Ring — maker of one of the most popular doorbell cameras and a number of security cameras — has debuted its own home security system, Protect. The whole-home Protect Security Kit will cost $199, and Ring will offer monthly monitoring, as well.
Protect Security Kit comes with a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender. Protect Base Station ($110) and Protect Keypad ($50) are both part of the kit, but can also be purchased separately. Users can also purchase additional Protect Contact Sensors — magnetic sensors that send alerts when monitored doors or windows are opened — for $20 each.
Ring’s Protect is DIY, and the company notes that no tools are required to install the system. The Security Kit comes with a backup battery, and Ring is also offering an optional cellular backup in one of its monitoring packages.
Ring is offering two subscription plans with Protect. The Protect Basic plan costs $3/month or $30/year per camera. That plan includes cloud storage of Ring videos for 60 days, video review of alerts, and video sharing.
Protect Plus is $10/month or $100/year, and it covers unlimited cameras — the whole home. That plan offers everything that Protect Basic does, in addition to Ring Response’s 24/7 professional monitoring, a lifetime warranty, the aforementioned cellular backup, and exclusive discounts on Ring products. A Ring Protect Basic Station (included in the Security Kit) is required to use the Protect Plus plan. While it remains to be seen how effective Ring’s monitoring service will be, that aggressive price is sure to attract some security system shoppers.
Ring’s announcement comes just a few weeks after Nest announced its own doorbell security system, Nest Secure and its first video doorbell, Nest Hello. It’s not a surprise to see home automation companies expanding into the growing security space, with others sure to follow.
All of Ring’s Protect products are currently available for preorder. The company claims the new security line will ship in November.