Securing your home adequately with smart devices is one of the best things you can do for your family. You can easily see the visitor at your door even before opening the door using a 2nd-Generation ring video doorbell. This article will guide you on the various steps required to install a 2nd-Generation ring video doorbell. Read on!
The 2nd-generation Ring Video Doorbell which is an upgraded version of the 1st-generation Ring Video Doorbell. When the Ring video doorbell (2nd generation) was tested, it worked excellently well. The image was very sharp and clear, it was well-adjusted in bright and cloudy weather and also at night. The ring video doorbell also reacted very swiftly when motion was detected. This smart device sends a notification to your smartphone each time a visitor rings your doorbell or sets off the built-in motion detector.
It’s possible to talk and listen to your visitors via the two-way audio system. Note that the 2nd-generation Ring Video Doorbell is not a plug-and-play device, and installing it requires a multi-step process. Here’s how to install a 2nd-generation Ring Video Doorbell in your home and launch it to work for the first time.
Parts of the component of a 2nd-generation ring video doorbell are two security screws located at the base of the doorbell to stop it from removing unknowingly. Ensure you use the correct screw to fasten the doorbell. Some 2nd-generation ring video doorbell owners wrongly use the longer wood screw, which later punctures the internal Lithium-Ion battery.
Read on to understand the step-by-step installation process of a 2nd-Generation ring video doorbell below.
Components of the 2nd-Generation Ring Video Doorbell
The following are components of the 2nd-generation Ring video doorbell you will find in the new box when you purchase your video doorbell:
- Video Doorbell
- Wall Mount Bracket
- Indoor Wireless Chime
- List Tools
- USB Charging Cable
- Extension Wire and Wire Nuts (Optional)
- Jumper for Original Indoor Chime (Optional)
- User Guide
How to Install a 2nd-Generation Ring Video Doorbell
To install a 2nd-Generation Ring Video Doorbell, you need to charge the battery and launch the Ring app first. Then subsequently switch off the power and test the video. The next thing to do is to install the mounting bracket and connect the doorbell wires. Eventually, affix the doorbell to the bracket. Follow to steps below to install a 2nd-generation ring video doorbell:
Ensure you Charge your Ring Video Doorbell
- Empty your Ring video doorbell and connect the provided orange cable to the back of your smart device.
- Connect the other end into a power source (You can also use any other micro USB cable you have already).
- You will be notified by a circular light on the front of the device glowing solid blue once your battery is fully charged.
Download the Ring app and set up your account
Navigate to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the Ring app. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. For more detailed information, follow the steps below to set up your Ring Video Doorbell account:
- Get your installation tools ready.
- In case you are installing your Ring Video Doorbell on brick, concrete, or stucco surfaces, you need to get a pencil and a power drill ready for the task.
- Test your Ring’s camera.
- After your Ring Video Doorbell has been charged, move close to your router and tap the doorbell’s front button to test the live video.
- A live video feed will be shown on your smartphone.
- Repeat the test outside, very close to the site you want to install a 2nd-Generation Ring Video Doorbell.
Switch off the power on your Existing Doorbell
- In case you are replacing an existing doorbell, you need to disconnect the power supply to your doorbell from the circuit breaker. This will prevent you from electrocuting yourself while installing your Ring Video Doorbell. In case you don’t know the breaker which goes to your doorbell, you can turn them off one-by-one till your doorbell stops working.
Remove your previous doorbell
- Are you replacing an existing doorbell? Then you can use the screwdriver provided to unscrew your previous doorbell from the wall. Disconnect the wires from your former doorbell and leave them hanging out.
Remove the bracket behind your Ring Video Doorbell
- At the back of your Ring Video doorbell, there’s a thin black mounting bracket attached to it. You need to remove it carefully by pulling on the back of your device. This should pull off without expelling much force.
Fit the provided level into the bracket
- Part of the components of a 2nd-generation ring video doorbell is a small orange level that has three lines and an air bubble. You can fit this at the top of your bracket, a little above the large hole in the middle.
Run your doorbell’s wires via the hole in the middle of the bracket
- Clasp the mounting bracket against the wall and run your previous doorbell wires via the rectangular hole right in the middle of the bracket. Make sure that the bubble on the level is focused between the two lines.
Make use of a pencil to mark each corner of the mounting bracket
- Using a pencil, mark the four-corner of the wall you will be mounting the bracket. Now, go to the next step of drilling holes for the anchors.
Drill holes for the anchors
- At the site where you marked the four corners of the bracket with your pencil, using the provided drill bit to drill holes.
- Once this has been done, thrust the provided plastic anchors into the holes drilled earlier.
- In case they do not slide in easily, you can as well hammer them in gently.
Fasten the bracket onto your wall or surface
With the aid of the Phillips head side of your screwdriver, fix the mounting bracket in place. After this has been done, you can detach the orange level.
- In case the surface is not smooth, then don’t fix the bracket too tight that it bends because this can prevent the Ring Video Doorbell from fitting into the bracket properly.
Remove the screws behind your Ring Video Doorbell
- Make use of the provided screwdriver to remove the two screws behind your Ring Video Doorbell.
- In case you don’t want to remove these screws, simply give them one full turn each.
- Create enough space to wrap your existing doorbell wires around the screws.
Wrap your previous doorbell’s wires around the screws on your device
- The particular wire you wrap around each screw doesn’t matter.
- Simply ensure that the exposed parts of your wires are not touching each other because this can electrocute you.
- To make things much easier, the above helps to bend your existing doorbell’s wires into a hook before wrapping them around your screws.
Tighten the screws
- You need to tighten your screws securely to prevent the doorbell from falling off or malfunctioning. Make use of any of its components for tightening to fasten the screws.
Clutch on your wires to ensure they are firmly in place
- Ensure your wires are tightly in place to avoid disconnection of your ring video doorbell.
Fix your wires back into the wall
- While moving your Ring Video Doorbell closer to the bracket, carefully push your wires back into the wall.
Place the top of your Ring Video Doorbell onto the bracket and swing it into place
- After fixing your wires into the wall, place the top of your device onto the top of the mounting bracket.
- Once this has been done, gently swing the bottom of the device into place, so it is pressed against the bracket.
Tighten the screws at the bottom of your Ring Video Doorbell
Using the star-shaped head of the provided screwdriver in the new box, screw the security screws located at the bottom of the device.
- Note that the screwdriver provided in the box has two heads. You can easily switch heads by removing the metal shaft and spinning it around to use the star-shaped head.
Turn on the power of the Ring Video Doorbell and test your smart device
- In case you replaced an existing doorbell, you need to turn on the power again at the breaker.
- Once you tap the doorbell, the circular light in front should glow a soft solid white.
The 2nd-generation Ring Video Doorbell works effectively and efficiently. It’s known to be a top performer, especially for its price. It’s very cheap and quite easy to install. You shouldn’t look any further if you are looking for a cheap yet effective video doorbell for your home. This post has shown you the steps required to install a 2nd-generation ring video doorbell in your home, kindly leave a comment below if you were able to successfully install a 2nd-generation ring video doorbell.