Ring Home Security

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Ring offers affordable home security systems that are easy to install and extend in creating your very own smart home.
Updated Jun 8, 2021

Overview of Ring Home Security

Widely known for its video doorbell options, Ring also provides complete home security systems. Each Ring home security system can be self-installed or professionally installed by OnTech for as low as $100.

Pros

  • Inexpensive equipment and professional monitoring
  • Selection of home security kits and devices
  • Works with Alexa, Z-Wave, and more

Cons

  • Past security and device issues
  • Video recording requires a subscription

Ring: Our Pick for Inexpensive Monitoring

Ring professional monitoring is among the least expensive home security systems. The Ring Protect Plus Plan with professional monitoring costs just $10 per month or $100 per year . If you’re on a budget but still want professional assistance with protecting your apartment or home, we recommend Ring.

 

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Intrusion Detection With Ring Sensors

 

Each Ring alarm kit comes with sensors designed to detect intrusions. Each motion sensor should be placed in high-traffic areas, such as your living room or a foyer. You can attach the contact sensors to a door or window. Whenever either of these sensors detects motion, they notify the security system and trigger the alarm. You’ll also be notified through the Ring app.

 

Control With the Ring Mobile App

 

Manage your Ring alarm kit, Ring cameras, and additional devices through the mobile app. The app is available for download on Android and iOS devices. When you first open the app, you’ll see the Dashboard with a utility bar and main tiles. Navigating through the app, you can adjust settings for your security system and view camera footage.

 

Ring Monitoring and Features

 

You can opt to self-monitor your Ring security system or get help from professionals with Ring professional monitoring. Choose between two plans: Ring Protect Plus with monitoring or Ring Protect Plus without monitoring.

With Pro. Monitoring Without Pro. Monitoring
Cost
$10/mo. ($100/yr.) No additional cost
Mobile alerts
Yes Yes
Home and Away modes
Yes Yes
Emergency police, medical, and fire response
Yes No
Monitoring for more accessories
Yes No
Duress SOS response
Yes No
Cellular backup
Yes No

Ring Security System Packages

There are a variety of Ring packages you can choose from, including the following three: The Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit (2nd Gen), Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit (2nd Gen) with Video Doorbell (2nd Gen), and the Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit (2nd Gen) with Ring Indoor Cam

Compare Ring Security Systems

Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit (2nd Gen.)

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Ring Alarm with Video Doorbell & Echo Show (2nd Gen.)

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Ring Alarm with Indoor Cam & Echo Show (2nd Gen.)

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Equipment starts at
$199.99 $249.99 $299.99
Pro. monitoring starts at
$10/mo.$10/mo.$10/mo.
Motion detection
YesYesYes
Home environmental monitoring
NoNoNo
Security camera(s)
NoNoYes
Mobile app access
YesYesYes
Crash & smash protection
YesYesYes
Home automation functionality
YesYesYes

Ring Doorbells

 

Ring has come under scrutiny for privacy issues with its doorbells in the past, and you can view our response here. However, the company has since taken steps to resolve and prevent security issues, which is why we still stand behind it. We believe Ring doorbells and the rest of its products are successful in keeping you and your family safe.

Several Ring doorbells can help you monitor areas around your home. Here are some Ring video doorbells you can find on the market today:

 

Ring Doorbell Plans

 

Save your recorded footage to review later with a Ring doorbell subscription. You’ll need to subscribe to a Ring Protect plan that includes video recording and more. You can access several features, such as two-way talk, activity notifications, and a live video feed for free with a Ring doorbell, camera or alarm system. For additional features, you can choose between the Basic or Plus plans. Here’s a breakdown of the features:

Ring Protect Plus Plans — Video Recording Information

Free (already included) Basic Plus
Cost
Free $3/mo. ($30/yr.) $10/mo. ($100/yr.)
Activity alerts
Yes Yes Yes
Live video feed
Yes Yes Yes
Two-way talk
Yes Yes Yes
Lifetime theft protection
Yes Yes Yes
60-Day video history
No Yes Yes
Video saving & sharing
No Yes Yes
Snapshots
No Yes Yes
Person detection-only mode
No No Yes
Photo preview for notifications
No No Yes
Pro. monitoring for Ring Alarm
No No Yes
Extended warranties for all devices
No No Yes
10% select Ring.com products
No No Yes

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Ring Installation

With Ring, you can self-install your security system or have an OnTech professional do it for you. The cost of professional installation varies based on the kit you choose:

  • 5-Piece Kit:  $99.99
  • 10-Piece Kit: $129.99
  • 14-Piece Kit: $149.99

You can request a quote for other kits and devices.

For self-installation, Ring’s equipment is easy to set up. Most devices can be adhered to flat surfaces without drilling, making this a benefit for renters. The base station is AC powered but has a 24-hour backup battery. The keypad is battery-powered but comes with a USB cable and plug for recharging. Ring’s motion detector and contact sensors are peel-and-stick for walls and doors. And lastly, the range extender is designed to be plugged into an outlet.

If you need a step by-step walkthrough on Ring installation, you can check out their guides for Generation 1 and Generation 2 Ring alarm kits.

Ring Devices

  • Ring Base Station (2nd Gen.)

    As the central hub of your Ring alarm kit, the base station works with each component and is smash-proof. If an intruder tries to destroy this device, it will still send a signal to the monitoring center. The base station is capable of working with other Z-Wave and Zigbee devices as well. Device is not sold separately.

  • Ring Keypad (2nd Gen.)

    Arm or disarm your Ring alarm system with this keypad. You can also signal for help from the local authorities or emergency responders through three red-ringed buttons. If these are pressed, and you have professional monitoring, your signal will be processed for the appropriate assistance. Price: $49.99

  • Motion Detector

    Protect the main area of traffic in your home with Ring’s motion detector. This sensor covers up to 250 feet and can easily be mounted with an adhesive backing. Price: $29.99.

  • Contact Sensor

    Keep tabs on doors or windows with Ring’s contact sensor. This sensor also covers up to 250 feet and can be applied to doors or windows with its adhesive backing. Price: $19.99.

  • Range Extender

    Get the coverage you need for your entire home with Ring’s range extender. This device extends the base station’s range an additional 250 feet, and can be plugged into a power outlet for use. Price $24.99.

  • Amazon Echo Show 5

    Combine security with smart home control through the Amazon Echo Show 5. You can create routines and ask Alexa to show you cameras and manage other smart devices. The Echo Show also includes privacy features like a shutter for the camera and microphone control. Price: $89.99

  • Ring Video Doorbell (2020 Release)

    See and interact with whoever is at your door from anywhere, using the Ring mobile app. The Ring Video Doorbell features 720p HD video, allowing you to see clearly during the day and night. You’ll be able to set up motion zones for monitoring certain areas outside of your home.

  • Ring Floodlight (Battery-Powered)

    Prevent pulling into a dark driveway with the Ring Floodlight. It features a wireless design, is battery-powered, and motion-activated. You’ll get notifications on your phone whenever motion is detected. The Ring Floodlight is also weather resistant.

  • Ring Stick-Up Camera (Battery-Powered)

    Get indoor or outdoor video surveillance with the Ring Stick Up Camera. With a wireless design, the camera runs by battery power and can be mounted on a wall or set on a level surface in your home. The camera features 1080p HD video and two-way talk, so you’ll be able to see clearly day or night and can interact with family or visitors.

  • Ring Solar Panel

    The Ring Solar Panel connects to the battery powered Stick-Up Camera or Spotlight Camera so you never have to worry about not having a charge. The panel is weather resistant and has an adjustable bracket for mounting it outside your home.

Ring Home Automation

There are many smart home devices you can use with your Ring home security system.

Here’s a shortlist of brands and technologies that work with Ring:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Z-Wave
  • Zigbee
  • Schlage
  • Yale
  • GE
  • Leviton
  • Ecolink

Alexa probably stands out as the most obvious smart home integration since Amazon acquired Ring. If you purchase a Ring kit with an Alexa-enabled device, or if you already own one, you can issue voice commands like, “Alexa, arm Ring,” and “Alexa, show the front door.” Additional convenient features you’ll find include controlling smart lights and locks.

 

Is the Ring Alarm Worth It?

 

Ring’s reasonable equipment and monitoring prices, and its extensive lineup of products, make choosing a Ring Alarm Kit worth it. While we won’t discount Ring’s past security issues, we appreciate the work the brand has done to protect its products and consumers further. 

 

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Ring Security Methodology

Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs.

Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.

Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.

Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.

Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.

Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless – whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.

Ring Home Security Customer Service

If you’re an existing Ring customer and need assistance, you can visit Ring’s online help center for support with your alarm kit, products, plan, and the Ring app. If you’re a U.S. customer, you can call 1-800-656-1918 for assistance by phone.

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