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Does the Ring Wi-Fi Extender Really Work?

Last Updated Mar 3, 2022
ring chime pro plugged into kitchen outlet

Ring’s “Wi-Fi Extender” actually falls under a Ring device category called Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro. The primary difference is that, unlike traditional Wi-Fi extenders, the Ring Chime Pro only functions with Ring products. But does this “Wi-Fi extender” really work as intended?

Ring’s version of a Wi-Fi extender in the Ring Chime Pro really does work. However, its functionality is limited to Ring devices only, which could be a hindrance to those who are not owners of Ring products.

The Ring Chime Pro sets up a bit differently from traditional Wi-Fi extenders as well, and it also has a few different functions—especially since it is a chime system for a Ring Video Doorbell. It can also add a nearly unlimited amount of Ring devices to it, well beyond the device limits on a Wi-Fi extender. Read on to learn more about the Ring Chime Pro and its Wi-Fi extending capabilities.

How Does the Ring Chime Pro Work as a Wi-Fi Extender?

The Ring Chime Pro works by repeating and rebroadcasting your Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. It has a range of 2,000 square feet and is optimal if placed within 20 feet of your router.

The Chime Pro is also compatible with 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies, so it can take advantage of the convenience of dual-band Wi-Fi. The Ring Chime Pro also functions as a doorbell chime when connected to a Ring Video Doorbell.

With its ability to extend the range of your Wi-Fi network and connect to every Ring device in your home, the Ring Chime Pro strengthens the speed and reliability of your Ring security setup.

It plugs into a standard power outlet and doesn’t need any additional accommodations. It also comes with a built-in night light to illuminate the immediate area.

Can You Use Multiple Ring Chime Pros as Wi-Fi Extenders?

You can set up multiple Ring Chime Pros in your home. You can even tie them into a single Ring Video Doorbell. However, the two Ring Chimes will not work directly with each other.

In other words, you can’t use a Ring Chime Pro to extend your network range and another Ring Chime Pro to extend it even more.

The best way to utilize more than one Ring Chime Pro is to set them up in different areas of your home to work with different devices. For instance, You can have a Ring Chime Pro in the front of your home to primarily operate a Ring Video Doorbell or other security devices. The other Ring Chime Pro can be set up towards the back of your house and operate another Ring Video Doorbell or link to a Ring Spotlight Cam and a Ring Floodlight Cam.

Neither Ring Chime Pro will interfere with the other, and they can both be accessed on the Ring app or through the Alexa App. The only potential hang-up would be Wi-Fi interference from several different Wi-Fi-enabled Ring devices operating simultaneously. But this is generally the case with many smart home products and can be avoided with careful setup and monitoring the signal strength of each device during installation.

How to Set Up the Ring Chime Pro as a Wi-Fi Extender

Start by downloading the Ring App (Google Play/Apple Store) and create a new account. Once that is finished, open the app and tap the three lines at the top to open the settings menu. Then:

  1. Select Set Up a Device.
  2. Tap Chimes.
  3. Now you can scan the QR code on the Ring Chime Pro.
  4. Enter the five-digit code below the QR code.
  5. Select Location.
  6. Once you’ve decided on a location for the Chime Pro, select Continue.
  7. Select or enter a name for the Chime Pro and then plug the device in.
  8. Once the Chime Pro lights up, connect to the Ring network before entering the login information for your Wi-Fi network.

Now that the Chime Pro is set up, you can begin adding Ring devices to it. It will cover as many Ring devices as you want to add.

  1. Open the Ring app and select the three lines again to open the settings menu.
  2. Select Devices.
  3. Choose the device you want to add to the Chime Pro.
  4. Select Linked Chimes.
  5. Here you’ll have the options for smart alerts, notifications, chime sounds, and more.

Now the Ring Chime Pro is ready to go. You can go back into the Ring App at any time to add new devices and configure how you want each device to work with the Chime.

Final Thoughts

The Ring Wi-Fi Extender (Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro) is an effective range extender designed exclusively for Ring devices, especially Ring Video Doorbells.

While it isn’t compatible with other smart home devices, the Ring Chime Pro adds a lot of range, has a built-in, customizable chime, a night light, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and/or Alexa Routines.

It’s a great addition if your home is set up primarily with Ring devices. If you don’t own many Ring devices, a standard Wi-Fi range extender would be more compatible and effective.