The Ring Alarm Security System is a do-it-yourself smart security system that allows renters and homeowners to control their home through a traditional keypad, smartphone, or Amazon Alexa.
I am a renter in an apartment that doesn't allow me to hardwire or make any major changes within the space. So, when I saw this kit, I knew it would be perfect for my situation.
Also, this system is an affordable option for smart home security with kits starting at $199. There is also the option to add on emergency support for only $10 a month or $100 a year.
There are many different options to choose from, but this Ring Security System review is going to focus on the standard 6-piece kit.
- Station: This is the hub for the Ring Alarm System. It connects directly to your home internet or your Wi-Fi and acts as the base station.
- Keypad: Allows you to arm or disarm your alarm without accessing the app. Multiple keypads can be added around your home.
- Motion Sensor: Can be added to any room to detect motion when you are away. Receive alerts directly to your phone when your home is armed.
- Contact Sensors: Use on doors or windows to receive alerts directly to your phone when they are opened.
- Range Extender: This ensures all your Ring devices in your home can communicate with your base station.
- Quick Start Guide: Step by step guide on how to set up your personalized security system.
You can expand your security system by adding more motion or contact sensors. You can also flood and freeze sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide listeners, outdoor lights, and a panic button.
The quick start guide made the installation pretty easy. It took about 20 minutes to get everything set up and about another 10 minutes to figure out all the different settings. I had a couple syncing issues at first, but it most likely had to do with my internet. Learning the product was also a bit easier for me since I was already familiar with the Ring App.
It is really important to take the time to properly set up the 3 modes with your Ring Alarm system so you avoid false alarms. A false alarm is when your alarm goes off and if you're paying for emergency support, dispatch will be requested. If there is no actual security threat, you could be facing major fines. So, one of my biggest recommendations in this Ring Security System review is to take the time properly set up to avoid false alarms.
Avoiding False Alarms
You can see a list of Ring’s causes and step to avoid false alarms here. These are the steps I took during set up to help avoid a false alarm:
- Set up entry and exit delays that are long enough for you to enter/ exit
- Keep your contact info up to date, so you can answer monitoring calls
- Make a verbal password that you will remember
- Let your emergency contacts know the verbal password
- Test motions sensors with pets and high traffic windows
- Test away mode when you are home
- Save the Ring motion center phone number 833-209-2159
There are a few smart door locks that the Ring Alarm system works with such as Schlage, Kwikset, and Yale.
I made the mistake of ordering the wrong one. I ordered a Schlage model I saw from the Ring Compatibility page, but I didn't realize I was buying the Zigbee version. After some troubleshooting with the Ring support team, we realized I had the wrong connection and would need to get a Z-wave in order for my alarm and door lock to work.
Other compatible devices are the Dome Sire, Ecolink tilt sensor, GE switches, and Leviton switches to name a few. You can find a full list here.
Ring Security System is also fully compatible with Alexa.
One of my favorite things about this product is that it Works With Alexa. If you want to control your Ring Alarm system through Alexa, just add the Ring Skill from the Amazon Skill Store in your Alexa app. I wanted to add some commands in this Ring Security System review, so here are the ones I use most:
- Alexa, arm Ring
- Alexa, set Ring to Home
- Alexa, set Ring to Away
- Alexa, is Ring armed?
- Alexa, disarm Ring - this command only works if you enable it in the Skills Settings page and say your pin. This is for your protection and ensures that an intruder can't disarm your alarm from outside or as they break-in.
If you don't have Alexa, I highly recommend it. It adds a layer of convenience and security to your home. You can also use Alexa with countless other smart products!
Benefits & Downsides of Ring Security System
Here is a Ring Security Review I made going over everything!
I'll start this part of my Ring Security System review with the things I love about the product.
One of my favorite parts of the Ring Alarm System is that I am able to take it with me when I move or buy a home. This was a huge factor when I was deciding which security system to go with. I already had a Ring Doorbell, so I didn't mind sticking with a brand that I have already had great experiences with. The fact that I have the ability to build upon and customize to any home I move into is what really sold me on this system.
When setting up my alarm, I saw three different settings: away, disarmed and home. Within the Ring App, you can choose what sensors are active and how long before the alarm goes off with any motion or entry.
Away mode is for when you are not home and want full security of your home. Disarmed mode is for when you are home and don’t want any triggers or sensors to set off the alarm. Home mode is for when you are at home, but still want your home secure. This setting is ideal for night time.
Having different settings for different scenarios made me more comfortable with having the product in my home and I have been enjoying taking advantage of all the different modes.
Another aspect that I am really excited about is how the system can integrate with some smart door locks. I have a dog and sometimes have someone walk him during the day while I am at work. So, rather than having to keep spare keys hidden, I can give someone a temporary code to unlock my door. This also disarms the Ring Alarm.
As far as the downsides of the product, there weren't any that made me completely dislike it. However, there were definitely some worth mentioning in this Ring Security System Review.
One thing I wish I could change is how loud the alarm is. I understand the importance and reasoning for a loud alarm, but there is such a thing as being way too loud. I would prefer for it to gradually turn up in volume, that way if you accidentally set it off, you have time to open the app or get to the keypad to disarm it. However, it is so loud that any intruder will scare away as soon as it sounds.
Motion Sensor Problems
I believe there should be more flexibility in controlling the motion sensor. I have a dog that is about 65 pounds and he gets full reign of the house. This causes issues when the security system is set to Away mode because the sensors detect his movements and trigger the alarm. When I checked Ring support, I found that there is really no solution for people with large dogs who want to use the motion sensor.
Overall, there are very little issues or downsides to this product and the good definitely outweighs the bad! This security system is 100% worth your money.
After having the Ring Security System in my house for some time, I don't know how I ever lived without it. It is straightforward, secure and so simple to install. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a security system, or to someone looking to expand their current collection of Ring products.