Ring Alarm Security System

Ring Equipment and Protect Plans: Package and Monitoring Pricing

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Amazon’s Ring is one of the biggest names in home security today. With packages and pricing that won’t stretch the wallet, the Ring Alarm system is positioned for growth in the years to come. But it begs the question, “Is Ring really more affordable than other home security systems?” And, “Do they offer kits that will suit your home and your needs?” Our experts have researched and tested Ring Alarm from top to bottom, and we’re sharing our findings with you today.

Key Features

  • Wireless & Cellular Monitoring
  • DIY Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Low Monitoring Fees
  • Home Automation
  • Wi-Fi and 3G Cell Alerts

Ring Alarm Pricing

When it comes to pricing out home security, you have to consider two things. First things first, equipment costs. You’ll typically have to pay the equipment costs upfront and out-of-pocket. Then, you have to consider monthly monitoring fees. Many companies, like Ring, don’t require it, but we usually recommend a professional monitoring plan. It gives you an added layer of protection.

Evaluating Ring Alarm Keypad

SafeHome.org Editor Andrew Garcia evaluating the Ring keypad

We’ve researched a lot of security systems, and Ring’s equipment prices are the second lowest we’ve seen. Their base packages start at $199 for a 5-piece kit and range up to $329 for a 14-piece kit. From our experience, Ring’s most expensive kit is priced similar to the cheapest kits of other brands. Now, that’s not to say Ring is a better value. But it’s certainly the more affordable option.

Overview of Ring Alarm Prices

Ring Alarm Security KitsPrice
5-Piece Kit$199
10-Piece Kit$259
14-Piece Kit$329
Custom KitsPricing Variable

As far as monthly monitoring plans go, Ring Alarm is the cheapest we’ve seen. The two paid plans cost $3 and $10 per month, respectively. The $3 per month plan is for monitoring a video doorbell or security camera, while the $10 per month plan gives you 24-7 professional monitoring of your Ring Alarm. This plan is the option that most users choose. Compared to other systems, Ring’s monitoring is incredibly affordable. They also offer annual plan discounts. From what we’ve seen, most systems start at $19.99 or even $29.99 per month for monitoring.

Overview of Ring Monitoring Plans

Ring Monitoring PlansPrice
Ring Basic$3 per month ($30 per year)
Ring Protect Plus$10 per month ($100 per year)

Another thing to consider is the cost associated with upgrades, accessories, and add-ons. For instance, you can purchase additional entryway sensors or an extra keypad. You can also integrate Ring security cameras and environmental sensors into your alarm system. But all of these options come at a price. We’ll cover this in-depth. For now, let’s discuss the Ring Alarm packages and monitoring plans in more detail to see what makes sense for you.

Ring Alarm Packages

The Ring Alarm comes in three main kits or packages, which is fairly standard for the industry. Depending on the size of your apartment or home, you can purchase a kit that fits your space, and then customize your Ring Alarm with additional sensors, keypads, and other add-ons. The nice thing about DIY kits like Ring is that you can easily add new devices in a matter of minutes.

Ring 5-Piece Kit

Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit
Do you live in an apartment or condo? If so, this option might be the right fit for your space. This kit costs $199 and comes with one door and window sensor and one motion detector, so you will most likely have to purchase an additional sensor or two. You also get the Ring base station, one keypad, and a range extender. The 5-piece kit performed well during our tests. But it lacked a comprehensive device selection, and it was unable to secure all our doors and windows. If you do choose Ring Alarm for home security, we recommend spending the extra $60 for the 10-piece package.

Key Stats & Specs

  • Secures one door or one window
  • Adds motion detection for one room
  • Covers up to 1,000 sq ft (one room)
  • DIY installation

Ring 10-Piece Kit

Ring Alarm 10-Piece Kit
This package is Ring’s most popular setup, as it’s very reasonably priced at $259. It includes enough entryway sensors to secure up to five windows or doors, and it also comes with two Ring motion detectors. If your living space is between 1,000 and 2,000 sq. ft., then the 10-piece package is likely a good fit for you. This kit also includes one base station, a keypad, and a range extender. For just a little more money than the 5-piece option, this 10-piece package gives you twice the equipment.

Key Stats & Specs

  • Secures up to five windows or doors
  • Includes motion detection for two rooms
  • Good for most two-bedroom homes
  • DIY installation

Ring 14-Piece Kit

Ring Alarm 14-Piece Kit
Ring Alarm also offers a 14-piece option for medium to larger homes. It costs $329, and in our experience, this package offers just enough equipment to fit most spaces. You might have a device or two leftover, but it’s better than having to purchase additional equipment at marked-up prices. The difference between Ring’s 10-piece and 14-piece kit is three extra entry sensors ($60 value) and one extra keypad ($50 value). We did the math, and that’s a pretty good deal when all is said and done.

Key Stats & Specs

  • Secures up to eight windows or doors
  • Includes motion detection for two rooms
  • Includes two keypads
  • Works for 3+ bedroom homes
  • DIY installation

Although Ring is one of the most affordable security systems, it’s not exactly the most advanced, which is something we cover in our full Ring Alarm review. Each Ring package comes with a decent lineup of features and technology. Beyond home protection, we didn’t really experience many extra benefits. For starters, Ring’s home automation options are few and far between. It does work with Alexa, but that’s about it.1 Also, Ring’s mobile app doesn’t allow for advanced customizations.2

Ring Alarm App

SafeHome.org’s Ring Alarm App setup

If you’re on the market for a fairly simple system that is affordable, easy to install, and easy to use, then we recommend Ring Alarm for those purposes. However, if you’re looking for a home security package with more robust home security and automation features, you might want to explore options from companies such as Vivint, Frontpoint, or ADT. With that said, the Ring Alarm has garnered quite the market share because it’s relatively cheap and able to get the job done.3 And our testing has confirmed this fact.
Mobile Alerts
Mobile Alerts

Ring Alarm sends mobile alerts to your smartphone whenever a door or window is open or the alarm is triggered. You can sync Ring doorbells, cameras, and the alarm to the Ring App to customize your mobile alerts and notifications.

Surveillance Cameras
Surveillance Cameras

Ring’s security cameras make them one of the best options on the market for surveillance. They offer indoor and outdoor security cameras, as well as video doorbells. You can choose from both wireless and hardwired security cameras.

DIY Installation
DIY Installation

Ring offers DIY installation. The setup is easy and includes all the tools needed for installation. It takes anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to install each component. You can view helpful setup guides on the Ring website, as well.

Smart Home Options
Smart Home Options

Ring allows you to control the alarm system, video cameras, doorbell cameras, and smoke detectors from a smartphone or tablet. You can arm and disarm the system from anywhere and receive notifications regarding activity in your home.

Disaster Protection
Disaster Protection

Ring offers a Z-Wave smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. You can connect the detector to your Ring Alarm system and receive instant notifications whenever there is smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide detected in your home. Ring Alarm also features a Flood & Freeze Sensor. This device detects freezing temperatures and water in your home.

Remote Control
Remote Control

You can remotely control your Ring Alarm system from anywhere in the world using the convenient Ring app. The app is available for both Android and iOS.

Voice Response
Voice Response

Ring’s video doorbells offer a two-way talk. You can see, hear, and speak to people through the camera from your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Power Outage Protection
Power Outage Protection

Ring offers backup battery protection on its equipment. If there is a power outage or failure, it will notify you immediately.

24/7 Monitoring
24-7 Monitoring

Ring offers 24-7 professional monitoring with cellular backup.

Equipment Upgrades

Once you decide on a Ring Alarm kit, you have plenty of options to upgrade and customize your system. Overall, the equipment costs are less than the industry average. For instance, most security companies sell entryway sensors for $30 to $50 apiece, while Ring offers them for only $20 a pop. Their video doorbells and environmental sensors are also more affordable than the competition. But we’ve found Ring’s outdoor security cameras to be similarly priced compared to brands in the same category (not professional-grade).

Did You Know: If you purchase a home security system that works with Alexa, you can use voice control to arm and disarm your system, along with other commands?

Also, once you have add-on equipment installed, you’re almost guaranteed to save money with Ring’s $10 per month monitoring plan. Here is a rundown of Ring add-on costs:

Ring Security System ProductsProduct TypeCost
Alarm KeypadControl$50.00
Alarm Motion DetectorSensor$30.00
Alarm Flood & Freeze SensorSensor$35.00
Alarm Smoke and CO ListenerSensor$35.00
Alarm Contact SensorSensor$20.00
Indoor CamSecurity Camera$59.00
Spotlight Cam BatterySecurity Camera$199.00
Spotlight Cam WiredSecurity Camera$199.00
Spotlight Cam SolarSecurity Camera$229.00
Spotlight Cam MountSecurity Camera$249.00
Floodlight CamSecurity Camera$249.00
Stick Up Cam BatterySecurity Camera$179.99
Stick Up Cam WiredSecurity Camera$179.99
Peephole CamSecurity Camera$99.00
Stick Up Cam SolarSecurity Camera$229.99

Monitoring Plans

This area is where we experienced true value with Ring. If you’re not familiar with professional monitoring, it essentially connects your system to a monitoring center in case of a break-in or emergency. When your alarm goes off, the monitoring center is immediately notified and responds with the appropriate action.4 Ring’s response times vary, but they average about 30 seconds.

Tip: Many brands like Ring offer a 30-day free trial of their monitoring service. It’s worth trying for one month, and if you don’t like it, you can cancel for free.

Ring’s monitoring plan costs are among the cheapest in the industry. If you go with the Ring Alarm, you’ll want the Ring Protect Plus plan, which costs $10 per month. The $3 per month plan is for users with a single device installed, such as a Ring Video Doorbell or Spotlight Cam.

Neither plan requires a long-term contract, and you can cancel at any time without penalty.5 Ring Alarm’s flexibility is a substantial benefit, as many companies require you to sign a 12- or 36-month contract to use their systems. We find that most users tolerate paying $30 per month or more for 24-7 professional monitoring, that is until they realize it’s only $10 per month with Ring.6

Overall Value of Ring Alarm

Ring offers three straightforward packages, ranging from $199 to $329. Once you choose a kit, you will likely want to upgrade your Ring Alarm system over time. Depending on the options you desire, this upgrade can cost upwards of $100 to $300 or more. Then, if you want to sign up for professional monitoring, expect to pay $10 per month. As you can see, the prices can add up over time. However, compared to other systems we’ve tested, Ring Alarm is still one of the best values for your dollar.

If you think the Ring Alarm system is a good fit for your budget and lifestyle, we can offer a few recommendations.

First, choose the kit that will secure every entryway in your home. For instance, if you have a front door and two windows, go with Ring’s 10-piece kit. This kit will leave you with a couple of extra sensors, but you never know what your living situation might look like in the future.

Then, we recommend going with the Ring Protect Plus plan for 24-7 professional monitoring. If you find that you don’t need it, don’t worry, Ring makes it easy to cancel. Finally, if or when your budget allows for it, upgrade your system with a few Ring cameras. Their cameras are relatively cheap, and they allow you to tap into live stream video of your home remotely. All in all, we found the Ring Alarm to be a good value.

Ring Alarm FAQs

Is Ring Alarm compatible with Alexa?

Yes, the two work together. Like Alexa, Ring Alarm is owned by Amazon.

Is Ring Alarm wireless?

Yes, Ring Alarm is wireless. Ring Alarm works with either wired or wireless Internet as well.

Does Ring Alarm require an Internet connection?

Yes, Ring Alarm does require an internet connection.

Does Ring Alarm have a battery backup?

Yes, Ring Alarm does have a battery backup. The base station includes a battery backup in case of a power outage or other loss of power. It works as usual for 15 minutes after losing power, but after that point, it goes into a limited functionality mode. In that case, the battery can last up to 24 hours.

Does Ring Alarm require professional monitoring?

Ring Alarm does not require professional monitoring. You’re free to self-monitor if that makes sense for you. If you choose that option, you’ll get alerts on your phone, but Ring won’t contact authorities on your behalf.

What is Ring Alarm’s monthly cost?

The Ring Basic Plan covers a single security camera for $3 a month, or $30 a year. For $10 a month or $100 a year, Ring Protect Plus covers all the cameras at your address. As mentioned above, it also comes with cellular data backup.

What happens if a burglar tries to smash the Ring Alarm base station?

The base station is designed to be smash-proof, which means it will still send signals even if a burglar tries to disarm it by force.

How much is the Ring Alarm security package?

The 5-piece home security system is normally $199, but there are sometimes sales which discount further.

What equipment comes with the Ring Alarm security package?

The 5-piece kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and base station range extender.

Does Ring Alarm require professional installation?

No, the Ring Alarm does not require professional installation. Ring Alarm has a simple installation that you can do yourself. Ring’s customer service offers additional installation support if you need it.

Does Ring Alarm come with a warranty?

Yes, Ring Alarm comes with a warranty. There’s a limited warranty that includes theft protection. That means Ring will replace your equipment if it gets stolen.

Does Ring Alarm come with a panic button?

Yes, Ring Alarm comes with a panic button as an add-on item.

Does Ring Alarm have glass break sensors?

No, the Ring Alarm does not currently offer glass break sensors.

Will Ring Alarm’s motion sensors go off around my pets?

The Ring Alarm’s motion sensor might go off around your pet. It depends on how much your pets weigh. The Ring Alarm motion sensors don’t detect pets that weigh under 33 pounds. You can also adjust the sensitivity as needed.

SafeHome only uses high-quality sources to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. Ring. (2020). Integrating Amazon Alexa-supported Devices with Ring Devices.

  2. Ring.com. (2020, March 6). Ring – Always Home. Google.

  3. Hodgson, K. (2018, March 1). State of the Market: Security & Monitoring 2018. SDM Magazine.

  4. Ring. (2020). Getting Started – Understanding the Emergency Process.

  5. Ring. (2020). Upgrading, Changing, or Canceling your Ring Protect Plan.

  6. Markets and Marketing. (2018, March). Alarm Monitoring Market by Offering, Input Signal, Communication Technology, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023. (Market Research Report No. SE 3843).

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
Written By
Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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  1. Avatar Mike says:

    System works great. No issues at all. I use it in my business.

  2. Avatar Fatinma Battle says:

    Does you service offer video coverage inside the home or apartment?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Fatinma,

      Yes, the service has indoor video coverage.

  3. Avatar Napolian powell says:

    Can I listen and speak the the cameras from Ring App

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Yes, you can talk to people on camera using the Ring app.

  4. Avatar Cheryl says:

    What is Unlimited Ring Camera Coverage for why would you need it

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      That simply means the Protect Plus plan covers all your cameras at a single address. The Protect Basic plan only covers one.

  5. Avatar Patty says:

    Do you have to pay a monthly fee for just the alarms system?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      You don’t have to pay a monthly fee if you want to self-monitor.

  6. Avatar Ken Fry says:

    How do you reset the time? I don’t know what happened, but the time is wrong.

  7. Avatar JoAnn says:

    How much it the ring , without monthly payments full price

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi JoAnn,
      That depends on which package you get, but the basic Ring Alarm Indoor Security Kit is $199.

  8. Avatar Christine says:

    Can you get more than 1 camera if you want to view different angles of the home/street?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Christine,
      Yes, you can buy more than 1 camera to view different angles.

  9. Avatar Roger Hopt says:

    Does this system require internet, hard line phone, and electric power to be active.

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Roger,
      Ring has a battery backup in case the power goes out, but that’s not designed to be used all the time. So yes, it does require electrical power. An Internet connection is also necessary, but you do not need a landline phone to use Ring.

  10. Avatar Darin Prager says:

    What kind of warranty does it come with. If I get robbed and your system fails, does ring cover any costs. What happens if I need service?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Darin,
      Ring has a one year repair or replacement warranty. There is also theft protection as long as you make a police report.

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