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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Ring.

SecureScore™: 9.2/10

Ring and Arlo home security systems work well for both homeowners and renters. Each one offers indoor/outdoor cameras with video surveillance. Arlo's motion sensors are built into their camera and will start recording video if triggered.

Overview: Ring vs Arlo

Ring and Arlo are fairly basic systems that require little in the way of professional support or service. They are easily installed and can be set up in less than 30 minutes. Both systems offer at least partial home automation. Neither system requires lengthy contracts and all of the equipment is purchased outright.

  • Ring has a two-way video doorbell viewer with two-way communication
  • Arlo's cameras come with built-in motion sensors
  • Neither company requires a long-term contract
  • Equipment is owned by the consumer
  • Arlo's cameras use magnetic brackets

Similarities: Arlo vs Ring

For being rather simplistic systems, both offer technologically advanced systems. Neither system requires tools for installation. Customers own all of their equipment outright and can add additional pieces of equipment as desired. Both systems offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but it's not required.

  • No long-term contracts
  • Easy do-it-yourself installation and setup
  • State of the art indoor/outdoor cameras
  • At least partial home automation
  • 24/7 professional monitoring, if desired
  • Systems are 100% wireless

Differences: Arlo vs Ring

The main difference between the two systems is that Arlo only offers indoor/outdoor cameras with motion sensors that are built-in. Ring's two-way video doorbell viewer can be monitored through ADT if the consumer chooses. Arlo is somewhat more expensive but both companies offer similar features and services.

  • Ring offers door/window sensors
  • Arlo cameras are mounted on magnetic brackets
  • Ring offers environmental sensors
  • Arlo offers 1000 hours of cloud storage with the right month to month plan
  • Ring offers full home automation
  • Arlo can pair with Smart Things hub for home automation features


Ring offers entry sensors, motion sensors, environmental hazard detectors, indoor/outdoor cameras, video doorbell viewer, and a variety of products that work together to create a fully automated home. This also includes light controls.

Arlo is a camera-based system that relies solely on its hub and indoor/outdoor cameras. The system offers video surveillance and still capture photos, in addition to 1000 hours of video cloud storage with the right month to month package subscription.


Neither company requires long-term contracts for either 24/7 professional monitoring or to purchase the system.


The total cost for the basic Ring package is $199. The prices for the monitoring packages are charged by the month or by the year. Their basic plan starts at $3 per month per camera or $30 per year per camera. The more complete package charges $10 per month or $100 per years and will serve an unlimited number of cameras.

Arlo is the more expensive option of the two, charging $200 to $400 depending on whether you get one camera or two. Each camera costs $249 when purchased singly. Net Gear offers free cloud storage for its basic package, $8.25 per month for 30 days of storage for 10 cameras, and an Elite package for $12.41. The Elite package provides 60 days of storage and support for as many as 15 cameras.


Ring equipment includes a hub, two entry sensors, keypad, and motion detectors. You also have the option of adding the video doorbell viewer and indoor/outdoor cameras. The Ring home security system also offers an outdoor floodlight.

The Arlo system includes two white cameras, USB cords, and magnetic mounting brackets.


Both companies are do-it-yourself in terms of installation and setup. Kits come with easy to follow instructions. No tools are required.

Emergency Connections

Both systems offer professional monitoring through cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity allowing them to send notifications to both numbers on the customer's contact list or the local authorities. If the systems are self-monitored, it is up to the customer to notify the authorities if an emergency occurs.

Summary: Ring vs Arlo

The Ring system offers technologically advanced equipment and do-it-yourself installation. It is ideal for both homeowners and renters who want a state of the art system, without all of the hassles associated with lengthy contracts and professional installation.

Arlo's camera based home security system is designed for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to control every aspect of their system. It relies solely on videos and motion sensors to provide effective coverage. Homeowners and renters who aren't interested in 24/7 monitoring will like this basic, but efficient system.

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FAQs About Ring and Arlo Comparisons

Does Arlo have a monthly fee?

The Arlo cameras, both indoor and outdoor, do not require you to purchase a monthly monitoring package. Rather, consumers will pay just for the cameras upfront. There is an optional monitoring service that is available, but it does charge a fee.

Which is better, Ring or Arlo?

That depends on your needs. For some, Arlo is the ideal choice because of the quality of their outdoor cameras. For others, the doorbell camera and indoor camera offering by Ring makes it the best choice.

Does Ring or Arlo offer the lowest prices on cameras?

Ring pricing starts off at $99.99, while Arlo starts off at $159.99. Both offer optional month-to-month contracts. The basic Ring and Arlo plans starts at just $3 per month.

Which is better for home automation, Arlo or Ring?

Arlo camera systems offers limited home automation for many applications in the home, but Ring offers extensive automation thanks to it's full Alexa compatibility. This can make the Ring home security system a better choice for those who want whole-home automation.

Are Ring or Arlo compatible with voice assistants?

Yes, both Ring and Arlo are compatible with voice assistants for home automation. At the time of this writing, both models allowed users to tap into Amazon's Alexa for voice commands.

Are Ring or Arlo camera systems waterproof?

Ring and Arlo products are water resistant and weatherproof, but are not fully waterproof.

Do Ring or Arlo offer home monitoring?

Ring systems offer an optional 24-hour professional monitoring service. Arlo does not offer a professional monitoring service with its home security products.

Does Arlo offer window and door sensors like Ring?

Yes, Arlo has multi-sensors which can detect when windows and doors open or close. However, Ring has specially designed window and door sensors that are harder to see and more versatile to use.