Frontpoint vs. Ring

Compare Ring and Frontpoint home security equipment and services to choose which is right for your home.
Updated Mar 23, 2021
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Compare Frontpoint vs. Ring

Looking at Ring and Frontpoint is a lot like looking at identical twins: They look the same on the surface, but if you look hard enough, you’ll see the differences.

Both DIY systems come equipped with battery backup, optional cellular monitoring, and crash and smash protection. Both use Z-Wave hubs that work with Alexa and Google Home, and both companies offer a 30-day trial period. The differences between these two providers are subtle, but we found them in a few key places, including pricing, home automation and monitoring.

Like others in the security industry, we’re well aware of Ring's security issues. You can read our response here. However, Ring has since addressed the problems, so we don’t hesitate to recommend the company and its products to our readers.

  • Price

    Winner: Ring

    Frontpoint’s starting package is more expensive than Ring’s starter kit (about $120 more). Professional monitoring is also more costly with Frontpoint — about four times more than Ring. You’ll pay at least $45 per month for Frontpoint monitoring, whereas you’ll only pay $10 per month with Ring. For these reasons, Ring gets the win for pricing.

  • Professional Monitoring

    Winner: Frontpoint

    Frontpoint uses UL-certified, award-winning Rapid Response for its monitoring services, while Ring’s third-party monitoring arrangement is unknown. But keep in mind, the extra peace of mind you’ll get with Frontpoint will cost you about $35 more per month than what you’ll get with Ring.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Ring

    If home automation is one of your must-haves, we recommend Ring. Frontpoint has its foot in the door with a handful of smart home devices, but Ring has opened the door wide and set up shop with its selection. Ring’s smart home offerings include light switches, outlets, door locks, gate access control, and more.

  • Mobile App

    Winner: Ring

    It was a close call on this one since both companies offer the mobile app with all packages, but Ring gets the upper hand because its app includes live video streaming. Frontpoint also offers live video streaming, but not until you pay more for an upper-tier plan.

  • Equipment

    Tie: Frontpoint and Ring

    If you're looking to build your own equipment package, both Ring and Frontpoint provide this option. Both companies also offer preset packages and environmental monitoring like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Since you’ll find similar equipment with both Frontpoint and Ring, it’s a tie for us.

  • Installation

    Tie: Frontpoint and Ring

    Frontpoint and Ring both allow you to self-install their systems, avoiding any installation fee. Each provider also gives you access to either phone or online support to walk you through the process. No technical expertise is needed to set-up either system, making them both great options in terms of installation.

Winner: Ring

While Frontpoint’s switch to contract-free DIY systems is definitely a move in the right direction, its hefty monthly monitoring fees and minimal smart home devices are keeping it from directly competing with newer companies like Ring. Ring’s inexpensive (and optional) monitoring, free live video streaming, and wide selection of smart home devices push it into the winner’s circle for home security.

Frontpoint Security

Ring Home Security

Monthly monitoring starting price
Contract length
No contractsNo contracts
Extended no-risk return policy
30 days30 days
3-year equipment warranty12 months
BBB rating
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