Ring alarm on a shed

Hi guys, new to the community, so pls bear with me.
Got 3 cameras and a doorbell, but have recently built a workshop in the garden which is about 60-80ft away from the house.
I like the idea of the ring alarm and woukd also like a camera installed as well.
The workshop has one pair of doors and no windows.
The WiFi is bad or non existant when I’m in the workshop so though the booster would help
The workshop has its own cable running from the meter, into a fuse board in the workshop

I hope that all makes sence.
Can anyone tell me if the ring will work

Many thanks

Hey @Baron. When you say you have a cable running from the meter, is this an ethernet cable or some other cable? Since the wifi connection is very poor in the shed or non-existent, you will need to hook it up with an ethernet cable for that connection, and then the cellular backup will be used when your internet goes down completely. If you do not have the ability to utilize an ethernet cable at your shed, you will not be able to use a Ring Alarm system in your shed as you do not have a stable wifi connection available.

Hi Chelsea,
Firstly thanks for the reply,
No sorry, I shoukd have made it more clearer, the cable gojng to the shed is a mains armoured 240v power cable.
I don’t really have the possibility to run an ethernet cable to the shed

Many thanks

Hi @Baron, happy to step in for Chelsea here. In that case, you may want to look into other options for securing the shed on your property. Without a solid wireless or wired internet connection at the shed, the Base Station would not be able to maintain a reliable connection to operate in the shed.

Baron,

I have a backyard shed, about 90 feet away from my Alarm Base Station. I successfully use a Door Contact sensor (Gen 2) on that shed door.

If you are thinking about protecting your Workshop with the Ring Alarm system, you should be able to use a Contact Sensor on the door, and if you like, I imagine you could also put a Motion Detector Sensor inside the workshop too. Both the Window/Door Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors utilize “Z-wave” to connect wirelessly to the Alarm Base Unit. “Z-wave” is different than Wi-Fi.

In open air, the Z-Wave range can be impressive, but wall structures and the type of material composition between devices, can easily reduce Z-Wave range. The smartphone App will display if/when the Z-wave connection is poor (an icon will appear just to the upper left of the pictured sensor). A poor Z-wave strength can be compensated by placing an “Alarm Range Extender” in an indoor outlet, to reduce the distance. For example, my Range Extender is plugged into my house kitchen wall outlet that is about 50 feet from the shed sensor. In my situation, before the shed Contact Sensor always worked without an Extender, but it constantly displayed a Weak-Connection icon. Now, with the Extender, the App always shows that sensor without the Weak-Connection icon .

But if you want to attach a Ring camera on the shed, cams utilize Wi-Fi. With no available Wi-Fi, you’re out of luck. I do monitor my backyard shed with a Ring Stick-up Video cam, that is attached to my house and pointing at the shed area.

Hope this helps you :slight_smile:

@Boone wrote:

Baron,

I have a backyard shed, about 90 feet away from my Alarm Base Station. I successfully use a Door Contact sensor (Gen 2) on that shed door.

If you are thinking about protecting your Workshop with the Ring Alarm system, you should be able to use a Contact Sensor on the door, and if you like, I imagine you could also put a Motion Detector Sensor inside the workshop too. Both the Window/Door Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors utilize “Z-wave” to connect wirelessly to the Alarm Base Unit. “Z-wave” is different than Wi-Fi.

In open air, the Z-Wave range can be impressive, but wall structures and the type of material composition between devices, can easily reduce Z-Wave range. The smartphone App will display if/when the Z-wave connection is poor (an icon will appear just to the upper left of the pictured sensor). A poor Z-wave strength can be compensated by placing an “Alarm Range Extender” in an indoor outlet, to reduce the distance. For example, my Range Extender is plugged into my house kitchen wall outlet that is about 50 feet from the shed sensor. In my situation, before the shed Contact Sensor always worked without an Extender, but it constantly displayed a Weak-Connection icon. Now, with the Extender, the App always shows that sensor without the Weak-Connection icon .

But if you want to attach a Ring camera on the shed, cams utilize Wi-Fi. With no available Wi-Fi, you’re out of luck. I do monitor my backyard shed with a Ring Stick-up Video cam, that is attached to my house and pointing at the shed area.

Hope this helps you :slight_smile:

@Baron

To clarify, my Alarm Base Station is locate in my house. I just used the Range Extender to ‘reach out’ to the my Door Contact sensor on the door of the shed. Have you decided what you’re going to use for your Workshop? I’m just curious. :slight_smile:

Hi,

I just got a new shed for my backyard that I want to connect to my exsisting Ring Alarm system. My shed is 15ftish away from my house and my alarm base is about 23ft from the shed. I imagine given the other posts that the connection shouldn’t be a problem, but my current question is how to I set up a contact sensor on the shed door that is connected to my main alarm so it alerts me; but I don’t necessarily want all my sensors to be disarmed at the same time. I’d love to be able to control my sensors separately. I have 2 on doors in the front in my house and 1 on the backdoor and 1 on the shed. Anyone know how if I can set it up to disarm the front only, back only, or all?

@kmcdonald wrote:

“Hi, I just got a new shed for my backyard that I want to connect to my existing Ring Alarm system. My shed is 15ftish away from my house and my alarm base is about 23ft from the shed. I imagine given the other posts that the connection shouldn’t be a problem”

-Yes, the Z-Wave connection range, between your shed sensor and Alarm Base Station should be able to connect over a distance of 23 feet, even reaching through the walls of both the house and shed. But if it is metal shed, that might degrade the connection range.

“but my current question is how to I set up a contact sensor on the shed door that is connected to my main alarm so it alerts me; but I don’t necessarily want all my sensors to be disarmed at the same time. I’d love to be able to control my sensors separately. I have 2 on doors in the front in my house and 1 on the backdoor and 1 on the shed. Anyone know how if I can set it up to disarm the front only, back only, or all?”

Of the three Alarm Modes, **Disarmed, Home, ** and Away, both the Home and Away Modes are designed to trigger and sound an siren intrusion alarm. In each Alarm Modes, you can set which sensors are used and not used to trigger the alarm (and also control which cameras are active/inactive too). From main-menu select “Devices” > select “Alarm Base Station” > and then select the specific sensor, and then select “Mode Settings.” There you can toggle ON or OFF if you want this sensor to trigger the intrusion alarm in either the Home or Away Modes.

But if all you are looking for is to receive a text-type Notification Alert ‘push’ and/or an Alert-Sound to your smart-phone, you can do always do that, regardless of what alarm mode you are in.

To receive a ‘pushed’ text-notification on a sensor; from main-menu select “Devices” > select Alarm Base Station > and then select the specific sensor that you want to monitor. Toggle ON the “Motion Alert” (for motion-sensors) and “Open Alert” or “Closed Alert” (for contact-sensors) for each device.

To receive an audible sound, select “Chirp Tones” from that same page and pick a Chirp Tone which you’ll hear it on your phone. The same Chirp sound choice will also be heard from the Keypad and Alarm Base Station, but you can adjust these volumes; Devices > Alarm Base Station > then select for the base station and/or keypad and select Audio Settings to adjust the volume.

So, you can tailor sensors to your personal desires, using a combination of settings for Modes, Notifications, and Alert/Chirps. I hope this fits your needs.

@Baron

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