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Install Ring's Peephole Cam in minutes

The $199 Ring Peephole Cam replaces your existing peephole -- here's how to install it.

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This is the finished product -- the Ring Peephole Cam installed, but let's rewind and go through the process step-by-step. It's simpler than you'd think.

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Make sure you're charging the included battery while you install the rest of the camera.

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Use the Peephole "key" included with your purchase to unscrew your current peephole.

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Connect the flat side of the key with the two grooves on the indoor side of the peephole.

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Keep turning to loosen it.

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Carefully remove both sides of the peephole and set it aside (if you think you might reinstall it at a later time).

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Line up the outside portion of the Peephole Cam with the peephole opening.

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Carefully press the new peephole through the opening.

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If the peephole opening is larger than the one attached to the camera, add this extender. It's included with your purchase, although I didn't need to use it with this door.

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Now it's time to install the inside portion of the camera. Press the tabs to separate the two sides like this. Set aside the faceplate for now.

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Connect the baseplate section of the inside mount to the door.

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You might need someone on the outside holding the camera in place while you do this.

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Remove the connector cable from the peephole.

Note: The connector cable is already attached to the Ring peephole.

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The "tightening nut" screws onto the peephole from the inside of the door.

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Turn it clockwise to secure the camera on both sides.

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Then attach the connector cable to the baseplate.

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Install the battery.

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Attach the faceplate.

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The faceplate has a privacy screen. Use your finger to open and close it.

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You can still look through it just like the original peephole.

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Download the Ring app to configure your camera, including getting it online, giving it a name and selecting settings for motion detection and more.

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This doorbell looks a lot like previous Ring models, particularly the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

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This model has a slimmer profile and, of course, is mounted to the center of your door -- rather than on a doorframe.

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It works with Alexa voice commands and costs $199.

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Molly's dog, Bailey, kept a watchful eye as we installed the doorbell camera.

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