How to Hardwire Ring Camera: Step-by-Step Guide

When setting up your home security system, hardwiring a Ring Camera can be an effective method to ensure consistent power and reliable connectivity.

By following the proper steps, you can install your Ring Camera easily and improve your home’s security with minimal effort.

Preparing for Installation

Before you begin the hardwiring process for your Ring Camera, it’s important to prepare yourself and your workspace.

This will ensure a smoother and safer installation process. Here are a few key sub-sections to help guide you through this stage:

Safety Precautions

Working with electrical wires can be dangerous if not done properly. It’s essential to shut off power to the installation area at your circuit breaker or fuse box before beginning.

This will help prevent any electrical shock hazards. If you’re not experienced with electrical work, it’s always best to consult with a licensed electrician to ensure a safe and successful installation.

Gathering Materials and Tools

Before you start, gather all necessary materials and tools to make your installation process smooth and efficient.

Ensure you have the following items handy:

  • Hardwired Ring Camera
  • Mounting bracket
  • USB or Ethernet power cable (depending on your camera model)
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire connectors (if not included with the camera)

Additionally, familiarize yourself with the camera’s specific components, such as the green, black, and white wires that will be connected to the harness during installation.

Wiring the Ring Video Doorbell

In this section, we will guide you through the process of hardwiring your Ring Video Doorbell. We will cover the wiring process for doorbell cameras, indoor cameras, and outdoor cameras.

By carefully following these steps, you will be able to securely connect your Ring Camera to a power source.

Doorbell Wiring

To hardwire your Ring Doorbell Camera, follow these steps:

  1. First, turn off the power to your existing doorbell at the breaker.
  2. Remove the existing doorbell and disconnect the wires.
  3. Attach the mounting bracket to the wall using the provided screws, ensuring that the wires are accessible through the hole in the bracket.
  4. Connect the red and white wires from your Ring Doorbell to the existing doorbell wires. You can use wire nuts to secure the connections and wrap them with electrical tape.
  5. Position the Ring Doorbell on the mounting bracket and secure it in place with the provided security screws.
  6. Turn the power back on at the breaker and test your Ring Doorbell to ensure that it is functioning correctly and receiving power from the wiring.

Indoor Camera Wiring

For hardwiring a Ring Indoor Camera, you can use a Power over Ethernet (PoE) adapter. This will enable you to connect your camera to both a power source and an Ethernet cable for a reliable connection. Here’s how:

  1. Connect the PoE adapter to an available Ethernet port on your router or switch, and plug the power cord into a power outlet.
  2. Using an Ethernet cable, connect the other end of the PoE adapter to the Ethernet port on your Ring Indoor Camera.
  3. The PoE adapter will provide power and a network connection to your Ring Indoor Camera, allowing it to function without the need for additional wiring or a separate power source.

Outdoor Camera Wiring

To hardwire a Ring Outdoor Camera, such as the Spotlight Cam or Floodlight Cam, you will need a junction box and a compatible transformer. Follow these steps:

  1. Mount the outdoor camera bracket to your junction box, ensuring that the black and white wires from your camera are accessible.
  2. Connect the black wire from your Ring Camera to the black wire from your junction box, and the white wire to the white wire. Use wire nuts to secure the connections and wrap them with electrical tape.
  3. If your Ring Camera has a green wire, connect it to the green wire from your junction box or attach it to the ground screw if no green wire is present. This will ground your camera for safety purposes.
  4. Secure your Ring Camera to the bracket using the provided screws, ensuring that it is properly aligned and pointing in the desired direction.
  5. Connect the low voltage transformer to your wired doorbell or power source. Ensure that the voltage output matches the requirements for your Ring Outdoor Camera.
  6. Turn on the power at the breaker and test your Ring Outdoor Camera to make sure it functions correctly and receives power from the hardwiring.

Installing the Hardwired Kit

In this section, you will learn how to install the Hardwired Kit for your Ring Spotlight Cam. We’ll cover the step-by-step process to ensure a secure and seamless installation.

Step-by-Step Guide

Before you begin, ensure you have the following items: a Hardwired Kit for Spotlight Cam, a 4″ round UL listed weatherproof electrical box (for outdoor installations), a junction box, and a minimum 14AWG 3-core cable.

Follow these steps to install the Hardwired Kit:

  1. Turn off the power at the breaker to ensure safety during installation.
  2. Locate your junction box and identify the black, white, and green wires. The black and white wires are used for power connections, while the green is the earth/ground wire.
  3. Attach the bracket from the Hardwired Kit to the junction box. Make sure the bracket is securely fastened with the provided screws.
  4. Feed the black, white, and green wires from your electrical box through the rubber washer and the box cover of the Hardwired Kit.
  5. Connect the black wire from the electrical box to the black wire of the Hardwired Kit using a wire connector. Do the same for the white wires.
  6. Connect the green (earth) wire from the electrical box to the junction box’s earth screw.
  7. Position the box cover on the bracket and secure it tightly. Be sure to run the wires through the rubber washer for proper weatherproofing.
  8. Insert your Spotlight Cam into the box cover. Once it’s fully seated, turn it to the right to lock it in place.
  9. Insert and tighten the security screw to lock your Spotlight Cam Wired into the box cover.
  10. Turn the power back on at the breaker to complete the installation process.

Connecting to the Ring App

To get started with hardwiring your Ring camera, you’ll first need to connect it to the Ring app. The app serves as a command center for managing all of your Ring devices, making the process of hardwiring simple and smooth.

Configuration

Begin by downloading the Ring app on your smartphone, available for both iOS and Android devices. Once the app is installed, create an account or sign in to your existing account.

Ensure that your phone is connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network, as your Ring camera will require a connection to the same network.

After signing in, tap the “+” or “Add a Device” button, and then choose the type of Ring camera you are setting up from the list.

The app will guide you through the step-by-step process, which includes scanning the QR code or MAC ID located on the back of the camera.

Setup

During the setup process, the Ring app will prompt you to name your camera and pick a location for it. You may also need to give the app access to your device’s location services, which will help geofence features function properly.

Next, a series of instructions will walk you through the process of connecting your Ring camera to your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Keep your Wi-Fi password handy, as you will need it to complete this step. Once connected, your Ring camera will appear within the app, allowing you to view live footage, adjust settings, and control the device remotely.

In summary, connecting your Ring camera to the Ring app involves downloading and signing in to the app, following the guided setup, and connecting it to your Wi-Fi network. With your camera connected, you can proceed with hardwiring it to your preferred power source.

Other Power Options

While hardwiring your Ring camera ensures a continuous power supply, it’s worth considering other power options to meet your unique requirements.

This section will explore battery charging and solar power solutions, aiding in maintaining and optimizing the functionality of your Ring cameras.

Battery Charging

Various Ring camera models, such as the Ring Doorbell and Stick Up Cam, come equipped with rechargeable batteries, providing flexibility in positioning around your home.

To make the most out of battery-powered Ring cameras, follow these guidelines:

  • Keep additional rechargeable batteries as backup, ensuring a seamless transition during the charging process.
  • Observe and maintain a routine charging schedule to avoid unexpected downtime.
  • Consider connecting your Ring camera to an existing doorbell wiring for charging, enabling constant battery replenishment.
  • In case your camera is an indoor model, utilize its power adapter for direct wall outlet charging.

Solar Power Solutions

If you’re interested in eco-friendly and energy-efficient power options, solar power solutions are a great choice.

For this, Ring provides solar panels designed specifically to function with various camera models, such as the Stick Up Cam and Spotlight Cam.

Camera ModelAction
Stick Up CamConnect the Ring solar panel to the camera’s Micro USB port through weather-resistant cables
Spotlight CamMount your camera to Ring’s custom solar panel, ensuring adequate sunlight exposure

Employing solar power solutions allows for uninterrupted operation while also contributing to a greener environment.

Remember to position your solar panels in an area that receives abundant sunlight and routinely clean the panels to ensure optimal efficiency.