Ring Security System

Ring describes their video doorbell as caller ID for your front door.  They originally launched their product on ABC’s Shark Tank and were later purchased by Amazon in early 2018. Ring has now expanded its product offerings and added a full suite of home security and home automation equipment to their line of high-quality products. Additionally, Ring is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau and currently has an A+ rating.

The Ring suite of products starts at $99 and goes up to $499, and they offer a wide variety of add-ons as well. They also have protection plans that range from free of charge to $10 per month with discounts offered if you pay for your plan annually.

Features

Here are some of the most popular Ring Alarm features.

Professional Monitoring

The Ring Basic plan offers professional monitoring for as little as $3/mo. and will give you a discount if you pay for the entire year in advance. They also have a Protect Plus plan as well.

Home Automation

Ring offers a variety of home automation products that, in most cases, work seamlessly with third-party devices using Z-wave and Zigbee technology. They also have a Ring app that will send alerts to your mobile device if activity is detected. And, the best part of it all is that with Ring you can control all your home security/automation devices from one convenient dashboard.

Customizable

With Ring Alarm, you can customize your purchase to include only the equipment and features you want so you never have to pay for anything you really don’t want or need. This is a great way to keep your costs down because you can add-on to your security/automation system anytime and eventually build it into the great ecosystem you’ve always dreamed of. Or, you can buy everything you need upfront, but because you can customize it, you can buy the exact number of cameras, lights, sensors, etc. you need. This prevents you from being forced to buy a package deal that might not include everything you need which causes you to have to buy additional products while adding to the overall cost.

24-Hour Battery Backup

Ring Alarm comes with a 24-hour battery backup that will keep your system working if you lose power.

Cellular Backup

If you opt for the Ring Protect Plus Plan, your system will also include a cellular signal backup for when your internet goes down.

Two-Way Talk Feature

When using the Ring app on your mobile device or desktop computer, you can talk with guests and family members through your doorbell. You can also talk to intruders to warn them your home is protected while telling them the police have been called.

Neighborhood Watch Feature

Ring comes with a Neighborhood Watch feature that allows you to share your videos with other Ring users in the neighborhood. This helps stop criminals who aim to target several homes in any given area.

Costs

Here are some of the costs associated with Ring Alarm.

Monitoring Plans

Ring Alarm offers three monitoring options. First, self-monitoring is available for free with all Ring devices. The second option is the Protect Basic Plan and it’s $3/mo. or $30/yr. The third option is the Protect Plus Plan and it’s $10/mo. or $100/yr.

Ring Alarm Monitoring Plans and Prices

FeaturesFreeProtect Basic PlanProtect Plus Plan
CoverageNAOne doorbell or cameraAll Ring devices at one address
Ring and Motion SensorsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Custom Motion DetectionIncludedIncludedIncluded
Remotely Interact with VisitorsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Live Video on DemandIncludedIncludedIncluded
WarrantyOne yearOne yearExtended warranty
Video RecordingNot IncludedAll videos/60-day accessAll videos/60-day access
Review/Share/Save VideosNot IncludedIncludedIncluded
Professional MonitoringNot IncludedNot IncludedIncluded ( for a fee)
Exclusive DiscountsNot IncludedNot IncludedTen percent off Ring products
Long-Term ContractNoneNoneNone
CostFree$3/mo. or $30/yr.$10/mo. or $100/yr.

Equipment Packages

The Ring equipment has to be paid for upfront and they don’t offer any monthly payment options for their equipment. The Ring Alarm Security Kit is $199 and comes with a base station, which is basically command central for all your Ring devices, a keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, range detector, and a solar security sign. It can be connected wirelessly or using your wired internet. Fortunately, the Ring base station is compatible with all Ring products, as well as many third-party devices using Z-Wave technology. Additionally, using the Ring app, you can control everything on your mobile or desktop devices. And, the Ring Alarm Security Kit comes with a free 30-day trial of the Ring Protect Plus plan.

Ring also has 18 other equipment kit combination options that range from $259 to $846, so there’s a kit combination to meet just about every need.

Add-On Equipment

Ring Alarm has quite a few add-ons that include a variety of battery powered and wired video doorbells ranging from $99.99 to $499, as well as battery, wired, and solar security cams ranging from $179 to $369. They also have smart lighting ranging from $24.99/ea. to $99.99/ea. In addition, they have some extra equipment add-ons such as contact sensors for $20/ea., flood and freeze sensors for $35/ea., panic buttons for $35/ea., smoke and CO detectors $35/ea. or a 2-pack for $70, open window magnets for $5/ea., motion detectors for $30/ea., keypads for $50/ea., range extenders for $25/ea., First Alert Z-Wave smoke/CO alarms for $40/ea., solar security signs for $49/ea., window stickers for $4.99/four pack, quick release battery for $29/ea., Ring Chime for $29/ea., Ring Chime Pro for $49/ea., solar charger for $49/ea., solar panel for $49/ea., dome sirens for $30/ea., and a wide variety of miscellaneous parts.

FeaturesCost
Video Doorbells$99.99 – $499
Solar Security Cams$179 – $369
Smart Lighting$24.99 – $99.99
Contact Sensors$20.00
Flood and Freeze Sensors$35.00
Panic Buttons$35.00
Smoke and CO Detectors$35.00
Open Window Magnets$5.00
Motion Detectors$30.00
Keypads$50.00
Range Extenders$25.00
First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarms$40.00
Solar Security Signs$49.00
Window Stickers$4.99
Quick Release Battery$29.00
Ring Chime$29.00
Ring Chime Pro$49.00
Solar Charger$49.00
Solar Panel$49.00
Dome Sirens$30.00

Summary

Installing a home security/automation system might just be the best thing you’ve ever done in your life. The convenience and the extra layers of security to protect your family and your property are pretty much a must-have. So…if you thought buying a home security system was out of reach…think again. If you haven’t priced them in a while, you will probably be pleasantly surprised. So why not consider doing the one thing that could save your life and install a home security system today. Read the Ring review here to learn more.