When you’re considering a security system, the accessibility and level of difficulty can be factors that will sway you towards or away from a system. Ring Alarm is the security system that lets you monitor and watch over your home from any location. Through the Ring camera, you are able to control multiple functions of your home system.
Is Ring Alarm compatible with Alexa? Alexa can be easily connected to your Ring Alarm to assist with multiple functions, such as locking and unlocking a door, looking into the camera, and speaking to people through the camera.
If you’re a fan of Alexa and you’re considering a security system, Ring is the right option for you. Having access to your home’s security by speaking to Alexa is convenient and also can be fun. To learn more about how this extension works and how to get Alexa and Ring connected, read on!
Connecting Ring Alarm to Alexa
Connecting your Amazon Alexa to your Ring Alarm system is fairly simple. If you are completely new to this, first you are going to want to download Amazon’s Alexa app on your mobile smart device. Open the app, and find the three horizontal bars in the left-hand corner. Click that and tap ‘Skills.’
Once you’re there, you are going to want to search for ‘Ring’ in the search box. Click on the enable button to allow it to start connecting. After this step, the Amazon Alexa app will ask you to sign in to your Ring account.
Doing this will connect your Alexa account with your Ring account. After signing in, you will be asked to discover devices. Click on the Discover Devices button and your ring devices should appear and connect automatically to your Alexa.
If you only want Alexa to connect with specific Ring devices and not others, just tap on ‘Forget’ on the right side of that device. You can always reconnect it later if you change your mind.
If none of your Ring devices connect automatically, you can then do a few things. First, you can ask your Alexa, “Alexa, discover my devices” or you can tap on ‘Devices’ then tap ‘Discover.’ With either of these methods, your Ring devices should automatically connect to your Alexa.
Using Alexa With The Ring Alarm
Ring and Alexa are constantly changing what you can do with it, but the current features are pretty impressive. Depending on which Alexa device you are using, you can do different things with Ring.
If you have an Echo Show or another compatible device such as a Fire Stick TV you can say things like “Alexa, show me the front door” to see what the view from your front entryway looks like.
If you do not have an Echo Show or a Fire TV, there are still options of what you could control even with access to an Echo Dot. One thing you can do with your Ring and your Echo Dot is to have a two-way conversation through the speakers.
For example, you could answer the doorbell through your Echo Dot and ask “Who is this?” and whoever is at the door be able to answer. In order to see and speak to someone, you must have an Echo Show. To do this simply say, “Alexa, answer the front door” or “Alexa, talk to the backyard.”
You can either arm or disarm your Ring if you are home or away by saying a few different things. The first thing you could say is “Alexa, arm Ring” (which defaults to Home Mode).
The other two things you could say are, “Alexa, arm Ring away” and “Alexa, disarm Ring.” To check your home’s status you can say something like, “Alexa, is Ring armed?”
Ring supports door locks that are connected through Ring Alarm. These include Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, and others. In order to lock and unlock your doors through Alexa, you should say something like “Alexa, lock my front door,” “Alexa, unlock my front door,” or “Alexa, is the front door locked?”
When someone presses your doorbell or your doorbell senses motion, you can have your Alexa make a chiming noise. You can customize this noise by turning on “Announcements” for your Ring Camera from the Smart Home section on your Alexa app or you can create an Alexa Routine from the main menu on the Alexa app.
To view activity from your Ring camera you can say something like, “Alexa show me the front door.” To stop your Ring video feed say, “Alexa, hide the front door,” “Alexa, go home,” or “Alexa, stop.”
Drawbacks to Alexa and Ring Doorbell
From users who have connected Alexa to the Ring doorbell, there have been some drawbacks that they hope to get fixed promptly. The main drawback that the Alexa and Ring connection is having currently is that there is no doorbell chime sound that comes through your Alexa device when the outside doorbell rings.
Most users wish that their Echo dots that are scattered through their home would ring when someone outside their home rings the doorbell. This would be helpful in situations where someone has a much bigger home and has a hard time hearing the doorbell.
Having Echo Dots scattered through the home would give the ability for the doorbell to be heard from all areas of the home.
Another issue users tend to be having is that the video to show the live feed of who is at your door just loads way too slow. By the time the video feed loads, the person is likely to be gone, or even worse, heard you ask Alexa who is at the door and not answer.
Users have requested that there be live video feed automatically shown once the doorbell rings, that way you can see in real time who is at the door and there is no awkward waiting. Ring seems to be taking these critiques and will hopefully be able to tweak them!
Does Ring 2 work with Alexa? Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Elite and Ring Floodlight Cam are all compatible with Alexa. The connection process between Alexa and all of these devices is the same.
Does my Amazon Alexa ring when my doorbell rings? Currently, your Amazon Alexa will not ring when the Ring Doorbell rings, but hopefully, it will be able to in the future. This is a common question which Ring is getting and they are working on tweaking it.
Is Alexa compatible with Ring Pro? Currently, Amazon’s Alexa can be set up and connected with Ring Pro. Alexa is compatible with Ring devices, and so is Google’s Siri. Setup and certain features will be different between Siri and Alexa.