Ring’s $199 Z-Wave-enabled Alarm Safety Package is so easy you would possibly overlook it at first. The system features a base station, a keypad, a door/window sensor, a movement sensor and a Z-Wave vary extender. It is all primary with primary performance — you will not discover any fancy options right here — however the Safety Package is super-simple to arrange and monitor within the Ring cell app. 

You’ll be able to add extra Ring door/window sensors and movement sensors to scale up the system as wanted; the equipment additionally works with a FirstAlert smoke and carbon monoxide detector. However that is about it, for now. Ring plans so as to add extra sensors at a later time and has hinted at upcoming partnerships with main third-party platforms like Alexa and Google Assistant. However contemplating Amazon purchased Ring again in February, this method ought to actually already work with Alexa and the Amazon Cloud Cam (it does not).

Even so, the Ring Alarm Safety Package is a superb entry-level house safety system at an excellent value. Strongly think about it in order for you a easy DIY system with non-compulsory skilled monitoring for $10 per thirty days. 

Ring’s safety system is at present solely accessible within the US. At in the present day’s trade fee, $199 converts to roughly £150 and AU$270. 

Ringing in higher house safety

Try the chart under to see how Ring’s Alarm Safety Package compares to the Nest Safe, Abode and SimpliSafe house safety methods:

Evaluating safety methods

Ring Alarm Safety Package

Nest Safe Alarm System

Abode Necessities Starter Package

SimpliSafe Basis Package

Hardware value





Required month-to-month charges




None technically, however you need to pay for the pricier $25 per thirty days Interactive plan to make use of the SimpliSafe app (a free characteristic on each different good house system I’ve ever examined)

Skilled monitoring

Non-compulsory; $10 per thirty days

Non-compulsory; $29 per thirty days

Non-compulsory; $30 per thirty days

$15 per thirty days; $25 per thirty days in order for you app entry

Mobile backup

Included with skilled monitoring

Included with skilled monitoring; $5 per thirty days as a standalone characteristic

Included with skilled monitoring; $10 per thirty days as a standalone characteristic

Included with skilled monitoring at both value tier

Energy outage/battery backup






Not included on this equipment, however accessible individually

Not included on this equipment, however accessible individually

Not included on this equipment, however accessible individually

Not included on this equipment, however accessible individually

Sensible-home companions


Google Assistant, Nest

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Nest

Amazon Alexa, Nest

The Ring Alarm Safety Package clearly stands out by way of its low costs. Not solely is its starter equipment the least costly of the bunch, so is its non-compulsory $10-per-month skilled monitoring and included mobile backup. 

The opposite factor of notice is its lack of good house companions. Regardless of being owned by Amazon, Ring’s system does not work with Alexa or every other main good house platforms. If you wish to arm and in any other case get the standing of your property safety system by way of voice instructions, the Ring Alarm Safety Package is not the appropriate possibility for you. Ring does specify in its assist part that it is engaged on these integrations for a future launch.

It does not work with the Amazon Cloud Cam indoor house safety digicam, both. This is what a Ring spokesperson needed to say about it: “Ring Alarm doesn’t work with Amazon Cloud Cam presently. Whereas I am unable to touch upon the roadmap presently, what I can let you know is that we’ll make product choices based mostly on what is going to greatest empower Neighbors with an inexpensive, efficient solution to monitor their houses.”

The Amazon Cloud Cam is a superb digicam, one I gave an Editors’ Alternative award. And since Ring’s lineup (apart from this safety system) is proscribed to weatherproof cameras, doorbells and associated outside equipment, including the indoor-only Cloud Cam into the combination could be an apparent match — one which Ring and Amazon have thus far neglected. 

Ring additionally does not at present provide any extra safety equipment, nevertheless it plans so as to add a leak sensor and different units sooner or later. And whereas your Ring safety cameras and video doorbells dwell in the identical app as your Ring Alarm Safety Package, there are not any direct integrations between them in the present day. I would wish to see one thing like, “If the Ring Alarm Safety Package’s entrance door sensor notices that the door is opened in Residence or Away mode, then inform my Ring Video Doorbell Professional to document robotically” — even when the Video Doorbell Professional itself hasn’t detected movement but. 


Putting in and configuring the Ring system is ridiculously easy. Obtain the app in your iPhone or Android system and create an account. 

When you’re logged in, comply with the easy prompts to attach every accent. This was one of many best safety system setups I’ve ever encountered; actually pull the battery tab on the battery-powered door/window sensor and movement sensor and plug within the base station, the keypad and the Z-Wave vary extender, and so they robotically connect with the app.


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