Ring Alarm Home Security

Ring has become a household name thanks to its famous smart doorbell video cameras; since then, the company expanded into other home security products. They learned from the video doorbell experience and used the know-how to develop an impressive lineup of home security solutions, such as smart devices and total home protection. Ring has a complete security system to offer people who want to go beyond the doorbell: The Ring Alarm Security system, containing everything you need to protect your home.

Ring Alarm Home Security

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Overview:

Ring Alarm security is a DIY installation system that brings preset equipment packages for you to choose, or the flexibility to custom build your security system from the ground up. Ring’s 5-piece Alarm Security kit comes with essential security items, suitable for small apartments and condos, and it is the core base for all Ring’s preset equipment packs. These bundles offer a few item variations from the starter kit, like more contact sensors, environmental sensors, and a doorbell camera, to accommodate larger homes with multiple entry points. You can add more devices for a better customization experience, at an extra cost.

The Ring Alarm is controlled primarily through its mobile app; all equipment packages include a keypad for quick access to your system. One unique feature that Ring offers is the Neighbors app function, which serves as a neighborhood watch from people that have the Ring equipment in the same area. This Ring app feature helps to keep the entire neighborhood safe by sharing Ring videos, a feature we haven’t seen on any other security company.

You can pay your equipment upfront; but if you prefer, financing plans are available. Ring Alarm is wireless equipment with a simple DIY installation; there is no professional installation service required.

Ring products work without a monthly subscription, meaning you can self-monitor your security system for free. The company provides an alternative low-cost plan for additional features with the DIY monitoring or a full professional monitoring service (recommended) that offers an extended warranty on components and coverage on all Ring devices. Ring Alarm uses Wi-Fi coverage, offering a free cellular backup with its professional monitoring plan, for a more secure connection.

Ring Home Security has no contracts; it is available as an option but not required to operate the security system. You can subscribe to a monthly fee, or pay an annual fee that comes with a considerable discount; the monitoring service can be canceled at any time, with no penalties.

Ring products come with a one-year warranty that you can extend as long as you are subscribed to the professional monitoring plan; the system has a 30-day money back guarantee.

Key Features

  • No Contract commitment
  • DIY Installation
  • DIY/Professional Monitoring
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Neighbors app
  • Remote Control
  • Smart Home Options
  • Surveillance Cameras

Ring Alarm cost and contract information:

Ring Alarm Home security is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) installation system that offers an Alarm security starter kit, which is the base for the rest of the equipment kits that you can choose, you also have the option to custom-build your system. You have to buy the equipment up front, and can be customized according to your needs, which will increase the cost of the system. You can add as many devices as you need to fit your security needs.

 
Ring does not have activation or installation fees and does not provide professional installation services.

With Ring, you have to buy the equipment up front, turning the initial payment a little pricey. If you don’t want to spend too much money on the equipment upfront cost, you can choose to purchase in easy, fixed payments using Affirm financing.

If you buy your Ring Alarm with Affirm, you can choose to pay over 3, 6, or 12 months with 0% APR based on credit approval, however, a down payment is mandatory to obtain the 0% annual percentage rate. The estimated payment amount does not include taxes and shipping fees. If your purchase is under $100, limited payment options are available.

Ring Alarm Home Security System brings three monitoring options called Ring Protect Plans: The free DIY monitoring, the Protect Basic Plan, which is DIY monitoring with additional features (access to cloud recorded videos for up to 60 days that can be shared and saved), and the professional monitoring plan called Protect Plus Plan.

You can subscribe to monthly fees or pay for the entire year to get a decent discount for professional monitoring. There is no contract required with any of the monitoring plans, which means that you can cancel at any time, something very unusual in the home security industry. Ring offers a one-year warranty that you can extend as long as you are an active Protect Plus plan customer; the devices come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Detail Free Plan Protect Basic Plan Protect Plus Plan
Activation Cost $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
DIY-Installation Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Alarm Security Kit Starting at $199 Starting at $199 Starting at $199
Monthly Monitoring Fee $0 $3 $10
Yearly Monitoring Fee $0 $30 $100
Monitoring Type Self-Monitoring Self-Monitoring + Extra Features Pro-Monitoring
Connection Type Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular Backup
Contract Length No Contract No Contract No Contract
Prices may vary      

Ring Alarm coverage and policies:

Ring Alarm Home Security is a DIY wireless system that establishes a connection using Wi-Fi; there is no landline required. The system includes free cellular backup with its professional monitoring plan for a more secure connection. Ring Alarm and services are available in the United States and Canada.

Ring home security has no contract requirement; you can subscribe to monthly or annual monitoring fees that you can cancel at any moment. If you cancel your yearly fee, you will be refunded a prorated amount, based on how much time you have left in your Ring Protect Plan.

You can always choose to self-monitor for free: you can manage all the devices but will have no access to Ring's extra features (cloud storage for videos, amongst others). The equipment has a one-year warranty that extends for as long as you are a Protect Plus active customer. Ring Alarm has a 30-day money-back guarantee. One cool feature the monitoring plans offer is a 30-day trial subscription that begins when you activate your new Ring products, meaning you can test the monitoring plan that best suits you, without having to sign from the start.

Ring Alarm Security equipment:

Ring Alarm Home Security starts all its equipment packages with a basic 5-piece core set: a base station, a keypad, a contact sensor, a motion sensor, and a range extender. From there, the kits come with different shapes and sizes, designed to protect small one-bedroom apartments to larger homes with multiple access points. You can buy as many additional devices as you want, or choose to customize your system from the beginning, picking products á-la-carte.

Ring has a wide range of products for you to purchase, like the indoor/outdoor camera, environmental sensors, and the most popular, the video doorbell cameras. Ring Alarm is compatible with Z-Wave devices, so you can buy third-party components like smart locks to work with your security system.

Ring Alarm Security equipment uses Wi-Fi coverage; This means that if an intruder cuts down your home phone lines, your system will still communicate using your internet service. But if your internet goes down, you will lose all connection to your system. Ring does include cellular backup with its professional monitoring service, so your system will be active regarding power outages.

Ring Alarm comes with a modern, discreet design that is aesthetically pleasing. Ring Alarm blends easily with your home décor, without being an eye-sore nuisance. Ring Alarm equipment comes with some exciting features, like:

Ring Alarm Options Main Benefit Technology Type
Ring App Control Intermediate App
Indoor/Outdoor Camera Motion Detection Intermediate Camera
Keypad Control Basic Sensor
Video Doorbell Camera Motion Detection Intermediate Camera
Range Extender Coverage Increase Basic Outlet Plug

Ring Alarm home automation capabilities:

Ring includes smart home communication protocols to connect smart home products with its “Works with Ring” Program. You can pair Z-Wave products through the Ring app using the base station as a bridge. Through its Z-Wave connectivity, you can add compatible devices like smart locks, that will work with your Ring Alarm system; however, one of the Ring Alarm’s weaknesses is that it's not compatible with major smart home platforms and products. While the base station contains ZigBee and Z-Wave radios, any third-party device that is not certified by Ring won’t trigger the alarm. This means that when a device that is not part of the “Works with Ring” program triggers, you will receive a notification on your app, but it won’t sound the alarm or alert the monitoring center of its activation.

The system works with Amazon Alexa, but it does not communicate with the Ring cameras yet. Thus, you will be able to use Alexa to arm and disarm your system, but the Ring base station won’t connect Alexa voice commands to the Ring cameras. There is no Google Assistant integration either.

Ring Alarm Home Security System comes with other features, such as:

Smart Home Features Free Plan Protect Basic Plan Protect Plus Plan
Ring Mobile App Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Connection Yes Yes Yes
Cellular Backup No No Yes
Smart Home Integrations Yes Yes Yes
Coverage No One Camera All Ring Devices
Custom Motion Detection Yes Yes Yes
Live Video on Demand Yes Yes Yes
Video Recording Duration No 60 Days 60 Days

Ring Alarm customer experience:

Ring Alarm Home Security System comes with two monitoring options: self-monitoring and professional monitoring. If you choose to DIY-monitor, you have the choice to subscribe to a monthly/yearly service that has some added features, such as access to videos of every Ring, Motion, and Live View events for up to 60 days, or the free plan that comes with only live feeds and custom motion detection (you won’t be able to see recordings with the self-monitoring plan). If you go the DIY-monitor path, you will be responsible for supervising your home security.

The main advantage is that you save money and will have fast access to your security system, however, the main disadvantage of self-monitoring is that your system is app-dependent, which means that the Ring Alarm works primarily using the mobile phone app, even though the system comes with a keypad for quick access. You will need to have your mobile phone charged and with you at all times to have an interrupted communication with your system. Without professional monitoring, if an alarm is triggered and the system fails to communicate with your mobile phone, no one will contact you to report the incident or call the authorities on your behalf.

Ring Alarm offers an incredibly affordable 24/7 professional monitoring service, one of the most inexpensive we’ve seen in the market. With professional monitoring service, trained experts will watch over your system 24/7, ready to react if your alarm is activated, contacting the proper authorities if needed. Professional-monitored homes are better protected, so you can have peace of mind because your home is well guarded. Ring uses Wi-Fi coverage, allowing your system to have a fast communication with the monitoring center.

The cellular backup is an extra layer of communication and security that comes only with the Protect Plus plan: even if your internet goes down or there is a power outage, your system will continue to operate as expected.

Ring has a good reputation when it comes to customer support. If you need help, there are extensive resources on its website: a large FAQ section, setup guides, and a blog with interesting articles. But if you prefer, you can also call the customer support line, available 24/7, something uncommon in the industry, which usually has limited availability schedule.

Ring Alarm’s website is extremely user-friendly; the equipment kits are easy to find, showing all the components for the packages. The prices for all the devices are in plain sight, making it an accessible website. When you choose to custom-build your system, Ring asks a couple of questions regarding your home's layout and security needs. You get a recommended equipment kit made up of 5, 10, or 14-piece set, and additional devices based on your answers, no overly aggressive tactics for upselling products you might not need. Overall, shopping with Ring is a very positive experience.

Ring Alarm installation:

Ring Alarm Home Security is an easy DIY installation system. In a DIY installation, you will be in charge of selecting and placing all the devices around your home. You will save money on costly professional installation fees, that you can use to put towards the upfront cost of your equipment. Ring Alarm Security kit is wireless, with peel-and-stick adhesives, so no annoying cables dangling from your walls. Keep in mind, Ring’s equipment has dual power options (wireless and hardwired) for many components, like some of the video doorbell cameras. If you purchase hardwired equipment, we recommend you hire a professional technician to do all its installation. If you don’t have the time to take on a DIY task or don’t have too much technical experience, you should ask a friend to help out with the installation process. Unfortunately, Ring Alarm does not offer a professional installation service.

Ring Alarm has many equipment kits for you to choose; the core base of all the packages is a 5-piece set with the essential components to start building your security system. From there, the equipment packages vary in equipment type and equipment amount. From cameras to environmental sensors, which one you decide, will depend mainly on your security needs and layout of your home.

You can choose to build your system from scratch, picking devices á-la-carte, for an ultimate customization experience. If you are a first-time buyer, choosing among so many kits and add-on devices could be a little overwhelming. We recommend you go with the Ring Alarm 5-piece Security kit, and then decide which add-ons will complete your security wish list, or pick to custom-build your system, so you get Ring’s recommendations based on the answers you provide about your home’s layout and security needs.

After you purchase your Ring Alarm security system, you will receive your equipment at home, starting the installation process. You will have to download the Ring app first; it will guide you through all the installation process.

Start by plugging in the Hub and pairing it up with your mobile phone. Follow the in-app instructions for pairing each device, one at a time, the step by step process is pretty simple.

Ring Alarm Home Security system offers three monitoring options, two of them are self-monitoring, and the other one is for professional monitoring, something pretty rare in the security industry. The Free plan comes with every Ring product, being a complete DIY-monitoring option.

The Protect Basic plan is also self-monitor but comes with added features, such as video recording, and more. It is an affordable option, as it comes with $3 a month /$30 a year fee. We recommend that if you are going the DIY path, subscribe to this plan to get those extra features that can help with your home security needs.

The third option is the Protect Plus plan, which is a 24/7 professional monitoring service, with a monthly cost of $10 or $100 a year. For its low cost, we highly recommend that you opt for the more secure professional monitoring service. All monitoring plans have Wi-Fi coverage; however, the Protect Plus plan includes free Cellular backup, for an extra layer of security, so you are always connected to your system, and since Ring Alarm has a no-contract policy, you can cancel at any time.

Bottom Line:

Ring is a well-known company, famous for its smart doorbell video cameras, and now is evolving its products and services into the DIY home security industry with the Ring Alarm system.

The Ring Alarm Home Security System presents an affordable and accessible DIY equipment, with the flexibility to add on devices as you see fit. The system is controlled mostly by the Ring app, which can be a little annoying for those who don’t like to be app-dependent, but it does include a keypad for easy access.

The DIY-installation is as straightforward as it comes, with easy in-app instructions; there is no professional installation service available.

Ring stands out by allowing monitoring options for the user: two are self-monitor, and one is professionally monitored, all of them being incredibly economical.

The one area where Ring has weaknesses compared to other security systems is in the integrations with third-party devices, which the company says it in the works. The Ring Alarm system is perfect for renters, frequent movers, and customers who don’t like long contract commitments since you can cancel the subscriptions at any time.

With its multiple equipment kits and flexibility to add more devices, Ring Alarm is perfect for small one-bedroom apartments to larger homes with various rooms and entry points. If you want an inexpensive DIY system, with the option of self-monitoring or professional monitoring at a decent cost, then Ring Alarm is the one for you.

Monica Quiros

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Last Update

December 01, 2019

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