What Is a Ring Chime and What Does It Do?

What Is a Ring Chime and What Does It Do?

A Ring Chime is a handy companion device for your home, especially if you live in a spacious place.

We’ll highlight what Ring Chime is and, most importantly, what purpose the Ring Chime serves.

What Is Ring Chime?

A Ring Chime is simply a wireless notification device. Ring Chime is a companion device to the Ring Video Doorbells and security cameras. It has a built-in speaker that ensures you’re always in the know no matter where you are in your house.

Once you have your Ring Chime connected to a security camera or doorbell, it will play a pre-set tone, either when someone presses the button on one of your Ring doorbells or a motion is detected by your security camera or doorbell.

Ring Chime Pro with night light
Image Credit: Ring

Despite Ring Chime’s functionality, you don’t necessarily need to have it. It’s only an additional device to your doorbell and security camera. It plugs into a wall socket and can connect to your Wi-Fi network.

What Does a Ring Chime Do?

The Ring Chime has one primary function, to send real-time notifications every time your doorbell is pressed and when motion is detected by your doorbell or security cameras. For someone who lives in a spacious apartment, the Ring Chime ensures that you always know when someone is at the door no matter where you are in the house and when your phone is out of reach.

Related: How Does a Ring Doorbell Work?

In addition to being a wireless notification device, you can also use a Ring Chime to extend your Wi-Fi range for other Ring devices and cover those notorious dead zones. Of course, if you’re plugged into the Ring ecosystem and want to extend your Wi-Fi range, the Ring Chime does come in handy with this functionality.


With multiple Ring Chimes, you can have all areas in your home covered with a strong Wi-Fi signal. However, keep in mind that you don’t get similar robust functionality offered by the best Wi-Fi range extenders on the market.

Should You Get a Ring Chime?

Whether you should get a Ring Chime or not depends on various factors, and most importantly, your personal preferences. For one, the Ring Chime’s functionality is pretty limited. Besides the chimes to notify you of movement or a press on your doorbell, you only get a Wi-Fi range extender for your Ring devices.

If you have more Ring devices, you’ll appreciate the two features. But if not, you don’t get as much value for your money with the Ring Chime.

Ring Chime Pro
Image Credit: Ring

If you want something more, it would be better to get a smart speaker, either an Amazon Echo or Google Home. Yes, you can connect your Ring Doorbell to a Google Home and even an Echo device, both of which have extra functionality. Most importantly, they can also send real-time notifications just as a Ring Chime.

As for the Wi-Fi range extension feature, you’ll do just fine with a third-party Wi-Fi range extender. Ring Chime’s built-in Wi-Fi range extension feature only works for other Ring devices. So in case you want to actually extend the Wi-Fi range across your home for other non-Ring devices as well, better get a true Wi-Fi range extender from other companies.

Where to Buy a Ring Chime

If you want to get a Ring Chime, you can buy one on Amazon or directly from Ring’s official website. There’s a standard Ring Chime and a Ring Chime Pro.

The Pro version supports dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, includes guided feedback during setup that helps you find a suitable spot to place your Ring Chime, can extend your Wi-Fi range for other Ring devices, and has a built-in nightlight.

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