Garage Door Sensor - easy solution

I posted this in one of the other topic areas, but thought I would repost it here where people would more mornally look . . .

If you want a functioning garage door sensor for Ring Alarm, easy and cheap, just buy a standard contact sensor and a standard door hinge. Mount the sensor to the inside of the garage door. Mount the magnet on a hinge. Mount the hinge so when the door is closed, the hinge sits flat by the sensor (door closed). When you open the door, gravity will drop the hinge mounted magnet (door open). Label the sensor as a “garage door”. Done and fully alram feature functional. And I think much more reliable long-term than those tilt sensors.

This would seem like a good opportunity for Ring . . . package a hinge mounted magnet and sell it as a garage door accessory.

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Awesome post, @Brad ! We would love to chat with you in more detai. Would you kindly email us at community@ring.com at your earliest convenience? Thanks!

Brad: Could you please provide a picture of your setup?

@DonC wrote:

Brad: Could you please provide a picture of your setup?

Unfortunately I cannot. I am no longer using that solution. I now use an indoor camera in the garage, I can see if the garage doors are open, and also see which cars are there. Works even better for me. I lost the garage door open alert, but I get the camera motion alert which does the same thing. Clearly you would need to use the sensor solution is you actually want to “arm” the garage doors, but I doubt most people do.

But if you want a sensor on the door, this really is an easy cheap solution.

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Why did you pick the Indoor Camera instead of the Indoor / Outdoor Stick Up Camera?

@DonC wrote:

1 more Question:

Why did you pick the Indoor Camera instead of the Indoor / Outdoor Stick Up Camera?

Becuase the garage is inside. The Ring indoor camera is smaller and less expensive. It is a great little camera. What I did give up is POE. All my Ring outdoor cameras are POE, which is much better. But the indoor camera is wifi.

@Brad wrote:
All my Ring outdoor cameras are POE, which is much better.

Did you have to run a lot of “new” wiring?

@DonC wrote:

@Brad wrote:
All my Ring outdoor cameras are POE, which is much better.

Did you have to run a lot of “new” wiring?

I did have to run ethernet to the camera locations, but I decided that was just as easy as getting power there . . . and low voltage wiring is always a lot easier to deal with. The benefits of POE (connectivity and power) to me are a BIG plus. I would not have gone with Ring if they did not have the POE cameras.

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I just used a standard sensor and magnet in this configuration. No issues at all.

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We also used a door sensor. The garage door is metal… we found the smaller one would just stick to the door… and the larger sensor we used the double sided sticker to affix to a cut peice of 2x4. The wood was secured to the garage drywall with long drywall screws. Once setup it worked like a charm.

Granted now there is a tilt sensor… but it did not exist when we installed the alarm.

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I did the same but different brand sensor.