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Ring and Nest Secure home security systems offer the best options when it comes to equipment and monitoring plans. Both companies use advanced technology and offer devices that are designed to offer the highest level of security possible for an affordable price.

Overview: Nest vs Ring

Ring and Nest home security systems offer the best of both worlds when it comes to do-it-yourself options, professional monitoring and back up. Each system is relatively affordable for the amount of technology and service they offer with each package.

  1. Ring offers do-it-yourself installation
  2. Nest offers the option of professional installation for an additional charge
  3. Ring's doorbell viewer is one of the most well known on the market
  4. Nest can be paired with Google smart home platform for full function home automation

Similarities Ring vs Nest

Ring and Nest Secure systems are similar in many ways. Each system offers a comprehensive list of features that make it comparable to many of the more expensive, higher-end systems.

  • Each system offers 24/7 monitoring for intrusion detection and environmental hazards
  • Ring and Nest are both capable of home automation
  • Each system has a wide variety of devices, including doorbell cameras and thermostats
  • Both systems offer do-it-yourself options when it comes to installation
  • Both include indoor/outdoor cameras for surveillance of the entire property

Differences: Ring vs Nest

Although Ring and Nest are comparable in many ways, Nest is more expensive and offers professional assistance with installation. Each system's options for home automation are also somewhat different since Nest is owned by Google and Ring is owned by Amazon.

  • Nest offers professional installation for an additional charge
  • Ring's basic security kit only costs $199
  • Ring is slightly more compatible with Amazon products and Nest is slightly more compatible with Google products


While Ring's flagship product is a video doorbell; they also offer additional indoor/outdoor cameras, window, sensors, door sensors and home lighting options. Additional devices can be added to offer a complete home automation solution.

Nest's ability to work with the devices on the Google Smart Home platform makes it possible to have a fully automated Google device home that can be controlled remotely. The basic package is rather expensive, but it includes everything you need to create an effective layer of security around your home.


Neither company requires a contract, but there are monthly fees attached to both the monitoring and the cell service that is used to support the system's emergency connectivity features.


The initial cost for the Ring system is $199. Monitoring packages are priced either by the month or the year. The Protect Basic Plan starts at $3 a month or $30 a year per camera. The Protect Plus Plan begins at $10 a month or $100 a year and provides service for an unlimited number of cameras.

The Nest Secure equipment package starts at $399. Services range from $19 a month for a 3-year contract (via Brinks) or you have the option of a month-to-month monitoring for $29. Cellular service fees apply to both packages.


The Ring Alarm system includes the hub, keypad, two door/window sensors, and a motion detector. Ring offers a variety of devices including indoor/outdoor security cameras, video doorbells, and floodlights for outdoors. Prices for the cameras range in price from $200 to $250. Solar panels, chargers, and accessories are also available.

With Nest, you get a Guard hub, two key fobs, and two door/window motion sensors for the $399 price tag. Additional devices can be purchased including the Nest thermostat, indoor/outdoor cameras, and environmental detectors and sensors.


Ring offers do-it-yourself installation for all of its products. Instructions are simple and easy to understand making it possible to complete both the installation and setup in less than an hour.

Nest offers both do-it-yourself and professional installation. There is an additional charge if you choose to have a professional set up your system.

Emergency Connections

Both systems offer cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity with battery backup. Each system provides immediate response with calls to both individuals on the contact list as well as the authorities.

Summary: Nest vs Ring

The Ring home security system offers high-tech surveillance and alarms without the additional costs. For homeowners and renters who want to do the job themselves, the Ring system is easy to install, offers affordable monthly plans, and effective protection.

The Nest Secure home security system is designed for the homeowner or renter who doesn't mind paying a little extra for the option of full home automation. It's more expensive than other do-it-yourself options, but is great if you use a Google-based smart system in your home or business.

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FAQs About Ring and Nest Comparisons

Do Ring cameras work with Nest Secure?

No, Ring cameras do not work with Nest Secure.

Do Nest cameras work with Ring Alarm?

No, Nest cameras do not work with the Ring Alarm.

Do Ring doorbells work with Nest Secure?

No, Ring doorbells do not work with Nest Secure.

Does Nest Hello work with Ring Alarm?

No, Nest Hello does not work with Ring Alarm.

Do Ring Alarm and Nest Secure need an Internet connection?

An Internet connection is not required, but both devices work best when connected to the Internet. Some features will not be available otherwise.

How much is each system per month?

That depends on what, if any, professional monitoring package you choose. Ring’s Protect Basic plan is $3 a month, while the Protect Plus plan is $10 a month. The Basic plan only covers one camera, while Protect Plus covers unlimited cameras.

Nest Secure’s professional monitoring is provided by Brinks. It costs $19 a month if you sign up for a three-year agreement. If you’d prefer a month-to-month agreement, the cost is $29 a month.

How are these systems installed?

Ring products are designed for self-installation. Professional installation is not offered by Ring, probably because there’s no hardwiring required. Nest also has a DIY installation option, but if the wiring is too tricky, you can pay for a professional to come out and install it.

Which is cheaper, Nest or Ring?

Ring’s doorbell camera and security system are both cheaper than their Nest counterparts.

Do Nest and Ring require contracts?

Nest Secure requires a contract if you want to use professional monitoring. Ring Alarm does not require a contract, but does require a monthly service fee if you want professional monitoring and live streaming capabilities.

Do Nest and Ring use cellular backups?

Yes, both systems can use cellular connections in case of a power outage.