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Using Your Own Router With The Ring Alarm Pro (Possible?)

The Ring Alarm Pro subscription plan and alarm system offer a lot of security features for smart homes. These devices are a great way to get backup internet and power, as well as protecting your home. However, are you really stuck using the built-in router with the Ring Alarm Pro? This is what Ring’s official advice seems to be, after all. The short answer is…

You can use your own router with the Ring Alarm Pro. This does mean potentially sacrificing some of the Ring Protect Pro features (like 24/7 backup internet), but you don’t have to use the included router as your primary internet gateway. You can even incorporate the Ring Alarm Pro into an existing mesh network.

Let’s see what we can do about using the Ring Alarm Pro base station with an existing mesh network.

A Quick Guide To The Ring Alarm Pro

Marketing image of the Ring Alarm Pro base station
Marketing image of the Ring Alarm Pro base station

The Ring Alarm Pro is the latest-gen base station that’s required for running a Ring Alarm system. This is the upgraded version of the standard Ring Alarm base station.

You can buy a Ring Alarm Pro base station as a way to upgrade your existing Ring Alarm system, or you can purchase this with one of Ring’s package deals. These package deals are a great way to get all the essential pieces of a Ring Alarm system while saving a little money in the process.

The big advantage to getting the Ring Alarm Pro paste station upgrade is the included Eero 6 Wi-Fi router. This router supports up to 900 Mbps connections and can cover up to 1,500 feet. This is a solid choice for homes and apartments that don’t already have a wifi router.

Before we go much further, we should take a closer look at this Wi-Fi router that comes included with Ring’s Alarm base station.

What Is The Eero Router?

Eero routers are a brand of Wi-Fi mesh router that are integrated into some of Ring’s technology. You can find an Eero router inside of every Ring Alarm Pro base station. Amazon (who also own Ring) purchased Eero back in 2019, so a sync-up between Ring and Eero products was long overdue.

The benefit of Eero routers is that you can buy multiple Eero routers, and ‘mix’ them together to form what’s known as a Wi-Fi mesh network. This provides much greater Wi-Fi coverage around your home.

However things get a little tricky when we look at the fact that there are several generations of the Eero 6 router – and a network is only as strong as the weakest link. This means that if you have the slowest Eero 6 router in your network, this will bottleneck its speeds and performances slightly.

And unfortunately, only the base Eero 6 comes inside of the Ring Alarm Pro base station. Let’s take a look at the two upgraded models of the Eero router.

Eero 6 Pro

An Eero Pro 6 Wi Fi router
An Eero Pro 6 Wi Fi router

The Eero 6 Pro represents a major upgrade over the base model. The form factor is slightly larger, but the Eero 6 Pro incorporates much more sophisticated Wi-Fi mesh technology.

Most users will notice the most significant part of this upgrade in terms of performance. The Eero 6 Pro can handle speeds of up to 1 gig per second (even when multiple Eero 6 Pros are used to form a mesh network), and covers a range of up to 2,000 feet. All in all, this is just a much more powerful version of the standard Eero 6.

Eero 6

The Eero 6 is a cut-down version of the Eero 6 Pro. Whilst the Eero website says that the Eero 6 has max speeds of up to 900 Mbps, the actual Wi-Fi speed will go down to 500 Mbps when you run multiple Eero 6 devices in a network mesh.

In other words, your maximum Wi-Fi speeds will almost be halved with the Eero 6 (compared to the Eero 6 Pro). This might not matter for some people – 500 Mbps is still very, very fast after all – but it’s worth knowing.

Why This Matters: Remember that the Ring Alarm Pro contains an Eero 6, not an Eero 6 Pro. This means that if you use the Ring Alarm Pro as the ‘starting point’ of your home network, and then add extra Eero points onto it (to form a mesh network), your home’s Wi-Fi speeds will cap out at 500 Mbps.

Eero 6e

The Eero 6e Pro is Eero’s attempt to jump into Wi-Fi 6e game, a standard that builds on Wi-Fi 6 with some extra stability and speed enhancements.

The Eero 6e offers a wired connection that delivers speeds over 2 gigs per second and a Wi-Fi connection that has speeds over 1.3 gigs per second. This is lightning-fast Wi-Fi potential.

The Eero 6e is also designed to help you build a mesh network. These routers feature satellite routers that you can place throughout your home to build a mesh network. Adding one satellite router extends the range to up to 4,500 feet while adding two satellites can extend the range to over 6,000 feet.

The fact that there are some pretty significant upgrades to the basic Eero 6 is already giving us some compelling reasons to not use the Ring Alarm Pro as your main router. However, what happens when you use a different router?

Does The Ring Alarm Pro Really Need To Be The Primary Router?

The Ring Alarm Pro does not technically need to be your primary router. It comes with a built-in bridge mode that you can use kind of like a Wi-Fi range extender. However, when you don’t use the Pro as your primary router, you might lose out on a lot of Ring Protect Pro subscription features like 24/7 backup internet – and local recording with Ring Edge might not work either.

Technical Info: I say that you ‘might’ lose out on some features, because the situation isn’t too clear right now. Ring heavily suggest that you should use the Alarm Pro as your primary gateway, but their support pages say that you can retain most of these features if you double NAT the Alarm Pro and your current router.

So you have a choice: you can either use the Ring Alarm Pro as your primary router and keep those extra features, or if they aren’t useful to you, you could keep the Alarm Pro as a secondary router – and this will work fine too.

You should be able to achieve this simply by plugging an Ethernet cable into your existing router, and running this to your Ring Alarm Pro:

How to use a Ring Alarm Pro alongside your existing router
How to use a Ring Alarm Pro alongside your existing router

This will then give you two Wi-Fi networks, which usually works fine – but you can disable the Wi-Fi network on one of your routers if you find that you get interference.

What Happens When The Ring Alarm Pro Isn’t The Primary Router

When you don’t use the Ring Alarm Pro is your primary router you might lose out on some of the Protect Pro subscription features (depending on how you setup the Alarm Pro). The two main features you lose out on are the 24/7 internet backup which runs thanks to a cellular connection inside of the Ring Alarm Pro, and the local recording feature.

The trade-off here really depends on your home’s Wi-Fi setup and what you need from these devices. The local recording feature has some utility depending on your security needs, but if you’re mostly after alerts or notifications you can do without those features.

The 24/7 internet backup feature is particularly useful for your alarm system. This gives you – and the rest of your home – internet functionality even when your internet goes down. However, this can incur additional costs and might not be the best option for certain security situations.

Important Note: If you want to keep your existing router as your primary, and also keep all those extra features, you can do something called ‘double NAT’. This is where you run two separate routers: your existing router, and your Alarm Pro. You need to ensure that both publish a Wi-Fi network.

Then if you connect your Ring devices to the Alarm Pro Wi-Fi network, you can still keep the extra features. One downside of this is that you might get Wi-Fi interference from running two Wi-Fi networks close to each-other.

Weighing some of the bonus features you got with the Ring Protect Pro plan against the advantages of using your own router is the heart of figuring out whether or not you want to use the Ring Alarm Pro as your primary router.

Why You Might Not Want A Ring Alarm Pro As Your Primary Router

A mesh WiFi point in my kitchen
A mesh WiFi point in my kitchen

Now let’s get into a few of the reasons why you might not want to use your Ring Alarm Pro as your primary router.

The first thing we need to talk about is security. It might seem strange that using the Ring Alarm Pro as your primary router could cost you home security, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

This prevents you from separating your smart home technology from your general internet usage. This gives hackers plenty of new attack vectors for going after your smart technology. Keeping your smart devices on their own Wi-Fi network is one of the best ways to protect your smart technology from hacking.

There are also faster Wi-Fi routers out there. The Eero 6 is an impressive router, but it’s getting a little dated – both the Eero 6 Pro and 6e are better. Being stuck using that Wi-Fi router is already slowing you down and it’s only going to get slower as the years go by.

If we’re being honest, being stuck using a built-in Wi-Fi router takes a lot of the fun out of putting together your own smart home network. A lot of smart devices are sold as prepackaged products from big-name retailers, but doing a little DIY work is how smart home technology started.

Being able to pick your own router and put together your own mesh network lets you fine tune your smart home.

How To Use Ring Alarm Pro With An Existing Router

You’ve got a couple of options for using your Ring Alarm Pro with an existing router or mesh network.

  1. Firstly, if you already have Eero routers, you could use the Ring Alarm Pro as another point on your Eero mesh network. Yes you will lose some features (as covered earlier), but this will still improve your home’s Wi-Fi reach.
  2. Secondly, at its core, the Ring Alarm Pro is essentially just a base station for the Ring Alarm system, combined with your standard Wi-Fi router. This means that you can use it just like you could any other Wi-Fi router. It doesn’t necessarily need to be the gateway router for your entire system, but it could just be another router all together.

In other words, you could have your existing Wi-Fi router (which is probably hooked up to a cable coming from your wall or floor). Then you could run an Ethernet cable from this router, into your Ring Alarm Pro.

At this point, you then essentially have two separate Wi-Fi networks in your house: one from your existing Wi-Fi router, and one from the Ring Alarm Pro.

This is often ‘frowned upon’ because it can potentially cause Wi-Fi interference, but as long as the Wi-Fi channel is different on both, you shouldn’t have any real issues. I have two separate Wi-Fi networks and this works fine.

The picture below shows how I have this setup (sorry about the bad cable management!) – while I don’t show a Ring Alarm Pro below, the “Secondary mesh Wi-Fi router” could easily be the Ring Alarm Pro and it would work just as well:

An annotated picture of my home Wi Fi network which has two separate Wi Fi networks and routers
An annotated picture of my home Wi Fi network which has two separate Wi Fi networks and routers

Making The Most Of The The Eero 6

There’s one thing you could do to make the most of the aging Eero 6 router inside of the Ring Alarm Pro.

You can use the base station and its dedicated router as a way to create a separate Wi-Fi network for all of your Ring devices. This will give you an added layer of security as well as keeping your primary internet connection free from clutter.

Your Ring Alarm system provides an important role in your smart home ecosystem. It’s also going to need to use bandwidth. You don’t want to accidentally have your gaming and media streaming conflicting with the video uploading going on with your Ring Alarm system.

About Tristan Perry

Tristan Perry is a software developer who is passionate about tech gadgets, DIY and housing. He has therefore loved seeing smart homes hit the mainstream. Tristan also has an academic background (in Math & Computer Science), and so he enjoys digging into the technical ways that smart home devices work.

Tristan owns close to a dozen Amazon Echo devices, way too many Philips Hue bulbs and lightstrips, a boat-load of Ring Cameras and Doorbells... and a bunch of other smart home devices too (from Reolink, Google Nest, GLEDOPTO and others).

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions about this article, please leave a comment below. Please note that all comments go into a moderation queue (to prevent blog spam). Your comment will be manually reviewed and approved by Tristan in less than a week. Thanks!

30 thoughts on “Using Your Own Router With The Ring Alarm Pro (Possible?)”

  1. Excellent article,
    So I have a eero 6 pro router for my house now. Can I use the ring alarm pro as another wifi system and still not miss out on some of the features that you mentioned you would lose by hooking it up to my current mesh system.

    thank you

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    • Thanks! Yes, you could also do that – i.e. have two separate Wi-Fi networks. Many routers instruct you to turn off other Wi-Fi sources (i.e. use the other router in ‘modem mode’), to prevent potential Wi-Fi interference, but as long as the Wi-Fi channel is different on both, you should be fine.

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      • Just so I understood what you’re saying…i keep my eero 6 pro plugged into my att router, allowing it to drive my main Wi-Fi network as it does today. Then I plug a second cable from the ring pro to the att router and create a new network name that I connect all my ring stuff to?

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        • You shouldn’t need to run another cable from the Ring Pro back to your ATT system – this can actually be quite bad from a networking perspective.

          The single Ethernet cable from your ATT system to your Ring Pro is sufficient. You can then use the WiFi network from your Ring Pro (and effectively forget that your ATT system exists).

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  2. Thanks for the helpful article! I have a pretty elaborate home network with a great router and access points, which I want to keep as-is and still get the most out of Ring Pro. Can you please elaborate on how I can use the base station and its dedicated router as a way to create a separate Wi-Fi network for all of my Ring devices? Will I just let the base station/eero do it’s thing, but connect all my non-ring devices to my current network?

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    • No problem! It makes sense to keep your Alarm Pro separate for your setup, yep. I have updated the article with some further information on how to do this, but you’re basically right – you can just hook up your Base Station to your existing router, and effectively have two Wi-Fi networks. You can then use whichever Wi-Fi network you want, but as you suspect, using your Ring Alarm Pro with your Ring devices could make sense due to the extra feature that you’ll get.

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  3. Thanks for the very informative article, I have a few quick questions as I actually just set up my Ring Pro this past weekend thinking I could use it for mesh and home security.
    I have AT&T fiber but they gave me one of the BGW210 modem/routers that doesn’t support gigabit speeds so my thought was that the Ring Pro. I put the router into pass through for this for now.

    1. If I was to try and set up 2 networks as you mentioned above by getting a separate Eero (or other mesh WiFi router) would I actually be taking advantage of the full gigabit speeds I should be getting?(at least in theory) Or would I be choking my bandwidth?

    2. If I want to my speeds/smart home options is that the best approach? This is my first smart home device but, I will likely add more and I have a 1900 sqft 3 story townhome with a rooftop that we stream movies and sports on, which was my main motivation for having a mesh network as the speeds on the rooftop were lacking.

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    • Glad you found the article helpful!

      Regarding your maximum speeds, the Eero 6 (which is what’s included in the Ring Alarm Pro) has a max 900 Mbps speed – but this gets reduced to 500 Mbps when it’s part of an Eero mesh (i.e. when you add extra Eero points onto the system). So that’s worth knowing if you plan on your Ring Pro being the ‘entry point’ to your home’s network.

      If you do use the Ring Pro as your entry point, though, another alternative is to run an Ethernet cable from your Ring Pro up to your rooftop (if possible). You can then buy a gigabit router, and plug this into the Ethernet cable. This router will then provide you with a brand new Wi-Fi network, capable of gigabit speeds for your movies and sports. Just make sure that you don’t use a CAT5 Ethernet cable, since this maxes-out at 100 Mbps.

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  4. In my area I am able to use the Verizon 5G home internet. I use the Ring Alarm Pro with EEVO. I was able to connect to the gateway as mentioned in article. I did not lose anything. Meaning I am able to connect to the internet via the Verizon gateway. All works perfectly. It appears that with the system having EEVO router connection works perfectly.

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    • Thanks for the comment Mike, that’s great to know. We’ve heard slightly different things (i.e. that some features have got lost, albeit not with that exact Verizon setup). Glad to hear that it’s worked fine for you, and that you have all the same features.

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  5. Thanks for all the info Tristan. Please consider adding a trigger warning before the picture of your home network.

    What’s your PO Box? I’ll send you some hook and loops.

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    • Thanks Aaron! Glad that the info helped, but fair point about the picture of my ‘interesting’ home network layout. I think that my home network would appreciate all the hooks and loops I could get – LOL!

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  6. Our ADT Pulse rate just got increased so I’m considering dumping it to get a Ring Alarm Pro. I have an xfinity modem bridged to an Eero 6e system (gateway + 3 additional units – 1 hardwired to the gateway and 2 others wireless). Drives about 25 devices, including 3 TVs, 3 ring cameras, computers, etc. Works great now (abut 1GB speed), but I’m concerned about “downgrading” the system by buying and making a RAP the gateway. Having a separate “Ring” network is possible, but outside cameras may not reach the RAP base station.

    So wondering if I’m just better off eating the ADT price increase? Or I’ve read that just the basic Ring alarm (not the Pro) might work with an existing system and not slow it down?

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    • It’s a tricky problem.. it’s frustrating that ADT Pulse are increasing their rates. As you suspect,you might be better off with the basic Ring Alarm system though (i.e. not the Pro): unless you need the Pro’s extra features (24/7 backup internet, local storage for Ring recordings etc), the basic Ring Alarm system works great to be honest.

      I’ve never completely liked the idea of linking my Ring Alarm system with my router (in the case of the Ring Alarm Pro). I like them to be separate, personally.

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  7. Hi, Tristan. GREAT article. Thanks so much for all the info. I live in an old, 4-story Victorian rowhouse with thick brick & plaster walls that make wifi a TOUGH and touchy subject, but I’ve finally set up a system that works. I also recently bought a Ring doorbell and a Ring camera, and they’re working great. I signed up for the Pro system and realized I need to add a Ring security system to make it worthwhile (as well as to take advantage of a discount on my homeowner’s insurance); I also plan to add a few window sensors and a water sensor in the basement. THAT SAID, I really don’t want to add another wifi router and create interference. Can I simply add the security pad and some door/window sensors and the water sensors to my existing system?

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    • Hi Christine, thanks for the comment! Glad to hear you found the article helpful. In some ways the original Ring Alarm system (not the Pro version) would be ideal for you, because that wouldn’t clash with your existing Wi-Fi, but that may not give the discount on your homeowner’s insurance? Assuming not, you could potentially use the Ring Alarm Pro but set it to be in Bridge Mode. This will mean that no Wi-Fi network is published by this Ring Alarm Pro, meaning there won’t be any extra Wi-Fi interference.

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  8. Hello,
    I just purchased the Ring Alarm Pro for my new house. My FIOS internet provider supplied me with 2 Eero 6 pro routers so I ran one as the main gateway and meshed the other one. I connected the Ring Alarm Pro to the main gateway by double NATing it and Eero set it up with a private IP network of 10.0.0.1. according to the following Ring Support website I shouldn’t lose out on any of the extra features that I would have if I used the Ring Alarm Pro base station as my main gateway. Any thoughts on this? Could I actually lose out on the extra features or is the support webpage correct. Every other Ring webpage says the Alarm Pro needs to be the main gateway.

    Thanks,
    -rob

    https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/6154718893972-Alternative-Alarm-Pro-eero-Wifi-Network-Configuration-Options

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    • Hello Rob,

      Good question, it’s a bit of a confusing situation. Some people I have spoken to say that they lost the additional features when double NATing, although I do agree that Ring seem to be saying this should work fine. It seems like it’s a bit of a developing situation – Ring originally said that it’s not possible, but they now seem to be reneging on this (hence the support page).

      In short, having two separate Wi-Fi networks (from your primary router, then your Alarm Pro) should work fine – as long as you ensure that your Ring devices connect to your Alarm Pro’s Wi-Fi network. Then you should be fine to use the additional features. The only downside is that there will be an increased risk of Wi-Fi interference from those two networks.

      But thanks for the comment, the article was not 100% clear in all areas – so I have updated it and tried to make a complicated situation a little ‘clearer’!

      Thanks,
      Tristan

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  9. I appreciate you writing this, I have 3 eero 6 pros and want to add the ring alarm eero pro into the system. I don’t want my cameras on a different network because of the integration with the fire sticks on my tvs. On alert a Picture in Picture view of the video pops up. Will my whole network drop to the lower speeds if I use it as a node and not primary?

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  10. Currently planning out our new home’s network and this was a very helpful article, thank you!

    I’m currently thinking to go with the eero pro 6 as my primary and then run Ethernet to RAP from there so that I can get all my personal/non ring devices hooked to my eero pro 6 and all my ring devices hooked to the RAP (and take advantage if 24/7 internet backup)…. Which I think should work, right?

    Also, if I add additional eero pro 6 devices as extenders on our property, that will (should?) extend coverage for our personal/non ring network and devices – but not our RAP network and Ring devices? If that’s correct, would I just need to get more eero extenders for that network?

    Thanks again for an awesome article and your help!

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    • Thanks Jack! Your home network sounds awesome, and I agree with everything you’ve concluded/assumed – the eero Pro 6 primary and separate RAP should work as you’d expect, I agree. There might be some initial bugs, but it should all be configurable how you describe. Please let me know how you get on, though – especially if you do hit any unexpected issues. (I can’t think of any, though, but am mainly curious!).

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  11. Hi, a very interesting read, however have you tried the ring pro? For this article? I can see by your current set up your with bt so I guess in the UK. I’m considering importing one as no where in the UK sells them 😒

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    • Hi, thanks 🙂 Nope, you’re right that I haven’t had hands-on-testing of the Ring Alarm Pro – I have the original Ring Alarm system, and have also spoken to a few American owners of the Ring Alarm Pro. It’s definitely frustrating that we can’t get it properly in the UK yet though.

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  12. Sorry for being such a technodunce, but I have a Netgear CBR40 router and one wireless “satellite” device to extend WiFi coverage to an upstairs room. Is this a “mesh network?” If I ran an ethernet cable out of the CBR40 to a Ring Eero 6 Pro router to create a separate network for the Ring system, would this limit the Ring system to 100 Mbps? If so, would this degrade that network’s operation in some way? Would the new network be automatically visible in the Windows directory?

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    • Great questions. So the Netgear CBR40 is a pretty great router, but it’s not a “mesh network” in itself. It’s more of a powerful router which can be extended a bit. It’s almost like a precursor to a mesh Wi-Fi system.

      Either way, it’s a great router – and I hope the satellite device is working well for you too.

      Regarding the Ring Eero 6 Pro question, the CBR40 has a Gigabit Ethernet port (1000 Mbps), so you wouldn’t be limited to just 100 Mbps if you run an Ethernet cable from your Netgear router to your Ring Eero Pro. There shouldn’t be any degradation of networking performance, nope.

      I’m not too sure about the Windows directory. If your Windows system is connected straight to the Netgear router, I doubt that the Ring network would appear by default – but I am not 100% sure on that final point sorry.

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  13. Thanks for this Tristan! I would like your advice for my setup. I’m IT network engineer so I have experience setting up complex networks. However, this setup is for my home and I’ve never worked with the Ring Alarm Pro or the Eero routers.

    The primary reason I purchased the Ring Alarm Pro was for the local recording of my Ring cameras. With my existing setup, I sometimes see I’m missing video, motion, etc. It could be my internet because I live in the country with slow speeds, less than 50 mbs. With the feature to record locally, i should never miss video unless their is wifi interference, but that’s true for everyone.

    My existing setup includes a high end Asus gaming router with extenders in mesh mode. I have 5 Ring cameras and will be adding more once I know this solution will work correctly. I need to maintain my existing router as the primary.

    I don’t think Bridge mode is the correct path and it doesn’t sound like I can simply add the Alarm Pro to my existing router and setup the wifi to match my primary, same ssid, etc. That seems to only leave the option to connect the Alarm Pro to my existing router via ethernet cable and then setup a separate and new wireless network using the Alarm Pro. I of course will need to keep them on different channels to avoid interference. I then would need to go to each of my Ring cameras and move them to the Alarm Pro wifi.

    Do you agree that is the best approach, or am I missing something? Keep in mind, the only reason I’m doing this is for local recording for my cameras. I don’t need the alarm itself, as my home already has a good alarm. I wish Ring would offer local storage for recording as a separate feature without having to replace everything.

    Thank you!

    Mike

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    • Hi Mike, thanks for the comment. Yes I agree with your conclusions – connecting the Alarm Pro to your existing router via ethernet, and then changing your Ring cameras to connect to the Alarm Pro’s Wi-Fi network, is probably your best bet. This will give you the local recording functionality, while still preserving your existing Asus router setup.

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  14. I have gigabit service via ATT fiber and their router and WiFi. If I add the Ring Pro system as a separate network by using Ethernet from ATT modem to the Ring unit, how will that work with my iPhone and the Ring app to control the system? Will I have to change networks in the iPhone every time I want to access the Ring Pro system? That seems to be a really bad situation.

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    • Ooo that’s a great question. I can’t directly test this out right now (I’m UK based so can’t easily get the Ring Alarm Pro), but I have a similar sort of setup (my Ring devices connect to one Wi-Fi network/router, but this is actually plugged into my ISP’s modem). I just connected to my modem’s Wi-Fi network, and I can still access the Ring app fine to control my cameras, doorbell and alarm system.

      But I can’t directly answer about controlling the Ring Pro’s Wi-Fi settings (not sure if that requires a direct connection). Your comment is now approved though, so hopefully someone with the same setup can try it out and comment back.

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