Ring Alarm Security System
Ring's security system is affordable, with optional professional monitoring and cellular backup for the low price of $10 a month or $100 a year. Here's everything you need to know about their pricing.
- Professional monitoring for $10/mo.
- No contract required
- Amazon-owned company
Ring isn’t your grandmother’s security system; that is, unless your grandmother is well-versed in smart home security. Rather, it’s totally customizable; users can install their Ring devices themselves, add new components, and choose whether to self-monitor or pay monthly or yearly for 24/7 professional monitoring. In this page, we’ll discuss all that and more, as well as give you some objective information about their equipment, monitoring options, and more. We’ll also compare Ring to the top security systems around and see how it stacks up in terms of equipment and monitoring prices. Of course, Ring has been in the news recently, which we’ll cover as well.
Ring Alarm Pricing Overview
|Ring Alarm 5-piece||$199.99|
|Ring Alarm 8-piece||$249.99|
|Ring Alarm 10-Piece||$259.99|
|Ring Alarm 14-Piece||$329.99|
|Ring Alarm Pro (Base Station Only)||$249.99|
|Ring Alarm Pro 8-Piece||$299.99|
|Ring Alarm Pro 14-Piece||$379.99|
What We Like About Ring Alarm
- Self-monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring for $10 a month or $100 a year: Even without paying any monthly fees whatsoever, you’ll be able to livestream footage, receive notifications and control your system remotely, among other features. But for those that want professional monitoring and cellular backup, the cost is super affordable.
- DIY installation: All of Ring’s components come already synced with the base station, and the app walks you through the installation process step by step. That’s great news for your wallet, as professional installation costs $120 to $600 on average.1
- Integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant: We loved doing voice commands with Ring Alarm, and it works with the two most popular voice assistants from Amazon and Google.
- Tons of camera and video doorbell options: From indoor to outdoor cameras, from wireless to wired, Ring has options at many price points when it comes to security cameras and video doorbells.
Pricing-wise, Ring is one of the most affordable security companies on the market today. They’re always coming out with new and improved versions of their cameras and video doorbells, so there’s a nice range of prices depending on what features you want. You can customize your own system, but note that the base station is required no matter what security kit you end up going with.
With the addition of Ring Alarm Pro to Ring’s lineup comes an upgraded base station with a built-in eero Wi-Fi 6 router that covers up to 1,500 square feet. It’s currently available for pre-orders with shipping set to begin Nov. 3, 2021. You can either buy the base station alone as an upgrade to your existing Ring Alarm system, or buy a new 8- or 14-piece Ring Alarm Pro Package for as low as $299.99.
Ring Alarm Equipment Cost Breakdown
Here are the prices for Ring Alarm and Ring Alarm Pro accessories:
|Alarm Pro base station||$249.99|
|Ring Retrofit Alarm Kit||$149.99|
|Ring Power Pack||$129.99|
|Contact sensor 6-Pack||$99.99|
|Smoke and CO listener 2-Pack||$69.98|
|Contact sensor (outdoor)||$49.99|
|Contact sensor 2-Pack||$39.98|
|Flood and freeze sensor||$34.99|
|Smoke and CO listener||$34.99|
|Contact sensor (indoor)||$19.99|
|Security yard sign||$14.99|
|Open window magnet||$4.99|
To get the most savings, it makes sense to buy a package rather than individual pieces of equipment. Prices range from around $200 to over $770, so there’s a really big range depending on how much equipment you need. But whether you’re an apartment dweller or a homeowner, Ring has a security kit for you, plus add-on equipment available on their website and Amazon.
Ring Alarm Personal Package Costs
|Packages||5-Piece Alarm Security Kit||8-Piece Alarm Security Kit||8-Piece Alarm Pro Security Kit||10-Piece Alarm Security Kit||14-Piece Alarm Security Kit||14-Piece Alarm Pro Security Kit||8-Piece Business Alarm Security Kit and 2 Indoor Cams||8-Piece Business Alarm Security Kit|
|Availability||Available||Available||Pre-order, ships on November 3, 2021||Available||Available||Pre-order, ships on November 3, 2021||Available (but indoor cam ships in 1-3 weeks)||Available|
|Components||Base station, keypad, contact senor, motion detector, range extender||Base station, keypad, 4 contact sensors, motion detector, range extender||Alarm Pro base station, keypad, 4 contact sensors, motion detector, range extender||Base station, keypad, 5 contact sensors, 2 motion detectors, range extender||Base station, 2 keypads, 8 contact sensors, 2 motion detectors, range extender||Alarm Pro Base station, 2 keypads, 8 contact sensors, 2 motion detectors, range extender||Base station, keypad, 4 contact sensors, motion detector, range extender, 2 indoor cams||Base station, keypad, 4 contact sensors, motion detector, range extender|
Ring lets users choose between self-monitoring for free and 24/7 professional monitoring. With self-monitoring, the user will be totally responsible for their home’s security, but with 24/7 professional monitoring, a team of people will also get alerted if any of the alarms go off. If the user doesn’t respond to a notification or phone call, the professional monitors can dispatch emergency services for them, after verifying their necessity. We recommend getting 24/7 professional monitoring along with cellular backup to keep the system on if the power goes out.
Monitoring Cost Overview
Note that the below pricing also includes Ring Protect Pro, which is for the Ring Alarm Pro security system. However, this system is only available for pre-order and ships on November 3, 2021, so for now, only the free, Basic, and Plus plans are available.
|What you get||Free||Ring Protect Basic||Ring Protect Plus||Ring Protect Pro|
|24/7 professional monitoring||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|What it covers||All Ring devices at one address||1 video doorbell/ security camera||All Ring devices at one address||All Ring devices at one address|
|Length of cloud storage (in days)||No||60||60||60|
|Warranty length||1 year||1 year||Extended||Extended|
|Shareable and downloadable cloud storage||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|In-app SOS button||No||No||No||Yes|
|Alexa Guard Plus||No||No||No||Yes|
|24/7 backup internet||No||No||No||Yes|
|Extra data for $3 per GB||No||No||No||Yes|
|Expandable external power||No||No||No||Yes|
|Savings with annual plan||$0||$6||$20||$40|
Professional monitoring and cellular backup costs only $10 a month or $100 a year with Ring, one of the lowest fees we’ve seen among the top players in the industry. A monitoring package from Cove, another user-friendly home security option, starts at $15 a month for monitoring. That’s still on the lower side, but $10 a month for professional monitoring, is hard to beat. Plus, all plans are monthly with Ring, so there’s no need to sign up for a long-term commitment as required with a traditional alarm system from Brinks, for example, or an Alder security package. Plus, you’ll get 60 days of cloud storage, an extended warranty, and 10 percent off products on Ring’s website. For users who just want the cloud storage for a single doorbell or camera, the Protect Basic plan is only $3 a month or $30 a year. And all users will be able to live-stream footage, receive notifications, and speak through two-way audio, making Ring an excellent value no matter which plan the user chooses.
Since Amazon owns Ring, it’s no surprise that Ring works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. Using their voices alone, users can have Alexa:
- Show their cameras’ footage (live streamed or cloud storage) on their Echo devices or Fire TVControl smart lighting
- Adjust motion sensitivity
- Disable motion alerts
- Arm and disarm the security system or ask about its status
- Lock or unlock the door or ask about its status.
This is a pretty extensive integration, but while Ring also works with Google Assistant, the capabilities are not nearly as extensive as with Alexa:
- Tell the camera to record
- Get an update on the “health” of devices
- Review previous notifications.
All in all, Ring works better in the Amazon ecosystem than it does in the Google ecosystem, where it’s very limited.
For example, we could use a Google Home or Chromecast-enabled device to get a battery status update on our Ring Spotlight Cam Battery or our Ring Video Doorbell, but we couldn’t pull up live video feeds from our cameras on our Nest Hub Max or Nest Hub. If you’re looking for a more Google-friendly security system than Ring Alarm, give SimpliSafe’s packages a look. While SimpliSafe’s integrations are still limited, we could still access our system by telling our Google Home Hub, “Hey Google, arm SimpliSafe to away mode,” or, “Hey Google, tell SimpliSafe I’m leaving.”
Aside from the voice assistants, Ring works with some third-party devices like:
- Dome Siren
- Leviton Decora In-Wall Switch
- GE Plug-In Dimmer
- Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
- Kwikset Z-Wave Deadbolt
- Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt
- Chamberlain Smart Garage Door Control
If you want more information on Ring, including our own video, see our full Ring Alarm review.
How Does Ring Stack Up?
Ring has some of the most affordable monitoring costs we’ve seen from a security company, only $10 a month or $10 a year for 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup, among other features. We’ve only seen a couple of companies that charge less than $10 a month for monitoring, but the difference is less than two dollars in some cases. Plus, when you consider older companies that charge as much as $60 a month for monitoring, in the grand scheme, Ring is definitely at the lower end.
We also appreciate that even without paying any monthly fees, Ring users can still live-stream footage, receive notifications if any of their alarms go off, and control their systems remotely. This isn’t the case with all systems; while some companies claim they offer self-monitoring, their systems essentially turn into local alarms only.
In terms of equipment, Ring is also pretty affordable. Ring is average in terms of camera and video doorbell pricing. There are much more expensive camera options for up to $500, as well as ridiculously cheap cameras for $20, but Ring sits right in the middle at an average of $100 to $200. For a system that offers a larger equipment selection and dedicated 24/7 professional monitoring, check out the plan offerings from Frontpoint, another popular and fairly affordable home security brand.
Ring in the News
Ring is one of the only security companies to be in the news pretty frequently, and for good reason. In a nutshell, over 400 police departments in the United States are partnered with Ring2 so that they can access users’ footage to identify suspects in crimes. Keep in mind that the user must consent to the police accessing and using their footage, but many have criticized Ring as a form of mass surveillance.
Last fall, the United States Senate launched an investigation3 into Ring video doorbells and how police access and store the footage. In his investigation, Senator Edward J. Markey found that Ring doesn’t have any security requirements for how the police access the footage, share it with third parties, request it from users, and store it. Ring also refused to say that they wouldn’t sell their customers’ biometric data.
Another big story was the fact that the data of more than 3,000 Ring users were exposed in a breach4 last winter, allowing hackers to access users’ livestream footage along with their address, payment information, and more. However, Ring claimed that the leak was the fault of a third party and told all users to reset their passwords and enable two-factor authentication.
FYI: If privacy is a huge concern of yours, Ring is probably not the security system for you.
As long as you’re okay with Ring’s police partnerships, it’s a very affordable, simple and effective security system. With a ton of equipment options, DIY installation, integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant and affordable monitoring costs, Ring gives you the flexibility to spend as much or as little as you want to on your home’s security.
Ring Alarm FAQs
That’s not all, folks! Here are the questions we get the most about Ring Alarm.
How much is Ring Alarm monthly?
Ring Alarm is either $0, $3 or $10 a month, depending on which plan you sign up for (if any).
Features Free Basic Plus 24/7 professional monitoring No No Yes Cellular backup No No Yes Coverage All Ring devices at one address One Ring Doorbell or Security Camera All Ring devices at one address Custom motion detection Yes Yes Yes Exclusive discounts at ring.com 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 warranty Livestream Yes Yes Yes Review, share, and save Ring videos No Yes Yes Ring and motion alerts Yes Yes Yes Cost per month $0 $3 $10
If you want 24/7 professional monitoring, the monthly cost is the most expensive at $10. However, even without paying anything for a month, you’ll still be able to livestream footage and receive notifications from your Ring Alarm security system.
Is Ring Alarm any good?
Ring Alarm is a good security system that includes optional 24/7 professional monitoring, DIY installation, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, plus tons of cameras and video doorbells to choose from. It also doesn’t require any monthly fees to livestream footage, receive notifications or use smart home integrations.
Is Ring better than ADT?
No, ADT is a better security system than Ring. All of ADT’s systems come with 24/7 professional monitoring and professional installation, while Ring has optional 24/7 professional monitoring and DIY installation only. Ring has also been the victim of several hackings of their security cameras, while ADT hasn’t incurred any privacy issues.
Does Ring Alarm call the police?
If you signed up for the Ring Protect Plus plan, which includes 24/7 professional monitoring, then yes, Ring Alarm can call the police for you in the event of an emergency. However, with the Ring Protect Basic plan or no plan, Ring will not call the police for you.
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The Washington Post. (2019). Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance concerns. washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/08/28/doorbell-camera-firm-ring-has-partnered-with-police-forces-extending-surveillance-reach/
ABC News. (2019). Senator blasts Amazon's Ring doorbell as an ‘open door for privacy and civil liberty violations'. abcnews.go.com/Business/senator-blasts-amazons-ring-doorbell-open-door-privacy/story?id=67162384
BuzzFeed News. (2019). SA Data Leak Exposed The Personal Information Of Over 3,000 Ring Users. buzzfeednews.com/article/carolinehaskins1/data-leak-exposes-personal-data-over-3000-ring-camera-users