Until recently, Ring didn't offer a professional monitoring option. However, you can now take advantage of their professional monitoring services for as little as $10 per month or receive a discount if you pay the $100 annual professional monitoring fee. This is much less expensive than most professional monitoring options other brands offer.

OK, that's great! So, what are the different Ring plan and monitoring options?

What Are the Different Ring Plan and Monitoring Options?

While Ring offers three different package options, each having a different level of service, only one of those plans comes with professional monitoring. The upper tier plan is the only one that comes with professional monitoring; however, the price is so affordable that it's truly a no-brainer upgrade.

Here are the three Ring plans and what they include.

Ring Free Plan – This is included with all Ring devices

  • No coverage
  • Ring and motion alerts
  • Custom motion detection
  • Ability to interact with visitors from anywhere
  • Live video on demand
  • 1-year warranty
  • No long-term contract
  • You can cancel at any time

Ring Protect Basic Plan – $3/mo. $30/yr.

  • Covers one Ring doorbell or one Ring security camera
  • Ring and motion alerts
  • Custom motion detection
  • Ability to interact with visitors from anywhere
  • Live video on demand
  • 1-year warranty
  • Video recordings – you can access the videos of every Ring, Motion and Live View event for up to 60 days
  • Review, share, and save your Ring videos
  • No long-term contract
  • You can cancel at any time

Ring Protect Plus Plan – $10/mo. $100/yr.

  • Covers all Ring devices at one address
  • Ring and motion alerts
  • Custom motion detection
  • Ability to interact with visitors from anywhere
  • Live video on demand
  • Extended warranty
  • Video recordings – you can access the videos of every Ring, Motion and Live View event for up to 60 days
  • Review, share, and save your Ring videos
  • Ring Alarm professional monitoring
  • Exclusive discounts at ring.com
  • No long-term contract
  • You can cancel at any time

Ring Protect Basic vs Ring Protect Plus

There are a few distinct differences between the Ring Protect Basic and Ring Protect Plus plans. However, neither of them requires you to sign a long-term contract and you can cancel at any time.

  • Ring Protect Basic – This plan gives you coverage for one Ring Doorbell or one Ring Security Camera. It also gives you the ability to use the video recording feature.  Additionally, you can also turn on the event sharing feature for your Ring camera. This plan costs $3/mo. or $30/yr. Unfortunately, this plan doesn't include the professional monitoring option or any exclusive ring.com discounts. And, with the Ring Protect Basic plan, you will only receive a 1-year warranty.
  • Ring Protect Plus – This plan is an enhanced version of the Basic plan. The Ring Protect Plus covers all your Ring cameras. It also gives you the video recording, video review, and the video-sharing features as well. The Ring Protect Plus plan costs $10/mo. or $100/yr. Additionally, with this plan, you will get the professional monitoring services and the exclusive ring.com discounts you don't get with the Basic plan.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ring Monitoring

Can the Ring alarm be used without professional monitoring?

Yes, you can. And, you will still get mobile and email notifications whenever your Ring detects activity. This will allow you to self-monitor your home and property from anywhere. However, in this case, your Ring alarm, won't send a signal to the monitoring center unless you have a paid subscription to Ring Protect Plus which includes Ring's professional monitoring services.

Where is Ring professional monitoring available?

Ring Alarm and their professional monitoring services are available in all 50 states within the continental U.S. You can also get the Ring Alarm and their professional monitoring services in Canada, except for Quebec.

Do I have the option of trying out Ring's professional monitoring before I commit to a subscription?

Yes, you can. Ring offers a free 30-day trial of the Ring Protect Plus plan. So you can try it before you commit to subscribing.  And don't forget that the Ring Protect Plus plan has additional helpful features as well so you really get your money's worth.

What Is the Ring 7-Day Practice Mode?

Ring offers a 7-Day Practice Mode. This will enable you and your family to practice using Ring and its services. During the practice mode, you will be able to arm your system and disarm your system using Ring, the app and the keypad. You can also set your entry and exit delays, and, configure your motion detector settings to fit your needs without having to worry about accidentally requesting any emergency services. But you will receive a recorded call if your alarm is set off during your practice mode session at which time you can either dismiss it as a false alarm or talk with a live representative to request emergency services if needed.

After your 7-Day Practice Mode, Ring will automatically move your services to professional monitoring.

Are there any extra fees?

It depends. Your local area might require you to get a permit for the professional monitoring. Therefore, if Ring has to get a permit for you, then yes, there could be a permit fee involved.

Who provides monitoring for Ring?

Monitoring is provided by Central Station Monitoring.