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A Comprehensive Guide to Switching Your Traditional Doorbell to a Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Installing a Ring Video Doorbell: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking to upgrade your home security with a Ring Video Doorbell? Installing a Ring Video Doorbell is a great way to keep your home safe and secure. This guide will walk you through the process of replacing a wired doorbell with a Ring Video Doorbell.

Before you begin, make sure to go through the in-app setup process near your router. Have everything that came in the Ring packaging handy, and if you’re installing on a masonry surface, you’ll need a power drill.

Step 1: Shut Off Power to Your Doorbell

The first step is to shut off power to your doorbell at the breaker. This is an important safety precaution, so make sure to do this before you begin.

Step 2: Remove Your Existing Doorbell

Once the power is off, you can remove your existing doorbell. This will make it easier to install the mounting bracket for your Ring Video Doorbell.

Step 3: Install the Mounting Bracket

Take the mounting bracket that came with your Ring doorbell and the small orange level and snap the level into place on the bracket. Then place the mounting bracket on the wall, running the wires through the hole in the middle. Make sure the bubble in the level is steady in the middle, and mark the four corner holes if you’re installing your Ring doorbell on a masonry surface.

If you’re installing on wood or siding, you don’t need to use the anchors and you can skip the next part. If you’re installing on a masonry surface, use the provided drill bit to drill holes for your anchors. Then use the Phillips head, side of your Ring screwdriver and the provided screws to secure the mounting bracket to your wall.

Step 4: Attach the Wires

Once your bracket is fixed to the wall, remove the level by snapping it off. Then take the wires that are running through your mounting bracket and attach one wire to each of the screws on the front of the bracket, wrapping the wires around the screws to ensure a good connection. It doesn’t matter which wire goes to which screw as long as both wires have a good connection to the screws and that the wires aren’t touching one another.

Step 5: Install the Diode (if Necessary)

If your door chime is digital versus mechanical, there’s one extra step at this point. Not sure if your door chime is digital or mechanical? Here’s an easy way to tell the difference: when your doorbell rings, is the sound it makes a classic “Ding Dong” sound? If so, then you probably have a mechanical doorbell with a physical chiming mechanism in your house. In this case, do not use the diode since doing so will damage your doorbell chime.

If the sound your doorbell makes is more of a melody, you have a digital door chime and you’ll need to attach the diode to wire your Ring doorbell properly. To install the diode, position the black plastic housing in the middle of your mounting bracket, then wrap the wire at each end around one of the screws. If you know which wire leads to your doorbells internal chime, put the Gray indicator on the same side as that wire. If you’re not sure, don’t worry since connecting the diode the wrong way won’t do any harm, your doorbell just won’t ring correctly. If this is the case, you can reverse the diode and try again.

Step 6: Secure Your Ring Doorbell

Position your Ring doorbell over the slots on the bracket, then push firmly inwards and then down until it locks into place. Don’t be afraid to push too hard since it can take some effort to get your Ring doorbell on the bracket. Tighten the security screws on the bottom using the smaller end of your Ring screwdriver until your Ring doorbell is secure.

Step 7: Power On Your Doorbell

Once your Ring doorbell is secure, power the electricity to your doorbell back on. You’ll know Ring is properly wired when the circular light on the front glows a soft white and pressing the button triggers the chime inside your home. If your Ring doorbell doesn’t ring your internal chime, or your internal chime doesn’t sound right and it’s a digital Chime, it’s possible that the diode was installed the wrong way.

You’re Ready to Go!

You’re now ready to begin using your Ring Video Doorbell. If you need any additional help, feel free to reach out to our support team or visit ring.com/help. With Ring, you’re always home.

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