Are you worried about someone crawling around your property at night? Maybe you just like the idea of having an extra look at your property. If you want to secure your property, you can consult the Ring Floodlight Camera. This security camera comes with motion detection, spotlights, and even a 110-decibel siren that’s sure to scare off would-be thieves.
In this tutorial, we show you how to create movement zones, movement schedules, and how to use the alarm in an emergency.
Register your Floodlight camera with the Ring app
Before you can use your projector, you must register it with the Ring mobile app:
1. Launch the Ring app on your mobile phone.
2. In the top right corner, tap the hamburger icon.
3. Select “Configure device -> Security cameras”.
You can now scan the QR code or MAC ID printed on your Ring Floodlight. If you have trouble finding this code, see the documentation that came with your projector.
4. Once the Ring app recognizes your Ring Floodlight camera, give it a unique name. This name will represent your Floodlight in the Ring app and in any apps you connect to your Ring account.
5. Next, put your projector into setup mode by pressing the button on the top of the camera. When the light on the bottom of the camera flashes white, check your Ring app – it should prompt you to press “Continue”.
6. Ring will ask you to join the Ring Wi-Fi network. Tap “Join”.
7. You should now see a list of all nearby Wi-Fi networks. Select the network on which you want to install your Floodlight camera. Enter your Wi-Fi password and press “Continue”.
8. At this point, your Ring Floodlight Cam may need to be updated. If the light on the bottom of the Floodlight camera is blinking white, your camera is installing an update. When the light stops flashing, check your Ring app – it should ask you to “Continue”.
Your projector is now ready for use.
Put the Floodlight camera in position
It’s time to set up your Ring Floodlight Cam. See the Ring User Manual for specific instructions.
Once you are sure your Ring Floodlight is securely in place, it is time to restore power.
If everything is set up correctly, the lights should come on and the Ring Floodlight camera will announce that it is in setup mode.
How to configure motion detection
Now that your Floodlight is up and running, you can use it to monitor suspicious behavior by creating motion zones. For example, if you set up a movement zone around your car or garage door, the Ring Floodlight will notify you of any movement in those zones.
To create a movement zone:
1. In the Ring app, tap your Floodlight camera. You should now see the live stream.
2. In the upper right corner, tap the “cog” icon.
3. Select “Motion settings -> Motion zones”.
4. Tap “Add motion zone”.
5. A color box should now appear on the screen. Drag the corners of this box until it covers the area you want to monitor.
6. To bring this movement zone to life, press “Active”.
7. To add further movement zones, press “Add another movement zone”.
Ring can now send a notification to your smartphone or table if it detects motion in any of these areas:
1. In the Ring app, tap your Floodlight camera.
2. Push the “Motion notifications” slider to the “On” position.
You will receive a notification whenever motion is detected in any of the specified motion zones.
Create a movement calendar
Not all movements are suspect. Someone walking in your driveway at noon is usually a lot less suspicious than someone hanging around your car at 3 a.m.
To avoid bombarding your phone with notifications, you can create a motion schedule. This calendar will specify the days and times when you do not wish to receive movement alerts.
To create a motion schedule, open your Floodlight camera feed, tap the “cog” icon and select “Motion settings -> Motion scheduling”.
You can specify the days and times when you do not want to receive motion alerts.
Once you have created a rule, give it a descriptive name and press “Save.”
Scare off potential intruders with Ring’s 110-decibel siren
If you spot suspicious activity, you can ward off potential thieves or vandals by activating the Ring’s searchlight.
To activate this projector remotely:
1. In the Ring app, tap your Ring Floodlight. You should now see the live stream.
2. Tap the “cog” icon.
3. Tap the “Lights” slider.
The projector will turn on. While this should be enough to scare off suspicious characters, sometimes you will need more firepower.
In the worst-case scenario where you catch someone trying to damage your property while you are away from home, you can trigger a 110 decibel siren directly from your Ring app.
Note: just because you can doesn’t mean you should. This siren is the sonic equivalent of a jackhammer or live rock band, so you should only activate it in a real emergency.
1. Open the Floodlight live feed.
2. Press down on the cog.
3. Ask yourself if you have a legitimate reason to sound the alarm and annoy everyone within earshot. If you still want to trigger the alarm, press the “Siren” button.
The alarm is sounding now. For the benefit of your neighbors, be sure to turn it off as soon as the threat has passed.
If the Ring Floodlight camera isn’t for you, you can try the Ring Doorbell instead as it works well with Alexa and Echo Show.
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