How to Set Up a Wired Ring Spotlight Cam

Introduction

Ring Spotlight Cam.
The Spotlight Cam Wired is a plugged in HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property. It plugs into standard power outlets to give you non-stop power, so you'll never need to charge a battery. 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 Power Up Spotlight Cam Wired

Camera connected to power outlet.

Plug in the Spotlight Cam Wired into a power outlet in the same room with your router.

2 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 mobile device do you have?

  1. Android
  2. Apple iOS

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Ring Spotlight Cam.
The Spotlight Cam Wired is a plugged in HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property. It plugs into standard power outlets to give you non-stop power, so you'll never need to charge a battery. 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.

Camera connected to power outlet.

Plug in the Spotlight Cam Wired into a power outlet in the same room with your router.

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.

  1. Place the mounting bracket on the surface where you want to install the camera, with the side that says UP facing you. Use the built-in mini level to make sure it's even before marking your holes.
    Mini level highlighted on mounting bracket.
  2. Use the mounting bracket to mark the holes on the surface where you want to install the camera.
    Marking holes on wall using mounting bracket.
  3. If installing on a masonry surface, first drill holes using the provided drill bit. Insert the wall anchors before installing the screws.
    Installing mounting bracket on masonry surface.
  4. If installing on a wood surface, use the install screws to screw the mounting bracket directly into your wall.
    Screwing mounting bracket onto wall.
  5. Line up the screws on the base of the camera to the holes on the mounting bracket. Attach the base to the mounting bracket and slot it down to lock it.
    Attaching the camera to the installed mounting bracket.
  6. Tighten the security screw on the right until the camera is secure.
    Securing camera onto mounting bracket.
  7. Secure the power cable onto the surface using the provided clips. Use the included drill bit to predrill holes in the surface and insert the provided anchors if installing on a masonry surface.
    Securing power cable onto wall with provided clips.
  8. Plug in the camera into a power outlet.
  9. Adjust the camera angle and tighten the side screw on the left to secure the camera position.
    Securing camera angle.
  10. Check the camera live view on your mobile device to make sure the angle is right.
    Testing live camera view in mobile app.
  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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