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How to Install the Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation)

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Looking to install the all-new Ring Alarm system (2nd generation)? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it!


Before installing the Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation), it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure the installation is successful. These steps involve creating an account, outlining a plan and knowledge of the components that make up the system. Let’s dive into the pre-installation process.

Unboxing the Ring Alarm System

Before you begin installation, make sure that you have all the included components in your Ring Alarm System. The contents of the box should include the Alarm base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, a motion detector and range extender. Inside the base station you will find the power adapter to plug into an outlet, as well as some mounting tape and screws to use later on.

Once all parts have been removed from their packaging and checked against the included product guide, it’s time to begin setup! Your Ring Alarm System is programmable using either your phone or computer-whichever is more convenient for you. For an efficient installation process, make sure to download the Ring App on your smart device before getting started.

Setting up the Base Station

Before you are able to install your Ring Alarm Base Station and connect it to your Wi-Fi network, there are a few initial steps you should take in order to ensure a successful setup.

1) Gather the necessary items: You will need the Ring Alarm Base Station (which includes power adapter and ethernet cable), as well as access to strong internet connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet).

2) Select a location: The Base Station needs access to an active phone line or an internet connection. It is best installed in a central location with minimal obstructions nearby. Note that it must be connected directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or surge protector.

3) Set up device: Most base stations should automatically configure themselves when plugged into power. If it does not, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for manually setting up the system. This may include opening the app on your mobile device and entering your information.

4) Connect base station to Wi-Fi network: Once the device is successfully connected, log into your Wi-Fi network using the ring app on your mobile device and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for linking the two devices. The connection should be secure and contain encryption protocols set by your specific router model’s manufacturer.

By following these steps, you can ensure a successful installation of your Ring Alarm base station that will keep you secure for years to come!

Connecting the Base Station to Wi-Fi

Once unpacked, the Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation) is ready to be connected to your Wi-Fi network. The base station must remain powered and connected to a router during the pre-installation process. This requires a working internet connection and an available Ethernet port on your router. It’s best to plug the base station into a port that isn’t in use so as not to disrupt other wired devices already connected.

Before beginning, you will want to make sure that you know the credentials for your home Wi-Fi network operator so you can easily connect the base station during installation. If possible, we recommend switching off any wireless security systems (like old “babel box” blocking) that could interfere with setup and upgrade process.

Once the connection is established from your modem or router, open up your preferred web browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox recommended). Once opened, type in myringapp[dot]com into your address bar. Once this page fully loads, click on “Sign In” at the top of page and log in with either an email address or phone number associated with existing Ring account created earlier via mobile app/website review process ). From/on this myringapp[dot]com homepage you will able click on step one “Connect & Instal” within ” Install Setup” arrow below “Your Alarm Kit”. Follow all steps provided during installry setup process until completion of “Test Connection & Finalize Setup” screen before closing web browser window completely after successful green check mark appears confirming setup complete .


Before you begin the installation of your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation), you will need to make sure you have all the necessary components and tools. If this is your first time installing a Ring Alarm, it is important to take your time and read through the instructions carefully. This section of the article will provide an overview of the installation process.

Installing the Keypad

Installing the Keypad is the second step in setting up your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation). The following steps will walk you through how to install the Keypad and connect it to existing Base Station.

Firstly, you need to identify the power supply for your system by checking if there is a wall plug near your Base Station. Then you must plug one end of the included micro-USB cable into the power adapter, and connect the other end into the port located at the bottom of your Keypad.

Once all components are connected, you can now mount your Keypad on a wall or table surface. This can be done with screws provided, or with double-sided foam tape (not included). To mount with screws, simply aligns two screw holes located at either side of the keypad, with two marked holes in your mounting surface.

Finally, press firmly on both sides of your keypad and make sure all mounted components are secure. Once installed turn on both devices (Keypad & Base Station) by pressing and holding them both for 1-2 seconds until they start flashing green lights alternatively. Now they should be paired up together and ready to use!

Installing the Contact Sensors

The contact sensors can be installed on any door or window in your home. To begin installation, turn the sensor over so you can see the back, and then pull out the peel-and-stick adhesive to attach the sensor to a clean surface. Once attached, wait at least 30 minutes for the adhesive to stick securely. When ready, flip the switch labeled “On/Off” on the back of the device.

Next, head over to your Ring Alarm Base Station and remove one of its shrink sleeves from packaging. Slide this onto the back of your Contact Sensor until you hear a click that indicates it has been securely joined with your Base Station’s Ring network. You will also see that a green light on the Contact Sensor is lit when it has successfully connected with your Base Station.

Repeat these steps for each Contact Sensor that you wish to add to your system. If you’re having difficulty connecting them or need more assistance, refer to your device manual or visit support online for further guidance.

Installing the Motion Detector

The motion detector is designed to alert you whenever it senses motion in the area it’s watching. It can detect motion up to 15 feet away and within 120 degrees of its current position. Here’s how to install the motion detector in your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation):

Step 1: Mount the detector on a wall or other location, making sure that its lens covers the desired area of surveillance.

Step 2: Attach the mounting bracket to the wall using two screws. Note that if you’re mounting on drywall, use hollow wall anchors.

Step 3: Connect the included wires to a 24 VAC power outlet, then connect the black and white wires of your Ring Alarm Base Station to those same outlets via terminals labeled PB & MP according to your wiring diagram.

Step 4: Place batteries into each Motion Detector by unscrewing their battery compartments and ensuring they’re positioned in the correct direction based on which slots match up with their corresponding labels in both compartments. Once properly installed, make sure your Motion Detectors rotate freely before re-attaching their respective battery compartments for final setup.

Step 5: On your Base Station touchscreen, select “Add Devices” and follow onscreen directions for setting up each Motion Detector with its associated settings before clicking “OK” twice when all preferences have been configured correctly for each detector chosen for installation. The Base Station will instruct you if replacements need to be made at any point during setup by displaying an appropriate warning message if anything isn’t working as intended or not connecting due to a potential power issue or signal interference conflict during signal transfer stages; correcting any detected anomalies accordingly should solve most issues while assigning new settings along with upgraded firmware revisions when necessary.


Activating your Ring Alarm requires a few simple steps to get started. First, you’ll want to make sure you have all the components that were included in the kit. Once you’ve verified that you have all the necessary pieces, you can start the activation process. This article will walk you through the process and explain what needs to be done in order to activate your Ring Alarm system (2nd Generation).

Activating the Base Station

After correctly installing the base station according to the instructions provided, or professionally installed by a Ring Professional, it’s time to activate your new alarm system. Activation is simple and only requires a few steps.

First, download the Ring App onto your mobile device. Next, open the Ring App, create an account and select “Create a Home” from the Dashboard page. After selecting Create a Home, you’ll be taken through several screens with setup instructions on how to connect to Wi-Fi and register your Ring Alarm base station.

The base station will activate automatically when connected properly and given permission by your Wi-Fi network. You may need to refer back to the instructions provided in Ring app for further instructions during activation. Once activated you will be prompted to set up the rest of your Ring Alarm System-sensors and alarms included-in order for it be functional.

Activating the Keypad

Activating your Keypad is an important part of setting up your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation). Follow the steps below to get started.

1. Press and release the # key once on the Ring Alarm Keypad. This will activate the Keypad and display its current status.
2. Select between “Register” for a new system, or “Pair” for an existing system by pressing either 2 or 3 in the Keypad’s display options menu.
3. After making your selection, follow any additional instructions that appear on the Ring Alarm Keypad’s display to complete setup process.
4. You will know when you have successfully completed activation when you see a confirmation message from either “Registered” or “Paired” appear in green in the bottom right corner of the screen, along with an audible confirmation tone from inside of your base station (if it is powered on).
5. Once you are certain that you have successfully activated your Keypad, be sure to follow any final steps as directed by both your Ring app and/or base station, such as pairing any additional sensors or access control products with your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation).

Activating the Contact Sensors

Once the base station, keypad and motion sensor have been set up and connected, you can begin adding contact sensors to your Ring Alarm System. The 2nd Generation Ring Alarm Contact Sensors are designed to detect window and door access throughout your home. Each contact sensor contains two parts – a black magnetic mounting plate that sticks to the item it’s monitoring, such as a door or window frame; and a white plastic unit that attaches to the mounting plate magnetically. Here’s how to complete the contact sensor activation process:

1. Peel off the adhesive backing from one end of the black mounting plate or use supplied screws to provide a more secure fit if desired.
2. Attach the black mounting plate to any area of your home where you’d like detection activity (e.g., door frames, window frames).
3. Peel off the adhesive backing from one end of the white plastic unit and attach it magnetically to its matching side on the black mounting plate.
4. Press and release both sides (white plastic piece & black magnetic piece) of each contact Sensor simultaneously until you hear a tone from your keypad indicating that devices have linked successfully-you will then see your new contact sensors within 5 minutes in your Ring app’s Devices tab.

Activating the Motion Detector

The Ring Alarm system (2nd Generation) comes with a motion detector that needs to be placed and activated before it can be used. Activating the motion detector is a quick process that can be done following these steps:

1. Place the motion detector where you want to monitor activity in your home.
2. Press and hold the button on the side of the motion detector for approximately five seconds until the LED turns green. This means that it is successfully synced with your base station and ready for use.
3. Once activated, you will need to create an area in your home where the device will detect activity, which is called a “motion zone”. This can be done from within the Ring app on your mobile device or computer.
4. After you have created your motion zone, open up the preferences tab in your Ring app to customize more settings related to this specific device, such as sensitivity level and how long you would like it to conitnue watching after detecting something even when there’s no further movement.
5. When finished making all of your customizations, select save and then close out of he preferences menu in order to retain changes made with this device.
6. Your ring Alarm Motion Detector is now activated and ready for use!


Once you have finished the initial installation of your Ring Alarm system (2nd generation), it is time to turn it on and make sure everything is working properly. This post-installation step is crucial in order to ensure your system is up and running and you can monitor your home with it. Read on to learn how to check the connections, configure preferences, and use the Ring app .

Setting up the Ring App

Once you have finished the installation of your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation), it’s time to set up the Ring App. Once you have the app installed and open on your device, here are a few steps to help you get started:

1. Create an Account: Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password. This is where all of your Ring settings and devices will be stored, so make sure to update it whenever necessary!

2. Connect Devices: Add all of your connected devices to the Ring App. This includes all sensors, cameras, keypads, alarms, base station and more. Follow the instructions for each device in order to successfully add them to your account.

3. Customize Settings: Customize the settings for each individual device (or group of devices) as needed in order to create/configure alerts and notifications that meet your security needs. This may include enabling motion detection or setting activation times for certain sensors or alarms.

4. Test & Adjust Settings: Test out settings with small adjustments before committing any changes that may have significant impacts on performance or overall experience with the system. Many times small adjustments can make a big difference!

Setting up the Ring Alarm System

After you have successfully installed your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation) according to the instructions provided, you can begin setting up your system. To ensure that everything is configured correctly, complete the following steps:

1. Connect your base station and all other components to power and Ethernet cables.
2. Download the Ring app onto a compatible smartphone and follow the in-app instructions to create a user account and link it to your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation).
3. On the Ring App, configure all of your devices by following the on-screen instructions. This includes creating personalized profiles for each alarm zone as well as updating individual device settings, such as chimes, sensor sensitivity and auto arm/disarm options, etc.
4. Place security stickers on or near each entry point of your home in order to alert unwelcome visitors that a monitored system is in place.
5. Test all alarm sensors associated with each connected device with the Ring app in order to confirm that they are reporting correctly and activating when triggered appropriately without error messages or delays.
6. Once proper functioning has been confirmed for all connected devices, activate monitoring services by subscribing to a 24/7 Professional Monitoring Plan available through Ring Secure Plus or another monitoring service provider of your choice in order to receive notifications when alarms are triggered, suspicious activity is detected or emergency responders are requested via an appropriate plan activation code related to your system configuration options within the app interface itself (IOT Account Activation).


Installing the Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation) can be a complicated process, especially if you encounter any issues during installation. Before you start, it’s important to make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and that your Ring app is up to date. This section will focus on troubleshooting the installation process so that you can get the system up and running without any problems.

Resetting the Base Station

If you are experiencing issues with your Base Station or Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation), resetting the Base Station may help. The following steps will guide you through the process of resetting your Base Station.

1. Disconnect the power cord from your Base Station. The power cord is located at the bottom of your Base Station and must be disconnected in order to complete the reset process.
2. Press and hold down the Reset button on the back of your Base Station for 10 seconds until you hear two beeps, indicating that it has been reset successfully.
3. Reconnect the power cord to your Base Station to turn it back on, then wait for a few minutes until all components have automatically reconnected themselves to your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation).
4. Confirm that all base station settings have been correctly restored by going to Control Center in the upper-right corner of screen and selecting Settings > Manage Devices > Wireless Settings > Reset Base Station (this is where all configuration settings are stored).
5. Your Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation) is now reset and should be ready for normal use again!

Resetting the Keypad

If a button on your keypad is stuck, or if you’re having trouble with your keypad, you should try resetting the device. To do this, press and hold the Reset button on the back of your Keypad for ten seconds. This will trigger a reboot sequence that will clear any stuck buttons or malfunctioning circuitry. It is important to note that all customization settings (e.g alarms, keycodes, access levels) will be lost after performing this operation and must be re-configured afterwards.

After resetting, input your valid wi-fi credentials and wait for the Alarm to restore its connection. Finally, perform a test arming/disarming in order to verify that it works as expected with no issues. If the problems persist after attempting this procedure, you may need to replace the device as it is likely defective.

Resetting the Contact Sensors

It is not uncommon to experience issues with your Ring Alarm system, particularly in regard to the Contact Sensors. While some of these issues can often be resolved with a few troubleshooting steps, resetting the Contact Sensors may be necessary in some cases. This can help resolve issues such as range or detection sensitivity problems. To reset a Ring Alarm Sensor (2nd Generation):

1. On the back of the Contact Sensor, while pressing down firmly on the tab below it, slide the cover off of the sensor. Do not attempt to remove any additional components inside of this cover.

2. Once this cover is removed, locate and locate and press down firmly on both boards inside for approximately 30 seconds.

3. Wait for 30 seconds before restoring power to your Ring Alarm System and then place it back together and reattach all components from when you began this process, making sure that all connections are secure when you are finished.

4. After putting it back together properly and restoring power, try resetting your sensors again following reset instructions within your user guide or app according to manufacturer’s instructions for your specific system model in order to make sure that changes have been made successfully . If successful, you should be able to reconnect successfully with your contact sensors after travelling through these steps accordingly!

Resetting the Motion Detector

Resetting and re-pairing your second generation Ring Alarm Motion Detector can help you resolve technical issues. To begin, locate three tiny buttons on the back of the detector. The reset button is the center one with a white circle above it.

Press and hold the reset button (the center with a white circle) for at least 10 seconds until all three LEDs blink red simultaneously, and then release. This will reset the motion detector. If after two minutes no ring or flashing lights appear, press once again for five seconds on the reset button until only one light remains lit up blue. Now the motion detector is in pairing mode and ready to be synced to your base station. Using either Alexa or your Ring App, follow these steps:

Select Set up Devices from within your Ring App or say “Alexa, set up my device” via voice command
Follow opt-in instruction screens
Select Motion Detector as your product type
Wait for pairing status to register on device LED indicator light
Test by pointing a flashlight at Motion Detector
Verify correct operation by observing Ring app status of second generation Ring Alarm Motion Detector
If you’re still having trouble after these steps have been completed, please reach out to our customer service department via phone or live chat for additional support.

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