Question: I'm in the EU/UK or AUS/NZ and my Ring device is having a hard time finding my Wi-Fi signal (or keeps losing it). What's going on and how do I fix it?
Answer: Temporary and Permanent fixes
If you find your Ring devices frequently disconnecting from the internet or if your device is having a hard time finding the Wi-Fi signal, there is both a temporary procedure available to get you up and running along with a permanent one available once you're set up.
- Temporary: The temporary procedure for this issue is to stop your router from auto-scanning channels and set the router to channel 6.
- Instructions on how to set your particular router to channel 6 should be available either in the instruction manual included with your router packaging or online.
- If you have any issues with setting your router, Ring's agents are standing by to assist you. Click here for a list of phone numbers to find out what help number to call in your section of the EU.
- Permanent: Once you have set up your Ring product, the device should update automatically, fixing this problem. You can set your router back to auto.
Background: Router Configurations and Channel 12
- In the United States internet routers on the 2.4 Ghz frequency are restricted to channels 1-11. As a result when Ring devices were first designed, they were designed to only scan channels 1-11 to find a Wi-Fi signal. If the router switches channels during normal operations, the Ring device is able to follow the router resulting in no loss of connection and consistent operation
- In the European Union/United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand, routers on the 2.4 Ghz frequency are open to channels 1-13. Channel 12 though, is a special case, as it operates on a slightly lower frequency than the other channels.
- As a result, when routers in the EU/UK or AUS/NZ are set to automatically scan for the strongest channel, they will occasionally land on channel 12. Since Ring devices as currently configured do not scan channels higher than 11, a router that lands on channel 12 will not be found by the Ring device or if it was already connected, it will lose the connection as long as the router is on channel 12.