Ring Alarm Security Kit Review: A Low-Cost Yet Reliable DIY System
$200 at Crutchfield
$200 at Best Buy
$200 at Target
- Almost identical to first gen system
- Ring’s complicated privacy history
Editors’ note: You can find all of our coverage about Ring on this aggregation page, including our reporting and analysis of Ring’s privacy and security policies, and an exploration of how these policies affect our product recommendations.
As good now as it was then
We tested and reviewed the Ring Alarm Security Kit (2nd gen) nearly two years ago. Not much has changed since our initial review — it’s still the latest DIY home security iteration from Ring, and remains one of the more affordable and easy-to-use home security systems available.
Aside from the occasional sale, pricing on Ring Alarm kits and accessories is largely the same, as are its features and functionality. Ring’s monitoring subscription has also remained the same.
All this is to say, if you’re considering a Ring Alarm Security Kit for your home, you can get a good gauge of what to expect from our updated review, originally published July 6, 2021, below.
Ring Alarm Security Kit review
The newest Alarm Security Kit is Ring’s second-gen DIY home security system. It looks very similar to the original, despite some minor hardware design tweaks, and it maintains the same $200 starting price as before. Its similarity to the previous model would annoy me if I hadn’t liked the first iteration, but it was the best affordable security system I had tested at the time.
The second-gen Ring Alarm Security Kit is just as good. No, it still isn’t flashy, and Ring remains mired in privacy controversies that will give many potential customers pause. But this system benefits from its simplicity. It’s a good bet if you want a straightforward, affordable DIY security kit with optional professional monitoring — even if it’s not the most affordable home security option anymore.
The eight-piece kit includes a base station, a keypad, a range extender, a motion detector and four door/window sensors.
An intro to Ring’s Alarm Security Kit
The Ring Alarm Security Kits range from a $200 five-piece kit on up to a $330 14-piece kit. I tested the $250 eight-piece kit, which includes a base station (with a built-in siren), a keypad, a range extender, a motion detector and four door/window sensors.
Ring offers an optional professional monitoring service called Ring Protect Plus for $10 per month or $100 per year. In general, if your system is armed and a potential security incident takes place, Ring’s call center team will reach out to you and ask if everything’s OK. If it isn’t, they’ll contact law enforcement for you.
You can add additional range extenders ($25), motion detectors ($30) and door/window sensors ($10) to your system, as needed. Ring also sells a few standalone devices that aren’t available in this kit — a flood/freeze sensor, a panic button and a device that “listens” for the audio frequencies of standard smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and sends you an alert if they sound. (Each of those devices costs around $35 apiece.)
Watch this: Ring’s solid DIY security system is a lot like the original
The Alarm Security Kit works with other Ring devices, too, like the Ring Indoor Cam and Ring Video Doorbells. That way, if you have a Ring camera or doorbell and pay for the optional cloud storage plan, your camera-enabled device will record video if your Ring security system is armed and a sensor detects unexpected activity.
You can also use an Alexa speaker or display to arm and disarm your system — or to ask for the status of the system. Note: If you ask Alexa to disarm the Alarm Security Kit, you’ll be asked to say the same secret four-digit PIN you enter on the keypad to arm and disarm the system.
Ring offers select partnerships between this system and third-party devices, including GE dimmer switches, a First Alert smoke and carbon monoxide detector, a Dome siren and Yale and Schlage smart locks. That’s a decent start for optional accessories, but it’s disappointing that a year on, Ring Alarm still doesn’t have even third-party glass-break sensors or key fobs for arming and disarming. That really stops it from competing with more full-fledged systems like SimpliSafe.
Speaking of SimpliSafe, when Ring Alarm originally launched, it represented a more budget-friendly alternative to many DIY competitors. But other budget options have entered the race in recent months — most notably Wyze Home Monitoring, which costs about half as much, both for its hardware and its monthly subscriptions. Wyze unseated Ring as our favorite budget DIY option — but that doesn’t mean Ring isn’t worth considering. The biggest benefit it has over competitors like Wyze, or the equally cheap Kangaroo security, is cellular backup (essentially, if your power or internet goes out, they’ll still be able to notify you and emergency service providers of problems).
The Ring system is thankfully simple to install. Download the app and create an account if you don’t already have one and follow the prompts to get everything working. In this article I explain the setup for Ring’s second-generation Alarm Security Kit. Check it out if you have further questions.
My colleague Julie Snyder also put together this great video explainer of the entire installation process.
Testing out the Alarm Security Kit
Unfortunately I don’t have an Alexa speaker or any of the additional accessories that work with Ring here at my home, which made testing those features difficult. I didn’t sign up for Ring Protect Plus, either, since I didn’t want to create false alarms that involved an actual call center or law enforcement, so I kept things simple here, sticking with the basics: the eight-piece system itself, as it comes out of the box.
It installed quickly, thanks to the straightforward steps in the app and the sticky tape on the back of the sensor devices. It probably took me 15 minutes to set up everything from start to finish. Some of the devices, like the keypad, come with hardware if you want to mount it to the wall for a more permanent install, which could make the overall installation time longer.
To test out the system, I walked in front of the motion sensor and opened the doors and windows with door/window sensors attached. I tested arming and disarming the system, both from the app and from the keypad. I also tested out the siren built into the base station that comes with this system. You can program the siren to sound when the system is armed and unexpected activity is detected — and also manually from a button on the app, whenever you want.
I can attest to the siren being very loud and scaring my two dogs, as well as my husband (sorry, y’all).
The sensors, keypad and app worked as expected, too, responsively sending alerts to my phone and arming and disarming the system. The updated keypad offers “one-touch buttons” to contact emergency services, but, again, I didn’t test their capabilities.
Ring privacy and security
As far as Ring’s privacy and security goes, I’ve felt conflicted. I go into that at length in this commentary about Ring, but the gist is that privacy and security necessarily factor into how — and, sometimes, even whether — we review a product. After learning more about Ring’s partnerships with law enforcement through its Neighbors program on the Ring app, as well as some security concerns, we temporarily removed Ring products from consideration a couple years ago.
However, Ring has introduced measures that make it easier for customers to access and adjust their privacy and security settings, including requiring two-factor authentication for its camera-equipped devices. Because of those changes, we’re now reviewing Ring products again, but, as always, it’s ultimately up to you to decide if you’re comfortable with a company’s policies. Read Ring’s privacy statement for more information — and check out my former colleague Alfred Ng’s extensive reporting on Ring and law enforcement — along with Ry Crist’s in-depth analysis on the most recent policy changes.
I like the Ring Alarm Security Kit. It’s cheap, it’s simple and it works well. Ring needs to add more accessories into the mix to compete with highly customizable systems from brands like SimpliSafe, but Ring’s Alexa integration and small but growing assortment of hardware options make it a solid entry-level DIY home security system. Consider it if you want a basic DIY home security at a great price.
Solid Protection That Keeps Getting Smarter
If there’s one security company that calls for your attention, it’s Ring. With Amazon as its parent company, Ring grew from selling only video doorbells to product lines chock-full of security cameras, smart lighting, and two versions of alarm security systems: The 2nd generation Ring Alarm and the Ring Alarm Pro that doubles as a Wi-Fi router.
This is our hands-on review of the former, the 2nd generation Ring Alarm, but it’s not our first rodeo with Ring. We’ve tested most of their security cameras and doorbells, and we also tested the original Ring Alarm system, which the 2nd generation replaced.
So, what’s new with the second generation of Ring Alarm? Here’s what went down during our testing of the Ring Alarm security kit.
What’s new with the Ring Alarm 2nd Gen?
|Smaller keypad||4.13 x 4.41 x 0.75 inches|
|Smaller contact sensor||1.56 x 2.09 x 0.55 inches|
|Better contact sensor battery||CR2032 coin cell battery|
|Smaller motion sensor||2.6 x 2.6 x 1.53 inches|
|Better motion sensor battery||2 AA batteries|
- Professional monitoring for $20 per month
- No contract required
- Amazon-owned company
Is The Ring Alarm Enough For Your Home Security?
One thing we noticed that hasn’t changed in the Ring Alarm is its limited equipment options. It doesn’t offer as many devices as our top-pick security systems. It lacks monitored smoke alarms and gas detectors, and it doesn’t offer smart home equipment, for instance. If you want to see how Ring compares to the best security brands, see our Ring vs ADT, Ring vs SimpliSafe, and Ring vs Vivint guides. Or just cut to the chase and view the packages and pricing below:
Piecing the Ring Alarm Together
DIY installation is the name of the game among security companies these days, so when we finally got our hands on the Ring Alarm five-piece security kit with all the components in one box, we went straight to work. Much like its predecessor, the Ring Alarm was quick and easy to set up, and installing it took less than half an hour. While we already had the Ring — Always Home mobile app installed, we recommend that this be the first step before installing anything else.
When we took out the base station, it looked more or less the same as the first-gen. We plugged it into a power outlet and connected it to our Wi-Fi. This took a few tries, much to our chagrin, but it didn’t waste too much of our time. Most of the components — keypad, motion detector, contact sensor, and range extender — were peel-and-stick, so we pulled the tabs and placed them in the desired areas of our apartment. Once that was complete, we connected each component on the mobile app. While we were at it, we decided to rename some of them; for example, we named the contact sensor “Front Window.”
Overall, we had a pleasant experience setting up our Ring Alarm security system and appreciated that the easy installation process remained the same. Plus, if we experienced any issues, we could access a number of helpful guides on Ring’s website.
FYI: Ring Alarm 2nd Gen components are noticeably sleeker in design than the first generation, so you can place them in tighter areas of your home.
Our Reunion With Ring’s Customer Support
Like we mentioned earlier, Ring offers a ton of guides, video tutorials, and FAQs on its website, but those who need more hands-on help can give Ring’s customer support a call, send an email or use its website’s live chat feature. While we’re not fans of calling customer service, we found that it’s a tried-and-true way of getting a direct response rather than waiting for a representative to respond to an email that was most likely ignored. This time around, we decided to chat it up with a Ring customer service representative over the phone about the base station’s connectivity issues during our setup. The representative, Alex, was patient with our questions and helped us troubleshoot the issue until we could get connected. We’d recommend calling Ring rather than emailing, as most of our emails to Ring have gone unanswered.
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- Professional monitoring for $20 per month
- No contract required
- Amazon-owned company
The Ring — Always Home App Experience Part 2
We saw an improvement with the Ring — Always Home mobile app as ratings are now 4.5 for iPhone and 3.9 for Android.
Ring – Always Home App
During our testing, we synced the app on our iPhones with the Ring Alarm security system and noticed the disarmed, home, and away options at the top of the home page. Each time we tapped any of the three options, we received phone notifications. This was super helpful since we had multiple users on one account who could arm or disarm the apartment, so we appreciated the heads up. We also jumped into the history and saw the most recent disarming activity along with changes made to the security system. What’s more, we could check a specific device’s history such as the contact sensor, and see the exact time that someone last opened our front window.
With our motion detector, we could change it to low, medium, or high detection — high being the recommended level for spaces with no pets. There were other features that we could play around with on the mobile app such as changing the name or placement of the devices, customizing notifications that we wanted to receive, and linking Ring cameras. If our phones died, we could still access our account through Ring’s online portal. With so much ease and control on the Ring — Always Home mobile app, our experience with the Ring Alarm was stress-free.
Ring Alarm offers easy-to-install whole-house protection
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What’s in the Ring Alarm Box?
Like we mentioned before, we ordered and tested out the five-piece kit, but Ring also offers 5-piece, 10-piece, and 14-piece kits with extra components like a panic button. What we liked about the Ring Alarm as a whole is that you can mix and match sensors from the first and second generations while adding cameras and video doorbells for a more well-rounded home security system.
Ring Alarm Security System (2nd Gen)
Similar to our testing of the first-gen, we paired our Ring Alarm with the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In and Ring Video Doorbell 2 to see if our Ring ecosystem was as cohesive as the first time. Let’s get right into what our five-piece security kit included and the components’ features.
As the brains of our entire security system, the Ring Alarm’s base station didn’t undergo significant changes but still connected all components on the mobile app as well as the professional monitoring team.
LED Light on Ring Alarm Base Station (2nd Gen)
In the event of power outages, our base station would still be up and running thanks to the 24-hour backup battery. Coupled with cellular backup, there was minimal room for lost connection with our Ring Alarm, so that was very reassuring. It was also nice to see that the built-in, 104-decibel siren remained in the base station and was still loud enough for us to hear from all our rooms — though our neighbors, who heard the siren go off one too many times, may not be just as happy as we are about the siren’s volume.
One of the first noticeable changes in the Ring Alarm that we came across was the size of the keypad. Smaller than the previous generation, the keypad also incorporated three separate buttons that put us into direct contact with the authorities: police, fire, and medical. All we had to do was hold the button down for three seconds, and the base station would notify the appropriate authorities immediately.
Ring Alarm Keypad (2nd Gen)
If we didn’t feel like using the mobile app, we could arm and disarm the Ring Alarm on the keypad. We also shared access to our apartment with our visiting relatives by creating temporary guest codes. No more sliding the apartment key under the doormat!
Like the keypad, the Ring Alarm’s new motion detector has a slimmer profile than the first-gen, but with a button and indicator light this time. We saw the motion detector as our second line of defense and stuck it up in one corner of our living room.
Ring Alarm Motion Sensor (2nd Gen)
If you’re like us and despise useless notifications about pet activity, then great news: the motion detector can ignore pets 50 pounds or less under low detection or pets 30 pounds or less under medium detection. This is all thanks to patented motion detection technology, which allows the component to focus solely on human intruders and ignore animals. While we don’t have pets personally, when we were cat-sitting for a friend, this feature definitely came in handy.
The Ring Alarm’s contact sensor has an indicator light and gets its power from two coin cell batteries that last up to three years. We placed our contact sensor above our front window, as windows are the most common spots for forcible entry.2
Ring Alarm Contact Sensors (2nd Gen)
We remembered from our testing of the first generation that the contact sensor needed to be within 250 feet of the base station or else it wouldn’t connect. Even though we avoided that rookie mistake this time around, we still tested the contact sensor and received notifications on the app whenever one of us opened or closed the window.
Following suit with the slim profile, button, and light indicator is the range extender, which amplifies the distance between the sensors and the base station by another 250 feet.
Ring Alarm Range Extender (2nd Gen)
While we didn’t use the range extender, we definitely recommend it for larger homes that need a stronger connection among Ring devices.
Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In
Ring has a variety of camera options, from indoor cameras to outdoor cameras to video doorbells.
Ring Stickup Cam Plug-In
We used the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In with our Ring Alarm security system, a plug-in indoor/outdoor camera. Let’s see how it performed during our testing.
- Video: The Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In has 1080p HD video, the current industry standard, plus a wide, 150-degree field of view. While we couldn’t zoom in at all, we were still happy with the clear video image it produced, which, as you can see, is very easy to see. But if you’re looking for a higher-quality security camera in terms of video, we prefer the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, which has 4K sensors, twice the amount of pixels as 1080p HD. We really enjoyed a unique feature called Supersight which made the camera automatically zoom in when it detected a person. However, this more advanced camera cost us $399, compared to the $180 we paid for the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In, so it’s not a great option for those on a budget.
Ring Stickup Cam Wired Video Display
- Audio: The camera has a speaker and microphone enabling two-way audio so that we could speak to whoever’s in front of the camera and they could answer. This isn’t just a great way to stop intruders in their tracks; it’s also useful for telling family members that dinner is ready, which we preferred to do as opposed to yelling across the house like normal.
- Night vision: The Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In has infrared night vision producing a black and white image in the dark. As you can see, it’s pretty clear, even in the dark, windowless room we tested it in.
Ring Stickup Cam Wired Night Vision
- Storage: One disadvantage of the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In is it’s lack of local storage. The only option is cloud storage. This may be a problem for you if you want continuous recording or if you want to use your camera without Wi-Fi for whatever reasons. However, for our purposes, we were able to get 60 days of cloud storage for a very affordable price, as it’s built into the Ring Protect Plus plan and the less-expensive Protect Basic plan. Once we had recorded some footage, we simply downloaded it from our cloud storage onto a hard drive so we could have a backup. While this process isn’t exactly arduous, we do wish that it occurred automatically.
- Artificial intelligence: Now, with a Ring Protect Basic or Plus plan, we were notified only when the camera detected a person, resulting in much fewer false notifications. However, without a plan, you’ll only get motion-activated notifications.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Finally, there’s the Ring Video Doorbell 2, a doorbell camera that you can either hardwire into your home or power using a battery. We chose to hardwire it into our existing doorbell set up so it wouldn’t be dependent on a battery.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Here at Security.org, we love doorbell cameras because they let us greet our guests whether we’re just upstairs or across the globe, even speaking to them through the Ring app.
- Video: Like the Stick Up Cam Wired, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has that 1080p HD video we look for in a camera, plus an even wider 160-degree field of view. While we weren’t able to zoom in, it definitely wasn’t super necessary as our guests stood right in front of it. As you can see from the picture, we were able to see our visitors and front stoop clearly.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Video Display
- Audio: Every video doorbell we’ve tested out has a speaker and microphone, allowing us to have conversations through our camera and its respective app, and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 was no exception. Now, when we tested it out from our apartment in Brooklyn, we found it super helpful in regards to home deliveries. We get a lot delivered, so it was really nice to be able to communicate with the delivery people and tell them any special instructions.
- Night vision: As you can see, the Ring Video Doorbell 2’s night vision lights up even the darkest of nights via infrared LED sensors, which really helped us greet friends!
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Night Vision
- Storage: The same storage options apply to the Ring Video Doorbell 2; no local storage and cloud storage available only through Ring Protect plans. Again, we wish that the Ring Video Doorbell 2 had a slot for a micro-SD card, but it wasn’t hard to download the cloud storage from the Ring app onto a local hard drive.
- Artificial intelligence: Since the Ring Video Doorbell 2 lacks person detection, we received a lot of false notifications, as we mentioned earlier. Most of the video doorbells we review have person detection, which is even more important outside because of cars and animals like squirrels. Living in Brooklyn, there’s a lot that passes our camera every day, so this was a pretty big drawback for us. However, if you live in a more rural area, it may not be as much of a problem.
Ring doesn’t just stop at alarms, cameras, and video doorbells — you can add their Alarm Flood & Freeze Sensors or Alarm Smoke & CO Listeners to reinforce your home’s protection. In our case, we didn’t incorporate any of these accessories into our security system but we tip our hats at Ring’s dedication to expanding its ever-growing product line.
Ring Jobsite Security
Ring recently announced a partnership with the Home Depot and the release of a security system specifically made for construction and other job sites. Since it’s still in the pre-order stage for now, we haven’t had the chance to test the Ring Jobsite Security3 package hands-on yet. But from what we can tell, it’s basically a spinoff of Ring Alarm Pro, with its powerful eero Wi-Fi 6 router.
This unit was created to solve two key problems: thefts of materials, machinery, lumber, tools, and other items from worksites4, and lack of (or underperforming) internet service. When set up with a Ring Protect Pro subscription, Ring Jobsite Security will monitor the worksite 24/7 and provide cellular connectivity to keep all of the system’s components, including security cameras, running day and night.
Ring Jobsite Security. (Photo: Ring)
A 5-piece Ring Jobsite Security kit costs $400. Packages are expected to start shipping in early November.
Video Review of the Ring Alarm
More of a visual learner? Check out our video review below, which goes over the same details as our written review.
A Day in Our Lives With the Ring Alarm
What improved with the Ring Alarm 2nd Gen was the overall design of the components; the slimmer profiles made it easier for us to install each component in the tight spaces of our apartment. We mentioned in our review of the first generation that the sensors were brittle, but from what we experienced with the new generation of sensors, they were more durable. Navigating with the Ring — Always Home app felt much better than the first time.
We’re always in and out of the apartment, so it was no surprise that when we checked the history of our devices on the mobile app, there was a long list of activities. Luckily, nothing out of the ordinary occurred and that left us wondering if the professional monitoring team ever got bored because of it. They did give us a call every time we were too busy to respond to a notification, so at the very least we knew that they existed and were vigilant.
Ring Alarm’s Monitoring Options
Recently, Ring has made some exciting announcements, like Virtual Security Guard. If you already have a Ring Protect Pro subscription, Virtual Security Guard will have humans monitor the cameras of your desire. However, as of early October, 2021, this service isn’t available yet, but you can just waitlist on Ring’s website. We know we’re on it!
Because we want to say it louder for the people in the back: Ring offers some of the most affordable monitoring subscriptions in the home security market. Of the Ring Protect plans offered, we chose the Protect Plus because we could never say no to inexpensive professional monitoring services. Also, we wanted cellular backup because we could never be too sure when circumstances would knock our base station offline. You can hop on over to our Ring monitoring and pricing page for more details or glance at the chart below which sums everything up:
Ring Alarm Monitoring Overview
|Free||Protect Basic Plan||Protect Plus Plan|
|Coverage||No||One Ring Doorbell or Security Camera||All Ring devices at one address|
|Ring and Motion Alerts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Custom motion detection||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Person only mode||No||Yes||Yes|
|Interact with visitors remotely||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year||Extended warranty|
|Length of cloud storage (in days)||No||60||60|
|Review, share, and save Ring videos||No||Yes||Yes|
|Professional Monitoring for Ring Alarm||No||No||Yes|
|Exclusive discounts at ring. com||No||No||10% off Ring products|
All in all, we paid for our Protect Plus monthly rather than annually but we’re suckers for contract-free plans because we can cancel at any time — no strings (or fees) attached.
Money Saving Tip: If you think you’ll stay in a long-term relationship with Ring, we recommend paying annually so you can save either $6 on the Basic plan or $20 on the Plus plan.
Our Smart Home, Now With Ring Alarm
Something else that we’ve been repeating is that Amazon owns Ring, which meant that we could have a field day with its voice assistant, Alexa. Ring also happens to be the best security system that works with Alexa. Don’t worry, Ring didn’t forget about Google Assistant either, although the Alexa integration allowed us to issue a lot more commands. Here’s what we commanded Alexa to do:
- Arm or disarm the security system and ask for status updates
- Show live footage on our Echo Show devices or Fire TV
- Disable motion alerts from cameras and entry sensors on doors and windows
- Adjust our cameras’ motion sensitivity
- Lock or unlock our doors (if we had compatible smart locks installed) and ask for status updates
- Review recent video clips from our cameras.
Ring Doorbell – Streaming on Echo Show
Google Assistant couldn’t match up to Alexa in terms of commands, but these were tasks that it could do:
- Start a new recording on our cameras
- Receive health updates on our devices
- Review previous notifications.
Other than voice assistants, here are some third-party devices that are compatible with Ring:
- Dome Siren
- Leviton Decora In-Wall Switch
- GE Plug-In Dimmer
- Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
- Kwikset Z-Wave Deadbolt
- Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt
We have a Dome Siren in our apartment because our grandparents, who are hard of hearing, often visit. When we integrated it with our Ring Alarm, we had to test how loud we wanted the siren to be. All we needed to do was adjust the Dome Siren’s volume on the app and see if our grandparents could hear it from the guest room. Any time the Ring Alarm went off, the Siren would go off as well and alert our grandparents, which gave us peace of mind whenever we weren’t home.
Pro Tip: While the Ring Alarm’s base station has a built-in siren, you can add a Dome Siren which works perfectly well with the security system.
Does the Ring Alarm 2nd Gen Outpace the Original?
When it comes to Ring’s products, there’s a second generation for almost everything. What that tells us is that Ring listens to customer feedback and tries to improve the user experience. In the Ring Alarm 2nd Gen exemplified this for us with its newer, sleeker design and the clearer separate buttons for authorities on the keypad. We also liked the fact that placing each component around our apartment was easier than the first time, and the components weren’t as fragile when we constantly moved them around. And, last of all, we loved that the cost for professional monitoring remained affordable. With a traditional security system like ADT, or even with a no-contract plan from Frontpoint, professional monitoring can cost $60 and up. So it’s nice to have a more affordable option with Ring.
As a household name in the industry, Ring has come a long way to providing a multitude of security products that are as affordable as they are effective in protecting homes. With contract-free plans and low-cost monitoring subscriptions, our wallets didn’t hurt too much, allowing us to entertain the thought of ordering more Ring accessories to add to our Ring Alarm security system. Beyond the minor hiccup with connecting our base station to our Wi-Fi, we recognized the improvements from the first-gen. Ring really took customers’ feedback to heart! It’s because of this, they landed a spot on our best home security system list.
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- Easy, DIY Install
- Works for any size home
- Works great with Alexa
Ring Alarm FAQs
That’s not all, folks! Here are the questions we get the most about the Ring Alarm.
How much is the Ring Alarm monthly?
The 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 live-stream footage and receive notifications from your Ring Alarm security system.
Is the Ring Alarm any good?
The 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 live-stream 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 its security cameras, while ADT hasn’t incurred any privacy issues.
Does the Ring Alarm call the police?
If you signed up for the Ring Protect Plus plan, which includes 24/7 professional monitoring, then yes, the 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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Automated fire alarms (APS) notify of the detection of fire in the protected perimeter. The first question is when the fire alarm went off – where to call and what actions to take when receiving an alert.
Reasons for triggering a fire alarm
Fire alarm systems are represented by a network of sensors that are triggered when a certain signal is received. Some models respond to an increase in temperature, others record a change in the density of the medium (smoke). The alarm system is equipped with a control panel (dispatching console), which processes information from sensors and is responsible for turning on sound, light or voice alarms. The signal network covers several rooms, which is reflected on the control panel – the control board is divided into sections corresponding to the location of the sensors.
There are two reasons for the activation of the alarm:
APS alert is sent to the control room where the control panel is located.
Since the signal on the controller helps to establish the area where the fire detector was activated, but does not determine the reason for the activation of the sound elements, the dispatcher must establish the activation factors. A responsible person is sent to the site, who fixes the presence of signs of fire or notes the fact of a false start.
Automated fire alarm systems are quite reliable, but no network is completely immune from accidental circumstances. False positive occurs in the following cases:
After the audible warning of a fire has been activated, the person in charge must carry out an inspection. If the check after the alarms were triggered did not reveal signs of a fire, then the system has failed. In this case, the dispatcher must call the service center with which the contract for the maintenance of the alarm system has been concluded, and in warranty situations, the organization that installed the system.
If the alarm is triggered by detecting light smoke not related to an open flame or electricity, take the following steps:
After the problem is identified, the alarm is restarted, the information about the incident is recorded in the reporting documentation.
What should I do if a fire alarm went off in several areas at once or a fire was detected that cannot be localized on our own? In this case, the dispatcher is obliged to call the fire department at 01 (101 or 112 for mobile phones) or at the numbers indicated in the staff documents as emergency contacts. In addition to calling the fire department, the dispatcher initiates evacuation measures.
Before the arrival of the fire brigade, it is necessary to de-energize the premises. A small fire should be tried to localize on its own, using fire extinguishers and PPE.
Fire alarm repair
Who should I call if the fire alarm goes off?
January 13, 2020 – 11:27
Sadly, even the most high-quality and expensive fire system sometimes fails and works falsely.
Much less often, the ASPS is triggered as a result of smoke in the room or ignition, fire. At such moments, it is important to correctly recognize the actual and false alarms and eliminate the problem (in the first case) or the fire (in the second) in time. What actions to take and who to call if the fire alarm went off, we will consider further.
The fire protection system, as a rule, consists of many elements located in different rooms, but connected by a single center. This center should be located in a room with round-the-clock surveillance – a room for security, concierge, janitor, etc. In addition, a single center should be divided into separate sections indicating the approximate area – this allows you to determine the territory where an emergency situation occurred, which is broadcast by a fire alarm.
If the fire alarm is triggered, the first thing to do is to go to the appropriate area and carry out a visual inspection of the premises for the presence of a fire. If this is not observed, that is, a false signal has been triggered, it is necessary to turn off the sound notification and set the initial settings of the fire alarm responsible for this area. If false alarms are repeated repeatedly, you should contact the service organization that installed the ASPS or with which the contract for system maintenance was drawn up. Professionals will quickly find out the essence of the problem and fix the problem.
Ever since kindergarten, we were taught that in case of a fire, you need to call the fire department. Their short number knows both small and large: 101 – it is not difficult to remember, moreover, this number must be indicated on the stands of organizations and enterprises without fail.
When should the fire brigade be called? Firstly, if several sections of the fire alarm are triggered at once. In this case, do not hesitate and hope that this is a banal accident. Secondly, if, when the sensors responsible for one area are triggered, you detect strong smoke or fire.