How to install Ring Wired Doorbell — everything you need to know

by Brett Decker

The Ring video doorbell wired is one of the easiest smart security cameras to install. Though it requires some screwing, the Ring Doorbell was thoughtfully designed for easy installation.

It has motion activation capabilities to alert you when a visitor is at your front door. It also has a two-way audio that lets you talk to them.

While the ring video doorbell has powerful features, setting it up will take just minutes, especially if you already have an existing doorbell transformer.

You can certainly install a Ring Video Doorbell by yourself as it involves low-voltage wiring. But if you're uncomfortable working with electrical wiring, you can hire an electrician to do it for you.

Just locate your breaker and the indoor chime box and the whole set up shouldn't take more than 30 to 45 minutes.

Here's how you can install a Ring Video Doorbell wired at your home:

  1. Check your doorbell system compatibility

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is designed to replace your existing doorbell. It will use your existing doorbell wires, so be sure to check if your existing doorbell system is working. To do this, ring your existing doorbell and listen for the chime. If it rings, it means that your doorbell system is working.

Follow the sound to locate the existing chime of your old doorbell and take note of its location.

  1. Tools you'll need
    The Ring Video Doorbell Wired already comes with the following hardware in the box:
    Bag A
    (2) 1" long mounting screws
    (2) wall anchors
    Bag B
    (2) 3/16" security screws
    Bag C
    (1) Jumper cable
    There's also an included screwdriver in the package.
  2. Ensure the power is off
    Turn off power to your existing doorbell at the circuit breaker or fuse box before beginning installation.
    Any electrical work may be a fire hazard, so some areas may require professional installation. Refer to your local laws and building codes before doing any electrical work. You may have to secure permits.
  3. Disable your existing doorbell chime
    Grab the included jumper cable. This will bypass and disable your existing doorbell chime. Install this before installing the Ring Video Doorbell Wired.
    The Video Doorbell is compatible with doorbell systems with 10-24 volts AC, at 50 or 60 Hz, 20-40 VA max.
    After locating your doorbell chime and turning off the power at the breaker, remove the cover from your digital chime box.
    Keep the existing doorbell wires in place. You will use the existing wiring for your new video doorbell.
  4. Connect the Ring jumper cable
    Connect one end of the jumper cable to the "Front Terminal", and the other to the "Trans" terminal. Re-tighten the terminal screws.
  5. Uninstall the old doorbell
    Uninstall the existing doorbell from the wall. Disconnect the wires and make sure they don't fall back inside the wall. You'll need to access them later.
  6. Remove the faceplate
    Pull the faceplate off the doorbell from the lower edge.
  7. Mark the screw holes
    Hold the Ring Video Doorbell against the wall and use it as a template to mark the points of the mounting holes.
  8. Install anchors if needed
    Use a 1/4" (6mm) masonry bit to drill holes in your stucco, brick, or concrete wall, then insert the included wall anchors. You can skip this step if you're installing the Ring Doorbell on wood or sliding.
  9. Connect the wires
    Have the doorbell wires loop around each of the screw terminals on the back of your Ring Video Doorbell Wired, then tighten the terminals.
  10. Mount your Ring Doorbell
    Mount the Wired Ring Video Doorbell using the two included mounting screws. Hide any excess wiring in the wall.
    Don't use any screws other than the included two screws to secure the Ring Doorbell.
  11. Turn the power back on
    Turn the power breaker back on. Your Ring Video Doorbell may take a while to power on. Once ready, it'll light up and speak to you.
  12. Set up your doorbell with the Ring App
    Reattach the faceplate. Using the included screwdriver, drive the small security screw into the bottom of your Ring Video Doorbell.
    Connect your Ring Doorbell to the Wi-Fi using the Ring smartphone app. You can now set up features like motion detection and real-time alerts.


Is my existing doorbell system compatible with Ring Video Doorbell wired?

Since you'll be using your existing doorbell wire, you'll have to check compatibility. To check if your old doorbell system is compatible with the Ring Doorbell, ring your existing doorbell and listen for the chime. If it rings, it means that your doorbell system is working.

Is the Ring Doorbell wired hard to install?

No, the Ring Doorbell is not hard to install. You can install a ring video doorbell on your own by following the steps above and always observing safety precautions.

Do you need an electrician to install a Ring Doorbell?

If you're not confident working with electrical wiring, have an electrician do the installation.

How much does it cost to have someone install my Ring Doorbell?

Expect to pay between $100 to $250 for a professional installation of your Ring Doorbell.

Do I need a chime for a wired Ring Doorbell?

The Ring Chime is not required for Ring Doorbells, but it will enhance the overall experience. It notifies you when your Video Doorbell detects motion or has been rung.

Do you have to drill holes for Ring Doorbell?

Yes, you will have to drill holes to install the Video Doorbell. You'll need to drill two mounting holes for the mounting bracket. Use the included security screws to install the bracket on your wall. For brick, stucco, or concrete wall, use a 1/4" (6mm) masonry bit. You can skip this step if you have a wooden wall.

Can I install a Ring Doorbell without turning off the breaker?

No, you must turn off the power source at your home's circuit breaker or fuse before installing the Video Doorbell.

Can the Ring Doorbell be used without the Base Station?

Yes, Ring Doorbell can be used without the Base Station. The Ring Doorbells including the Ring Doorbell Pro and the cameras all work independently from the Base Station.

What doorbell transformers are compatible with Ring Doorbell?

The Video Doorbell is compatible with doorbell systems with 10-24 volts AC, at 50 or 60 Hz, 20-40 VA max.

How does Ring Doorbell work with multiple users?

You can add Shared Users to your account by inviting them. The users must have their own Ring account with their personal email and password. The account owner has to invite each Shared User individually to each device.

How many devices can I pair to each Ring Doorbell?

There's no limit as to how many devices you can pair to each Ring Doorbell.

Where can I download the Ring App?

The Ring App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

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