If you have an Amazon Echo (4th gen) or an Echo Show 10 (3rd gen) and are an advanced user of Ring technology, your ability to coordinate your Ring Smart Lighting has expanded thanks to the device’s built-in Ring Bridge. This article will answer commonly asked questions concerning setting up and using the built-in Ring Bridge in the Amazon Echo (4th gen or later) or the Echo Show 10 (3rd gen or later) with the Ring App.
Note: For most people, getting a Ring Bridge will be the easiest way to set up Ring Smart Lighting. Click here for information on the the Ring Bridge.
What is a Ring Bridge?
Ring Bridge is the central hub that integrates Ring Smart Lights into your Ring system. The Bridge connects to the Ring app using your home wifi network and connects to other Ring Smart Lighting products using a proprietary long-range communication protocol.
Without the Ring Bridge, your Smart Lights function only as regular lights. With a Bridge, you can control whole groups of Smart Lights and other Ring products 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 Spotlight. This provides footage that captures motion events earlier.
What does the built-in Ring Bridge do?
Ring Smart Lighting lights run on a power efficient, long-range RF Network. The Bridge converts the RF signals to wifi to deliver information from the system to you in the form of alerts or diagnostic information. It also translates commands from you sent on wifi to the RF network to control the lights.
The Ring Bridge built into the Echo (4th gen or later) or the Echo Show 10 (3rd gen or later) eliminates the need to purchase an additional Bridge device to use Ring Smart Lighting and existing hardware, adopting Ring Smart Lighting into your security system.
Do I need a Ring Protect subscription to use the built-in 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.
How do I set up my Ring Smart Lighting with the built-in Ring Bridge in the Ring app?
Scroll down for a step-by-step guide to setting up your Ring Smart Lighting Bridge in the Ring app:
- If there is an update available for your Ring app, please update it before you begin. Remind any shared users to update their app too. Updating the app ensures that everyone on your account will be able to see this new device. If you need to find out how to update your Ring app, click here.
- You will need to link your Ring account to your Amazon account before installing and setting up your Smart Lights using the built-in Bridge. To link your Ring account to to your Amazon account from your mobile device, follow these instructions.
- Open your Ring app on your mobile device.
- Tap the three-lined icon on the upper-right hand side of the screen to open up the side menu.
- Tap Account Settings
- Tap Link your Amazon account
- Tap Link Accounts
- Enter the password for your Ring account.
- You will see an Amazon welcome screen. From this screen you can create a new Amazon account or log in with an existing one.
- When you have finished creating your account or entering your Amazon account credentials, tap Sign in.
- Your accounts are now linked.
Step One - Select Setup a Device
Open the side menu by tapping the three parallel lines in the upper-left hand corner of the Ring app.
- Tap Set up a Device
- Tap Smart Lighting
- Select your Location
Step Two - Scan the QR Code on your device
- Use your mobile device to scan the QR code on the Smart Lighting device you wish to install.
- This code can also be found on the product packaging your your Ring Smart Lighting device.
- If your mobile device is not scanning the QR code, you can select Set up without scanning and enter the five-digit PIN code underneath your device’s QR code to add your device.
Step Three - Be sure your Echo or Echo Show is up-to-date
You will see a screen informing you that because you have a compatible Echo or Echo Show 10 in your account, you can use it to connect your Ring Smart Lighting to your Ring app.
- Make sure you Echo or Echo Show 10 is up-to-date by saying “Alexa, is your software up-to-date?” When prompted, say “Yes” to install the update.
- Tap Use Echo
Note: After you tap Use Echo, the Ring App will search for your Ring Smart Light and download the latest software for your device. Once the process is complete, your app will automatically bring you to the next step.
Step Four - Set up your Light Group
Grouping your Ring devices allows them to react intelligently to events that happen on your property. You can, for example, turn on all the lights on one side of the house when any single Smart Light device or Cam in that group detects motion. You can also turn on and off and control large numbers of Smart Lights without having to use them individually.
- Watch the included video in your app.
- Tap Got it
- Give your Light Group a name. You can choose one of the suggested names or create one of your own.
- Give your Device a unique name.
Your app will now connect your device to your Echo or Echo Show 10 and the device will be ready to use.