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Frontpoint and Ring home security systems are both considered to be “do-it-yourself” in terms of installation. Both offer effective protection against intruders and can provide quality video and camera images.

Overview: Frontpoint vs Ring

Frontpoint is slightly more advanced than the Ring system but both tend to be very effective at protecting homes from intruders by way of video surveillance and entry sensors. Both have options for 24/7 monitoring which adds an additional layer of protection.

  • Ring offers a video doorbell with two-way communication
  • Frontpoint customers must choose between a 1-year and 3-year contract
  • Both systems offer do-it-yourself installation
  • Frontpoint offers home automation
  • Ring offers month to month payment options for monitoring

Similarities: Ring vs Frontpoint

Both Frontpoint and Ring home security systems are extremely easy to use and considered to be excellent choices for homeowners and renters who prefer do-it-yourself systems. Both systems offer technologically advanced equipment that allows for effective home security on all levels.

  • Do-it-yourself installation
  • 100% wireless equipment
  • Competitively priced
  • Wide selection of devices
  • Options for professional monitoring
  • Remote access through a mobile app

Differences: Ring vs Frontpoint

Although both systems are similar in many ways, Frontier's contract options can be a deal breaker for those who don't want to be tied down. Ring, on the other hand, offers limited home automation and minimal integration with other devices.

  • Frontpoint requires a credit score of 600 or higher to qualify for the best pricing
  • Ring devices don't integrate well with other smart home devices
  • Frontpoint offers several package options to choose from
  • Ring users can mix and match the equipment they want to include in their system
  • Frontpoint's equipment is from GE

Features

Frontpoint's features include environmental monitoring, still image capture, video surveillance, mobile app, Crash and Smash Protection, and home automation that is designed to make your home more energy efficient. Motion sensors and entry sensors are also available.

Ring is a rather basic home security system when you first start out. Additional entry sensors, the video doorbell, indoor/outdoor cameras, and motion sensors can also be added.

Contracts

Frontier requires either a 1-year or 3-year contract to get started. After the contract time is up, you can choose to go to a month to month plan. In order to get the best possible pricing, customers have to choose the 3-year contract. Frontpoint also offers a 30-day, money back guarantee.

Ring does not require a contract of any kind and monitoring can be purchased on a month to month basis.

Pricing

Frontpoint offers three packages, each requiring an upfront payment of $200. Prices range from $35 for the basic package, $45 for the premium package and $50 for the ultimate package. As the price increases, so do the number of features and devices.

The Ring home security system has an initial cost of $199. Monitoring packages can be purchased on a month to month basis, $3 per month or $30 per year. If the ultimate package is chosen, the price goes up to $10 a month or $100 per year. The ultimate package covers an unlimited number of cameras.

Equipment

Frontpoint offers a wide selection of devices including two different control panels, entry sensors, motion sensors, panic pendant, indoor/outdoor cameras, and a keychain remote. Cameras can capture both still images and high-resolution video.

The Ring home security system includes a hub, two entry sensors, and a motion sensor. Other devices that can be added to the package include the video doorbell viewer with two-way voice communication, floodlights, solar panels, and chargers.

Installation

Both Frontpoint and Ring home security systems are installed by the consumer. No professional installation is required. The entire installation/set up process takes less than 30 minutes.

Emergency Connections

Neither system requires a landline. Both run off of cellular or Wifi connectivity and can send alerts to mobile apps or as text messages. If 24/7 monitoring is in place, the systems will notify the local authorities in the event of an emergency. If no monitoring is in place, it is up to the customer to call the local authorities.

Summary: Frontpoint vs Ring

Frontpoint is the more advanced of the two systems. It's a great choice for the homeowner that wants the best of both worlds when it comes to do-it-yourself installation and 24/7 monitoring.

Ring is the better choice for the customer who doesn't want to mess with third-party monitoring and would prefer to take care of the system on their own.

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