Ring Floodlight Cam, another addition to Ring’s impressive line of smart home products, comes with a wide-angle camera, motion-activated floodlights, and a speaker with a siren. This floodlight camera is meant to be installed on the outside of your home, so you are probably wondering if it is wireless.

Is the Ring Floodlight Camera wireless? No, Ring Floodlight Camera is not wireless. It must be hardwired to a standard junction box. Ring Floodlight Cam cannot operate by battery or solar power. It also requires connection to your home’s 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network to function.

For homeowners who are considering a Ring Floodlight Cam, you will want to know how to install and set up the security camera. Knowing all the features of the Floodlight Cam will also help you determine if it’s right for your smart home.

Ring Floodlight Cam Isn’t Wireless

Ring Floodlight Cam needs to be hardwired to a junction box. A junction box is a meeting place for multiple wires in or outside your home.

Junction Box (Amazon)

If your home doesn’t have a junction box like this one (Amazon) outside or you want to install a new one, I recommend hiring an electrician as installing a junction box requires handling live wires.

If you want the wireless option, consider the little brother Spotlight Cam instead (Amazon), you will lose some coverage on the lighted area and have to re-charge a battery (unless you use Rings solar panels). I have one and it’s been great for the backyard. Installing the Solar Panels isn’t too hard either!

Ring Spot Light (Not the Flood)

How to Install Ring Floodlight Cam

While it is possible to install Ring Floodlight Cam yourself, it requires handling live wires. If you are not comfortable with this, you can hire an electrician or use Ring’s professional installation service. Click here to learn more about Ring professional installation.

For the DIY types, Ring provides video instructions to install your Floodlight Cam yourself. Check out this link for the videos.

It’s important to check the local laws in your area as self-installation may be illegal in some places for your protection.

How to Set up Floodlight Cam in the Ring App

Compared to the installation process, the set up process for Ring Floodlight Cam is fairly simple.

  1. Open the Ring app on your phone or tablet. If this is your first Ring device, you will need to download the app and create a Ring account.
  2. Tap “Set Up a Device”.
  3. Select “Security Cams”.
  4. When prompted, scan the QR code or the MAC ID barcode on the back of the Floodlight Cam. The code is also on the product packaging and the Quick Start Guide that came with your camera.
  5. Select your location.
  6. Name your Floodlight Cam.
  7. Press the button on the top of the Floodlight Cam. The light on the bottom of the camera will start blinking white to indicate that the camera is in setup mode.
  8. Tap “Continue” in the Ring app.
  9. If you are using an Apple device, tap “Join” to connect your camera. If you are using an Android device, the camera will automatically connect.
  10. Select your 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network (Required 5GHz wont work here) from the list, and enter your Wi-Fi password.
  11. Pres “Continue” to complete the setup process.

Ring Floodlight Cam Wi-Fi Requirements

In addition to being hardwired, the camera connects to your home’s 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. The camera is not compatible with 5 GHz networks.

The minimum upload speed required is 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended. You can use this speed test to check your Internet speeds.

Remember that your Wi-Fi signal needs to reach the location where you want to install your Floodlight Cam. Wi-Fi signals often cannot travel through brick walls.

Try testing your Internet speed next to your home’s Wi-Fi router and then again where you will install your Floodlight Cam. If the Internet is not at least 1-2 Mbps at the Floodlight Cam installation location, consider purchasing Ring Chime Pro which extends your Wi-Fi signal for your Ring devices.

Ring Floodlight Cam Features

Ring Floodlight Cam comes with the following features:

  • Two adjustable, motion-activated floodlights
  • 1080p HD camera
  • Customizable motion detection zones and schedules
  • Two-way audio
  • A security siren
  • 140 degree field-of-vision
  • Color night vision
  • Alexa compatibility

Like other Ring devices, in order to record videos from your Floodlight Cam, a Ring Protect subscription is required. Check out this article to learn more about Ring’s subscription plans.

Weather Resistance

Ring Floodlight Cams are made to be installed outside, so they are weather resistant. They can operate in temperatures as low as -22 degrees and as high as 120 degrees.

These cameras have an IP56 weatherproof rating which means they are protected from most dust particles and strong water pressure. However, the cameras cannot be submerged in water.

Ring Spotlight Cam

If you want an outdoor security camera that is wireless, I recommend the Ring Spotlight Cam. It has the option to operate using battery power or even power from a solar panel. The table below compares the two outdoor security cameras.

 Floodlight CamSpotlight Cam
Power sourceHardwiredHardwired or battery operated
Lights2 motion-activated lights with a brightness of 1800 lumens1 motion-activated light with a brightness of 300-375 lumens
Siren110 decibels110 decibels
Night VisionColorBlack and white
Weatherproof RatingIP56IP55