With increasing Ring’s device ecosystem, all of these devices have the ability to be useful in HomeKit beyond just their base functionality. Although Ring can’t provide this capability themselves, Homebridge provides the ability to use Ring devices with your Apple HomeKit.
- What is Homebridge?
- Homebridge Hub or Homebridge on a computer for ring devices?
- Why HomeKit need a Homebridge?
- Does Ring work with Apple HomeKit?
- What can you do with Ring – HomeKit Integrations?
- Why HOOB to connect Ring?
- How to connect Ring with HomeKit using HOOB?
- Is HOOB safe?
What is Homebridge?
Homebridge is a lightweight server. It can integrate with your home automation system to offer HomeKit integration for your smart home accessories that don’t directly support Apple HomeKit. In other words, it is a bridge between HomeKit and the third-party application.
Homebridge Hub or Homebridge on a computer for ring devices?
You can use Ring devices with your Apple HomeKit using Homebridge Hub or Homebridge on a computer. Let us see how to set up Homebridge with Ring devices using Homebridge Hub. It is a small device with prepackaged software and hardware solution. It already comes with a Homebridge setup. It connects to the home network to integrate Ring accessories with your Apple HomeKit.
The second way to set up is Homebridge on a computer. I think this is not a good solution. Because, to control the devices using this method, you need to have your computer running 24/7. This could be expensive for most people. So, Homebridge Hub is cheap than the second one. You need to install the plugin for the Ring devices that you want to connect to your HomeKit.
Why HomeKit need a Homebridge?
Homekit only needs the bridge device to be supported. Hence, any device will be recognized by HomeKit automatically that connect to the bridge. Usually, such devices are introduced by the bridge maker. But in this case, it is defined by the third-party plugins. There are many plugins available. So, you can easily install to add those accessories to HomeKit. Once Homebridge installed, you can be able to find other useful options.
When we consider the Ring case, the suitable plugin provides a connection between Ring’s cloud services and the Home hub. It allows Homekit to find your Ring devices just like other HomeKit devices.
Does Ring work with Apple HomeKit?
Ring devices don’t support to HomeKit. But you can be able to connect your smart devices to the smart home network using a hub or bridge. It handles communication between network protocols or a different platform. Also, it acts as a translator. Homebridge has been created to handle the transaction of commands between Ring products and HomeKit.
Install the Ring plugin for Homebridge to set up. Then, you can get a refresh token for setting up your Ring plugin. Also, you can use email, password, and two-factor authentication code for a Ring account. After that, the Ring devices should be visible in the Home App on your HomeKit.
Furthermore, Ring devices or any products are not officially certified by Apple. You can only integrate ring products or any products using Homebridge.
What can you do with Ring – HomeKit Integrations?
You can easily control your camera stream, turn lights on/off, and trigger your alarm from the Home app with HomeKit integration for Ring devices.
- Ring Doorbell with HomeKit
Now Ring Doorbell can integrate with your HomeKit. Once you integrate, you can monitor your ring doorbell by clicking on the doorbell icon on the Home app. You will get a notification if someone rings your doorbell. It is awesome, it also includes a snapshot from the camera.
- Ring security cameras with HomeKit
It is similar to the Ring doorbell. It also works very smoothly with your HomeKit. You can get motion sensor alerts, rich notifications, and also snapshots from the camera. You can able to open a live stream from the Ring app.
- Ring Alarm with HomeKit
When integrating with HomeKit, the ring alarm works as a fantastic gadget. You can able to arm or disarm the alarm from your home app. Also, you can set up personalized automation using your HomeKit.
- Ring Smart Lighting with HomeKit
You can use the Home app to control and trigger all Ring Smart Lighting products such as path lights, spotlights, and floodlights. Also, you can use it with your Ring camera or alarm to get protected from intruders. It is automatically triggered when you have an intruder.
Why HOOB to connect Ring?
HOOB stands for Homebridge out of the box with comprised of a RaspberryPi. It is also with an included software pre-installed and SD card. It can integrate thousands of third-party accessories with HomeKit.
It takes few minutes to set up and get all Ring devices integrated with HomeKit. It is easy and simplifies the setup process. And yeah! You needn’t configure plugins by yourself. Plugin developers and HOOB work closely to confirm that you receive all the updates and support you need. HOOB doesn't work with Ring products but also with thousands of other products such as Tuya, Sonos, and Harmony.
How to connect Ring with HomeKit using HOOB?
You can easily integrate your Ring camera, doorbell, or smart lighting by setting up Hoobs. Following are the few steps to integrate your Ring products with HomeKit using Hoobs.
Step 01: First, you want to connect Hoobs to your home network
Before integrate, you want to connect Hoobs to your home network. You can connect the Hoobs directly to your router using WiFi or Ethernet.
Step 02: Then, open the Hoobs interface on the browser.
It can be done by navigating to http://hoobs.local on your browser. It takes few minutes to propagate. After, you can easily make an admin account by entering your username, your name, and password.
Step 03: Install the Ring Plugin for Hoobs
The Ring plugin is certified by Hoobs while it works with all Homebridge plugins. Now, you have your account set up. Then, you can go to your dashboard and click on the plugins tab.
Step 04: After installation, the Hoob system will restart, and you will see a screen to configure the plugin. Then you can refresh the token using your email and password.
Step 05: To generate a refresh token, open the Hoobs terminal.
There are three dots at the top right of the screen. You can click these dots to launch the terminal and navigating to the terminal from the options. Then, you can use the following command to obtain the refresh token.
npx -p ring-client-api ring-auth-cli
It functions as a setup wizard and will prompt you for your Ring 2FA code, email, and password. Then, enter your email and password. If you set up the smartphone with Ring, received the 2FA code on your smartphone, and otherwise to your registered email. Once this process is completed, it should generate a refresh token.
Step 06: Paste the refresh token in the Ring plugin configuration screen.
Once you received the refresh token copy and paste in the blank provided on the Ring plugin configuration page. Now, you have integrated your Ring devices with your HomeKit. All the Ring accessories should show up inside your Apple Home except for camera-style accessories. Follow the below step to add Ring camera accessories.
Step 07: If you have any Ring doorbell or Ring camera, you have to manually add to your Apple Home. They don’t automatically add. First, you want to open Apple Home on your Apple device. Then, click on Add accessory. Choose “cannot scan or I don’t have a code”. Once your Ring camera will appear on the screen. You want to enter 8 digits to add them. Also, you can find the setup code on your dashboard. Sometimes, you will get the warning and ignore that and tap “Add anyway”. At last, you have now integrated your all Ring accessories with HomeKit using Hoobs.
Is HOOB safe?
In my opinion, as long as it’s run on a secure piece of hardware Homebridge is safe to use. Also, HOOB is a dedicated out-of-the-box piece of kit. It should be very safe as it uses HomeKit level security. However, it’s running on your own Raspberry Pi or other own device, vulnerabilities may be introduced by other programs.