What Is Ring Fetch and How Does It Work?

Track your pup up to a mile away with a one-year battery

Ring Fetch is part of Amazon's upcoming low-bandwidth, long-distance Sidewalk protocol. It's a small geofence tag you attach to your dog's collar to track its location. While the Ring Fetch concept was introduced in 2019 along with Amazon's Sidewalk network, the product isn't yet available. Here's what we know so far about the Ring Fetch pet tracker.

Dog wearing Amazon Ring Fetch device

What Is Ring Fetch?

Amazon demonstrated the Ring Fetch tracking device when it announced Amazon Sidewalk in 2019. The device attaches to your dog's collar and allows you to set up a geofence that will notify you if your dog escapes.

The Ring Fetch has a theoretical range of up to one mile, and Amazon said its battery could last more than a year under the right conditions. In an area with more Sidewalk devices, its range would get considerably more extensive.

How Will Ring Fetch Work?

Amazon envisioned Ring Fetch as working like other smart tags, using the network of devices around it to establish its location. The difference is that Ring Fetch will use Amazon's Sidewalk protocol.

Sidewalk is a low-powered wide-area wireless network protocol that will use the 900 MHz spectrum usually reserved for amateur radio users. Sidewalk's range is expected to vastly exceed Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while consuming minimal power.

During testing, Amazon distributed roughly 700 Sidewalk-enabled devices to Ring employees and their family and friends in Southern California. Before long, Ring had a Sidewalk network covering most of the Los Angeles Basin.

With Amazon's device popularity, the company anticipates an extensive network that will allow uses to follow Fido throughout any freedom flights he might take.

Ring Fetch Product Specs

At Amazon's announcement, the Ring Fetch device took the form of a small plastic device with a carabiner-style hook. That may change before it's officially released, but based on product imagery and descriptions, the device should be small enough to fit on a dog's collar, though it's slightly larger than a typical dog tag. It will also be very lightweight.

Amazon Ring Fetch up close

The 900 MHz protocol's low-power nature should give the Ring Fetch a battery life of at least a year, although specifications will be formally released when the device goes on sale.

Amazon has big plans for Sidewalk, including an ecosystem of outdoor devices, such as gardening sensors, connected mailboxes, and more. These devices will all require a long battery life.

Where Can I Find Ring Fetch?

Sidewalk and Ring Fetch were expected to arrive in 2020, but things appear to have been delayed. There are signs, however, that Sidewalk and Ring Fetch implementations may be coming soon.

In September of 2020, Amazon released a white paper explaining more about how Sidewalk will work, including security and privacy details. While Amazon didn't mention Ring Fetch specifically, the company did say that consumers with Ring Floodlight and Spotlight Cams will soon be able to participate in Sidewalk implementation.

Hopefully, Ring Fetch news will roll out shortly after Sidewalk technology gets going.