Expanding from their original product, video-connected doorbells, Ring has introduced a new home security system called Protect. Protect is currently only available for pre-order and is expected to hit shelves in November, but we’ve gone ahead and done the research on what (if anything) makes this newcomer to the home security system scene stand out.
The Ring Protect’s basic kit is cheap(ish), but can it actually do the job?
One of the first things that grabbed my attention was frequent mentioning of competitively low prices for the two plans Ring offers on their site. At $200 the Protect Security Kit consists of the basic hardware for the security system and includes the base station, keypad, one range extender, one contact sensor, and one motion sensor. Compared to other security systems, $200 seems pretty fair, but it’s definitely not the lowest offer in the industry. Then come the monthly fees. “$3 per month? That’s not too bad” I thought, skimming through the Protect Basic package offerings. Well, yeah– the basic package is $3 per month per camera. If you’re in search of a home security system with any more than one camera, Ring’s going to direct you to their Protect Plus plan, which is over three times more than the basic at $10 per month. Doesn’t seem too bad either, but Ring charges extra to capture all your good angles: The cheapest camera Ring offers starts at $179, and the most expensive is $249. However, all of Ring’s cameras allow for two-way talk, which is definitely a nice feature.
The Ring Protect’s hardware is simple and aesthetically pleasing, but…
I will say that the Ring Protect’s physical control panel is aesthetically pleasing, especially for a minimalist home. However, the lack of a screen may make it difficult for less tech-savvy users to use; the “Base Station” only shows symbols for each aspect of the security system to be controlled, so it could be difficult to see what you’re doing without also referring to the system’s app. Simple shouldn’t mean insufficient, yet the offerings of the Ring Protect’s Security Kit falls short in the amount of contact sensors included (there’s just one). Last time I checked, residences usually have more than one point of entry or window that should be monitored, so the lack of additional contact sensors in the basic package is disappointing. Moving on to the motion sensors, the site offers little insight into the specs of their sensors, including whether or not their sensors are pet friendly (i.e. your pet trotting around at 2 AM could trigger an alarm, but we can’t tell for sure). Also, the Ring Protect relies on your Wifi connection. If your Wifi happens to cut out, the cameras can’t record locally. In addition, the hardware doesn’t seem to be compatible with other smart tech yet, such as Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot. Other security systems paired with Amazon tech allows users to complete actions such as locking doors, turning on lights, or arming their systems just by speaking to Alexa. It’s going to be awkward if you try to talk to the Ring Protect, because you won’t get a response.
Final thoughts on the Ring Protect
The Ring Protect is sleek and simple, but less isn’t necessarily more when it comes to protecting your home and the ones you love. Low monthly fees hardly make up for the expensive hardware not included in Ring’s set packages, and the Protect Security Kit’s single contact sensor is probably not sufficient enough to protect your entire home. While the Ring Protect’s basic package may be enough for the minimalist (and risk-taker), those seeking options that allow them to be more connected with their home and existing smart tech may want to look into other options.
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