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Does the Ring Stick-Up Cam Work Through Glass?

Last Updated Jun 15, 2022
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Your Ring Stick-Up Cam is both an indoor and outdoor device. However, if you’re worried about putting it outside, you might wonder whether it would work through glass.

The Ring Stick-Up Camera can record through glass, so you can position the camera by a window, connect it to the internet, and you’ll get an inside look at what’s going on outside.

However, there are some considerations if you’re using your camera for this purpose. Continue reading to learn more about operating your Ring Stick-Up Cam.

Can Your Ring Stick-Up Camera Work Outside of Glass?

The Ring Stick-Up Camera can work outside of glass if you wish to position it so it can view the inside and outside of your home, as long as it’s positioned correctly and connected to the internet.

However, it’s worth keeping these considerations in mind:

  • If you bought the indoor Ring Stick-Up Cam, you should keep it inside your house.
  • Your Ring Stick-Up Cam has an ingress protection code of IP65. This means that it can withstand rainfall. It also protects the camera from dust, sand, or other particles.
  • Your Ring Stick-Up Cam will continue working, even in freezing cold temperatures. Just keep in mind that your battery will run out quickly once it gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You might consider purchasing a Wi-Fi extender if you’re putting your Ring Stick-Up Cam outside. That’s because Ring’s devices only connect to the internet if they’re within 30 feet of the router. With a Wi-Fi extender, you could place your camera farther away from the router and still get crisp footage.

If you’re putting your Ring Stick-Up Cam outside, you should keep it away from birds, squirrels, and other critters. They can knock over the camera and disrupt the connection.

Tips for Using the Ring Stick-Up Cam Through Glass

You want the clearest images possible when recording footage with your Ring Stick-Up Cam. So, if you’re positioning it in front of a window (either inside or out), here are some tips to consider:

Wipe Down the Glass with Cleaner

While your Ring Stick-Up Cam can record through glass, it won’t work if the window is cracked, dirty, or smudged. Before setting up your camera, make sure the window is clean. Also, check for any obstructions, like bushes, as this would prevent you from seeing anything.

Use the Live Footage Feature

If you’re wondering what footage your Ring Stick-Up Cam is capturing, you should use the live footage feature in the app. Here, you’ll be able to see whether the camera’s capturing clear footage.

To access the live footage feature:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the three lines on the screen’s left-hand side.
  3. Choose “Devices.”
  4. Tap “Live View.”

Once you’re done viewing your live stream, press the “End Live” button. If you cannot see Live Footage, double-check your internet connection. Also: make sure that your camera isn’t more than 30 feet away from the router, as this would stop you from maintaining a solid connection.

Set Up Your Camera’s “Motion Zones”

Your Ring Stick-Up Camera has “motion zones.” If anything enters this zone, it’ll trigger the sensor, and you’ll get a notification.

Because your camera’s recording through glass, you should play with the settings until you find the one that’s right for you. You want the camera to capture motion, but you also don’t want it to go off every time a car passes by.

To set up your camera’s motion zones:

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Select the three lines on the left-hand side.
  3. Choose “Motion Settings.”
  4. Tap “Motion Zones.”
  5. Select “Add Zone.”

Now, using the white circles, you can create a motion zone. Your camera will send you a notification if anything enters the blue field. Once you’ve created your motion zone, press “Save.”

Check How Sunlight Hits the Window

If the sun’s directly in the camera’s lens, you won’t get a good picture. Instead, when you check the app, you’ll see a bright white light––which isn’t ideal for home security monitoring.

You want a bright picture, but you don’t want the light directly in the camera. With that said, before you mount your camera, you should also check and see whether any glare prevents you from getting a good picture.

Keep the Camera Nine Feet Above the Ground

If your camera’s too low to the ground, not only will you get a poor picture, but you might miss out on important notifications. You want your camera at least nine feet above the ground. You might consider putting it on a shelf or platform behind a glass window.

A Final Word

The Ring Stick-Up Cam works through glass. However, to get the best possible user experience, you should ensure the glass is clean, experiment with the Live Footage feature, set activity zones, and install your camera at an appropriate height.

Still, if you don’t get ideal results, you may consider purchasing the Ring Floodlight or the Ring Spotlight camera. Both of these cameras are specially designed for outdoor recording.