Travis Goodreau

Ring offers a number of different devices that can link together to create home automation that’s easy to use and very versatile. Ring offers a number of home automation tools itself including the Door View Cam, Video Doorbells, Smart Lighting, Ring Alarm, and the Stick Up Cam.  There are various accessories to make this even more functional. Whether or not you use the Ring Alarm home security system, it is possible to create a whole-home smart setup that lets you do it all through the Ring app.

However, Ring does allow for integrations with several of the top brands as well. This can enable things like voice connectivity with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as others. If you plan to add new smart features or a new Ring to your home, consider these current connection options. Keep in mind Ring may choose to upgrade these at some point in the future to offer even more.

Ring and Google Home

There is limited connectivity between Ring and Google devices. If you have a Ring system and you want to link it to your Google device, there are a few steps you need to take. First, it is not possible to stream your Ring device on any type of Chromecast system. However, you are able to use your Ring Video Doorbell along with your security cameras from Ring with Google. You can monitor them through your tablet, PC, or your phone. To do this, you can download your Ring Assistant App to your phone. Then, once there, you can link to your Google Home device.

Once you do this, it is possible to log into your device to handle a variety of different features. This can help you with turning on the recording device on your Ring to capture what is outside, for example. It also lets you turn on and off the motion alerts, which allows you the most important control over your home. In addition, with the app, you can also update your devices and review any type of notification that Ring sends to you about connectivity or alerts from its sensors.

Ring and Alexa

For those who have a Ring device and want control over Alexa, it is possible to connect the two. You can connect your Amazon Echo device, for example, to your Ring device to gain access to Amazon Alexa’s voice assistant. It may sound complex, but the process is rather simple and straightforward. Once done, you can connect to your Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Video Doorbell 2, your Floodlight Cam, and other devices to your Amazon Echo Show or Amazon Echo.

You can connect your Ring device to your Echo by adding the Ring as a skill within your Alexa app. Once you have downloaded the Alexa app to your smartphone, open it up and then follow the steps there to link your Ring device. Once this is done, you can then activate and interact with your Ring device using voice commands by simply telling Alexa what you would like to do. For example, you can tell Alexa to arm your Ring Video Doorbell Pro or, if you link it to your Amazon Echo Show, you can ask Alexa to show you the camera from your Ring doorbell. It’s possible to link a Ring Video Doorbell or Stick Up Cam like this. Other devices may also allow you to connect.

Ring and Apple HomeKit

Ring has recently allowed for integration with Apple HomeKit. Many people have been able to use their Ring devices only to the level of being able to download their Ring app to their iOS phone. However, Apple Homekit will not be available for connectivity to Ring devices. Ring has received certification to allow for Apple HomeKit to connect to Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro and Spotlight Cam.

What can this do for you? If you have an Apple HomeKit device, including your iPhone or your iPad, you can now avoid having to download the app to those devices to gain control over your Ring doorbell. That means you can use your devices to answer your doorbell directly using your mobile Apple device. This allows Apple lovers to finally have the ability to operate more of the features they want using their devices and link their Ring doorbell to it for a smooth, easy to use connection.

Ring and SmartThings

It is possible to link your Ring Video Doorbell Pro with SmartThings. When you do this, you can monitor what is happening on your Ring doorbell camera and any other connected smart home devices with your SmartThings app. Once you download your SmartThings app to your phone, you can then link to your Ring devices. Once you do this, you can then use your SmartThings devices to turn your Ring video doorbell into a powerhouse for you. You can also automate your SmartThings devices in the process.

Ring and IFTTT

If you wish to link your IFTTT devices with your Ring Video Doorbell, you can do so. In fact, with IFTTT, you can link a lot more of your smart devices to your Ring doorbell. “If this, then that” or IFTTT, allows you to create Applets that can help you to link connected devices to each other. It’s one of the best ways to link a variety of smart devices to each other in a simple to use manner. You will need to download the IFTTT app and then create a new Applet for it to work. You can then link to your Ring account to set this up and begin using it right away.

Ring is one of the most connected of all smart home devices and security tools. If you are looking for an easy-to-link solution for your video doorbell, this can easily be the right choice for you. Since the company continues to work to develop new methods of connectivity and to enhance its product options, this is one of the best ways for you to create the connected smart home you desire.