Welcome to Ringing Room! Ringing Room is a web platform that lets you ring online with friends near & far. Getting started on Ringing Room is easy: Just create an account, join a tower, and catch hold!
You need to be logged in before you can join a tower. You can tell whether you're logged in by looking in the menu bar at the top of the page; if it says your username instead of Log In / Register, you're good to go!
Ringing on Ringing Room takes place in towers, which are like virtual rooms that you and your band can share. To start ringing, you can either create a new tower or join an existing one.
Creating a new tower is as simple as entering a name for the tower in the box in the middle of the front page. (If you don't see this box, make sure to log in first.) When you do this, your tower will be assigned a new tower ID number and link; these will allow you to get back to the same tower in the future.
There are three ways to enter an existing tower:
Congratulations, you're in a tower and ready to ring! You should see a circle of either ropes or handbells in the center of the screen; if you click on any of these, it will cause it to ring; anyone else currently in the tower will also see and hear that bell. Most people prefer to ring using the keyboard: By default, the space bar will always ring the bell in the bottom-right corner of the circle, while the left & right arrow keys or the f & j keys will ring the two bells in the bottom left and right (useful for ringing a handbell pair).
The easiest way to change which bells you're ringing is to assign yourself to a bell: In the Tower Controls, you'll see a list of all users currently in the tower; click the Assign bells button to enter assignment mode, then click the box next to the bell you want to take hold of. Make sure to press Stop assigning when you're done catching hold and ready to ring.
And that's really all there is to it! The next section includes a few helpful tips & tricks, but what you've read already will be enough to get you started ringing on Ringing Room.
This section includes a few other tips & tricks to help you get the most out of Ringing Room.
This section goes over all the features of Ringing Room in more depth.
Once you've joined a tower, you'll see two things:
If you're using a narrow screen, you may need to click the Controls button to show the controls; otherwise the controls should show up on the left of your screen. Here are some useful things in the controls:
The Users display is also used for assigning users to bells:
If you are a host at the tower, you will an X button to the right of each users' name. This button can be used to remove users from a tower. If you click this button twice, the user will be redirected to the homepage of Ringing Room. (Note that this removal is temporary — nothing prevents the user from immediately re-entering the tower if they so desire. This feature is mostly useful for removing names of users who aren't actually present but didn't click the Leave tower button.)
Note that Host Mode affects the operations of some of the Tower Controls; see that section for more details.
You can use external motion controllers such as eBells or ActionXLs directly with Ringing Room. You should see the Controllers box in the Tower Controls whenever you have your controllers connected; if it doesn't appear, try moving one of the controllers to make it send a signal for Ringing Room to detect.
The behavior of the controllers depends on how many controllers you have selected:
Finally, at the bottom of the Controller box is a Disable button, which will temporarily disable input from any controllers. This can be useful if you prefer to use motion controllers with external software such as Handbell Manager.
Wheatley is a computer ringer for Ringing Room, made by Ben White-Horne and Matthew Johnson and designed to be a 'ninja helper with no ego' - i.e. Wheatley will ring any number of bells to whatever you want to ring, but should fit in as much as possible to what you're ringing. Wheatley is now available directly inside Ringing Room, without any installation.
Wheatley needs to be enabled on a per-tower basis with the switch in the Tower Settings. Once Wheatley is enabled, two things will happen:
To ring something with Wheatley, assign Wheatley to any bells that you need filled. You can use the Fill In button in the Wheatley box to quickly assign all unassigned bells to Wheatley.
Now, you need to tell Wheatley what you want to ring. Wheatley can ring any method you want, and will respond to any calls made through Ringing Room via the hotkeys while ringing.
To start ringing a method with Wheatley:
A few other options are available in the Wheatley box:
The My Towers page keeps a record of all the towers you visit, bookmark, create, or host. It allows you to quickly return to towers you've used in the past, and also to access Tower Settings for the towers you've created.
The first tab on the My Towers page shows your recently visited towers, sorted reverse-chronologically (so your most recently visited is always at the top). Each row in the list includes the following items from left to right:
Ringing Room provides a facility for you to bookmark towers you return to often. Bookmarked towers will appear at the top of the User Menu (available by clicking your username in the top menu bar from any page on Ringing Room other than a tower page when you are logged in; it will be replaced by Log In / Register if you are not logged in). The bookmark icon appears on any of the My Towers tabs and on the tower page itself (next to the tower name); click this icon to toggle whether the tower is bookmarked or not.
The Created tab lists all the towers you've created. These are the towers for which you will be able to access Tower Settings.
The Host tab lists all the towers at which you are a host.
Each tower in Ringing Room has a Tower Settings page. This page is accessible only to the tower creator, and allows that person to perform a number of useful actions, including changing the tower name and deleting the tower entirely. (See Why can't I access tower settings? if you can't access the settings for a tower you created.) Note that for many of the settings below, you and other ringers will need to refresh the tower page in order to see the changes take effect.
Host Mode is a feature that allows ringers to restrict control of a tower during ringing to a small group of people. When a tower is in Host Mode, the following restrictions apply:
To use Host Mode, the tower creator must first go to Tower Settings and switch on the Host Mode Permitted feature. If this is switched to Yes, any Hosts will see a Host Mode toggle in the Tower Controls which they can use to turn Host Mode on and off; non-hosts will not see this toggle and instead will see messages describing the function of Host Mode (when it is turned on). Host Mode will be automatically disabled if there are no hosts present in the tower.
The tower creator is always a Host at that tower. Additional Hosts may be added by going to Tower Settings and entering the email address associated with a Ringing Room account in the Add host by email box. A list of Hosts is also displayed, and Hosts can be removed from here as well.
In order to use Wheatley in a tower, you must first go to the Tower Settings and flip the Wheatley Permitted switch to the Yes position. Once this is enabled, the Wheatley box will appear in the Tower Controls.
The User Settings page can be accessed by clicking your user name in the top menu bar of any Ringing Room page other than a tower (once you are logged in) and then selecting User Settings. There are 3 tabs available:
The Account tab contains settings relevant to your account.
To change your username or email address, enter the new username or email in the relevant box, then enter your current password in the next section down and click Save changes. Note that changing your email address will change how you log in to Ringing Room.
To change your password, enter your new password twice in the New Password and Repeat New Password boxes, then enter your current password below and click Save changes.
If you would like to permanently delete your account, enter your current password at the bottom of the page, then click Delete account. This will immediately delete all your stored data and cannot be undone.
Finally, one more setting is available at the top of this page: Dark Mode triggers an alternative light-on-dark theme for Ringing Room across all pages.
The Keyboard tab allows you to customize the keyboard hotkeys used to control Ringing Room in the tower.
X button by that key.
+ button by that function, then press the key (or key combination) you want to bind to that function.
shift + 1–9,
ctrl + shift + 1-9,
r on Windows
, ``cmd + shift+ 1-9,
r on Mac.)
The Controllers tab allows you to control the parameters used by external motion controllers such as eBells or ActionXLs. You can always restore these to default settings by clicking the button at the top of the page.
The following parameters are available to control:
- Debounce: The minimum time between one stroke and the next, in milliseconds; if the controller detects a second strike within this time it will be ignored. (Default:
- Handstroke: The point at which the controller detects a handstroke; higher numbers indicate a more vertical bell. (Default:
- Backstroke: The point at which the controller detects a backstroke; higher numbers indicate a more vertical bell. (Default:
- Controller buttons: Set which buttons on the controllers perform which actions.
The controller buttons can be set to make calls or to silently flip the stroke of the bell. If you have only one controller attached, it will always be considered a "right controller" and will use those settings; if you have more than one, the controllers will alternate right and left in order from lightest bell to heaviest bell. The controller buttons have the following defaults:
Stand; right button:
Single, right button:
There are a few miscellaneous features that don't fit elsewhere.
All towers have an associated Listener Link, which loads a "listen-only" version of the tower in which you cannot interact with the ringing in any way; this can be useful for allowing non-ringers to attend the ringing (for example, allowing members of a congregation to listen to service ringing). Listeners in a tower are anonymous — there's no need to create a username, and ringers in the tower will not know whether there are listeners present.
To reach the Listener Link for a given tower, simply append
/listen to the normal URL for the tower. For example, if your tower has the link
ringingroom.com/1234/example_tower, the Listener Link will be
Ringing Room has a number of different servers around the world; we recommend that you use whichever server is geographically closest to all your band, in order to reduce the latency between your computer and the server. The different servers are reached by prepending a different prefix to the base Ringing Room URL:
Lag is an inherent part of the online ringing experience, unfortunately — it simply takes time for the signals to get from your computer up to the Ringing Room server and back. We find that most people are able to have a good experience on Ringing Room most of the time. However, if you are experiencing a lot of lag there are a few things you can do to help:
Ringing Room only started keeping track of tower creators in June 2020. If you created your tower prior to that time, this won't be marked in our database. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know both the email address associated with your Ringing Room account and the Tower ID number; we can then manually mark the tower as having been created by you.
In general, Ringing Room works best on a Mac or Windows PC and in the Google Chrome browser; it has also been tested in Safari, Firefox, and newer versions of Microsoft Edge. On other platforms we expect performance to be degraded; in particular, we cannot recommend using Ringing Room on a Kindle / Kindle Fire or other Android device.
For iOS devices, there is a Ringing Room app developed by Matthew Goodship; we recommend using that app rather than going through the browser.
Some browsers handle hotkeys differently. In particular, older versions of Microsoft Edge and all versions of Internet Explorer are not guaranteed to work with Ringing Room by default. However, even in these browsers you should be able to set custom hotkeys that may work better.
Additionally, regardless of your browser, there are currently some known issues with how the numpad keys are handled.