Did you know your Ring devices can talk to one another and protect you as a team? This is known as device linking. Device linking connects your Ring devices together and provides instructions for a group of devices to begin functioning whenever any of them are activated.
This article will answer common questions concerning Device Linking.
What is device linking?
Device linking connects your Ring devices together and provides instructions for a group of devices to begin functioning whenever any of them are activated. Say, for example, that a motion triggers your Ring Video Doorbell. It notifies you and begins recording as usual. That's when device linking takes over. Because you've linked your Floodlight Cam and Spotlight Cam to your Video Doorbell, they immediately turn on their lights and begin recording as well. Now your Ring devices are able to react and protect you as a team.
Can you link any Ring device to any other Ring device?
Yes! Device linking works with all Ring devices including Video Doorbells, Security Cams, Smart Lights, and Alarm. The function is found on the Ring app with the latest Android or iOS system.
How do auto-recorded events show up in my history?
Auto-recorded events will populate as a linked event.
When a camera on a device is triggered by a linked device, how long will the camera record for?
Currently, the length of recording time is set to the camera default - 30 seconds for battery-powered cameras and one minute for Wired cameras.
Is a Ring Protect Plan required to link devices?
No, but a Ring Protect Plan is required to use the recording functions on all Ring devices. As a result, you will need a Ring Protect Basic Plan for each device or a Ring Protect Plus Plan for each Location. You can still activate lights without a Ring Protect Plan.
If I connect a device with lights to a device without lights, will the lights turn on during the day if the non-light device triggers it?
By default, yes, but there is a control that allows you to determine when the lights should activate.
Will linking devices drain my battery faster?
The function in itself will not cause the battery in your battery-operated devices to drain fast. If, however, the link causes the devices to experience more activations than it had been experiencing before being linked or you have Live View enabled, then yes, that will drain the battery faster.