Many smart home security systems require that you use something called a “bridge.” Basically, this device acts as a hub that transmits data between your various devices. It also allows them to connect to the internet. When using certain Ring devices independently, you do not need a bridge, but what about other devices, like the Ring Spotlight Cam?

You can use Ring Spotlight Cam without the Bridge, but the light will act as a motion-activated light and nothing more. You won’t get alerts, and it won’t transmit data. With the Bridge, you can access Ring Spotlight’s full suite of services, like getting notifications.

Here, we’ll talk about the advantages of using the Bridge along with your Ring Spotlight Cam and other devices. We’ll also provide some quick setup tips if you’re having issues with the installation process.

Can You Use Ring Spotlight Without the Bridge?

Your Ring Spotlight Cam is more than just an outdoor light; it’s an entire security system. Equipped with a camera, spotlight, and two-way audio, it not only deters trespassers but also gives you notifications in real-time. However, it can’t do any of these things if it’s not connected to the Bridge.

If you don’t have the Bridge, then you can’t:

  • View real-time footage
  • Access the camera
  • Get notifications
  • Sound the alarm
  • Connect it to other smart home devices

Whether the Bridge comes with your initial purchase depends on the make and model of what you bought. For instance, if you get the Ring Smart Lighting Starter Pack, it comes with everything you need to install and operate your new system.

Why Use the Bridge with the Ring Spotlight?

Here are some quick things to note about your Ring Bridge and how it optimizes your user experience:

  • You can connect up to 50 devices on a single bridge.
  • The Bridge does not require a monthly subscription. However, if you want to access more features from your Ring system, like getting more storage, a subscription could benefit you.
  • The lights on your Bridge give information about its function. For instance, if your Bridge is flashing red, it means that something is preventing your device from going online.

Bridge Isn’t Connecting to Ring Spotlight: Troubleshooting

You might be wondering whether you can use Ring Spotlight without the Bridge because your Bridge isn’t working.

Here are some possible solutions that could get your Bridge up and running:

Your Devices Aren’t on the Same Network

All of your Ring products need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to send and receive information. If not, they’re not going to communicate. You can check what network your devices are on by going into the Ring App. After logging in:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the three dots at the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Devices” on the left-hand side.
  4. Choose your Ring Spotlight.
  5. Choose “Device Health.”

From here, you can see what network your Ring Spotlight is connected to.

Your Bridge Isn’t in Range

If your devices are too far away from each other or the router, they might struggle to maintain a solid connection. Consider the following:

If you have a large property or any obstructions block your router’s signal, these factors could prevent your devices from “talking” to each other. Try moving your devices closer together during the initial setup process. Then, once they’re connected, you can experiment with placing them in different locations.

You Need a Firmware Update

Firmware is the computer code that allows a device to perform certain functions. It’s in everything from printers to remote controls. It’s also in your Ring products. Most of the time, your device will update its firmware on its own. If not, however, you might need to prompt the update. You can do this by:

  1. Opening the Ring app
  2. Selecting the three lines on the top left-hand side
  3. Choosing your device
  4. Tapping “Device Health”
  5. Locate “Firmware”

If there’s a number where it says “Firmware,” it needs an update. Try alerting the system by tripping the sensors or ringing the doorbell. If that doesn’t work, click here for more information. 

In Conclusion

In short, yes, you can use Ring Spotlight without the Bridge. However, it will be unable to perform many of the functions that make it “smart.”