You asked and we listened. Today we will review the Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit.
Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.
- It lets you record events and receive alerts via your smartphone
- It lets you customize your alarm system for your needs
- It gives you full control when you’re away and at home
- It’s easy to set up
- 24/7 professional monitoring comes at an extra cost
- In case of a power outage, the alarm battery will keep the system up and running
- The included siren might be too loud for you
- Although there is a battery backup, monitoring fees are needed in case of a power outage
I have been impressed by Ring's lineup ever since I first read about it. I was excited to be able to try out the latest release in this lineup with the Ring Alarm. This kit contains everything you need to get up and running.
The kit includes the base station, two contact sensors, and two magnetic sensors. The base station plugs into the nearest electrical outlet. The contact sensors allow you to know when there is activity in the door or window area of the home.
You can arm the system from anywhere. When you arm the system, you can also see a live view of all the sensors and select which ones to arm.
Additionally, you get a hardwired 6-button battery backup. This is a great feature that will keep the system going even if the power goes out. You also get 10,000 unique door and window codes in the app for customization.
Also, the base station has a siren that can sound in the event of a break-in. I found the siren to be a bit too loud for my taste, but it is nice to know it is there.
However, if there was an activity due to a door or window being opened, or there was motion in the area, I found that it took extra time to figure out what was going on.
There is also a manual switch at the base station that allows you to disable the monitoring. I found this to be convenient when I needed to disable the system for a time.
The Ring Alarm is a great kit and I really like being able to customize the system to what I need. You do have to pay attention since you need to arm the system from online to be able to view the system.
I feel that the associated app would be much improved if it was an actual app rather than a web interface.
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