Are you concerned that someone may be creeping around your property at night? Perhaps you just like the idea of having an extra set of eyes on your property. If you want to secure your property, you may want to check out the Ring Floodlight Camera. This security camera comes with motion detection, floodlights, and even a 110-decibel siren that’s sure to spook potential robbers.
In this tutorial, we show you how to create motion zones, motion schedules, and how to use the alarm in the case of an emergency.
Register your Floodlight cam with the Ring app
Before you can use your floodlight, you need to register it with the Ring mobile app:
1. Launch the Ring application on your mobile phone.
2. In the upper-right corner, tap the hamburger icon.
3. Select “Set Up a Device -> Security Cams.”
You can now scan the QR code or MAC ID that’s printed on your Ring Floodlight. If you’re struggling to find this code, refer to the documentation that came with your floodlight.
4. Once the Ring application recognizes your Ring Floodlight cam, give it a unique name. This name will represent your Floodlight in the Ring application and in any apps you connect to your Ring account.
5. Next, put your floodlight into setup mode by pressing the button on the top of the camera. When the light on the bottom of the camera blinks white, check your Ring application – it should be prompting you to tap “Continue.”
6. Ring will ask you to join the Ring Wi-Fi network. Tap “Join.”
7. You should now see a list of all the nearby Wi-Fi networks. Select the network where you want to install your floodlight cam. Enter your Wi-Fi password and tap “Continue.”
8. At this point your Ring Floodlight Cam may need to be updated. If the light on the bottom of the Floodlight camera blinks white, your camera is installing an update. When the light stops flashing, check your Ring application – it should be asking you to “Continue.”
Your floodlight is now ready to use.
Get the Floodlight camera into position
It’s time to ‘ install your Ring Floodlight Cam. Consult the Ring user manual for specific instructions.
Once you’re confident your Ring Floodlight is securely in place, it’s time to restore the power.
If everything is set up correctly, the lights should turn on and the Ring Floodlight Camera will announce that it’s in setup mode.
How to set up motion detection
Now that your Floodlight is up and running, you can use it to monitor suspicious behavior by creating motion zones. For example, if you set up a motion zone around your car or garage door, the Ring Floodlight will notify you about any movement within these areas.
To create a motion zone:
1. In the Ring application, tap your Floodlight camera. You should now be viewing the live feed.
2. In the upper-right corner, tap the “cog” icon.
3. Select “Motion Settings -> Motion Zones.”
4. Tap “Add a motion zone.”
5. A colored box should now appear onscreen. Drag the corners of this box until it covers the area you want to monitor.
6. To make this motion zone live, tap “Active.”
7. To add subsequent motion zones, tap “Add another motion zone.”
Ring can now send a notification to your smartphone or table if it detects motion within any of these zones:
1. In the Ring application tap your floodlight cam.
2. Push the “Motion Notifications” slider into the “On” position.
You’ll receive a notification every time movement is detected within any of the specified motion zones.
Create a motion schedule
Not all movement is suspicious. Someone walking down your driveway at noon is typically far less suspicious than someone hanging around your car at 3 AM.
To avoid bombarding your phone with notifications, you may want to create a motion schedule. This schedule will specify the days and times when you don’t want to receive motion alerts.
To create a motion schedule, open the feed from your Floodlight camera, tap the “cog” icon and select “Motion Settings -> Motion Schedule.”
You can specify the days and times you don’t want to receive motion alerts.
Once you’ve created a rule, give it a descriptive name and tap “Save.”
Scare off would-be intruders with Ring’s 110-decibel siren
If you spot any suspicious activity, you can ward off potential thieves or vandals by activating the Ring’s floodlight.
To activate this floodlight remotely:
1. In the Ring application, tap your Ring Floodlight. You should now be viewing the live feed.
2. Tap the “cog” icon.
3. Tap the “Lights” slider.
The floodlight will switch on. While this should be enough to spook any suspicious characters, sometimes you may need more firepower.
In a worst case scenario where you capture someone trying to damage your property while you’re away from home, you can trigger a 110-decibel siren directly from your Ring application.
Note: just because you can doesn’t mean you should. This siren is the sonic equivalent of a jackhammer or a live rock band, so you should only activate it in a genuine emergency.
1. Open the Floodlight’s live feed.
2. Tap the cog.
3. Consider whether you have a legitimate reason for sounding the alarm and potentially annoying everyone within earshot. If you still want to raise the alarm, tap the “Siren” button.
The alarm will now sound. For the sake of your neighbors, be sure to deactivate it as soon as the threat has passed.
If the Ring floodlight camera is not suitable for you, you may want to check out the Ring doorbell instead, as it works well with Alexa and Echo Show.
Are you using any smart devices to help protect your home? Let us know in the comments below!