Introduction: Ring Protect 'Protector' — Let's Do the Door Bell Again!
Thieves in Denver are stealing your expensive Ring doorbells -- I have a solution!
[ My INSTRUCTABLES have had over ONE MILLION VIEWS ]
Back in 2012, I invented the Home 9000 video doorbell.
After 6 years of using my own doorbell, the hardware has become completely outdated
and I decided I should modernize and get myself a Ring doorbell.
While it is advanced as a doorbell, it has ISSUES
and I am going to address them in this Instructable.
Step 1: You Are ... the Weakest Link
No matter how good something is, it's vulnerable at its weakest point.
A 'security' device needs to be secure. You cannot stop someone from stealing / breaking anything, but you can slow them down, and give yourself enough time to react.
That said, the weakest link on the Ring is the 'security screw' that holds it together.
A simple Torx screw that you can buy a screwdriver for at Home Depot for .99¢—
anyone who wants to disable / steal a Ring will have one of these in their toolkit!
Hell, they probably will use the one that came with their Ring doorbell.
Step 2: The Ring Protect ... Protector
This is a really simple concept: how to stop someone from unscrewing the little Torx screw, and stealing most of the Ring, your battery and being able to hack your WiFi—all pretty serious security issues protected by a #8 Torx screw!
Step 3: Building the Unit
I purchased a 2 1/2" hasp from Home Depot ($3.50), drilled a hole in the plastic to fit the bottom piece and secured the unit with epoxy and small screws.
Step 4: The Bottom Security Piece
The unit fits perfectly with the bottom piece, and the battery holds it snugly in place.
Step 5: And a Small Postal Lock Finishes the Project
Step 6: New & Improved (Higher Security)
You never see the whole thing till it's there, doing it's job. And I saw issues with my Instructable, So I went 'back to the drawing board' and redesigned and 'fixed' the issues.
Step 7: Higher Security ...
I wanted it to look a bit less hacked, and decided it would be better secured against the wall,
so I redesigned the hasp lock to be anchored to the wall, while still covering the access hole, and being a bit more 'elegant'.
SO BACK to Home Depot for a different hasp ($3.50) shaped, cut, and fit to size.
Step 8: Wall Mounting
I used double stick tape to place the bracket in the right location, then using plastic anchors and screws (part of the set from the Ring installation kit) I mounted and secured the hasp to the wall.
Voilà! (part 2)