How to Set Up a Ring Spotlight Cam

Introduction

Ring Spolight Cam and solar panel.
The Spotlight Cam Battery is a versatile wire free HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property. If you connect it to a Solar Panel it only needs a few hours of sunlight everyday to keep your Cam charged around the clock. It also comes with everything you need to get your Cam setup in just minutes. This guide will go over the basic setup steps to help you get started with your Ring camera.

1 Charge Battery

Ring Cam battery being charged.

Plug one end of the charging cable into the battery and the other end into a power outlet. While charging, both the red and green lights will stay on. When the battery is completely charged, only the green light will remain on.

2 Insert Battery

  1. Press the button on the back side of the battery compartment door and open the door downwards.
    Release button highlighted on battery compartment door of Ring Camera.

  2. Slide the battery in until you hear a click.
    Battery being inserted in Ring Camera.

  3. Firmly close the battery compartment door until you hear a click.
    Battery compartment door being closed.

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 type of device do you have?

  1. Android
  2. Apple iOS

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Ring Spolight Cam and solar panel.
The Spotlight Cam Battery is a versatile wire free HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property. If you connect it to a Solar Panel it only needs a few hours of sunlight everyday to keep your Cam charged around the clock. It also comes with everything you need to get your Cam setup in just minutes. This guide will go over the basic setup steps to help you get started with your Ring camera.

Ring Cam battery being charged.

Plug one end of the charging cable into the battery and the other end into a power outlet. While charging, both the red and green lights will stay on. When the battery is completely charged, only the green light will remain on.

  1. Press the button on the back side of the battery compartment door and open the door downwards.
    Release button highlighted on battery compartment door of Ring Camera.

  2. Slide the battery in until you hear a click.
    Battery being inserted in Ring Camera.

  3. Firmly close the battery compartment door until you hear a click.
    Battery compartment door being closed.

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. While still near your router, bring up the Ring app on your mobile device.
  2. Select the camera you want to test.
  3. Then tap on Live View.
    Live View option highlighted in Ring mobile app.

  4. If the video quality is good you can proceed where you want to install the camera.
    Camera view in mobile app from inside the home.

  5. Go to where your camera will be installed.
  6. If you have a wired camera, make sure it's powered up.
  7. Again, access the Live View on your mobile device.
    Camera view in mobile app from outside the home.
  8. Make sure the video quality is good and proceed with mounting the camera.

If the video feed is not as good as you want, you can try moving your router closer to the camera's installation location, or purchase a Ring Chime Pro to extend your network further.

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.

The camera can be mounted on a wall or an eave by changing the direction of the mounting plate:

  • To mount it on a wall, the ball socket needs to be pointing downward
    Mounting ball socket installed pointing downward on rear of Ring camera.
  • To mount it on an eave, the ball socket needs to be pointing upward
    Mounting ball socket installed pointing upward on rear of Ring camera.

To change the direction in which the ball socket is pointing, do the following:

  1. Press the button on the back side of the battery compartment door and open the door downwards. Remove the security screw and the weather seal.
    Battery compartment release button, weather seal and security screw highlighted on rear of Ring camera.
  2. Press the release button and slide the mounting plate out.
    Mounting plate release button being pushed on rear of Ring camera.
  3. Rotate the mounting plate upside down then slide it back in.
  4. Firmly close the battery compartment door until you hear a click. Insert the weather seal and tighten the security screw to lock the mounting plate in place.
    Battery compartment door being closed.
  1. Use the mounting bracket to mark the holes on the surface where you want to install the camera.
    Marking holes on wall using camera camera mounting bracket.
  2. If installing on a masonry surface, first drill holes using the provided drill bit. Insert the wall anchors before installing the screws.
    Mounting bracket installation steps.
  3. If installing on a wood surface, use the install screws to screw the mounting bracket directly into your wall or eave.
    Screwing the mounting bracket onto the wall.
  4. Pop the camera into the socket.
    Popping the camera into the mounting bracket socket.
  5. Adjust the camera angle and tighten the side screw on the left to secure the camera position.
    Securing cmaera position.
  6. Check the camera live view on your mobile device to make sure the angle is right.
    Testing camera view in mobile app.
  1. Select an install location where the solar panel can get at least one hour of direct sunlight a day.
  2. Use the mounting base to mark the holes on the surface where you want to install the camera.
    Marking holes on wall using camera mounting base.

  3. If installing on a masonry surface, first drill holes using the provided drill bit. Insert the wall anchors before installing the screws.
    Drilling and installing wall anchors into masonry surface.

  4. If installing on a wood surface, use the install screws to screw the mounting base directly into the surface.
    Screwing the mounting base onto wall.

  5. Slide the solar panel onto the arm.
    Installing solar panel onto mounting base.

  6. Remove the weather seal from the back of the camera.
    Removing weather seal from rear of camera.

  7. Plug the charging cable coming from the solar panel into the power connector on the back of the camera. Line up the screw holes, then secure the plug with the included screws.
    Plugging charging cable into rear of camera.
  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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