Getting started - Welcome to your new Ring Alarm system

Congratulations on your purchase of a Ring Alarm home security system! Ring Alarm is an affordable and comprehensive DIY home security system. Built to reduce make neighbourhoods safer, this customisable security system creates a ring of security that protects your home.

Click here to go to the Ring Alarm (1st Generation) installation guide.

Click here to go to the Ring Alarm (2nd Generation) installation guide.

Part One - Unpack your system

Wait! Don’t pull out all of the tabs at once! It can make setting up your Ring Alarm a lot more complicated. Wait until you’re ready to set up a certain device, then only pull its tab when the app prompts you. If you do accidentally pull out multiple tabs at once, click here to learn what to do next.

The following is a listing of the major components that come in the Ring Alarm box along with a short description of what the component is and what part of the security system the part is responsible for:

  • Base Station: The Base Station is the heart of the system and is actively connected to and commands all of the Ring Alarm devices connected to the system. This is where all of the functions of Ring Alarm pass through and are controlled from. The Base Station’s functions are:
    • Assisted Monitoring: Keeps an eye on all of the sensors in the home. If any of the sensors are tripped, the Base Station will set off the alarm siren and begin automatically calling you or your emergency contacts. 
    • System Communication: The Base Station provides visual and audio feedback regarding system status changes and events by speaking directly to you or through "chirps."
      • Note: Chirps are user configurable sounds that can be set for each device. They will sound when a device is tripped.
    • System Backup: Your Base Station is equipped with battery backup and cellular backup to make sure the system is up and running even if the power goes out or broadband is unavailable. 
  • Keypad: The Keypad (powered by both rechargeable battery or AC) is an alternate method of controlling the alarm state of the Ring Alarm system. By typing on the Keypad, users can arm and disarm the system, bypass certain sensors, or trigger the alarm. Extra Keypads can be purchased separately. 
  • Contact Sensor: Contact Sensors are magnetic sensors that are placed at doors and windows that can tell when they’re opened and (assuming the device is active in your current mode) trigger the alarm and inform the monitoring centre. Extra contact sensors can be purchased separately.
  • Motion Detector: Motion Detectors use passive infrared scanning (PIR) to detect motion in a given area. Once motion is detected they will send a notification and (depending on system settings) trigger an alarm. At least one Motion Detector comes in the box. Extra Motion Detectors can be purchased separately. 
  • Range Extender: The base unit and Ring Alarm sensors communicate with each other using a secure mesh network called Z-Wave Plus. This is not Wi-Fi and will not interfere with Wi-Fi signals. A Range Extender lengthens the mesh network with which Ring Alarm components communicate with each other as well as the distance the Base Station can communicate with a device.

Part Two - Download the Ring app and set up your free Ring account

If Ring Alarm is your first Ring device, you'll need to download and install the Ring app. The following link: will automatically begin downloading the correct version for your operating system.

Note: The Ring app is free, but you may need your username and password for your device's store page to download the app.

If you would rather go to the app page for your device, use the link below for your operating system:

If this is your first Ring product, You will be asked to set up an account. To set up an account:

  • Open the Ring app.
  • Follow the in-app instructions to create a new account.
  • Select Set Up a Device and select Ring Alarm Base Station.

Part Three - Set up and register your Ring Alarm Base Station

Setting up your Ring Alarm Base Station in the Ring app is the first step in setting up your Ring Alarm system. The following article will walk you through the process.

Getting Started: Setting up and registering your Base Station in the Ring app

Part Four - Place Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors around your home

Once your Base Station is set up and your devices are connected to the Base Station, you can start placing your sensors and Motion Detectors around your home. The correct placement of these sensors is critical in protecting your home, so you might want to check out the following articles that give some advice on the correct placement of Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors.

Getting Started: Understanding and installing your devices

Getting Started: Placing Sensors and Motion Detectors

Part Five - Take a tour of your Ring app

You're already using your Ring app to control various functions of your Ring Alarm, but the Ring app is a very powerful piece of software that can do much more than just arm and disarm your Ring Alarm. The following article will walk you through the many functions of the Ring app: 

Introduction to the Ring app

Part Six - Set up your users

One of the critical decisions the owner of a Ring Alarm system has is deciding who has access to their system. Certain people need total control over the system while others only need to be able to perform a few simple functions. The owner of the system, for example, needs to be able to configure every aspect of Ring Alarm. 

Someone who comes in to water the plants while the family is on holiday needs very limited access. Fortunately, there is a system in place in Ring Alarm to deal with this situation: Shared Users and Guest Users.

Click here for more information on Shared Users and Guest Users.

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