Connect Ring Doorbell thru a Hotspot

I own a second home that I want to keep my Ring Doorbell active on to monitor activity at that location. I moved my high end internet modem and router to my new home because the Internet Service Provider (ISP) costs are substantial and the only constant use of a web connection at the old house is the Ring doorbell.

I own a Verizon Samsung SCH-111 4g hotspot devise, so I activated it as an internet connection at the old house. It works with a laptop to connect to the web and with the Ring doorbell BUT

The hotspot will not maintain state between the Ring doorbell and the local cell tower over a “long” period of time. In other words, you connect the Ring doorbell to the internet thru the Verizon Samsung hotspot and it works for a little while, but something causes the connection to be dropped and I can no longer see video from the camera.

In short, the connection becomes unreliable, get dropped and cannot be re-established except by being at the part time vacant house and processing a new connection. The connection is possible but not reliable enough to meet the goal of being an inexpensive security connection.

Ring Doorbell
Verizon Samsung SCH-111 Hotspot thing-a-ma-jig
iPhone and iPad

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Thank you for sharing this experience with the Community, @DistanceEd! While a hotspot certainly can be used to connect your Ring devices, they are often not reliable for consistent resources needed to operate or stream videos as intended. This might, of course, differ by location, hot spot signal efficiency, and hotspot equipment used, but is generally not recommended as a permanent solution. Your post should definitely help other neighbors with a similar question, and feel free to keep us update on any other solutions you find.

As we always value our neighbors’ feedback, feel free to add this as a request on our Feature Request Board. This way other neighbors can share their interest in one place, that we can organize and share with our teams here. :slight_smile: