Ring has created each device to efficiently and accurately capture the surrounding area’s audio and camera to provide you with peace of mind when you can’t be home. Your Ring device runs on your local network and therefore requires a strong and consistent WiFi connection to be the most efficient.
This article will cover how to boost the camera signal on your Ring camera device so that you can capture visuals at longer distances and with higher quality rendering as the playback is captured. We’ll also be covering common troubleshooting issues with your camera signal, and how to optimize your network to be the most compatible and efficient with your ring device.
How to Optimize Your WiFi Network to Boost Your Ring Camera Signal
Most ring devices are configured to run optimally on a 2.4 GHz strength WiFi connection. Many may choose to upgrade their homes to 5.0 GHz, but it is important to note that not all devices may be compatible with the speed test.
You can optimize your Ring camera signal by first ensuring that it is at its highest functioning level. The first step of the optimization process is to assess the health of your device’s connection.
Assessing The Health of Your Device
Assessing the health of your Ring device can be done through the user-friendly Ring app. You can check the strength of your WiFi signal in a few simple steps:
- Enter the Ring app, and navigate to the three lines on the right-hand side of the screen.
- Select devices
- Select the device that you’d like to assess connectivity on
- Select device health
- You can then view your signal strength under the Network section
This can be a powerful step to assessing the next steps in enhancing your camera’s signal – you can determine if there is a signal issue that is inhibiting your device’s ability to maintain a strong connection.
If your signal strength shows as “low” when you go to assess, there can be many reasons for this – you can quickly identify and troubleshoot the next steps based on the circumstances of your situation.
Common Reasons For Low Connection
Below are some common reasons why your device may be showing low connectivity.
- You may have an older router device or outdated firmware
- You may have an item blocking the signal strength, which affects the signal strength on your device due to connectivity issues
- You may have channel congestion issues on a single channel on your router
- You could have a connection issue that is randomly sourced and will require a router reset
Simply clearing up connectivity issues can be a crucial step in boosting your camera signal on your device.
Resolution: Older Routers, Outdated Firmware, and Optimization of Your WiFi Connection
If you have an older router or firmware that is not recent, you may need to upgrade your router in order to get the best possible resolution and signal for your Ring camera device. If you have noticed a problem with your new Ring device, it is very possible that it is not on the correct WiFi speed that will allow for optimized performance.
While Ring devices normally work best on 2.4 GHz speeds, only a select few are compatible with a 5 GHz speed. On Ring’s customer service website, they advise swapping your WiFi speed conversely – meaning if your device is currently on 2.4 GHz but is compatible with 5 GHz, you can choose to swap it for optimized performance. If your device is currently on 5 GHz, you may want to choose a 2.4 GHz option instead to allow for easy boosting of your signal and enhanced quality of the image.
Resolution: Router Blockages And Channel Congestion Issues
These are perhaps some of the most simple fixes to employ when you are optimizing your signal. You can move your router closer to your Ring device and away from any blockages, such as metal objects, heaters, TVs, or closets.
If your channel is congested, consider switching to another unused or lightly used channel on your router to enhance connectivity and potentially speed.
The Impact of Speed on Your Signal
According to Ring’s site, you can greatly improve your signal quality by ensuring that your devices have adequate network speed and bandwidth available for optimized function.
The current device parameters are:
- Streaming devices in 720p require no less than 500 Kbps upload speeds – and ideally, run at least 1 Mbps for optimal performance.
- Streaming devices in 1080p require no less than 1 Mbps upload speeds – and ideally, run at least 2 Mbps for optimal performance.
For questions about your device and what it runs on, you can consult the user manual or the Ring customer service team for further assistance.
You Can Boost Your Ring Camera Signal With Ease
Connectivity and signal boosting don’t have to be hard! You can ensure signal health by testing and assessing the state of your connection and run speeds on which your Ring device is operating off of. If you need further assistance, please be sure to contact the Ring customer service team for additional information.