Understanding Smart Home Devices

When you purchase Ring devices, you’ve taken a step into incorporating Smart Home Technology (sometimes called Smart Home Automation) into your life This article will help you discover all of the Smart Home Devices that Ring has to offer. 

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 it allows you to control many aspects of your home through a centralized, convenient device.    

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

In addition to Ring brand products, Ring has partnerships with other companies that produce smart home devices too. These include:

To see a list of more devices that are compatible with Ring, click here. 

There are many other categories of smart home products that can be connected to a smart device including:

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

The most important thing to understand about having a Smart Home is that the entire thing is dependent on having a solid wifi backbone. Having a reliable wifi network is a big part of having a successful experience with smart home devices. 

Click here to learn more about making wifi work for your Smart Home devices.

While there are a lot of things to learn  to successfully integrate smart home devices into your home, the single most important thing to understand about smart devices is your wifi network. 

Understanding wifi - 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Networks

Today, wifi works on two distinct bands - the older 2.4 GHz and newer 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 almost always found on the device’s packaging or in the instruction manual. 

Important: , If your Ring device has trouble connecting to a 5 GHz network initially even though it’s capable of using a 5 GHz network, try connecting to a 2.4 GHz network first and then switch to 5 GHz via the Device Health section of your Ring app. 

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.

To find out more about wifi extenders and mesh networks, click here.      

Wifi Interference

 Some common things that may distort or weaken wifi signals are:

  • 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.  

To learn more about wifi troubleshooting click here.  

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