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Why Is My Ring Alarm Flashing White?

Last Updated Sep 11, 2022
Ring alarm generation 2 with keypads and sensors laid out on table.
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The Ring Alarm is Ring’s do-it-yourself at-home security system. It connects your Ring doorbell camera to sensors and a keypad for home security, but what if the Ring Alarm is flashing white?

The flashing white Internet LED on your Ring Alarm indicates it is downloading and about to install a software update. There are a lot of different light patterns and colors that indicate different issues your Ring Alarm is having.

The great thing about the lights on the Ring Alarm is the amount of information just a few LEDs can convey without the need for a screen or notification.

Why is My Ring Alarm Flashing White?

The LEDs on your Ring Alarm blink in different patterns and colors to indicate problems or status updates to inform you of what the Ring Alarm is up to under the hood.

If you see the Internet LED on your Ring Alarm blinking white, it downloads and installs the newest software update for your equipment. It is important to pay attention to these lights and patterns to know what your equipment is doing.

Depending on your model of Ring Alarm, you may have different lights in different locations, but many of the lights and patterns are standard across the brand. 

Light Patterns on the Ring Alarm

The light patterns listed below are for the Ring Alarm Base Station and the Ring Alarm Pro Base Station. These are the two most popular models of Ring Alarm. 

If you have a different model, you can access this Ring Support Site Article, which will give you more in-depth information about the light patterns on your Ring Alarm.

Ring Alarm Base Station

There are three main LEDs on the Ring Alarm Base Station. There is the large Ring LED on the top of the unit and the smaller Power (a lightning bolt) and Network (a WiFi array) on the back.

Large Ring LED Light Patterns

Solid Blue RingDevice is working properly
Blue Flashing CircleDevice is in pairing mode
4 Corner LEDs flashing Blue five timesPairing Error
Glowing Blue with Spinning YellowBase Station is updating
Solid Orange Circle w/ Blue dot SpinningSoftware Update is in progress after factory reset
Flashing RedSystem is Alarming

Light Patterns for Pairing

These are the patterns shown on the Large Ring LED when the unit is in pairing mode:

Spinning BlueReady to Pair
Solid BluePairing Succesful
Flashing BluePairing Failed

Power and Network Light Patterns

If everything is working properly, the Power and Internet lights should be a solid green at all times.

Network Light Patterns

Solid GreenInternet connection via WiFi
Solid AmberInternet connected via LTE
Blinking RedNo active internet connection
LED is offThe Base Station is in low power mode

Power Light Patterns

Solid GreenAC power is connected
Solid AmberAC power off – using backup battery
LED is offThe Base Station is in low power mode

Ring Alarm Pro Base Station

There are four main lights on your Ring Alarm Pro Base Station. The Power (a lightning bolt) and the Network (a WiFi array) are located on the back of the device.

There is also a small LED on the top of the device to indicate if you are connected to an eero network or not. These will only apply if you are using eero home WiFi.

The main large LED Ring on the top of the unit is the last LED, and most of the patterns will be on the main one.

Large Ring LED Light Patterns

Solid Blue RingBluetooth pairedDevice is working properly
Blue LED spinning clockwiseStarted Bluetooth pairing
4 Corner LEDs flashing Blue five timesBluetooth Pairing Error
Solid Blue LED w/ Green dot spinningDownloading a software update
Purple dot spinning clockwiseBase Station is shutting down
Solid Blue LightRing Alarm Pro is disarmed
Solid Red LightSystem is armed
Solid red sections turning on in turnExit Delay in progress
Solid Red CircleExit Delay finished and system Armed 
Red Circle Blinks On and OffEntry Delay notification
LED Ring is dimmedSystem is in low power mode
Flashing Red RingSystem is Alarming

Power and Network Light Patterns

If everything is working the Power and Internet lights should be a solid green at all times.

Network Light Patterns

Flashing WhiteDownloading and Installing software update
Solid WhiteInternet is connected
Solid RedNo active internet connection
LED is offThe Base Station is in low power mode

Power Light Patterns

Solid OrangeFirst powered onRunning on internal batteries
Solid GreenUpdate finished AC power is connectedDevice running on Ring Power Packs
LED is offThe Base Station is in low power mode

Conclusion

The many different LED patterns and colors on the different models in the Ring Alarm system provide different kinds of information. It is good practice to pay attention to these if they change.

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