For a Ring doorbell to work effectively it must be positioned properly, but what that means differs depending on your home and the version of Ring doorbell that you have. With the right placement and angle, a Ring doorbell can work well for any home. 

Where to Position Your Ring Doorbell: Ring recommends mounting the doorbell approximately 48 inches above the ground. The doorbell must be mounted flat against a door frame, door, or wall, but there are additional installation kits that adjust the vertical and horizontal angle of a Ring doorbell. 

Whether you are a new Ring doorbell owner or moving to a new place, you will need to know all the details of how to position your Ring doorbell including the steps and tools you will need. This guide has all of that information in one place. 

Ring Doorbell Positioning

There are several factors when positioning your Ring doorbell.

  • Power Source
  • Height
  • Angle

Power Source

If you have the Ring Doorbell Pro, it must be hard wired to your home’s existing doorbell wires. This limits your options for positioning your doorbell. 

If you want more positioning flexibility, you may want to consider a battery-operated Ring Doorbell or Doorbell 2. These doorbells can be installed anywhere on a door frame, door, or outer wall of your home. 

While Ring’s Peephole Cam is also battery operated, it must be installed on a door’s existing peephole, so there is no flexibility when positioning this video doorbell.

Ring Doorbell Elite offers some placement flexibility. It is powered with an ethernet cord from your home’s internet router. You can place the doorbell where your home’s existing doorbell is located, or you can cut a hole in your door frame or wall and feed the ethernet cord through it. The doorbell can be installed any place where it can be connected to the ethernet cord.

Height

Ring doorbells work best when mounted about 48 inches or 4 feet above the ground. Place your doorbell at this height whether you are mounting it on a door frame, door, or outer wall of your home. 

This below eye-level height prevents the motion sensors from detecting movement that is far from your door such as cars passing by or people walking their dogs on the sidewalk. The motion sensors are able to detect motion from five feet away up to 30 feet away with a range of up to 160 degrees horizontally. 

Your doorbell’s camera has a much larger vertical field of view than the motion sensor does, so you will be able to see people’s faces as they approach your door even though the camera is below eye level. 

To give you a better idea of what your camera will see, here is a table with each Ring doorbell’s field of vision.

Field of VisionRing Video DoorbellRing Doorbell 2Ring Doorbell ProRing Doorbell ElitePeephole Cam
Horizontal180 degrees160 degrees160 degrees160 degrees155 degrees
Vertical110 degrees90 degrees90 degrees90 degrees90 degrees

Angle

Ring offers two different types of additional installation kits that change the angle of your Ring doorbell. The Wedge Kit gives you the ability to angle your doorbell up or down from five to 15 degrees. The Corner Kit allows you to adjust the horizontal angle of your doorbell from 15 to 55 degrees. 

Doorbell 2 and Doorbell Pro come with both the wedge and the corner kit. These kits are also available for purchase using the links below. Make sure to choose the kits compatible with your doorbell. 

These installation kits are particularly helpful if you have a hard-wired doorbell because they give you more flexibility to position your doorbell at the best angle. For example, if your doorbell is higher than four feet off the ground, you can use the wedge kit to angle it down and avoid unwanted motion alerts. 

To install the Ring Corner Kit and Wedge Kit:

  1. Position the angle mount where you would like your doorbell to go and check the level with the provided level tool.
  2. Using the provided drill bit or screwdriver, screw the shorter two screws into the top and bottom holes of the mount. 
  3. For installation on a wall made of brick, concrete, or stucco, use the provided anchors in the screw holes. The anchors are not needed for installing an angle mount on wood. 
  4. You can increase the angle of the doorbell by removing the screws, placing an additional mount over the first one, and screwing the mounts into place using the longer screws.
  5. Attach your doorbell to the angle mount(s). If you want to use both a corner mount and a wedge mount, install the corner mount, then the wedge mount, and then the doorbell. 

Finding the Best Placement

Don’t be afraid to get creative when installing your Ring doorbell and test different placements and angles until you find the perfect position to optimize the performance of your video doorbell.  

There are some limitations to Ring’s flexible installation options. Ring doorbells cannot be mounted horizontally. The doorbells do not have a screen rotation feature so the videos and live stream would be sideways and motion detection would not work properly. 

How to Install Your Ring Doorbell

You can install your Ring doorbell on your own using the provided installation kit. Directions vary depending on the version of Ring doorbell you have and where you are installing it. 

Battery-Operated Ring Doorbell and Doorbell 2

You can install a battery-operated Ring Doorbell or Doorbell 2 almost anywhere including on brick and concrete. 

  1. Charge the doorbell battery with the provided USB charger. The doorbell is fully charged when only the green light is illuminated.
  2. Place the mounting bracket wherever you want to install your doorbell. Use the provided level tool to confirm that the doorbell is level. 
  3. Use a drill with the provided drill tip and screws to mount the bracket at the four corners. 
  4. If you are installing your doorbell on a wall made of brick, concrete, or stucco, place the provided anchors in the holes you drill, and place the screws inside the anchors. If you are installing your doorbell on a wooden door frame, door or outer wall, place the screws directly in the holes. 
  5. Place the doorbell on the mounting bracket and tighten the two security screws on the bottom.

Hard-Wired Ring Doorbell and Doorbell 2

Hard-wired Ring doorbells must be installed where your existing doorbell is located. 

  1. Shut off the power to your doorbell from your home’s breaker box. 
  2. Remove and disconnect your home’s existing doorbell.
  3. Place the mounting bracket over the wires and check the level with the provided level tool.
  4. Use a drill with the provided drill tip and screws to mount the bracket. 
  5. Remember to use the provided anchors in the holes you drill if you are installing your doorbell on a wall made of brick, concrete, or stucco.
  6. Wrap one of the doorbell’s wires around each of the two screws in the middle of the mounting bracket. Make sure the wires are not touching. 
  7. Place the doorbell on the mounting bracket and tighten the two security screws on the bottom.

Ring Doorbell Pro and Doorbell Elite

The Doorbell Pro and Doorbell Elite have some superior features to the original Ring Doorbell and Doorbell 2, but they are also more difficult to install. They both require the installation of a provided Power Kit in addition to the doorbell. 

I recommend watching the instructional videos linked below if you need to install one of these doorbells.

Ring also offers professional installation if you are not comfortable installing the Power Kit.