Beginner's Guide to Smart Homes

When you purchase Ring products, you’ve taken a step toward incorporating smart home technology (sometimes called "smart home automation") into your life. This article will help you discover all of the smart home products that Ring has to offer.

Ring devices that are considered part of a Smart Home are:

The most important thing to understand about having a smart home is that everything is dependent on having a reliable wifi network. Smart home devices connect to wifi networks and can be controlled, remotely accessed, or monitored via computers or mobile devices. Smart home devices are frequently used to save energy or promote home security. Most Ring devices fall into the latter category, but the defining feature of a smart home is that you can control many aspects of your home through a centralized, convenient device.    

Ring Brand Partners

Ring partners with other companies that offer smart home products like: 

Use this link to see a complete list of products that are compatible with Ring.

Other Categories of Smart Home Products

  • Appliances (ovens, refrigerators)
  • Thermostats
  • Entertainment Systems 
  • TV’s
  • Small appliances (like a crock pot)
  • Plumbing 

What's the Difference Between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Networks?

Wifi works on two distinct bands - 2.4 GHz and faster 5 GHz. Most newer devices, many manufactured by Ring, can be used with both a 2.4 and a 5 GHz network. It’s important to know if your device is compatible with a 5 GHz network during setup. This information is found on the device’s packaging or in the instruction manual. 

Multiple Smart Devices

The more wifi-driven devices that you have, the more your wifi router may have to stretch signals in order to reach them. In the case of Ring devices, many of them will be outside of your home. As a result, you may have invisible obstacles that interfere with wifi signals. This can affect your Ring device performance. As a result, you might want to look into a Ring Chime Pro wifi extender. A mesh network will stabilize your signal if you have a larger home.

Use this link to find out more about wifi extenders and mesh networks.     

Common Home Materials/Items that Interfere with Wifi Networks

 Some common things that may distort or weaken wifi signals:

  • Brick
  • Stucco
  • Metal
  • Large glass doors
  • Mirrors
  • Microwaves
  • Fish tanks
  • Cordless phones
  • Baby monitors
  • Smart home appliances
  • Wifi enabled TV’s
  • Game consoles
  • Your neighbor’s wifi signal overlapping yours
  • The number of people in your household or neighborhood using the Internet at the same time.

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