Top 3 Solutions to Use Your Video Doorbells Without WiFi

Will any of WiFi video doorbell models work without Internet?

Will Ring video doorbell work without Internet?

Brief answer is: Yes, video doorbells can still work even without WiFi or Internet access.

How to Use Video Doorbells No WiFi or Without Internet Access: Top 3 Solutions for You

You’ll learn top 3 solutions here to use your video doorbells without WiFi.

You may not have Internet access in your remote property for your doorbells, or the doorbell WiFi is not working.

Let’s be clear: using wireless doorbell cameras no WiFi can be realized easily.

As long as you don’t need to access your smart doorbells remotely for live streaming, or don’t require push notifications when there are motion events, and other smart features that rely on WiFi network, you can use your Ring, Nest and other video doorbells no WiFi connection.

Shortcut (Jump to the solution directly you prefer):

Solution 1. Pick a Video Doorbell with Local SD Card Storage

Solution 2. Connect Smart Doorbell to Existing Wired Doorbell

Solution 3. Get a Dedicated Hotspot for Your Video Doorbell

Solution 1. Choose a Video Doorbell with Local SD Card Storage

Smart motion sensor doorbells with local SD card storage can automatically sense the motion events with the built-in PIR sensor, and then store the motion-triggered videos to the SD card for your later playback.

Thus, you won’t miss important events.

You can take the SD card out from the smart doorbell and then insert it to your computer to review who and what triggered the events and back up the important data.

Take video doorbell with SD card as an example. It can record the videos to the SD card without uploading the videos to the cloud, so you can still use the video doorbell even no WiFi.

You can check more details about video WiFi doorbells without subscription here.

Solution 2. Connect Your Smart Video Doorbell to the Existing Traditional Doorbell

Ring video doorbell no WiFi signal connection, what can I do?

Ring video doorbell no Internet and WiFi is not working. How can I use this doorbell?

If your video doorbell has no WiFi setup, you can connect your smart doorbell to your existing wired doorbell.

When someone presses your doorbell, you can still hear your doorbell ring.

Please note that if the video doorbell WiFi is not working, you can’t receive the push notifications when there are motion events or when the visitor presses the doorbell.

Also, you won’t be able to access the doorbell for live streaming without Internet connection.

If your Nest or Ring doorbell is no longer connecting to WiFi, you can plug the doorbell to the old-fashioned wired doorbell so that you can still get “Ding-Dong” alerts when someone presses the doorbell.

You can check this post to get the step-by-step guide to connecting your smart doorbell to the existing traditional doorbell.

Solution 3. Get a WiFi Hotspot for Your Smart Video Doorbell

Can Ring connect to a dedicated cellular hotspot and still function normally?

The answer is “Yes“. You can get a portable 4G LTE hotspot so your doorbell camera can work without WiFi Internet connection.

With a hotspot, you can access the smart video doorbell for live streaming and get instant app push alerts when there are motion events. You can even talk to the visitor in real time with the two-way audio function.

But here comes costs and limits.

You will need to pay for the cellular data. And you may encounter the latency of the connection since the cellular Internet would be blocked or unstable for some reasons.

The doorbell would consume too much data if you access the doorbell for live streaming frequently, or there are a lot of motion events.

All in all, by adding a mobile WiFi hotspot for your video doorbell, you can enjoy all of the smart functions just like connecting the doorbell to your WiFi router.

If you just access the doorbell a few times a day, this solution would be quite effective.

If you don’t want your doorbell to consume too much data, you can disable the PIR sensor so it won’t eat up the data when there are motion events.

Higher resolution would consume more data. You can lower the resolution of the live streaming to save the data.

If you have any questions about video doorbells without WiFi, you can leave them in the comment below. We will answer your questions ASAP!

10 thoughts on “Top 3 Solutions to Use Your Video Doorbells Without WiFi

  • June 14, 2019 at 9:41 am

    You seem to conflate “WiFi” with “internet”: WiFi is a type of LAN (local area network) that requires no wires; internet is the global net work that uses the IP protocol – to connect your WiFi LAN to it, you need an “internet connection”. What many people want is a camera doorbell that connects to their WiFi LAN, provides a ring and a live view on an iPhone/iPad/etc. connected to the same WiFi LAN, and **does not** require any internet connection (i.e., connection to the outside) whatsoever. No model of a Ring doorbell would work – like, not at all – without an always-on broadband internet connection. Thus, Ring doorbells are completely useless in isolated environments such as a ship in international water.

    • June 14, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Hi Alex,

      If your WiFi connection goes down, you will still be able to use the Ring doorbell if you connect it to your wired doorbell chime.

      But you won’t get any notifications or video data on your phone.

      You can see this question in their faqs page:

  • August 26, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I have just bought a SDETER video doorbell with the intention of setting it up via my mobile hotspot as we do not get broadband in our remote location. The instructions do not cover how we do this and I am struggling to get it set up. Can you advise?

    • August 28, 2019 at 1:38 am

      Sorry, but I have not tried the SDETER so far. I’m not sure if the steps are various. You may consult their support staff first.

      Usually, the setup process is the same when you use a good hotspot signal instead of the WiFi connection.

  • October 21, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Can I operate a video doorbell without internet. Can I download an app on my smart phone. I don’t have internet.

    • October 25, 2019 at 3:44 am

      Without Internet, you cannot access the doorbell remotely or receive the app notifications. You can connect your doorbell to your existing wired doorbell.

      When someone presses your doorbell, you can still hear your doorbell ring.

  • December 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

    My mother wants a Ring Doorbell but does not have Internet or WIFI, how does the 4 G LTE Hot Spot work and where can it be purchased? Where will the Hot Spots coming from without WIFI or Internet.

  • December 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Will the doorbell work with the personal hotspot on my phone? I don’t need remote access, I just need to know when someone is at my door while I’m here. I would also like to be able to see who is there. Someday, there will be enough broadband in the world so that people in remote places can get it without a second mortgage

  • January 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Does anyone offer a video door bell that can be hardwired to your internet connection. Such as directly connecting to the router. My gate is out of wifi reach.

  • January 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Exact same question as Harold above as Nest would integrate perfectly with all other things Google but pretty pointless without internet connection.


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