Ring video doorbell is now the most popular home security device. Most homeowners attach the device to the doorframe and use the app to view live footage of their surroundings 24/7.
Ring video doorbell is one of them and is a great way to keep an eye on your property, but how much data does Ring Video Doorbell use? Do you need to have an unlimited data plan to use Ring Video Doorbell?
How Much Bandwidth Do Ring Cameras and Doorbells Use?
One of the most common questions people ask about Ring products is how much bandwidth they use. Bandwidth is a measurement of how much data can be sent over a network in a given period of time.
Bandwidth is typically measured in megabytes per second (Mbps). This means that, on average, a Ring security camera will use about 50 GB to 300 GB of bandwidth, and a Ring doorbell will use about 30 GB to 100 GB per month.
Note- Data/bandwidth uses a security camera or doorbell limit depending on the size of the capture area, speed, and device. So there is no exact limit to data use. This amount is average collecting from different Q&A, forum, blogs even from my experience.
However, if you have an unlimited data plan, you can use a Ring camera or doorbell without worrying about using up your data quota.
Whereas other video doorbell brands like Nest or Canary video doorbell or security uses the average of data/bandwidth is
- NestCam: 200 GB to 300 GB (According to Google Nest Cam answer)
- Canary: 100 GB to 200 GB (According to Canary customer support)
So if you compare with all other video doorbells, Ring video doorbell is about half the bandwidth usage of the other two devices. So I think it will be the best to choose.
Does a Ring Doorbell Work If the WiFi Is Down?
Ring will still work if your WiFi is down as long as you have a cellular signal available. Ring will use your cellular data to connect to your home’s WiFi and then send the video footage to your phone.
So, unfortunately, if your WiFi goes down, you can use alternative methods to connect to your home (like a landline or mobile WiFI data) and still view the footage.
How Do I Know If My Ring Doorbell Has WiFi?
If your Ring doorbell has WiFi, you can use the Ring app to view live video and recordings from your camera. You can also access saved videos and photos from your camera.
To check if your Ring doorbell has WiFi, open the Ring app and tap the three lines in the top left corner of the home screen. Under “Ring Security & Surveillance,” tap “View Ring Cameras.” If your Ring doorbell has WiFi, you’ll see a list of connected cameras.
How to Reduce Data Usage on Ring Doorbell?
If you have a Ring Video Doorbell, you may be wondering how much data it uses. In general, most devices use an average of 3 GB to 10 GB of data per day.
If you are streaming video or taking photos frequently, you may want to consider reducing your data usage. You can do this by disabling features that you don’t use, turning off notifications, or using a WiFi connection instead of a cellular one.
To reduce your data usage on your Ring Video Doorbell, open the Ring app and tap the three lines in the top left corner of the home screen.
Under “Ring Security & Surveillance,” tap “Data Usage.” You’ll see a list of your live streams and recordings, and you can tap a stream or recording to view its data usage.
Tips to reduce data usage of Ring Doorbell:
- Snapshot Capture- Turn off or reduce the frequency.
- Video Recording- Turn off or reduce the frequency of live stream.
- Video Recording Length- You can also reduce video recording length.
- Use Ring’s app sparingly – when you need it to get things done, use the app. Don’t use it just to check the weather or see what people are saying about you on social media.
- Turn off notifications for necessary calls and texts – you don’t need to be alerted every time someone calls or sends you a text. You can also disable notifications for specific contacts by tapping on their name in the Contacts list.
- Turn off notifications for all calls – if you only want to be alerted when someone is calling you, turn off all notifications for all calls.
How Do I Know If My Ring Doorbell Has Poor WiFi Signal?
If you are having trouble connecting your Ring Doorbell to your home’s WiFi, there are a few things you can check.
#First, make sure that your Ring Doorbell is close to your home’s router.
#Second, make sure that your Ring Doorbell is positioned in a high-traffic area of your home.
#Finally, try restarting your router or Ring Doorbell.
Does Ring Doorbell Slow Down Internet?
The Ring Doorbell uses a fraction of the data compared to other smart home devices. For example, the Nest Cam uses about 200-300 GB of data per month, while the Ring Doorbell uses 10 – 50 GB per month.
So while the Ring Doorbell may temporarily slow down your internet speeds when using the camera or microphone, it should not impact your overall internet usage.
Top Rated Ring Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell is a great way to keep an eye on your home. You don’t have to worry about going over your data limit with Ring video doorbells.
The cameras use a fraction of the data of traditional home security cameras, so you’ll only need to worry about using up your monthly data allotment if you want to view footage from multiple cameras simultaneously.
If you are having trouble connecting your Ring Doorbell to your home’s WiFi, make sure that the Ring Doorbell is positioned in a high-traffic area, try restarting your router, and ensure that your Ring Doorbell is close to your home’s router.
Thanks for reading!
I’m Bobby Taylor, a tech lover, writer, and editor for Smart Home Protector. I am also a customer relationship officer of a well established electronics manufacturer company in the United States.