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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Ring.

Overall Score: 9.2/10

Ring and Blink are camera-based, home security systems. While they don't offer a variety of devices, they do offer options that include Ring's home automation integration with Alexa. Blink can also pair with Alexa but is limited in terms of home automation. Blink is known for its two technologically advanced cameras, while Ring is most commonly known for its video doorbell viewer with two-way communication.

Overview: Ring vs Blink

Ring and Blink are two of the more basic home security systems. Because they are camera-based, your main line of security is through video monitoring your property with strategically placed cameras. The systems are designed to be installed by the customer. Set up is extremely easy and you can choose to monitor your systems on your own or choose a third-party monitoring service.

  • No contracts or service agreements
  • No professional installation
  • Blink does not offer two-way communication
  • Ring offers outdoor video and night vision
  • Ring and Blink can pair with Alexa for partial home automation

Similarities: Blink vs Ring

Both Ring and Blink home security systems rely on video surveillance as the main source of protection for your home. They are easy to use with no contracts or service agreements. Each system takes only a few minutes to install. Set up is easy and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

  • High-quality video
  • Good for both renters and homeowners
  • 100% wireless equipment with cellular connectivity
  • No service agreements or contracts
  • No professional installation or set up

Differences: Blink vs Ring

Ring is most well-known for its video doorbell viewer. It's ability to allow for two-way communication is what makes it a favorite. Even with the sophistication and advanced technology used in Blink's cameras, they don' hold up well when used outside.

  • Ring offers two-way communication
  • Blink's cameras are equipped with motion sensors
  • Blink's basic cameras are not intended to be used outdoors
  • Ring's video doorbell viewer can be monitored by ADT
  • Blink also offers certain environmental sensors

Features

Ring does offer entry sensors but relies mostly on their indoor/outdoor video cameras and video doorbell viewer for protection. They also offer home lighting options and other home automation devices that can be effectively used when the system is paired with the Alexa platform.

With the Blink system, 10 cameras can be synced to one main hub. Built-in motion sensors can detect intruders while the video surveillance system can record and store videos. Storage is limited but serves its purpose. Blink XT is the only one of the Blink cameras that can be used outdoors.

Contracts

Neither Ring nor Blink require a contract. Month-to-month payment plans are available if you want to store your videos for any length of time. Ring does allow for 24/7 monitoring if you choose that option.

Pricing

The Ring system starts at $199. 24/7 professional monitoring can be subscribed to on a month-to-month basis with fees starting at $3 a month for the Protect Basic Plan (or $30 per camera/per year). The Protect Plus Plan starts at $10 a month. For $100 per year, your plan will cover an unlimited number of cameras.

A basic Blink system that includes a module and a basic camera starts at $159. The Blink Bundle costs approximately $275. The Bundle includes two Blink basic/indoor cameras and one Blink XT outdoor camera.

Equipment

The Ring system includes a keypad, hub, motion detector, and two window/door sensors. There are several other devices you can choose from. This includes security cameras (indoor/outdoor), video doorbell viewers w/two-way communication capabilities, and flood lights. Camera prices range from $200 to $250 depending on where you purchase them. Chargers, solar panels, and a variety of other accessories are available as desired.

Blink basic cameras have a built-in microphone and motion sensor. They are 720p quality that produces vivid videos. Even though they have a microphone built-in to their system, they do not have two-way communication capabilities. Recording time for videos is less than one minute.

Installation

Both systems are designed for easy installation by the homeowner. Installation and set up takes less than 30 minutes.

Emergency Connections

Ring and Blink are wireless systems that rely on cellular connectivity. They can be set up to be self-monitoring or can be monitored by a third-party system that will notify you if an alert is triggered.

Summary: Ring vs Blink

Ring is a great system for both homeowners or renters who want the perks of a basic system combined with full home automation.

The Blink system is a good choice if you want high-quality images and video. They work well for both homeowners and renters who are interested in convenience and an affordable price.

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