Question: What are motion zones and how can I use them to enhance my Ring Video Doorbell motion detection capabilities?
Answer: Motion Zones allow you to define a specific area that you want your Ring to cover while ignoring everything outside that area. By selecting your motion zones to exclude frequently accessed areas such as public paths and roads, you can reduce the number of "false positive" motion alerts (such as cars driving by) and greatly increase the effectiveness of your Ring.
This article and video will help you set up your motion zones and give you some tips in making them more effective.
Click here for information on motion detection in the Ring Video Doorbell.
Configuring Motion Detection Settings
Visit the Ring App and select the device you'd like to configure the motion detection settings for and then click Motion Settings.
How to Turn On Alerts
Adjust the slider first, and then tap on the zones that you'd like to receive alerts for. Make sure that the zones you'd like enabled turn dark grey and say 'On' before clicking Save.
Pro Tips: Making the Most of your Motion Settings
- Reselect your Motion Zones: When creating your motion zones, note the potential paths people take to approach and redraw your motion zones to exclude areas where you very rarely see people such as behind locked gates, hedges, or walls
Be sure to have at least one active motion zone: If a Motion Zone is not triggering alerts, it may be inactive. You must create at least one active motion zone or you will not receive any motion alerts.
Get familiar with the Motion Settings control in your Ring App: In addition to the motion zones control, there are two other tools there that can help you adjust the number of Ring Alerts you receive:
- Motion Scheduling: The motion scheduling control will allow you to schedule brief interruptions in alerts (though not motion detection) triggered by a regular occurrence. For example, if you know your garbage always gets picked up between 7:30 and 7:45AM on Tuesdays, you can schedule your motion detection to turn off during that time.
- Important: During the time that motion alerts are disabled due to motion scheduling, you can’t turn on motion alerts manually without cancelling the motion schedule.
- Smart Alerts: Smart Alerts allow you to tweak the number of motion alerts you receive.
- Optimizing motion detection: Motion detection can sometimes trigger false alerts because of large heat sources such as cars, the rising or setting sun or reflections off a shiny object. To reduce the number of false alerts, you need to look at your motion zone the way your Ring does. That might mean removing shiny objects or angling the Ring itself to avoid the sun
- Mounting your Ring device at the correct height: Your Ring device has a very broad field of view. It is not necessary to mount the ring at eye height in order to catch faces. Your motion detection system, on the other hand has a much narrower field of view. Ideally, you should mount the ring about 48 inches from the ground. If you're still having trouble detecting people walking up to your door, you can try an install kit to angle your camera down.