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When you think of Ring, you probably think of doorbells and cameras. But the company known for the video doorbell also has home security with its Ring Alarm.

Alina d’Aubermont

Director of Product, Ring Alarm

“We hear from our customers all the time about ways their Alarm has helped alert them to something happening — whether that be a frozen pipe or someone trying to get into their home or business.”

For many, smart security may seem inaccessible to the everyday person. But Ring proves you don’t have to break the bank, be a tech expert, or even own a large home to have a quality home security system.

“Ring has been able to build a product, namely through the Video Doorbell, to offer an accessible entry point where you need minimal equipment to be able to get your first line of defense, or your first way of having eyes outside your front door,” said Alina d’Aubermont, director of product, Ring Alarm. “With the Ring App, it’s easy to expand your system. When you subscribe to a Ring Protect plan, you have all your videos and video recordings in one app. If you add an Alarm or smart lighting, or any of the other devices that work with Ring Alarm, you can manage that all from a single app experience.”

The DIY home security system is affordable, and easy to set up and use. The Ring Alarm Security Kit is a five-piece system that costs under $200, and includes a Base Station, Keypad, Door/Window Contact Sensor, Motion Detector, and Range Extender.

This system is an ideal starter kit for those who live in apartments, condos, and homes up to 1,000 square feet, with protection for one window or door. Larger Ring Alarm Security Kits, like the 8-, 10-, and 14-piece kits, are suitable for protecting larger homes.

Each kit comes with a free 30-day free trial of Ring Protect Pro, which includes the option to enroll in 24/7/365 Alarm Professional Monitoring1. Other benefits include Alarm Cellular Backup, so if your home loses internet connection, the Ring Alarm system will stay connected and be able to send alarm signals.

When you subscribe to a Ring Protect Plan, sold separately, Ring Alarm can also be integrated with other Ring devices, like doorbells and cameras. With a Ring Protect Plan, all the Alarm features, such as arming and disarming, can be controlled within the Ring app, or with select Alexa devices, simply say “Alexa, arm Ring.”


Keeping your home safe isn’t limited to keeping intruders out. There are several accessories you can add to the Alarm system that detect other events that could impact your home. These include a Ring Panic Button2, which you can press and hold for three seconds to sound the siren and request emergency help; a Ring Glass Break Sensor, which can detect the sound of glass breaking from up to 25 feet away; a Ring Flood and Freeze Sensor, which when placed on any flat surface or floor, can detect water or low temperatures; and a Ring Smoke and CO Listener2, which when placed near existing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, can detect when those devices sound their sirens. And with a Ring Protect plan, you will receive notifications when an issue is detected.

Ring Alarm does not require a subscription for use, however, in order to unlock some of the most popular features, Ring recommends a Ring Protect plan. There are different levels of Ring Protect to meet your needs. With Ring Protect Basic, you can arm and disarm in the Ring app and also view Alarm Event History. With Ring Protect Pro, you can enroll in 24/7/365 Alarm Professional Monitoring1. Regardless of the plan you choose, there are no long-term commitments and you can cancel at any time.

For even more peace of mind, you can add Virtual Security Guard for an additional $99/month. The highly trained virtual agents monitor your enrolled cameras when your Ring Alarm is armed to help stop unwanted activity and help prevent break-ins, theft, trespassing, and property damage. The agents use your camera’s speaker and siren to deter unwanted activity, and can contact emergency assistance.

Customer satisfaction

Ring Alarm has many benefits for first-time and cost-conscious homeowners. The products are flexible, affordable, and easy to use.

“We’ve created a product that people like, and we hear from our customers all the time about ways their Alarm has helped alert them to something happening,” d’Aubermont said, “whether that be a frozen pipe or someone trying to get into their home or business.”

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  1. A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec).  Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at:​ Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.All Ring Alarm accessories require the Ring Alarm Security Kit.

2. All Ring Alarm accessories require the Ring Alarm Security Kit.

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