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Orbs floating by doorbell cam

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New Neighbor

Orbs floating by doorbell cam

Does anyone have "ghostly"orbs that are on their doorbell cams at night? About to drive me crazy setting my motion detector off.
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Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

Hi neighbors! I know there has been quite a bit of back and forth between what these orbs are and I wanted to share a bit more information on what you are seeing.

 

The orbs you see are in fact bugs, such as a small clover mite or spider, crawling over the lens of your device or a few flying items (such as dust) bunched together at a close distance to the lens of your device. 

 

Similar to putting your finger directly underneath the camera on your phone, you'll see your finger appear fuzzy and out of focus - this is due to the focal point of your finger in comparison to the lens. You’ll also notice background items to be clear - similar to the videos you have been sharing. 

 

The reason why you may receive a motion alert is because prior to walking over the lens, the item has passed in front of 1,2 or all 3 of the PIR (Passive Infrared Sensors).  These sensors detect “heat” and as an object closer is MUCH larger than an object farther away that heat appears very large to the sensor.

 

Some of you have been saying that these can not be bugs due to cold weather -- your device does throw off both heat and light (infrared, reflections of the lens, etc) and bugs will definitely be attracted to this - no matter the season!

I hope this helps explain the 'fuzzy orb' you sometimes see at night. We will now be accepting this post as an accepted solution. Thank you!

 

 

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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

Yesss!! Very strange. Did yours look like this??
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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

yes!   We also have white orbs that set off our ring doorbell ?   Very strange.    

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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

We have the same exact issue. It started about 3 weeks ago.
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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

That is when mine started.  Ring Help just told me to clean the camera, which we have done repeatedly already.  Ask us to spray parasite killer around the camera but not on it.  We did that tonight and I hope it resolves our problem.  This thing has set our ring off at least 50 times in February.

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New Neighbor

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New Neighbor

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I wasn’t freaking out but.... this makes me feel so much better. 😊😊
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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

February 20 was the first time I saw it. Then February 23. It is so odd. There’s just nothing that could be causing it.
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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

I've had the doorbell for 7 months and never gotten these until the first one on Feb 23rd and then early this morning. I have my doorbell set for people only at 2.

Here's one of mine.

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New Neighbor

Re: Orbs floating by doorbell cam

Had eight occur this morning. The first was at exactly 12:00 a.m. The last was at 4:05 a.m.
We’ve had our Ring Pro since 08/2019. Never happened before today.