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Ring vs. Protect America

Decide if Ring or Protect America is a better fit for your home security needs.
Updated Apr 16, 2020

Both Ring and Protect America offer DIY home security, but they part ways when it comes to upfront costs, contracts, and monthly fees. While Ring has been the subject of some security concerns, we think it’s made enough security updates to be worthy of consideration for your home security needs. Read on to learn more about each company’s approach to home security.

Compare Ring vs. Protect America

Ring and Protect America offer similar equipment, including door and window sensors, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and indoor and outdoor security cameras. Both companies have Z-wave technology built into their equipment so they’re compatible with Amazon Alexa and other smart home devices. Protect America offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all its equipment, while Ring has a standard one-year warranty for all of its devices, with an optional extended warranty under the Ring Protect Plus Plan.

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  • Price

    Winner: Ring

    You’ll have to shell out more cash upfront for your Ring security system, but Ring’s monthly $10 professional monitoring fees are some of the lowest in the industry. Protect America will save you some money on installation, but its monthly monitoring fees start at $19.99/mo., so you’ll be paying a lot more in the long run, which makes Ring the winner of this round.

  • Contract

    Winner: Ring

    Protect America requires you to sign a contract for equipment and monitoring for a minimum length of three years. Ring is contract-free, and its professional monitoring services are all month-to-month, so you can stop or restart them at any time without being locked into a binding long-term contract. Ring’s flexibility makes them the winner of this category, too.

  • Mobile App

    Winner: Ring

    Both Ring and Protect America offer free mobile apps that let you see what’s going on at home and allow you to control your security system, lights, locks, and more from your phone. But Ring’s mobile app offers more for $3/mo.. With Ring you’ll be able to use two-way talk, see live video and share footage. On the other hand, you must upgrade your Protect America plan to get video service, control smart lights and smart locks with your smartphone. These features can cost over $40/mo.. Ring’s affordable service and mobile app features make them the winner of this round.

  • Installation

    Winner: Protect America

    Ring’s DIY setup includes a guide and other online material to help you install your system. But, if you’re not comfortable with Ring’s fully DIY installation, Protect America might be a better option for you. Protect America helps you customize your system before you purchase,  then preprograms everything for you. Once you receive your equipment, an agent will walk you through the installation process over the phone and answer any questions you might have. Protect America’s additional DIY installation help makes them the winner of this round.

  • Professional Monitoring

    Tie: Ring & Protect America

    Protect America uses award-winning COPS Monitoring for its professional alarm monitoring services, while Ring’s monitoring center is unknown. The average response time for COPS is 17.1 seconds — much faster than Ring’s 30 seconds. Still, we’re calling this a tie because all of Ring’s systems have cellular backup, while Protect America only offers cell backup with its higher-tier plans - starting at $41.99/mo.

  • Security Cameras

    Tie: Ring & Protect America

    Ring might be more well known for its security cameras, but Protect America’s video surveillance equipment is on par with Ring’s. Both companies offer indoor and outdoor cameras and video doorbells with motion sensors and HD video. Ring and Protect America’s cameras are easy to self-install. They’re both equipped with similar features live video, two-way audio and mobile notifications which makes this round a tie. 

Final Call: Ring vs. Protect America

Winner: Ring

If you enjoy flying solo when it comes to installation, you want to be contract-free, and you don’t mind paying more upfront, Ring is the right system for you. Based on price, contract and mobile app features, we recommend Ring for affordability and flexibility. If you prefer a little more guidance with installation and you’re okay with trading upfront costs for a long-term contract and monthly fees, then Protect America might be a better choice.
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Ring Home Security


Protect America


Monthly monitoring starting price
$10/mo.$19.99/mo.*
Minimum contract length
None36-month contract
Extended No-Risk Return
30 days15-day return policy for a full refund
Installation
DIYDIY
Guarantees
NonePrice Match Guarantee
Warranty
1 yearLiimited Lifetime Warranty on equipment
BBB Rating
C-A+
Safety Score
8.47.4
*Price shown is monthly price for landline monitoring service.

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