There are a few different Ring doorbell models, from wired options that require installation to wireless ones that work with your existing doorbell wires. Regardless of which model you choose, all of them have great features, including two-way communication to talk with visitors or scare off burglars, night vision, and even motion-triggered recording. However, one thing that has been a concern for some people is how much data the Ring devices can use.
While most Ring devices use a minimal amount of data, the company’s cameras can use up a lot more. That’s especially true if you choose the higher resolution setting and/or enable pre-roll, which adds four seconds of footage to the end of each triggered record. If you’re concerned about how much your Ring device will use, try reducing the resolution and turning off pre-roll to save data.
Another option is to connect your Ring device(s) to a mobile hot spot, which can help avoid using up your home internet and also be useful in a power outage. You can do this by going into your Ring app and adjusting your device’s Wi-Fi network settings, but you will need to manually switch back to your home internet when your Ring is done with the mobile hotspot.
If you’re worried about how much your Ring doorbell will use, consider changing to a tiered plan with more generous data allowances or contacting your internet service provider for better speeds. This will give you the security of a robust connection without flirting with your data cap.