Frontpoint vs Ring Comparison

Frontpoint and Ring are pretty opposite when it comes to monitoring and equipment.

Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Sep 8, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Sep 8, 2021
Frontpoint vs. Ring


  • Fast and easy DIY installation
  • Smart home features and integrations
  • Industry’s best customer service
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Ring Alarm Security Kit

  • Professional monitoring for $10/mo.
  • No contract required
  • Amazon-owned company
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Frontpoint and Ring home security systems are popular choices for many reasons. Both offer do-it-yourself installation with easy to follow instructions for how to set up the system. Frontpoint is more service-oriented and requires customers to choose a one or three year contract. Ring, on the other hand, does not require a contract and allows you the option of turning your monitoring on and off as needed. Frontpoint and Ring are both fairly well priced for the features and equipment they offer. Both systems offer wireless equipment that allows you the added convenience of not having to worry about a landline. Another benefit is that both systems offer technologically advanced features that are designed to integrate your home security system with the rest of the smart gadgets in your home.


Frontpoint’s professional monitoring service relies on a cellular network. There are no landlines or internet connections. While you have the capability of continually monitoring your home through their convenient mobile app, the professional monitoring service also monitors your homes from break-ins and drastic changes in the environment of your home. Frontpoint requires either a one year or three-year contract for their monitoring service.

Ring also relies on a cellular network for monitoring. You can choose from different monitoring packages and pay on a month-to-month basis or you can choose to monitor your home on your own. You have the option of starting and stopping your service as you need it without having to pay activation or cancellation fees.


Frontpoint offers all of the most common features including indoor/outdoor surveillance, crash and smash protection, professional monitoring, and a convenient mobile app. They go a few steps further and include environmental monitoring that offers alerts for moisture and changes in temperature. The environmental monitoring will also allow you to control your energy usage when combined with the home automation

Ring offers a variety of features that include the traditional entry sensors, motion detectors, and outdoor video cameras. You can also include the video doorbell with two-way voice communication that allows you to communicate with whoever is at your home. Environmental sensors and home automation are also available.


Frontpoint customers have to pay $200 upfront prior to their service being turned on. There are three plans to choose from. The Basic plan starts at $35 a month, with the Premium plan costing around $45 a month. The Ultimate package costs approximately $50 a month. Frontpoint offers entry sensors, motion detectors, video cameras, environmental hazard detectors, and a number of other devices.

Ring requires all of its equipment to be purchased upfront. Ring kits start at $199 and increase according to the number of devices included. There are two monitoring packages. The first package costs $3 a month or $30 a year and covers a limited number of cameras. The second package costs $10 a month or $100 a year and covers an unlimited number of cameras. Ring offers door and window sensors, motion sensors, video doorbell viewers, and outdoor surveillance cameras.


Both Frontpoint and Ring home security systems are meant to be installed by the homeowner. They can also be used by renters. Instructions are simple and easy to follow allowing for systems to be up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Our Take: Frontpoint vs Ring

Frontpoint is a great option if you want a lot of the extra bells and whistles and don’t mind a long-term contract. If you have a good credit score, it’s an even better option since you will qualify for cheaper financing.

Ring is one of the best choices if you want a hands-on, do-it-yourself home security system. It’s extremely affordable and offers you lots of options in terms of equipment and features.


Ring and Frontpoint are two giants in the smart home security industry, so if you’re still not sure which one is right for you, keep on reading below.

  • Is Ring better than Frontpoint?

    No, Frontpoint is better than Ring, in our opinion. All systems come with 24/7 professional monitoring, which meant that we had the highest level of protection with every security system. With Ring, you can avoid paying monthly fees to self-monitor, which means less protection. Frontpoint also has much better customer support than Ring, not to mention privacy. Ring’s been hacked multiple times and has encountered multiple privacy issues, as Amazon owns Ring. Frontpoint, on the other hand, hasn’t had any surveillance or hacking scandals, making it more trustworthy overall.

  • Is Frontpoint security any good?

    Frontpoint security is very good due to its:

    • Easy, DIY installation
    • Alexa and Google Assistant integrations
    • 24/7 professional monitoring included with every system
    • Monthly contracts
    • Cellular backup included with every system
    • Excellent customer support
    • 30-day return policy

    However, Frontpoint’s monitoring costs $49.99 a month, which is pretty steep, so it’s not the most affordable option, especially if you want to self-monitor only.

  • Is Frontpoint better than ADT?

    Frontpoint is not better than ADT; rather, ADT is better than Frontpoint. ADT is a better option if you want professional as opposed to DIY installation, integrations with Kwikset, Z-Wave and Liftmaster in addition to Alexa, the possibility of lower monitoring costs and more user-friendly Android and iOS apps.

  • How much is Ring Alarm monthly?

    Ring Alarm is either $0, $3 or $10 monthly, depending on which plan you choose. $10 a month covers 30 days of cloud storage, professional monitoring, cellular backup, and more. However, even without paying anything monthly, you’ll get remote control, notifications, and smart home integrations with Alexa, Google Assistant, and more IoT devices.

    Features Free Basic Plus
    Cellular backup No No Yes
    Coverage All Ring devices at one address 1 video doorbell/ security camera All Ring devices at one address
    Custom motion detection Yes Yes Yes
    Exclusive discounts at No No 10% off Ring products
    Interact with visitors remotely Yes Yes Yes
    Length of cloud storage (in days) No 60 60
    Length of warranty 1 year 1 year Extended
    Livestream Yes Yes Yes
    Professional monitoring for Ring Alarm No No Yes
    Review, share, and save Ring videos No Yes Yes
    Ring and motion alerts Yes Yes Yes
    Monthly cost $0 $3 $10
    Annual cost $0 $30 $100
    Savings with annual plan $0 $6 $20