Change A Ring Device’s Wi-Fi – Without Undrilling Or Removing It

All of us will face this issue at some point in our lives. You’ll have to modify the Wi-Fi network at some time if you possess a Ring device.

You’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you know how to change the Wi-Fi network on your Ring devices. You won’t have to climb ladders, unscrew face plates, or hold buttons while precariously balanced in order to reset your Ring device. At least for the most part.

Scanning the QR code included in the Box is the quickest and most convenient method to reset the Wi-Fi on any Ring device. Use the same name and password for your new Wi-Fi network as you did for your old Wi-Fi network as a clever trick. To reset your Wi-Fi, you can do so via the Ring app, but pressing the reset button on the side or back of your Ring device may also be necessary.

A comprehensive guide on Ring and Wi-Fi networks as well as how to reset them is here.

What do you mean when you talk about ring devices?

The Ring Floodlight Cam Plus is housed in a sleek, black housing.

Ring has a large selection of gadgets to choose from. Ring began as an independent smart gadget manufacturer, but was shortly acquired by Amazon. Cameras, alarms, illumination, and sensors are all part of Ring’s current product range, which includes its most popular product, the Ring doorbell.

Because Amazon owns Ring, all of these gadgets are intended to work with Alexa/Echo and other smart home systems. The Ring security alarms offer a few extra functions that aren’t included in the Ring devices’ video feeds and motion sensors. For smart home gadgets in general, Ring is a prominent manufacturer.

Ring’s reliance on Wi-Fi.

First, let’s talk about why you’ll need to connect your Ring devices to a new Wi-Fi network in the first place. If Ring devices are able to offer you live photo and video updates, then everything else is secondary.

To communicate with one other and your smart home, Ring devices use two basic protocols. Z-Wave or Wi-Fi/IP may be used by Ring devices.

The Ring alarm system’s sensors are completely Z-Wave-based. Even yet, the data they collect (for example, that a door has been opened) must still be transferred to Ring’s servers over Wi-Fi/the internet, as the Base Station transforms Z-wave information into internet data.

All other Ring devices (including cameras and doorbells) make use of Wi-Fi, which is part of the ‘internet protocol’ (apart from the expensive Ring Elite line-up, which uses PoE). Most people prefer this option since it removes one step off the process for most people: just install and connect the Ring camera/doorbell to your WiFi network.

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Z-Wave has a number of advantages over Wi-Fi, which you can learn more about in a separate post.

For real-time information about what’s going on in your house, Ring makes advantage of Wi-Fi to give you alerts and even movies. Delaying the modification of your Wi-Fi might result in significant loss of functionality for your Ring devices. For one thing, you’ll miss all of your recordings!

If you’re thinking of changing your Wi-Fi network, it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about why.

What Makes You Want to Switch to a New Wi-Fi Network?

My kitchen now has a mesh WiFi hotspot!

Wi-Fi network switching is not always an easy choice. It’s normally best to keep your Wi-Fi network the same, but life gets in the way. In the long run, there are a few compelling reasons to switch your Wi-Fi network.

This is by far the most apparent one: you’ve relocated. It’s common to have to alter your Wi-Fi network if you move to a new property. When you move, you may need to transfer Wi-Fi networks because your ISP may have changed, technology may have evolved in your new location, or you may have other reasons for doing so.

Concerns about technology are also a part of the equation. Your network name and password may need to be changed as well when updating routers or Wi-Fi services.

Last but not least, changing your Wi-Fi for security concerns is a good idea. Changing your Wi-Fi network details might be a good place to start if you detect a security breach or if you want to improve your home’s cybersecurity.

There are, of course, more secure methods to establish Wi-Fi in your house, but this is a subject for another day. You have a single Wi-Fi router, which may have recently changed, and you’ll need to update your Ring device’s Wi-Fi information as a consequence of that.

It’s now time to work on changes that will allow you to maintain your Ring devices’ Wi-Fi up to date without having to remove or un-drill them.

How to Modify Wi-Fi Ring Specifications (Without Removing It)

Starting with the simplest options is a good place to start. To get to your Ring cameras, you don’t need to rely on ladders and ropes. You can just scan a QR code.

Consider Using a Barcode or QR Code Instead (And Save Your Boxes)

When you acquire new equipment, there are many compelling reasons to save the boxes. To begin with, having the box on hand might be helpful if you need to make use of the warranty or return anything. When it’s time to trade them in and move on to something new, boxes may help you increase your resale value.

Codes that come with your box are one of the most important reasons to keep it. Rings are no exception. Every Ring gadget comes with a QR code or Barcode that may be scanned during the setup process.

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On the back of the Ring gadget, you’ll see a QR code that corresponds to this one. It is possible to utilize these QR codes to connect your Ring gadget to the Ring app. If you do not have physical access to your device, you will not be able to complete the setup.

Ideally, you should save your boxes and use that QR code to restart the Wi-Fi network, which is the quickest method. The QR code/barcode may be scanned before the device is installed, like I did with my Ring Doorbell Pro:

Using the barcode on my Ring Doorbell Pro

There’s no need to worry about losing this photo. After taking a picture and scanning it with my Ring app, I can simply update my Ring Doorbell’s Wi-Fi settings without needing to physically remove the faceplate or the Ring Doorbell from my doorframe.

Password and Network Name should be the same.

In addition, there’s a smart workaround you can use to convince your Ring device to connect to the same Wi-Fi network. All you have to do is use the same name and password for your new Wi-Fi network as you did for your previous one.

The Ring gadget is tricked into believing it is still connected to the same Wi-Fi network it was initially connected to. Wi-Fi upgrades, such as installing a new router, or relocating to a new location need a new Internet service provider (ISP).

For example, if you want to build a second Wi-Fi network for added security or to boost your home’s Wi-Fi connection strength, this approach won’t work as effectively.

My kitchen now has a mesh WiFi hotspot!

The same is true if you decide to switch to a different sort of Wi-Fi password. If you’ve recently changed your Wi-Fi password for security reasons, this method is not suggested.

With the exception of such situations, this is a handy tip that may help you save some time before you change the Wi-Fi network settings on your Ring devices.

Utilize the Ring App (Device-Dependent)

You may be able to update your Ring device’s Wi-Fi password via the app itself, depending on the model and firmware version of your Ring device. It’s a nice workaround that saves you time.

There are a few ways you may get to this menu in the app.

Open up the menu.

Select your device from the “Devices” section.

“Device Settings” or “Device Health” will appear.

“Change Wi-Fi” or “Reconnect to WiFi”

This will open a new menu for you. As a last step, you may follow the instructions and input a new Wi-Fi name and password.

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I can link my Ring Doorbell through this temporary WiFi network to the mesh WiFi system that I’ve set up.

Occasionally, you’ll need to physically walk to your phone or tablet to complete an app step, such as pressing the reset/setup button (covered below).

However, if your Ring gadget is already linked to the internet, you may be able to follow all the procedures inside the app.

Put a little pressure on the ring reset button.

Now we’re going to tackle some of the more difficult issues. Your Ring devices’ setup/reset buttons may be difficult to find, but one of them has a lot easier-to-access reset button.

The reset button on the Ring Doorbell Pro is on the side, whereas the reset/setup button on the majority of the Ring outdoor cameras is on the top. To reset the Wi-Fi connection on the Ring Doorbell Pro 1 and 2, just remove the faceplate and press the orange button.

To get to the reset button, you just need to remove the security screw at the bottom of your Ring device, which is attached to a wall.

The Ring device may then be reconnected in the same manner as when it was originally opened, i.e. by following the instructions in the Ring app.

During the initial setup process, my Ring Doorbell Pro shows a bright blue ring on the screen. That was a relief!

Doorbell Faceplate or Outdoor Camera Mounted Cam Button

This is the most difficult remedy, but it is required for certain Ring devices.

Reset buttons for older Ring devices may be found on the back of the device. You must physically remove the Ring device from the wall in order to use the reset button for changing the Wi-Fi connection.

A screwdriver or a drill will be required to remove the Ring device from its mounting location. The Wi-Fi information may be changed after you’ve removed it by pressing the orange reset button and repairing your device.

The setup/reset button on the top of your Ring outdoor camera may need you to use a ladder if it’s placed up high. Check to see whether your Wi-Fi password can be changed without having to push a button, but if it advises you to, you’re definitely out of luck – apologies!

Using several of my outside cameras, I’ve done the following at least three times in the last year:

Climbing ladders is one of my favorite pastimes while I’m working on my outdoor smart cameras…!

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