A Ring camera is a popular choice for people who want to keep an eye on the security of their home. One common question that people have about Ring cameras is whether they will still work when there is no wifi available. The short answer is no, a Ring camera will not work without wifi.
Why Does a Ring Camera Need Wifi?
A Ring camera relies on a wifi connection to transmit footage to the cloud, where it is stored and can be accessed remotely. Without a wifi connection, the camera cannot upload the footage it captures.
Additionally, a Ring camera uses wifi to communicate with a user’s mobile device. Users receive alerts on their phones when the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell. Without wifi, the camera cannot send these alerts.
What If You Have Limited Internet Connectivity?
If you have limited internet connectivity or slow wifi, you may experience delays in receiving notifications or accessing the footage captured by the camera. However, the camera will still work as long as there is some level of connectivity.
What About the Ring Protect Basic Plan?
Ring offers a basic cloud storage plan that allows users to keep footage for up to 60 days. However, this plan also requires a wifi connection. Without wifi, the camera cannot upload footage to the cloud for storage.
In summary, a Ring camera will not work without wifi. While limited internet connectivity may cause delays or issues, the camera requires wifi to transmit footage to the cloud and communicate with a user’s mobile device.
Commonly Asked Questions
1. Can I use a Ring camera without wifi?
Yes, a Ring camera can work without wifi but only with some limitations. Without wifi, you will not be able to access live view or receive notifications on your phone. However, the camera will still record and store footage that you can access once you reconnect to wifi.
2. How long can a Ring camera record without wifi?
A Ring camera can record without wifi as long as it has power. However, the camera’s internal storage is limited, and it can only hold up to 60 minutes of footage. Once the storage is full, the camera will overwrite the oldest recordings.
3. Can I connect my Ring camera to a hotspot or mobile data?
Yes, you can connect your Ring camera to a mobile hotspot or mobile data if it has a cellular plan. However, this will use a lot of data, and Ring cameras are not designed for continuous use with mobile data. It is better to use wifi whenever possible for a stable and reliable connection.
4. Does the Ring camera need wifi to function with other Ring devices?
Yes, the Ring camera needs wifi to function with other Ring devices like the Ring Doorbell or Chime. To use these devices together, all devices must be connected to the same wifi network. If the camera is offline, it will not be able to communicate with other Ring devices.