I’m a big fan of Ring security cameras and doorbells, but I also love Blink cameras’ design and price. Ring devices and Blink cameras are both sold by Amazon, which made me wonder if they’re compatible and if both could be used in a smart home. Here’s what I found out:
Blink cameras do not work with Ring. Blink and Ring devices can be used in the same home simultaneously, but they must be set up using separate apps. When both Ring and Blink devices are connected to Alexa, they can work together through Alexa Routines.
To make Blink cameras play nice with Ring devices, you will want to know how to link them to your Alexa app and create your own Routines. Through Routines, you can do things such as start recording on your Ring doorbell when your Blink camera detects motion.
Can You Make Blink and Ring Compatible?
Blink and Ring can be used on the same Wi-Fi network without disrupting each other, but they are not compatible. However, the good news is that you can make the devices work together with Alexa Routines.
Note: Ring and Blink do not work with Google Home. You must have an Amazon account and an Alexa app to connect the devices.
Setting Up Blink and Ring with Alexa
First, let’s go over how to make Blink cameras work with Alexa:
- Open the Alexa app and tap on “More” in the lower-right corner.
- Select “Skills & Games.”
- Search for the skill “Blink SmartHome.”
- Select the skill and tap “Enable To Use.”
- Enter your email address and password for your Blink account.
- Create a 4-digit code that you must say when using voice control to disarm your Blink cameras.
- Select “Sign In.”
- Select “Close.”
- Tap on “Discover Devices.” Your Blink cameras will automatically connect with your Alexa account.
Follow the same steps to link your Ring account to the Alexa app, but search for the Ring skill.
Creating an Alexa Routine
Alexa Routines work with all Blink cameras, Ring cameras, Ring doorbells, and smart lighting. (Routines are not compatible with Ring Alarm.)
Here’s how to create an Alexa Routine:
- Open the menu in the Alexa app.
- Select “Routines.”
- Click on the plus sign in the top-right corner.
- Name your Routine.
- Click the plus sign for “When this happens.” This will be the trigger that starts your Routine.
- Select “Smart Home.”
- Choose the Blink camera that you want to trigger the Routine. You can choose for the Routine to start when motion is detected and between what times and days. You can also decide the trigger as when motion is not detected for a certain amount of time.
- Add an action that will occur when the Routine is triggered. You can add as many actions as you want and adjust the order they occur in.
- Press “Save.”
Routines help to provide complete protection with your home by linking your Blink and Ring devices. For example, you can create a Routine that turns on all your outdoor Ring smart lighting and starts recording from your Ring doorbell when your Blink Outdoor camera detects motion.
Blink vs. Ring Devices
If you prefer to stick with one brand of cameras rather than integrating Blink and Ring with Alexa Routines, the comparison table below will help you figure out which one is right for you:
|Devices||Cameras||Cameras, doorbells, sensors, and smart lights|
|Video Recording||Free cloud storage with XT2 cameras. Monthly subscription option for other cameras.||A monthly subscription plan is required.|
|Hub Required?||Sync Module required except for Blink Mini.||It is not required for cameras or video doorbells.|
|Installation||DIY only||DIY with a professional option|
|Trial||30-day money-back guarantee||30-day trial with Ring Protect Plus|
Are Ring or Blink Devices Better?
Blink cameras are the best option for folks who want affordable security cameras. If you want to record and save videos without a monthly subscription, the Blink XT2 cameras are a great choice. The other Blink cameras require a monthly subscription to record video.
Blink cameras require a Sync Module; this is a separate device that connects all your Blink cameras. Sync Module 2, which will be released at the end of 2020, provides free video storage through a USB drive. With the Sync Module 2, a monthly subscription plan is no longer necessary. The only Blink camera that doesn’t require a Sync Module is the Blink Mini.
Blink only makes cameras, so if you want a video doorbell or sensors, Ring is a better option for you. They offer a wide variety of devices that you can’t get with Blink. These include a Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam, Video Doorbell, and Ring Alarm.
While Blink and Ring don’t work with each other on their own, it’s easy to connect them through Alexa Routines; this requires you to have an Alexa-enabled device, which can be an Echo device, Fire Tablet, or Fire TV.
Without an Alexa device, you won’t be able to integrate Blink cameras with your Ring devices. You can use them all in your home simultaneously, but they will not work together.