that server. But how does the footage appear in your app? How come you’re able to communicate with the person outside your door by speaking into the phone? Well, the Ring app connects to the same server that your Video Doorbell device is connected to. Through this server, you’re able to access the live footage from the Ring device, provided that your phone is connected to the internet, too.
If your Ring device doesn’t have a Wi-Fi network in the vicinity, it won’t be able to connect to the mentioned server. If it can’t connect to the server, it won’t be able to work with your smartphone device.
If the Ring Doorbell doesn’t work without a Wi-Fi connection, are there any workarounds that can bring you as close as possible to using it without Wi-Fi? Well, in theory, yes, you don’t have to use your router in order to allow your Ring Video Doorbell device to connect to the internet. A weird but practical solution would be to create a hotspot using a phone or tablet device.
Wi-Fi hotspots on mobile devices work at a 2.4GHz frequency, while most allow you to choose a 5GHz hotspot, which is ideal for Ring devices. That being said, we all know that you should avoid hot-spotting a computer, for example. Things aren’t very different with Ring Video Doorbell devices. These devices will spend whopping amounts of your data, as the newer models boast 1080p videos, not something convenient for your phone bill!
If you’re reading this, you probably have some form of internet connection at home. If your connection is wired, you’re likely wondering how you could turn it wireless, seeing as how Ring Video Doorbells simply don’t work without Wi-Fi access . Well, fortunately, there’s a way that you can turn your wired connection into a wireless one and it’s much more common than you might think.
In fact, every single wireless connection is wired first and turned into wireless later. All you really need in order to do this is a wireless router. Unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer and plug it into the router. Route (pun not intended) a new cable from the router to your computer and set up the wireless network. Yes, it’s that easy, cheap, and, honestly, not something you can last long without in the 21st century.
No Wireless, No Ring Video Doorbell
Unfortunately, the Ring Video Doorbell simply can’t work without a wireless connection. A direct Ethernet cable access might seem like something you’d want on Ring devices, but think about it. Most likely, you’ll be using the Doorbell outside. Messing around with drilling holes for the cables isn’t something you’d want to get into. Besides, who doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connection in this day and age?
Are you considering going Wi-Fi? What are some other inconveniences that the lack of wireless connectivity has brought to the table for you? Feel free to discuss this and more in the comments section below. All questions/tips/advice/testimonials are more than welcome.