Before mounting my Ring Video Doorbell, I wondered where exactly I would need to mount it. What if it was too low or too high? I don’t want the camera to cut off when recording people and miss their faces. It’d be a pain to have to re-do the installation.
How high should I mount my Ring Doorbell? As a general rule of thumb, Ring Doorbell devices should be mounted at chest level during installation. This will allow the video camera to capture every aspect of a person moving within its view.
Ring is a home security company that is owned by Amazon with a variety of smart devices including the Ring Doorbell. The process of purchasing and installing the Ring Doorbell is relatively simple, but the user should be sure to execute these steps correctly to avoid any errors.
Now that you know how high to mount your Ring video doorbell, you’re off to the horse races! But wait. Are there differences in the installation if you’re screwing it into a wood surface or brick surface? There are also alternatives if you don’t want to make holes into your home.
Another frequently asked question: Can the Ring doorbell get wet? We answer that here as well as clever ways to protect it!
The Tools Needed to Mount a Ring Doorbell
Inside of the Ring Doorbell installation kit, you will receive the following equipment and tools to help you mount the device:
- Ring Doorbell Device
- Device Battery
- Mounting Bracket
- Leveling Tool
- Metal Screws
- Plastic Anchors
- Screwdriver Handle
- Double-ended Screw Driver Attachment
- Installation Guide
You might also need some additional tools for installation that do not come with the doorbell depending on where you will be mounting it, including
If you will not be attaching the device permanently, you will only need the device and battery from the installation kit.
A mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet will be necessary for the set-up process directly before you begin to mount the doorbell, as well as a wireless internet connection from your home.
To summarize, we recommend having these handy as well:
- Working internet & home router
- Power Drill
- Drill Bits for Tough surfaces (Masonry Drill Bits for Brick)
When I first started my Ring installation, I had no idea I would need different types of drill bits for my brick home. This meant I had to pause my installation and run to Home Depot.
Not a deal breaker, but knowing ahead of time would’ve been nice! Save yourself an impromptu trip and plan ahead if you have a tough surface like Brick!
How to Prepare a Ring Doorbell for Installation
When the actual doorbell device is purchased and delivered, it will require a separate set-up and installation process before it is used. This entire process has been described as relatively fast and easy, with very little time required from start to finish.
Here are the quick setup steps to prepare for a Ring installation:
- Download the Ring App
- Create a Ring account (and give it a nickname)
- Set the Location of your Home (or device’s home)
- Connect Ring to the WiFi
- Determine installation
method on which surface (Brick/Wood/etc.)
- (More on this in the next section)
Before the Ring Doorbell can be hooked up to the exterior wall and installed fully, the software must be properly set up.
The very first step that must be taken during set up is downloading the Ring mobile app, which can be found in the application store for any Apple, Android, or Windows 10 compatible device.
This is necessary in order for the user to be able to control the doorbell, receive notifications and alerts, and complete any other remote action. Once the app is downloaded, the user will be prompted to either log in or create a new Ring account, and connect the new doorbell device by selecting “Setup Device” within the menu.
The Ring Doorbell will then be given a custom nickname by the user in order to be easily located later within the app.
It will also require the location of the home to be connected before it fully enters into Setup Mode. The final steps that must happen before the Ring Doorbell can go online include connecting the home Wi-Fi network to the device and running a complete system test. After that, the device will be ready for installation.
The installation process is one of the most important steps that are taken before the Ring Doorbell is fully prepared for use. If this is done incorrectly, it could severely affect the functions of the device and potentially obstruct the views of the camera.
The positioning in which the doorbell is mounted is vital and cannot be messed up, which we will get into in the next section.
How To Install a Ring Doorbell: A Step by Step Guide
To begin installation, the area should be assessed for any obstructing objects, including an existing doorbell that might still be drilled into the wall. Removing an existing doorbell is not a difficult task, however.
The frame can be unscrewed with a few twists of a screwdriver and the entire thing can be detached from inside the wall within minutes.
When there is nothing in the way of the area in which the Ring Doorbell will be mounted and it is ready to be installed, the mounting bracket and the level tool that is included in the installation kit will be needed.
Before the mounting bracket can be permanently attached to the wall, it must be positioned evenly and in a completely straight line. In order to achieve this, the level tool will be snapped into place within the bracket.
Now, let’s get more into detail about the most important step of the installation process, which is the placement of the mounting bracket on the exterior wall of the home.
This must be completely level before it is drilled into the wall and secured, or else the camera’s angle will be slanted or in a completely incorrect position that is not ideal for capturing security footage.
The mounting bracket should be placed at about the chest level of a person that is an average height. This way, the camera footage will be able to adequately capture almost every angle of any potential offenders that could be caught in the video.
If the doorbell is positioned too high or too low on the wall, it could miss out on a significant amount of important footage in the event of a crime or another emergency.
For example, if the doorbell is much higher than chest level, someone who is trying to break in might be able to duck the view of the camera completely during their attempt to enter the home.
Additionally, if the camera is too low, it might capture someone walking toward the house from very far away, but would only record an image of their lower body when they get closer to the door.
Once the mounting bracket is successfully drilled into the wall, the Ring Doorbell can be placed inside of it and secured with one last set of screws. When this step is complete, the doorbell will be ready to use through the Ring app from anywhere.
How to Mount a Ring Doorbell on Different Exterior Materials
The basic instructions as listed in the previous section will work for most installations, however, some homes will have different exterior materials next to the front door that will require some additional steps.
If the area in which you will be installing your Ring Doorbell is made out of a more solid material such as brick, concrete, or stucco, you will need to insert plastic anchors into the exterior of the home before you can drill the device onto the wall. This process might also require you to forcefully insert the anchors using a hammer.
These plastic anchors are included in the installation kit, but will not be necessary if the material you are working with is more easily manipulated, like wood or vinyl, for example. In the absence of the plastic anchors, you will insert the included screws exactly as instructed.
Alternatives to Mounting a Ring Doorbell
While the features of the Ring Doorbell are highly useful and the device installation process is relatively simple, some housing situations will not allow for drilling holes and mounting the device on the exterior wall.
One alternative method to use for installing a Ring Doorbell instead of attaching it with screws is to use a durable double-sided tape. After you have set up the software of the doorbell through the mobile application, you can simply place a few strips of tape on the back of the camera and firmly attach it to the surface.
If you are worried about the security of the double-sided tape trick and would like to make sure your Ring Doorbell will hold up for a long time, you can take a few additional steps.
To avoid making any new holes in the exterior wall, you can remove the old doorbell and replace it with a piece of wood that is the same size. From there, another piece of wood that mimics the size and shape of the Ring Doorbell mounting bracket can be attached to the original attachment.
The Ring Doorbell can then be screwed into the protruding piece of wood in the same way that it would be attached to the included mounting bracket, without making any extra holes in the wall that were not already there.
If you are living in an apartment complex or a rental, the process of removing it and placing the old doorbell back in its place will be increasingly simple using either one of these methods.
Can the Ring Doorbell Get Wet? All Ring Doorbell devices are constructed with waterproof materials on the exterior to help them withstand rain and other weather conditions. Additionally, the Ring Doorbell is able to operate from freezing temperatures to heat exceeding 100 degrees.
Are There any Additional Costs Associated with the Ring App? The Ring mobile app is free to download and use across all devices. It is also free to create a Ring account to go along with the corresponding Ring Doorbell device.