Ring Alarm System Basic Information

Ring Alarm is an affordable and comprehensive DIY home security system. Start with a Security Kit that includes a Base Station, Keypad, Contact Sensor, Motion Detector, and Range Extender. Add components to meet your security needs and the size of your home.

Built to help make your home more secure, this customizable security system supplements Ring’s doorbells, cams, and accessories. The following article answers some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Ring Alarm system.

What is the Ring Alarm system?

Ring Alarm is a DIY home security system for any house or apartment. Ring Alarm gives you the option to enable 24/7 Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring2 and is equipped with battery backup and 24/7 Internet Backup 4 when paired with a Ring Protect Pro subscription. Together, these features help ensure the system is always up and running even if your power goes out or broadband is unavailable (with a Ring Protect Pro plan). Ring Alarm is simple, affordable security without long-term commitments or the need for professional installation.

Ring Alarm can also be used at business locations.


What comes in the Ring Alarm box?
The Ring Alarm kit contains all the components you need to install and activate your new security system.

  • Base Station: The base station is the heart of your system and connects your Ring Alarm security devices to all your Ring Video Doorbells, Security Cameras, and other smart devices. The base station monitors the secure sensors in your home in order to trigger burglar or fire alarms. The base station includes cellular and battery backup to support sending alarms even if broadband and power go down. In Low Power Mode, only some alarm features, including Alarm Cellular Backup, are available. Battery life is dependent on device settings, usage, environment, and other factors.
  • Keypad: The keypad provides users with a physical interface for controlling their alarm system. The keypad allows users to arm and disarm their system, view system status and receive visual and audio feedback regarding system status changes and events. The keypad includes a rechargeable battery and AC power options so users have the convenience to place the keypad on a tabletop or mount it on a wall.
  • Contact Sensor: The contact sensor mounts to any door or window and monitors whether the door or window is opened or closed. Contact sensors are battery-operated and can be set up with double-sided tape or using screws.
  • Motion Detector: The motion detector watches for motion in an area or room. It observes motion by a passive infrared (PIR) sensor in a 90º radius. Motion sensors are battery-operated and can be set up with double-sided tape or using screws.
  • Range Extender: The range extender strengthens the Z-Wave mesh network and extends the signal from your base station to communicate with devices that are normally outside of its range. The range extender also has a battery to ensure Ring Alarm maintains its mesh network if the power goes down.

Do I have to purchase the kit or can I buy one piece at a time?
Ring Alarm Security Kits are available in a variety of bundles giving you everything you need to secure your home. You can purchase additional sensors, motion detectors, keypads, and other devices to extend your Alarm.

Is the Base Station necessary?
Yes. The Base Station is necessary for the Ring Alarm to function.

Can the Ring Alarm system detect fires and carbon monoxide?
Yes, Ring Alarm can also trigger fire and carbon monoxide alarms but only if you’ve installed a FirstAlert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm3. As a part of Ring Alarm professional monitoring,2 if your Alarm is triggered due to fire or carbon monoxide detection, fire rescue will be notified for dispatch. If you’re enrolled in self-monitoring and your Alarm is triggered due to fire or carbon monoxide detection, you will only receive alerts through your Base Station.

I signed up for a Ring Protect Basic plan for a single Ring camera. Does that plan cover Ring Alarm system monitoring?2
No. The Basic plan only covers a single camera. If you have this plan, you will need to upgrade to the Pro plan to get Ring Alarm professional monitoring2 for your Ring Alarm system.
Click here for more information about the Ring Protect Plan.

How long will the battery last on the keypad before needing to be recharged?
The battery should last six - nine months on a single charge before needing a recharge. This can change depending on usage and power save settings.

Where does the sound come from when the alarm goes off?
The sound comes from the base station and the keypad.

How many decibels is the security system's alarm?
The alarm is 104 decibels, the equivalent to the sound of a motorcycle.

How many sensors can be used per security kit?
Up to 100 Z-Wave devices can be used per each security kit.

Will my pets set off my motion sensors?
The Alarm system has advanced motion sensitivity to prevent false alarms from pets under 33 pounds.

Click here for more information on the Ring Alarm and pets.

Is the Ring Alarm available for purchase now?
Ring Alarm is currently available for purchase.

How much does the Ring Alarm system cost?
The Ring Alarm 5-piece Security Kit retails for $199 USD. The optional Ring Alarm professional monitoring2 and video recording plan costs $20 per month or $200 USD per year. Additional Ring Alarm sensors and devices are also sold separately.

Click here for more information on the Ring Protect Plan.

Do I have to sign up for the Ring Protect Plan?
No. If you have not signed up for a Ring Protect subscription, your Ring Alarm System will still monitor your home. However, some features like push notifications and digital arming and disarming via the Ring app will require a Ring Protect subscription1.

I already signed up for Ring Protect Pro when I purchased another Ring product. Is 24/7 Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring2 for the Ring Alarm system a separate charge?
No, 24/7 Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring2 service doesn’t cost extra. The Ring Protect Pro plan with professional monitoring2 also covers video recording for existing and newly purchased Ring doorbells and cameras for $20 per month or $200 per year. Please note that Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring2 only covers one location.
Click here for more information on the Ring Protect Plan.

Can the Ring Alarm be connected via wifi or does it require an Ethernet connection?
The Ring Alarm can be connected via 2.4 or 5 GHz wifi or Ethernet connections.
Click here for more information on connecting the Ring Alarm to the internet.

What cellular network is being used for the cellular backup features of Ring Alarm?
Cellular network services for the Ring Alarm's back-up are being provided by AT&T.
Click here for more information on what happens when your Ring Alarm goes offline.

What happens if the power fails or I lose my internet connection?
The Ring Alarm comes with Alarm Cellular Backup4 (with a Ring Protect Pro plan) and battery backup systems that kick in if you lose your power or internet connection. The backup battery is good for about 24 hours of operation.
Click here for more information on Ring Alarm's backup system.

Is the Ring Alarm system compatible with other devices?
Learn more about Works With Ring – Compatible Devices

Are there any plans to work with your current lock company partners or SmartThings/HomeKit/Google Home to integrate with Ring Alarm?
Ring is always exploring integration opportunities with potential collaborators based on what will best empower our Neighbors with affordable, effective ways to help protect their homes. Going forward, Ring will announce these collaborations when they are ready.

Do I need a permit or a registration to own a Ring Alarm system?
Permit requirements vary depending on where you live. Some jurisdictions require alarm users to register their professionally monitored2 security systems. Depending on the laws of your local jurisdiction, you may be required to obtain a permit before enrolling in professional monitoring2 services with Ring Protect Pro.

Learn more about Monitoring & Permits.

Are alarm certificates available to send to insurance agents for discounts?
Yes, you can download your insurance certificate, and submit it to your insurance company for possible discounts.

Using the Ring app:

  1. Tap on the Menu (≡).
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Monitoring.
  4. Tap Insurance Certificate.

We will send the monitoring2 certificate to you via email, so check your inbox.


  1. Log in to your account on Ring.com
  2. Hold your mouse over your name in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Monitoring.
  5. Tap Certificate.

In the future, if you add additional professionally-monitored2 devices to your Ring Alarm, you can download an updated certificate anytime.

Will professional installation be available for Ring Alarm?
Yes. Ring offers professionally trained smart home techs to make sure your Ring Alarm system fits your security needs and is installed correctly. Additional fees may apply.

1 Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for digital notifications, in-app features, digital arming/disarming, and integration with other Ring, Echo, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.

2 A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for commercial properties. See Ring Alarm licenses at: https://www.ring.com/licenses.

3 Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address.

4 Compatible Ring Protect subscription required (sold separately). Extra data charges may apply. Cellular data is provided by a third-party carrier. Coverage, uptime, technology, and speeds will vary. Will require backup power if the power goes out. Visit ring.com/alarm-pro for more details.

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