Ring Stick Up Cam (1st Generation) mounted on a porch wall.

Positioning Stick Up Cam (1st Gen)

Advanced passive infrared (PIR) sensors are in Stick Up Cam (1st Gen). To interpret the motion you want to capture, it helps to understand how Stick Up Cam's sensors work, and how to position your Stick Up Cam for maximum effectiveness.

Finding Stick Up Cam's optimal motion zone

Your Stick Up Cam's PIR sensors detect heat signatures of moving objects. The optimal motion zone is right in the middle of your Stick Up Cam's field of view (FOV).

Think of your Stick Up Cam's optimal motion zone as a trip wire for motion alerts. When objects move through this imaginary line, you can be guaranteed they will trip your Stick Up Cam's motion sensors.

Aim your Stick Up Cam so that the optimal motion zone overlays the perimeter of your property, or the area where you first want to be alerted about motion. For example, a visitor coming through the fence into your yard.

Learn how to add, edit and optimize Camera Motion Zones.

Common positioning errors

A common error is mounting Stick Up Cam too high, and aiming it too low.

Stick Up Cam works great at eye-level, or slightly higher. At 5-7 feet from the ground, your Stick Up Cam can cover a wide visual area, as well as capture HD video of visitors' faces.

When Stick Up Cam is mounted too high, it often gets angled sharply downwards. This can work if you're only looking to detect motion in a very small area, but this often results in not detecting approaching visitors or capturing the top of heads when the motion sensors are triggered.

Don't be afraid to mount your Stick Up Cam too low. It will capture clear video of visitors' faces, and cover a wide visual area. You'll be more likely to capture the events you want to know about, and be notified as soon as they happen.