How to Set Up a Ring Floodlight Cam

Introduction

Ring Floodlight Cam

The Ring Floodlight Cam is a motion-activated security camera with built-in floodlights, a siren alarm and two-way audio, so you can see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from anywhere. It easily replaces existing wired floodlights and connects to standard junction boxes. This guide will go over the basic setup steps to help you get started with your Ring camera.

1 Proper Positioning

Proper camera positioning.

The camera needs to be mounted 9 feet off the ground, with the motion detector parallel to the ground for an optimal position to detect human-sized objects at up to 30 feet.

2 Mount Floodlight Cam

Before you start, please be aware of the following:

  • Installing Floodlight Cams involves working with high voltage electricity.
  • If you are not comfortable with the installation process, contact a licensed electrician.
  • Be sure to comply with your local building and wiring codes.
  1. Turn off the power to the floodlight circuit at the breaker box. Make sure you know which breaker is connected to it.
    Circuit breaker box with breaker being switched off.
  2. To make sure the power was turned off, use a circuit tester to check the wires for electricity. If the junction box is made of metal, test it as well. Consult your testers documentation on how to properly use the device.
    Testing wires with circuit tester.Testing junction box with circuit tester.
  3. Loosen the knobs on the light fixtures to rotate them out of the way and allow access to the mounting screws. Rotate the camera 180 degrees since Floodlight Cam ships with the camera upside down on the fixture.
    Loosening light fixture knobs for Ring Floodlight Cam.
  4. With power off at the breaker, remove your existing floodlight from the junction box it's attached to and disconnect the wires. If there is a bracket attached to your junction box, remove that as well.
    Junction box bracket removal.
  5. Install the mounting bracket on the junction box with the two posts level with the ground. Pull the wires through the middle of the bracket and attach the bracket to your junction box using at least two screws.
    Camera mounting bracket installed on junction box with wires pulled through middle.
  6. Use the provided hook to hang the camera from the bracket while connecting the wires. Hook one end of the hook into one of the mounting holes on the camera and the other end into one of the holes in the bracket.
    Using the hook to hang the camera during installation.
  7. Connect the copper ground wire from the camera, to the green ground screw on the bracket and the existing ground wire inside the junction box. Use a supplied wire nut to join the wires.
    Connecting copper ground wire to green ground screw.
  8. Using a wire nut, connect the white neutral wire from the camera to the neutral wire coming out of the junction box. Then using another wire nut, connect the black hot wire from the camera to the hot wire coming out of the junction box. The coloring of the wires inside the junction box may be the same. If it's not, make sure you know which wire is the neutral and which one is the hot.
    Using wire nuts to connect cables.
  9. Unhook the camera and push all the wires through the large opening in the middle of the bracket. Align the mounting posts with the holes on camera and press together.
    Mounting camera on junction box.
  10. Secure the screw cap nuts with the provided orange screwdriver handle.
    Securing camera to junction box.
  11. Loosen the light adjustment knobs and lock collars to set the lights at the desired angle.
    Adjusting lighting angles.
  12. Restore the power at the breaker box.
  13. After restoring power, the lights will turn on and camera will begin speaking to you to let you know it's in setup mode.
    Ring Cam with floodlights and status light on.

3 Android or iOS

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.

? What kind of mobile device do you have?

  1. Android
  2. Apple iOS

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Ring Floodlight Cam

The Ring Floodlight Cam is a motion-activated security camera with built-in floodlights, a siren alarm and two-way audio, so you can see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from anywhere. It easily replaces existing wired floodlights and connects to standard junction boxes. This guide will go over the basic setup steps to help you get started with your Ring camera.

Proper camera positioning.

The camera needs to be mounted 9 feet off the ground, with the motion detector parallel to the ground for an optimal position to detect human-sized objects at up to 30 feet.

Before you start, please be aware of the following:

  • Installing Floodlight Cams involves working with high voltage electricity.
  • If you are not comfortable with the installation process, contact a licensed electrician.
  • Be sure to comply with your local building and wiring codes.
  1. Turn off the power to the floodlight circuit at the breaker box. Make sure you know which breaker is connected to it.
    Circuit breaker box with breaker being switched off.
  2. To make sure the power was turned off, use a circuit tester to check the wires for electricity. If the junction box is made of metal, test it as well. Consult your testers documentation on how to properly use the device.
    Testing wires with circuit tester.Testing junction box with circuit tester.
  3. Loosen the knobs on the light fixtures to rotate them out of the way and allow access to the mounting screws. Rotate the camera 180 degrees since Floodlight Cam ships with the camera upside down on the fixture.
    Loosening light fixture knobs for Ring Floodlight Cam.
  4. With power off at the breaker, remove your existing floodlight from the junction box it's attached to and disconnect the wires. If there is a bracket attached to your junction box, remove that as well.
    Junction box bracket removal.
  5. Install the mounting bracket on the junction box with the two posts level with the ground. Pull the wires through the middle of the bracket and attach the bracket to your junction box using at least two screws.
    Camera mounting bracket installed on junction box with wires pulled through middle.
  6. Use the provided hook to hang the camera from the bracket while connecting the wires. Hook one end of the hook into one of the mounting holes on the camera and the other end into one of the holes in the bracket.
    Using the hook to hang the camera during installation.
  7. Connect the copper ground wire from the camera, to the green ground screw on the bracket and the existing ground wire inside the junction box. Use a supplied wire nut to join the wires.
    Connecting copper ground wire to green ground screw.
  8. Using a wire nut, connect the white neutral wire from the camera to the neutral wire coming out of the junction box. Then using another wire nut, connect the black hot wire from the camera to the hot wire coming out of the junction box. The coloring of the wires inside the junction box may be the same. If it's not, make sure you know which wire is the neutral and which one is the hot.
    Using wire nuts to connect cables.
  9. Unhook the camera and push all the wires through the large opening in the middle of the bracket. Align the mounting posts with the holes on camera and press together.
    Mounting camera on junction box.
  10. Secure the screw cap nuts with the provided orange screwdriver handle.
    Securing camera to junction box.
  11. Loosen the light adjustment knobs and lock collars to set the lights at the desired angle.
    Adjusting lighting angles.
  12. Restore the power at the breaker box.
  13. After restoring power, the lights will turn on and camera will begin speaking to you to let you know it's in setup mode.
    Ring Cam with floodlights and status light on.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.
  1. Launch the Play Store on your mobile device.
    Google Play Store.
  2. Tap in the search box at the top of the screen.
    Google Play Store with Search bar highlighted.
  3. Search for "ring" and tap on the found app.
    Keyword highlighted in Play Store search.
  4. Tap Install and then Open to use it.
    Install button highlighted in Play Store for found app.
  1. From your device's main screen, open the Ring app.
    Partial phone screen with mobile app icon highlighted
  2. Select Set up a Ring device.
    Mobile app greeting screen
  3. You will be prompted to sign up for a Ring account, or log in to an existing account.
    Mobile app signup screen
  4. Once logged in, you will be presented with a list of Ring devices. Select the device you'll be adding.
    Mobile app device setup selection screen
  5. Once you have selected your device, you will be prompted to name that device.
    Mobile app device setup screen
  6. The Ring app will attempt to apply a geographic location to your device based on your Ring account's information and mobile device's GPS. Select Continue to proceed.
    Mobile app device location selection screen
  7. The app will instruct you on what to do with your Ring device to continue setup. Select Continue to proceed.
    Mobile app device setup instructions screen
  8. The app will now ask that you exit it briefly to connect your mobile device to the Wi-Fi network your Ring device is broadcasting. The app will display a helpful video that will instruct you on how to complete this on your mobile device.
    Mobile app device Wi-Fi setup instructions screen
  9. Once you're connected to the Ring's Wi-Fi network, the Ring app will recognize this and alert you. Tap the alert to be brought back into the Ring app to continue the setup process.
    Device Wi-Fi connection confirmation
  10. The Ring app will then begin searching for Wi-Fi networks around you.
    Mobile app scanning for Wi-Fi
  11. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks.
    Mobile app Wi-Fi selection screen
  12. When prompted, type in your Wi-Fi network's password (if necessary), and select Continue.
    Mobile app Wi-Fi setup key request
  13. Your Ring device will begin connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
    Mobile app device connecting screen
  14. Congratulations! Your Ring camera is now setup and ready to use. Select Continue to complete setup.
    Mobile app Wi-Fi setup completion confirmation
  1. Launch the App Store on your mobile device.
    Apple App Store.
  2. Tap Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Search for "ring" and tap on the found app.
    Keyword highlighted in App Store search.
  4. Tap Get and Install, then Open to use it.
    Get button highlighted in App Store for found app.
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