Just recently, Ring has been all over the news since it was bought by Amazon. But aside from this, the company has continued to produce quality devices such as their Ring Video Doorbell, as well as a wide array of cameras for your home.
The Ring Spotlight Cam Wired was just announced recently and this is a fixed camera that requires a wired power connection. It’s somewhat similar to other products from Ring such as their Floodlight Cam and Video Doorbell Pro in some aspects, but it’s much easier to install; plus, it also provides you sharp 1080p video, making it a great choice for outdoor security cameras.
Before we get into more details about the device, let’s first check out what other accessories are included in the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired’s package.
Ring Spotlight Cam Wired- What’s in the Box?
The Spotlight Cam Wired from Ring comes in a sturdy and durable package that is slightly larger than we’ve expected. But just like the other devices from Ring, the device has great packaging that is adequate enough to keep the camera well-protected especially when it’s being transported to your home.
The exterior features a piece of cardboard that envelopes the sides of the actual package containing the device; and on the cardboard, you will find the image of the Spotlight Cam, its primary features, as well as additional information about these. To get to the actual box, you will need to pull the cardboard piece off before opening the package.
Now on the actual box, you’ll see that it’s just a plain black package that features the company’s name right on the lid. When you open this, you’ll immediately see the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired which is set in a plastic tray.
This plastic tray follows the shape and form of the camera since it helps keep the device protected; it also avoids having the device move out of place during delivery.
Beneath the tray, you will find the wires that are all neatly rolled in place; the box also comes with other accessories such as a security screw lock, screwdriver, cable clips for securing the power cord, as well as an installation manual.
Ring Spotlight Cam Wired – High Tech Security Lighting
The Spotlight Cam Wired from Ring is an alternative to the Ring Floodlight Cam that does not feature floodlights however does offer more install options and does not require existing wiring at the property in order to get up and running.
We have the black Spotlight Cam and we really liked its sturdy and well-built construction – something that you’d expect from Ring.
The company also includes a 20-foot cable that can be customized to match your home’s exterior; this is actually a really nice feature especially if you’re someone who wants a discreet installation. Out of the box, the Spotlight Cam is already linked to this power cable which can be plugged into your common power socket. We appreciate that it can be unhooked for its installation thanks to the twist to lock connector that is available.
The spotlight of the camera is provided by the LED light strips that you can find on each side of the 140° wide angle lens which will be activated once motion is identified. The motion sensor is protected by a dome right at the bottom of the device and it features a 270° detection range.
The camera records and streams videos up to 1080p resolution while also supporting 2-way communication; this has noise-cancellation features and night vision that reaches up to thirty feet. The Spotlight Cam Wired also comes with a 30-day free trial of the company’s cloud storage for recorded videos; at the end of the period, you’ll have the choice of upgrading to one of the Ring Protect plans that are available.
The Ring Spotlight Cam Wired is powered by an AC adapter. It is a weather-resistant device that operates in temperatures ranging from -30° to 48.5° Celsius. When it comes to its connectivity, it supports 802.11 b|g|n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4 GHz.
For its audio, the Ring Spotlight Cam features two-way audio with noise cancellation while its video supports 1080p HD resolution, live viewing, as well as night vision. It also detects motion which is a great feature since you can also customize motion zones. Additionally, the Spotlight Cam Wired also has a remote-activated 110dB alarm and its camera lens has a 140° field of view.
When it comes to the dimensions of the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, it is 4.96 inches x 2.72 inches x 2.99 inches.
The device is backed with parts and labor warranty that is good for one year; for Ring subscribers, they can benefit from a lifetime purchase protection which covers theft and damage. Ring also offers refund policy that lasts for 30 days to protects in case you are not satisfied with the product’s performance.
Instant Home Security
With the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, you’ll be able to easily monitor and protect your home. It lets you listen and communicate with anyone in your home via smartphone, PC, and tablet. The camera’s also great since it features a brilliant and clear 1080p HD video, integrated mic and speakers, as well as a wide-angle camera lens.
Continued Power & Security
For ultimate convenience, the Spotlight Cam Wired can be plugged into your regular power outlet for continuous power. You won’t need to charge batteries which is a good thing; plus, it also comes with all the things you need to get your device setup in just a couple of minutes.
Customize and Create Motion Zones
You can create and personalize your own motion zones to better focus on specific spots in your home. Once motion is detected, you’ll get notified instantly that someone is currently in your home.
Prevention and Control
With the Spotlight Cam Wired’s integrated night vision and spotlights, you’ll be able to get crisp and clear videos at all times, with or without your lights on. If you ever spot a suspicious individual in your property, you can utilize the 110dB alarm to scare them away from your home.
11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz
Two-way audio with noise cancellation
1080p HD Video
Custom Motion Zones
Remote-activated 110-decibel alarm
96 in. x 2.72 in. x 2.99 in.
(12.6 cm x 6.91 cm x 7.59 cm)
1 year on parts, theft protection
-22°F to 120°F
(-30°C to 48.5°C)
The installation kit that Ring provided includes a mounting bracket that easily screws into the available wall anchors. Here, the camera securely hangs on the bracket via the locking screw to avoid this from falling. All you need to do is position the device as necessary, fix and tighten its screws, then start tidying up your cables.
All the necessary clips and screws are included in the box, allowing you to have a clean and neat finish during installation. If you’re a bit uncomfortable with such a task, you can simply as a friend to help you out; but for most people, setting up the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired is easy and shouldn’t be a problem.
To start with the installation process, you’ll first need to download the Ring application for iOS, Android, or Windows. The application will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to properly install the Spotlight Cam. It will cue you to plug in the device and press the button right at the top of it; this will occur if the bottom of the camera isn’t already blinking.
Now, you can search and choose the Ring Wi-Fi network on your smartphone, go back to the app, then input your Wi-Fi information. The application will have you confirm the device’s location, then after this, you’re all done.
The Spotlight Cam Wired from Ring will also notify you once you’ve successfully linked to the Wi-Fi network; it will also notify you when it needs to update its firmware and a lot more. Generally, the whole process of setting up the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired is easy: you won’t only benefit from the easy-to-follow tutorial since it features video clips, but the camera itself has supporting commentaries via the speakers that are available.
With the device hooked up, you can start making use of the Ring app. This lets you view live feeds or recorded videos, analyze motion alerts, as well as utilize the device’s built-in speaker and mic to easily communicate with the outside world.
It features a smartphone-style set of icons that lets you activate the device’s speaker to communicate with anyone who is in-sight of the camera. The application also includes manual controls of the device’s lights and activation of the 110dB alarm which is really loud enough to scare unwanted visitors; its alarm is also strong enough to wake neighbors during emergency situations.
The built-in LED spotlights are also bright enough to illuminate a driveway or garden when activated at its max. Of course, you also dim the output when necessary.
Another useful feature of the camera is its ability to readily adjust to the motion zones that are specific for the lights. You can easily disable specific areas to the right, left, or directly in front if necessary; this is made possible with the slider-reducing detection distance, as well as a drop-down menu stating how long the lights remain lit-up during post-activation.
It’s simple: the device’s motion settings can also be configured, numerous motion zones can be made within the Spotlight Cam’s view, and its sensitivity can be regulated to alert you only when people cross a certain zone instead of alerting you everytime movement is detected.
Additionally, you can also activate motion alerts via user-defined schedules by disabling these at certain hours, days, or even both.
Using the Product
We were able to receive swift and quick motion alerts when we walked in view of the device; the integrated LED lights also lit up as well. The motion zones feature allowed us to easily customize how we wanted the device to exactly detect activity and it was able to perform just how we wanted it to. When we enabled the live feed, we were surprised to see a very clear, crisp, and HD view of the area.
It was great that we were able to adjust the LEDs’ brightness, as well as how long the lights should stay on even after a motion event; you can also choose to snooze the motion sensors if you want to stop tracking for a certain period.
We were actually quite worried that we were going to receive a ton of notifications when motion was detected, but it’s a really good thing that you can adjust the motion sensitivity or create a motion schedule to specify when you want the Spotlight Cam Wired to monitor activity and send alerts.
During our tests, we can say that the device is extremely reliable and the only concern that you’ll have is to ensure to have a strong wireless connection for the camera. Its night vision also performed well since we were able to clearly see potential intruders entering the line of vision.
The best thing about the device was its motion detection since it was accurate and responsive even with the default settings. You can adjust this based on your preference via the slider, or utilize this together with customizable motion zones.
At maximum power, the Spotlight Cam’s lights were adequate enough to light even an average-sized side yard; and as for the device’s speakers, it isn’t overly loud but is adequate for clear and audible quick conversations.
Outside the core features, we also appreciated that the Ring app includes a lot of helpful options such as Wi-Fi strength testing and monitoring, system status reports, device health, and a lot more.
Just like the other devices from Ring, we were highly impressed with the video quality that we received from the Spotlight Cam Wired. The camera was able to provide crisp and clear videos during the day, as well as excellent night vision with infrared at night.
Even when the LED was set at its lowest setting, moderate light was present to exhibit true color imagery even during late hours at night. With its performance and excellent features, we can definitely say that the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired is an outstanding device for home protection; its built-in spotlight also offers you a significant obstacle to possible burglars.
If you want a highly effective camera to protect your home, then we greatly recommend the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired.