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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Vivint.

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Vivint and Ring home security systems are both extremely functional for either home or apartment living. They offer a wide variety of features, but fall at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to price and 24/7 monitoring.

Overview: Ring vs Vivint

When it comes to advanced technology, Vivint is the winner hands down. Ring may not be as sophisticated, but it is effective especially when the Ring doorbell video viewer is installed correctly. Both systems have a great deal to offer and cover a comprehensive price range.

  1. Vivint must be professionally installed
  2. Ring's doorbell video viewer is extremely effective
  3. Both systems are 100% wireless
  4. Both systems offer indoor/outdoor cameras
  5. Vivint requires a contract unless equipment is purchased upfront, while Ring does not

Similarities: Vivint vs Ring

Vivint and Ring offer indoor/outdoor cameras, door/window sensors, and an effective alarm system. While the Vivint system must be professionally installed, additional pieces of equipment can be added by the homeowner.

  • 100% wireless
  • Mobile app that allows for remote operation
  • Doorbell video/camera with two-way voice interaction
  • Quality camera/video for both indoor/outdoor operation
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Environmental sensors (flood, water, fire, freeze)
  • Home automation

Differences: Vivint vs Ring

The biggest difference between the Vivint and Ring home security systems is the price. While both systems can be purchased, in order to be eligible for the FlexPay option with Vivint, you must have a credit score of at least 600 and agree to the terms of their contract.

  • Vivint requires a long-term contract if you don't purchase the equipment upfront
  • Ring offers DIY installation for all products
  • Vivint must be professionally installed
  • Vivint offers a lifetime warranty on most products
  • Ring is capable of interacting with devices from other manufacturers


The Vivint home security system offers complete home automation and the remote app that allows you to operate almost every aspect of your system while you're away from home. They have a comprehensive list of devices that can be included in the initial installation or purchased later and added to the system. This includes the video doorbell with two-way communication and indoor/outdoor cameras. The Vivint system also works with the Nest thermostat.

The Ring system starts with the base, keypad, door/window sensors and a state of the art alarm system. You can add the video doorbell viewer with two-way communication that the company is so well-known for. The Ring system starts out with a basic kit, but other items including additional door/window sensors and indoor/outdoor cameras can be added. The system also offers a range extender for $25.


Vivint requires a 4-5 year contract in order to have the system installed. If you want to purchase the system, you must qualify for the FlexPay portion of the contract which requires a credit score of at least 600 or higher. The FlexPay installment is paid in addition to the monthly fees that are charged for monitoring. Another option is to purchase the equipment upfront to avoid having to sign a contract.

Ring does not require a contract. It does, however, offer Protect Plans for the month to month or yearly coverage. If you prefer, you can choose to have ADT provide the monitoring for the Ring doorbell video viewer.


Vivint offers 24/7 monitoring with two different plans plus the FlexPay option for financing the equipment. The Basic plan starts at $30 and the Smart Home Plan at $40. Installation is free and includes the hardwiring of the video doorbell. The total cost of the system will be determined by the devices you choose to include in your initial set up.

The Ring basic home security system can be purchased for $199 directly from the company. The video doorbell starts at $179 with the most expensive or “elite” version topping out at $499. The Protect Basic plan starts at $3 per camera per month or $30 a month. The Protect Plus plan starts at $10 a month or $100 per year for an unlimited number of cameras and an extended warranty. Additional devices range in price from $20 to $50. This includes sensors and smoke or CO alarms.


Both systems come with a base, keypad (Vivint offers a 7” touchscreen), door/window sensors, and an indoor/outdoor camera. Vivint offers many other options that can be included in their system, like environmental sensors, glass break sensors, and the video doorbell.

In addition to Ring's basic kit; the doorbell viewer, indoor/outdoor cameras, range extenders, and environmental sensors are all available for purchase.

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Vivint does not offer a do-it-yourself installation option. With their system, professional installation is required. In order for their version of the video doorbell to be installed properly, they require it to be hardwired into the existing doorbell wiring.

Ring's home security system is completely do-it-yourself and can be fully installed in less than 30 minutes, including downloading and programming the mobile app. Programs can also be downloaded onto a PC or tablet, allowing you to monitor the system from either a mobile device or your desktop.

Emergency Connections

Both systems allow for emergency connectivity. Vivint's system offers connectivity over a cell, Wi-Fi or landline, while Ring's system runs off of Wi-Fi or cell connections. Both alarm systems are capable of notifying the proper authorities if 24/7 monitoring is set up on the Ring system. This includes fire, smoke, CO, water, and freeze alerts.

Summary: Ring vs Vivint

For homeowners who want the top of the line in terms of features, monitoring and price, Vivint is the system for you. It is one of the most sophisticated home security systems on the market and requires professional assistance when it comes to installation and monitoring.

Ring is designed more for the person who likes to be as hands-on as possible. It is a do-it-yourself system that offers many of the features of the more elaborate home security systems. It's extremely affordable for the level of technology it provides. It's a great option for someone who doesn't want the high cost along with the high tech.

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