Ring Alarm Outdoor Contact Sensor - Setup and use

The Ring Alarm Outdoor Contact Sensor is designed to monitor your outdoor windows and doors, as well as gates and sheds.

The Outdoor Contact Sensor is made up of two parts, the sensor and the magnet. When installed on your door or window, it can tell if the door or window is open or closed.

By default, your Ring Alarm Outdoor Contact Sensors are armed when using both Away and Home Mode.

Outdoor Contact Sensor features

  • Armed Modes: When armed, the Outdoor Contact Sensor will trigger your Ring Alarm if a door or window is opened. You can customise your mode settings in the Ring app.
  • Entry and exit delay: If your Outdoor Contact Sensor placement is set to Main Door, you can customise your entry and exit delays to give you enough time to leave after arming, or to enter and disarm.
  • Bypass sensors: If an Outdoor Contact Sensor is open or offline at the time of arming, or if you want to leave a window open, you can bypass the Outdoor Contact Sensor to leave it unarmed.
  • Alexa routines: Use your Outdoor Contact Sensors to trigger Alexa routines.
  • Alerts and history: Get alerts when an Outdoor Contact Sensor detects an open door or window, and review Outdoor Contact Sensor activity history in the app.

Outdoor Contact Sensor specifications

  • Sensor and magnet can be up to 2.5 cm apart when the Outdoor Contact Sensor is closed for easier mounting.
  • Mounting tape, screws and anchors are provided in the box.
  • Uses 2 x AA batteries
  • Requires the Ring Alarm Base Station
  • Uses Z-Wave to communicate with the Ring Alarm Base Station


Outdoor Contact Sensor placement

  • Main Door: For use on doors you enter and exit from most often. When arming Ring Alarm in Away mode, you’ll have a customisable exit delay that allows you time to exit from that door. When armed, opening the door with this Outdoor Contact Sensor will trigger the entry delay so you can disarm before the alarm sounds.
  • Secondary Door: For use on doors you don’t use to enter and exit when armed. When armed, Ring Alarm will sound immediately when opened.
  • Window: For use on windows only. When armed, Ring Alarm will sound immediately when opened.

Where can I install Outdoor Contact Sensors?

There are many entry points where Outdoor Contact Sensors can be used to secure your home, including:

  • Entry points in fences and gates
  • Sheds and garages
  • Doors and windows that may be exposed to the weather

What should I watch out for when deciding where to mount an Outdoor Contact Sensor?

  • Make sure that the sensor is not too far from the Base Station.
  • Check that when the door, window or gate is closed, the space between the Outdoor Contact Sensor and magnet is 2.5 cm or less.
  • There needs to be at least 1.3 cm of space next to the battery cover so you can slide it open to change the batteries.

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Outdoor Contact Sensor setup

How to setup and install an Outdoor Contact Sensor:

  • Make sure your Ring Alarm is disarmed
  • In the Ring app, tap the menu icon (three horizontal lines)
  • Tap Set Up a Device
  • Tap Security
  • Tap Sensor
  • Find the Outdoor Contact Sensor
  • Follow the in-app instructions to complete setup

How do I replace my Outdoor Contact Sensor batteries?

1. Slide the Outdoor Contact Sensor off of the bracket and then remove the battery compartment cover.

2. Replace the batteries with fresh AA alkaline batteries.  
3. Ensure that the batteries are inserted correctly. When inserting batteries, make sure the (+) is correctly matched to the diagram. 3.png

WARNING: Inserting batteries the wrong way round may damage the device.




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