Ring Motion Sensor Information

The Ring Motion Sensor is part of the Smart Lights line of products that strengthen your Ring of Security while illuminating your home and property. The stand-alone Ring Motion Sensor lets you monitor for motion in areas where you don’t need a light, doorbell, or camera and is battery-powered for easy no-wiring installation.

This article answers common questions about Ring Motion Sensor.

What other Ring Smart Lighting products are available?

Ring Bridge: The central connection point for all Ring Smart Lighting products. Enables smart lighting control from anywhere, using the Ring app. Lets Ring Smart Lighting products interact with other Ring products for enhanced security.

Ring Steplight: Compact motion-sensing smart lights that are perfect for illuminating stairways, decks, and other walkways. They're also battery-powered for easy no-wiring installation.

Ring Pathlight: Motion-sensing smart path light. Battery-powered for easy no-wiring installation. Perfect for illuminating paths and landscaped areas.

Ring Spotlight: Bright motion-sensing smart spotlight with a single-beam. Battery-powered for easy no-wiring installation in hard to reach places such as trees and dark corners. Illuminates key areas with ease.

Ring Floodlight Battery: Bright motion-sensing smart dual-head floodlight. Battery-powered for easy no-wiring installation. Illuminates large areas with powerful adjustable lights and a positionable motion sensor.

Ring Floodlight Wired: Ultra-bright motion-sensing smart dual-head floodlight. Hardwired into house power. Illuminates large areas with powerful adjustable lights.

Ring Transformer: Smart power supply for low-voltage wired landscape lights. Plugs into a standard GFCI power outlet. Adds smart features to existing compatible lights for fully integrated lighting designs in hard to reach places such as fences and sheds.

What is the Ring Bridge? Do I need to purchase one to use my Motion Sensor?

Ring Bridge is the central hub that integrates Ring Smart Lights, Motion Sensors, and Transformers into your Ring system. The Bridge connects to the Ring app using your home Wi-Fi network and connects to other Ring Smart Lighting products using a proprietary long-range communication protocol.

Without the Ring Bridge, your motion sensor functions only as a standard device. With a Bridge, you can control whole groups of lights and sensors at once and be notified via the Ring app when any light or Motion Sensor senses movement.

In addition, you can use your Ring app to create Groups of Smart Lights and Ring cameras that work together to enhance security. For example, if you’re subscribed to Ring Protect, your Ring Doorbell can begin recording video as soon as motion is detected by your Motion Sensor. This provides footage that captures motion events earlier.

Click here to learn more about the Ring Bridge.

Click here to learn more about Groups.

Do I need a Ring Protect subscription to use the Ring Bridge?

No. The Bridge will connect Ring Smart Lights and other Ring devices whether or not you are subscribed to Ring Protect. If however, you want your linked devices to record and save video images for any camera that was triggered, you will need a Ring Protect subscription.

Click here to learn more about Ring Protect Plans.

Do I need a Ring Protect subscription to use Ring Motion Sensor?

No. Ring Motion Sensor will function with or without a Ring Protect subscription.

Click here to learn more about Ring Protect Plans.

Is there a camera system on the Ring Motion Sensor?

No. The Ring Motion Sensor only provides motion detection functions.

How often will I need to change batteries?

Ring Motion Sensor is designed to last around a year on one set of batteries under normal use. Battery life is dependent on device settings, usage, and other factors such as the weather.

Ring recommends using standard alkaline batteries in Motion Sensors. Rechargeable batteries will work in Ring Motion Sensor, though they may not last as long as alkaline batteries. Heavy duty batteries should not be used in Ring Motion Sensor. Lithium batteries will also work in Ring Motion Sensor and are recommended when the weather is extremely cold.

Click here to learn more about Ring devices and cold weather.

Can I share control of the Motion Sensor with other people?

Yes, but the Motion Sensor has to be placed in a Group and the Group must be shared. The amount of control they have over the Motion Sensor depends on their level of access (Role). The abilities each Role has are listed below:

  • Owner: The Owner has full control over all Motion Sensor functions and can also add new Shared Users to give limited control over the Motion Sensor. They can add the Sensor to Groups or remove them. Owners can also can also manually turn Groups on and off and determine how long they stay on as well as disabling individual lights within a Group so they don't activate when motion is detected.
  • Shared User: A Shared User only has limited control over the Motion Sensor. Shared Users can also manually turn Groups on and off and receive notifications from the Group.
  • Guest User: Guest Users cannot access Motion Sensor controls.

Click here to learn more about Users and Roles.

Click here to learn more about Groups.

What comes in the Motion Sensor box?

Each Bridge package contains:

  • Ring Motion Sensor.
  • Instruction manual.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Mounting hardware
  • Ring Security sticker.

Note: There may be Sensor bundles available that contain a Ring Bridge and other Smart Light units at substantial savings. Check the shop on Ring.com or at your local retailer.

How many Motion Sensors and other Smart Lights can I connect to the Ring Bridge?

The Ring Bridge can support up to 50 Smart Lighting devices. These devices can all be in one Group or multiple Groups.

How do I setup and install my Motion Sensor?

Click here for information on setting up and installing your Ring Motion Sensor.

Is the manual available to download?

Yes. Click here to download the manual.

How fast does my Wi-Fi need to be to properly use Ring Motion Sensor?

We suggest your Wi-Fi should be at least 1MB upload and download speed.



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