Now that Ring’s past security issues are behind it, it’s starting to give the longstanding security giant Brinks a run for its money. Both Ring and Brinks offer DIY installation and the ability to access your security system remotely, but they take different approaches when it comes to equipment packages and monitoring plans. We’ve broken down the details of each provider’s pricing and features to help you make an informed decision.
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Final Call: Brinks vs. Ring
Ring offers better security cameras and pricing without requiring a contract. Their month-to-month services and features make home security flexible and affordable. If you have a little more money to spend, you don’t mind contracts, and you’d like the peace of mind of working with a home security veteran, Brinks is a good pick. But if you’re on a budget and you don’t mind shouldering a little more responsibility for your home security, Ring can help you secure your home for less.
Brinks Home Security
Ring Home Security
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|36 months for Brinks, monthly for Nest||None|
Extended No-Risk Return
|30 days||30 days|
|DIY & Professional||DIY|
|2-Year Warranty||1 year|
Frequently Asked Questions About Ring and Brinks
Brinks offers four different packages, including a basic Nest Secure system. All Brinks packages include smartphone control and home automation capabilities. The most expensive package includes cameras and remote video control. Ring offers four different packages starting at $199. Each package also includes smartphone control and home automation capabilities, but cameras are strictly add-on items.
Brinks’ monitoring plans range from $29-$39/mo. for video monitoring. Ring only has one professional monitoring plan that costs $10/mo. and includes camera access and an extended warranty.
Ring lets you self-monitor your system if you choose, but Brinks requires professional monitoring for all its alarm systems.
Ring is a better choice for renters because you don’t have to be locked into a long-term contract like you are with Brinks. With Ring, you can cancel your monitoring at any time without having to worry about penalties.