Overview: ADT vs Ring
ADT and Ring are both very popular home security systems; however, they are both very different when it comes to their installation, policies, and prices. Let's take a look.
- ADT has more advanced products such as video monitoring, environmental protection features, and home automation features. Ring's main focus is on home security, and, therefore, doesn't offer any home automation features other than some smart lighting. However, Ring does come with video sharing, cloud storage, and other unique features.
- ADT requires professional installation and has a one-time installation fee. Ring is a DIY installation; however, it does offer a professional installation option for a fee if you so desire.
- ADT requires you to sign a 36-month contract or a 24-month contract depending on where you live. Ring does not require you to sign a contract.
- There is no cost for ADT's equipment. All the costs (except for the installation fee $99-$199) are included in its monthly monitoring fees. Ring's basic starter kit is $199 and goes up from there.
- ADT's monthly monitoring costs range from $36.99/mo. to $52.99/mo. Ring is self-monitored so it's free, but you can choose to pay for video recording plans that range from $3/mo. or $30/yr. to $10/mo. or $100/yr. Ring does offer professional monitoring, but it's only available and included in the upper-tier plan.
- ADT offers both hardwired and wireless home security systems. Ring only offers wireless home security systems. Ring also has solar-generated equipment options as well.
Similarities: Ring vs ADT
ADT and Ring are similar in many ways. Here are some of the ADT and Ring similarities.
- Both offer wireless systems; although, ADT offers a hardwired system option as well.
- ADT and Ring both offer a mobile app for remote access, monitoring, and control.
- ADT Pulse and Ring work through the Ring app.
- You can now buy Ring Video Doorbells from ADT.
- Neither ADT nor Ring charges an activation fee.
- ADT offers 24/7 monitoring; whereas, the Ring system is self-monitored unless you pay for the upper-tier plan where 24/7 professional monitoring is included.
Differences: Ring vs ADT
While ADT and Ring are similar in many ways, they both have some stark differences as well.
- ADT is only available to homeowners; whereas, Ring will work in just about any situation.
- ADT offers a wide variety of home automation equipment; whereas, Ring only offers one piece of home automation equipment, which is their smart lighting options.
- ADT charges an installation fee; whereas, Ring does not.
- You have to have a satisfactory credit rating to get ADT; whereas, Ring does not have any credit requirements.
- With ADT, you don't have any upfront equipment purchases. However, with Ring, you have to buy the equipment up front.
- Ring has a solar panel option; whereas, ADT doesn't offer any solar options other than the solar lighting for its yard signs.
Both ADT and Ring are unique in their own ways. Some people might prefer ADT over Ring because of its full-coverage options combined with its available home automation features. And others might prefer Ring for its low monitoring cost.
ADT offers a full suite of home security and home automation equipment with environmental protection features, video monitoring, 24/7 professional monitoring, and more. The pricing for ADT consists of the following packages:
Essentials Package – $36.99 per month
The Essentials package comes with 24-hr alarm monitoring, a digital keypad, 3-door keypads, 3-window sensors, infrared motion detector, high-decibel siren, backup battery, a wireless keychain remote, yard sign, and window decals.
Total Protection Package – $42.99 per month
The Total Protection package comes with everything the Essentials package comes with plus Safewatch CellGuard, which lets you connect your monitoring system to ADT monitoring centers without having to use a landline.
Premium Protection Package – $52.99 per month
The Premium Protection package comes with everything in the Essentials and Total Protection packages have plus it comes with ADT Pulse.
All the above packages require a 36-month contract (in most cases), a $99-$199 installation fee, and only the Premium Protection Package comes with a cellular connection and ADT Pulse. Additionally, all packages come with a $100 Visa Rewards Card (some restrictions apply).
Ring is a DIY installation without any contract or paid installation requirements. Additionally, with Ring, you have to purchase the equipment up front. The pricing for Ring's Protect Plans are as follows.
The Free option is, of course, free, but it has limited features. This option comes with motion-activated notifications, real-time video with Live View, two-way talk, and lifetime theft protection.
Basic – $3 per month or $30 per year
The Basic plan comes with everything in the Free option, as well as video history storage for 60 days, video saving and sharing, and snapshot capture.
Plus – $10 per month or $100 per year
The Plus plan gives you a full suite of features and comes with everything you get in the Free and Basic packages, plus 24/7 professional monitoring, extended warranties for all devices, and 10% off select products at Ring.com.
In addition to the above pricing, Ring's equipment has a wide range of prices as well. They offer the Ring Alarm Starter Kit that is $199 and comes with a base station, keypad, one contact sensor, one motion detector, and a range extender. Ring also has a wide variety of bundled equipment with varying equipment combinations, so there is something for everyone. Ring's bundled Kits range from $199 for the Starter Kit to $996 for the Deluxe Pro Kit. They also have plenty of al a carte options and accessories as well. So you can easily customize a Ring equipment package that meets your specific needs so you don't have to pay for equipment you don't want.
So while ADT and Ring are similar in many ways, they are very different in others, including the plans, monitoring, and pricing structures of each, as well as what you get for the price. Therefore, choosing between ADT and Ring will greatly depend on your particular situation, what you need, and your budget.
The features that come with ADT and Ring are very different as they both are set up a little differently.
ADT Alarm System Features
- 24-hr alarm monitoring
- Full-suite of home automation options
- Professional installation
- Homeowners insurance certificate
- Theft protection guarantee
- Mover's savings package
- All equipment included in the monthly monitoring price so you don't have to pay any expensive upfront equipment costs
- Two-way talk
Ring Alarm System Features
- 30-second average call response time (upper-tier plan only)
- Motion-activated notifications
- Real-time video with Live View
- Two-way talk
- Lifetime theft protection
- Video history for 60 days (on select plans)
- Video saving and sharing (on select plans)
- Snapshot capture (on select plans)
- 24/7 professional monitoring (only on upper-tier plan)
- Extended warranties for all devices (on select plans)
- 10% off select products at Ring.com (on select plans)
Deciding between ADT and Ring isn't hard because they are structured differently. Therefore, you simply select the one that fits your needs. For example, ADT doesn't require any expensive upfront equipment costs because the equipment costs are included in the monthly monitoring price. However, Ring has very, very low monthly monitoring costs, but you have to buy the equipment upfront which can get a bit pricey.
Contracts & Warranties
As far as the ADT and Ring contracts and warranties go, ADT requires you to sign a 36-month contract, and they do have an extended limited warranty they call their Quality Service Plan that is reported to be about $7 per month.
Ring, on the other hand, doesn't have any contract requirements. All Ring equipment comes with a one-year warranty. And if you purchase the Ring Assist Plus option, you will receive an additional two-year warranty for a total of three years.
The ADT basic equipment consists of a digital keypad, entryway contacts, a motion detector, backup battery, a wireless keychain remote, ADT yard signs, and ADT window decals.
If you want to know what's in the Ring starter kit, it comes with a base station, keypad, one contact sensor, one motion detector, and a range extender. However, Ring also has a wide variety of bundled equipment with varying equipment combinations, so there is something for everyone.
ADT comes with professional installation, so you don't have to do anything yourself; however, ADT does charge for this service ($99-$150) and it's not optional. Ring is a DIY installation but does offer a professional installation service for a fee if you so choose. However, Ring does provide access to installation guides for free on its website for every piece of equipment it sells and the Ring equipment truly is extremely easy to install, even for a beginner.
Summary: ADT vs Ring
Both ADT and Ring make great choices when it comes to home security systems. With ADT you don't have any expensive upfront equipment costs, but the monthly monitoring costs are significantly higher than Ring's. However, with Ring, you have to pay the upfront equipment costs, which can be significant, especially if you want full coverage for your home, but the Ring monitoring plans are much less than ADT's.
ADT is a good choice if you are looking for a sophisticated system with advanced features such as whole-home security with compatible home automation features, and, ADT offers the Ring Video Doorbell as one of their products as well.
Ring, on the other hand, is designed for those who would rather do the work themselves. And even though it only comes with limited home automation features, the equipment it does have is quite advanced and, in most cases, those who have a Ring system are happy with it. So the choice between ADT and Ring will depend on your particular needs and budget.
FAQs About ADT and Ring Comparisons
Yes, you can connect your Ring Doorbell camera to your ADT home security system. To do so, you will need to download the Ring app and connect it to your ADT system.
Yes, ADT offers the ADT Pulse Doorbell Camera. In addition to this, you can add the Ring Doorbell to your ADT system for an alternative and more fully featured doorbell camera.
In some situations, your ADT installer may help you to set up your Ring doorbell camera to work with the system. However, the Ring doorbell is designed to be a DIY tool. That means you can add it yourself in most cases.
Both offer high quality camera. Ring cameras provide 1080p HD video and motion detection. They also offer night vision. The ADT outdoor cameras offer 720p HD images and work well in the dark.
The ADT Pulse Doorbell is normally priced at $199. The Ring Doorbell is also priced at $199.
Yes, an optional monthly fee for Ring doorbells start at $3.00 per month.
ADT monthly monitoring costs start at $28.95 a month for new customers. More advanced plans start at $52.99 a month.
No, ADT security systems require professional installation, unlike Ring security products.
Yes, both the Ring and ADT doorbells are designed to be weather resistant. They are not fully waterproof systems, though.