Sidewalk Adapter Added without permission

As I was troubleshooting a floodlight cam playback issue on 2/5/21, I discovered that on 1/12/21 a “Sidewalk Adapter,” was added to my system, and turned on by default.

I’m disturbed by two issues… (1) ring/amazon would make an addition to my system without notifying me, and (2) that ring/amazon would turn on this system without my permission.

As far as I can tell, Sidewalk Adapter uses bluetooth to connect to other ring systems in the neighborhood… I’m guessing that it will be a matter of time before someone figures out how to hack this (likely unknown) port into one’s network…

I highly recommend you check your Ring Dashboard>History>Lights to see if this was installed in your system, and then determine if you want it turned on.

You may turn it off, thusly:
In order to opt-out of Sidewalk , follow these instructions:

  1. Open your Ring App.
  2. Tap the three-lined icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Control Center.
  4. Tap Sidewalk .
  5. Tap the Sidewalk slider button.
  6. You will see a screen asking you to confirm that you want to disable Sidewalk .

Hi @BobbyG. Thank you for sharing information on how to opt out of Sidewalk. If you’d like more information on Sidewalk and how it can help your community, check out this Help Center article here. I hope this information helps!