Can Ring Doorbell see through screen door?

Answered by James Kissner

I’ve had personal experience with this exact issue, so I can definitely provide you with a detailed answer. The Ring Doorbell, like many other security cameras, relies on its ability to capture clear video footage in order to function effectively. However, when it comes to glass doors, there can be some challenges.

Glass doors, particularly those with a reflective surface, can pose a problem for security cameras. The main issue is that the camera’s night vision LEDs can reflect off the glass, creating a glare that obstructs the camera’s view. This reflection can render the camera useless, as it will only capture a distorted image of its own LEDs.

To overcome this issue, you’ll need to disable the night vision LEDs in the device settings. By turning off the LEDs, you eliminate the source of the reflection and the camera will be able to capture a clear view through the glass. This is an important step to ensure that your Ring Doorbell is able to function optimally when installed behind a glass door.

In my personal experience, I had a glass door at my previous residence, and I encountered this very problem with my Ring Doorbell. When I initially installed the device, the night vision LEDs created a distracting glare, making it impossible to see anything beyond the glass. However, after disabling the LEDs in the settings, the camera was able to capture a clear view through the glass door, providing me with the security I needed.

To summarize the steps you can take to enable your Ring Doorbell to see through a glass door:

1. Access the device settings: Open the Ring app on your smartphone and navigate to the settings for your Ring Doorbell.

2. Disable night vision LEDs: Look for an option to disable the night vision LEDs. This may be labeled as “Night Vision” or “Infrared LEDs” in the settings menu. Toggle this option off to turn off the LEDs.

3. Test the camera’s view: Once you have disabled the night vision LEDs, test the camera’s view through the glass door. Ensure that there is no longer any glare or reflection obstructing the camera’s view.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully enable your Ring Doorbell to see through a glass door. It’s worth noting that this solution applies specifically to glass doors. If you have any other type of door or window obstructing the camera’s view, you may need to explore alternative installation methods or consider using additional accessories like a mounting bracket to achieve the desired angle and visibility.

While glass doors can pose a challenge for security cameras like the Ring Doorbell, disabling the night vision LEDs in the device settings can help eliminate any glare or reflection, allowing the camera to capture a clear view through the glass. It’s always a good idea to test the camera’s view after making any adjustments to ensure optimal performance.