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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Abode.

Overall Score: 7.0/10

Ring and Abode are two of the more basic home security systems, but they are also extremely effective. Ring offers a variety of devices but relies on its camera technology as it's primary line of defense. Abode is customizable on every level from the type of equipment you choose to the type of monitoring that best suits your needs.

Overview: Ring vs Abode

Ring and Abode are extremely effective in terms of preventing intruders and allowing you to see what is going on in your home. Both offer home automation options and are compatible with other wireless devices. Ring has set packages in place that allow you to choose the type of plan you need, while Abode allows you to mix and match devices (at a higher cost).

  • Extensive home automation options
  • Abode allows you to add multiple devices to a package
  • No long-term contracts
  • Ring is known for its video doorbell viewer
  • Abode allow you to choose monitoring options that suits your needs

Similarities: Abode vs Ring

Ring and Abode are similar in their simplicity. Both are extremely easy to use and can be installed within a few minutes. There is very little that needs to be done in terms of setting up the system. Each system is designed to integrate easily with a variety of home automation devices. Neither requires a contract and 24/7 monitoring is an option, not a requirement.

  • Ring's video doorbell viewer with two-way communication can be used alone or as part of a larger system
  • Abode offers monitoring services that range from 3-days, 7-days, and longer depending on your needs
  • Easy to install with minimum set up
  • Both offer mobile apps
  • Both offer video surveillance options

Differences: Abode vs Ring

Although both Ring and Abode have many similarities, their packages, pricing, and 24/7 monitoring services are significantly different. While Adobe offers a wide selection of devices, it can be expensive including the ones you want in your package.

  • Abode's basic package does not include video cameras
  • Ring's video doorbell viewer can be used as a stand-alone device
  • Abode offers a 14-day return policy
  • Ring's basic kit costs $199
  • Abode offers short-term monitoring options

Features

Rings is a fairly basic system, but allows you to add indoor/outdoor video cameras, the video doorbell viewer, and other devices to enable home automation capabilities. They also offer home lighting options. The 24/7 monitoring service is optional so you don't have to worry about extensive contracts.

Abode's basic system is very limited but you can add a wide variety of devices such as indoor/outdoor cameras, entry sensors, motion detectors, and a variety of devices that are geared toward home automation.

Contracts

Neither company requires a long-term contract or service agreement and allows you to pay on a month to month basis if you decide you want 24/7 professional monitoring.

Pricing

Ring's basic system starts at $199. Packages can be purchased on a month to month basis or by the year. The Protect Basic Plan can be purchased for as little as $3 per month per camera or $30 per year per camera. The Protect Plus Plan starts at $10 a month or $100 per year and covers an unlimited number of cameras.

Abode's Basic kit costs $279. There is no additional charge for the Basic set up. The Connect Plan costs $10 per month or $96 per year. The Connect + Secure Plan costs $30 per month or $240 per year. You can also choose 3-day and 7-day monitoring options for a price that depends on the number of devices you have in use.

Equipment

Ring's basic kit comes with a hub and keypad, two entry sensors, and a motion sensor. There are many add-on devices to choose from as well. They include floodlights, indoor/outdoor cameras, and video doorbells with two-way communication. You can also opt for solar panels and other accessories.

Abode's basic kit comes with a Gateway hub, entry sensor, motion sensor (indoor), key fob, and apps for both iOS and Android systems. You can also purchase glass break sensors that are triggered by vibration or sound, occupancy sensors, motion sensor with a camera and wide-angle lens.

Installation

Both systems are designed to be easy to install and even easier to use. In most cases, it takes less than 30 minutes to install and set up each system.

Emergency Connections

While both systems allow for personal monitoring (no emergency alerts to local authorities) both offer 24/7 professional monitoring. Adobe offers an “on-demand” option that allows you to turn the monitoring on/off for short periods of time.

Summary: Ring vs Abode

Ring is an affordable and easy to use home security system that offers effective coverage for both renters and homeowners. It's a good choice for someone who wants both simplicity and convenience.

Abode is a good idea for renters and homeowners who don't need a wide selection of devices but want the option for on-demand, 24/7 professional monitoring coverage.

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