Will Ring Doorbell Work with Mobile Hotspot?

Smart doorbells have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to their ability to enhance home security and provide convenient features like video monitoring and two-way communication with visitors.

Ring Doorbell is one such device that has gained a lot of attention in the market. However, many homeowners wonder if they can use Ring Doorbell with a mobile hotspot, especially if they don’t have a stable Wi-Fi connection.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the answer to the question: will Ring Doorbell work with a mobile hotspot? We’ll delve into the technical requirements for using Ring Doorbell with a mobile hotspot, potential limitations, and some tips for optimizing the performance of your Ring Doorbell in this scenario.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of whether or not using a mobile hotspot is a viable option for your Ring Doorbell setup.

Will Ring Doorbell Cameras Work With a Mobile Hotspot?

Yes, Ring Doorbell Cameras will work with a mobile hotspot. You can get a portable 4G LTE hotspot so your doorbell security camera can work without a WiFi Internet connection. With a hotspot, you can access the smart video doorbell for live streaming and get instant app push alerts when there are motion events.

However, you will need to pay for the cellular data and may encounter latency of the connection when using a mobile hotspot. Furthermore, the doorbell could consume too much data if you access the doorbell for live streaming frequently or if there are many motion events.

To save cellular data, you can disable the PIR sensor and lower the resolution of the live streaming.

Advantages of using a mobile hotspot for your Ring doorbell

The advantages of using a mobile hotspot with a Ring doorbell are numerous and include:

  • Portability: Once set up on the Wi-Fi network that your mobile hotspot broadcasts, you can move the hotspot to various locations – without having to go through the hassle of setting up your Ring devices again!
  • Security: You have the benefit of having added security no matter where you go.
  • Home Usage: Utilizing a mobile hotspot can be a great, and affordable solution to any connectivity issues in areas with sparse or no internet.
  • Remote Access: You can easily see who’s arriving and be notified via your smartphone, even if you don’t have a Ring Chime set up.
  • Wildlife Watching: You can even catch things that you’d normally miss, or wouldn’t happen if you were nearby, such as wildlife antics.
  • No Router Needed: You can connect your Ring Doorbell to a WiFi hotspot if you don’t have access to a full wireless network from a router.

Disadvantages of using a mobile hotspot for Your Ring doorbell camera

Using a mobile hotspot for a Ring doorbell camera has several disadvantages.

  • The connection is not as stable as a home WiFi network and may cause the Ring device to disconnect and disrupt service repeatedly.
  • Using mobile data can be costly, as the Ring device can use up to 50 GB of data per month.
  • Mobile networks generally have slower speeds and less consistent connection stability than WiFi, which can lead to the frustration of missed footage and lag.
  • Keeping a smartphone running 24/7 to provide the hotspot to the doorbell can be inconvenient.
  • Mobile networks can be blocked or unstable, leading to the latency of the connection.

Using a smartphone as a mobile hotspot

Android

Using a smartphone as a mobile hotspot with Android requires that the smartphone supports mobile hotspots, an active data connection, and a steady signal strength from a nearby cell tower.

Additionally, users will need to access the mobile hotspot settings from the “Settings” menu, select “Connections” and then “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” and toggle the slider to activate the Mobile Hotspot.

The network that is broadcast is typically the model name of the phone, and the password is often the phone’s number, but both of these can be changed to personalize them.

The Mobile Hotspot can also be accessed by expanding the drop-down menu at the top of the phone screen, which is where users can find the button that says “Mobile Hotspot” and access the settings from there.

It is important to note that while there are many benefits to using a mobile hotspot, users may experience spotty connection and data caps on their hotspot, which can lead to additional fees.

iOS

Press and hold the orange button on the back of your Ring Video Doorbell. When there is a spinning white light on the front of your Ring Video Doorbell, release the orange button to start streaming the video.

Continue holding down the orange button to continue streaming video until you stop receiving notifications or your battery runs out (be sure to replace your ring batteries every 6 months).

When there’s a white light flashing on the front of your Ring Video Doorbell, tap “Join” in the Ring app to connect it to Wi-Fi. iOS users will see an alert asking if they want to join a network; tap “join” when prompted.

Using a dedicated mobile hotspot for Ring devices

If you’re looking for a way to connect your Ring device to the internet, then a mobile hotspot might be the answer. Here are the steps on how to do so:

  1. First, you’ll need to activate the mobile hotspot through your carrier (Verizon or AT&T). You will be able to find the network name and password for the mobile hotspot on the device, or in your online account with your carrier.
  2. Then, open the Ring app, select the device you want to connect and go to “Device Health”.
  3. Select “Change Wi-Fi Network” and choose the Wi-Fi network generated by your mobile hotspot.
  4. Repeat this step for each Ring device that you want to connect to your mobile hotspot.
  5. Finally, make sure you have access to a power source to keep your mobile hotspot running for up to 24 hours.

By connecting your Ring devices to a mobile hotspot, you can easily move the hotspot to various locations without having to reconfigure your Ring devices each time. This can be a great solution for areas without internet or for additional security at home.

How to connect your Ring Doorbell to a mobile hotspot

If your WiFi service is down and you don’t have access to a regular wireless network, you can connect your Ring Doorbell to a mobile hotspot instead. While it is possible to connect Ring devices to a mobile device hotspot via the setup menu within the Ring app, it isn’t recommended by the manufacturer due to the unstable connection and amount of data consumed.

If you still decide to go ahead and use a mobile hotspot, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set it up:

  1. Activate the mobile hotspot via the carrier’s website (i.e. Verizon or AT&T).
  2. If your mobile router has a screen, the network name and password for the mobile hotspot will be displayed on the screen. If not, the information will be displayed in your online account with the carrier, or a small “Wi-Fi Details” card included in the box.
  3. Launch the Ring app and select the device you want to connect.
  4. Go to “Device Health”, then down to “Change Wi-Fi Network” and select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect your device to. Repeat this for each of your Ring devices.
  5. Make sure you have access to some form of outlet or power source to avoid service interruptions.

Once your Ring Doorbell is connected to the mobile hotspot, you’ll be able to access the smart video doorbell using the mobile app, watch the live stream, and receive instant app alerts without an actual Wifi connection.

Alternatives To Using A Mobile Hotspot With Ring Doorbell

While using a mobile hotspot is incredibly convenient, there are some caveats. Because the video needs to be uploaded to the cloud, this can create additional data usage. If you prefer a camera that can store photos and videos locally, there are a couple of options you may consider.

One such line of doorbell cameras that can record locally. The Eufy video doorbell comes equipped with a sizeable 4GB of internal storage, providing ample space to store recorded footage. Whenever the device detects any activity, it initiates the recording process, and users can conveniently access the footage through the EufySecurity app. To ensure the safety of the footage, the device employs industry-standard AES-128bit encryption.

It is essential to keep in mind that the device does not support SD card expansion, meaning that the 4GB storage capacity is the maximum limit available.

In summary, the Eufy video doorbell offers an excellent value proposition, especially when compared to its competitors which require additional fees to store recorded footage. However, there is room for improvement in some areas.

FAQ

Can Ring Doorbells be connected to a Mobile Hotspot?

Yes, Ring Doorbells can be connected to a mobile hotspot. You can connect Ring devices to a mobile device hotspot via the setup menu within the Ring app. With a hotspot, you can access the smart video doorbell for live streaming and get instant app push alerts when there are motion events.

You can even talk to the visitor in real-time with the two-way audio function. But you have to keep your smartphone running 24/7 to provide the hotspot to the doorbell, and you may need to buy a dedicated 4G LTE hotspot for a more stable connection.

Does Ring Video Doorbell Work Without a Wi-Fi Internet Connection?

Yes, the Ring Video Doorbell can work without a Wi-Fi internet connection; however, the device will lose its key features such as push notifications to your smartphone, access to live video feed, configuring the device through the Ring app, and recording and storing footage to the cloud.

Without a strong, stable internet connection, the Ring Doorbell will function as a regular doorbell without internet, much like a regular doorbell without additional features.

Do Ring Video Doorbells Require a Subscription or Additional Fees?

Yes, Ring Video Doorbells do require a subscription or additional fees. Without a subscription or additional fee, you will only have access to two-way audio and live video streaming, as well as notifications when someone rings the doorbell or triggers the motion sensor.

Without a Ring Protect Plan, your Ring Doorbell will not record or store video footage at all, only the live video stream will be available. With a Ring Protect Plan, the doorbell will record and store video whenever motion is detected, when the doorbell is rung, or when ‘Live View’ is initiated. Therefore, a Ring Protect Plan offers the most comprehensive video footage storage and review options.