Both Ring and Protection 1 offer competitive features including home automation devices, 24/7 professional monitoring and security systems to protect the modern home. We are aware of recent Ring privacy concerns and acknowledge the potential damage that this could have caused some consumers, but still believe the company has worked to get its service on track in their latest response. We’ll explore these two providers, their equipment services, price, features and customer service to help you make the right choice for your home.
Final Call: Ring vs. Protection 1
Even though Protection 1 requires a contract, they offer a number of benefits that make them the winner. Protection 1 offers flexible installation options, no upfront costs on equipment and great customer service. Ring is an appealing option for people that want to save money with do-it-yourself installation and minimal investment in equipment and monitoring services, all without having to sign a contract.
Ring Home Security
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
Extended No-Risk Return
|30 days||3 days|
|DIY||DIY or professional|
|None||$1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee|
Frequently Asked Questions About Ring and Protection 1
Ring offers a range of equipment packages, from its Starter Kit, which comes with a Ring Video Doorbell 2 and a Floodlight Cam and costs $448, through to the Deluxe Pro Kit, which includes a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and three Floodlight Cams for $996. Protection 1’s basic Secure Package comes with a touchscreen control panel, three door/window sensors and a motion sensor starting at $34.99/mo. Protection 1 also provides additional equipment like emergency buttons and outdoor cameras, which can be purchased at an additional cost.
Ring provides professional monitoring through its Protect Plus plan, which costs $10/mo. or $100 annually for a $20 discount. While Protection 1 offers professional monitoring across all of its plans, which begin at $34.99/mo. Professional monitoring for Protection 1 can cost as much at $54.99/mo.
Ring enables customers to select self-monitoring, such as its Ring Alarm system, whereas Protection 1 only provides professional monitoring services.
Ring’s security solutions are ideal for renters as there is no need to enter a long-term contract. Customers can simply sign up for a monthly service and cancel whenever they like. Protection 1’s services are not a great choice for most renters as it requires a minimum 36-month contract.