Arming, Disarming, and Setting Modes on your Ring Alarm

One of the most important things to understand when it comes to your Ring Alarm is how to arm and disarm your system as well as the different Modes that are available to protect your home in different circumstances. The remainder of this article will teach you how to use different Modes on your Alarm system to arm and disarm your system. 

Security Modes

Security Modes are the different settings on your Ring Alarm that will protect your home in different ways depending on your current needs. 

The three different Modes available on your Ring Alarm are: 

  • Disarmed: When Disarmed, no sensors in your home will be monitored and no alerts will be sent to the monitoring station although the system will still be powered on and functioning. Use Disarm when you're at home and want the freedom to go in and out of your house easily. Fire and CO sensors (if they are attached to the system) will still be monitored.
  • Home Mode: In Home mode, only certain sensors will be monitored. Home mode is most often used when you would like the perimeter sensors (doors and windows) of your house monitored but want to be able to move freely around the inside of your home. You can control which sensors will be monitored in Home mode by setting them in your Ring app. To do this:
    • Tap the three-lined icon on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
    • Tap Location Settings.
    • Tap Modes.
    • Tap Home
    • Tap Sensors
    • Tap which sensors you would like monitored while in this mode. 
  • Away Mode: When Away Mode is turned on, all of your sensors will be monitored and an alert will be issued if any of them are faulted. Away Mode is the mode to use to secure your house when leaving your home. Note that you can also control which sensors will be monitored in Away mode by setting them in your Ring app. To do this:
    • Tap the three-lined icon on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
    • Tap Location Settings.
    • Tap Modes.
    • Tap Away
    • Tap Sensors
    • Tap which sensors you would like monitored while in this mode. 

Arming your system

There are two ways to arm your system, by using the Ring App or by using the Ring Alarm Keypad. 

To arm your system using the Ring app: 

  • Open your Ring app
  • You will see the same Security Mode icons you'll note on your on your Ring keypad.
  • Tap the Home or Away mode.

To arm your system using the keypad:

  • Enter your user code.
  • Press the Home Mode button or Away Mode button.

When you have changed your mode, your system will begin a timed countdown before arming itself. This is called an "Exit Delay," and it gives you time to leave your home before the system arms itself. This system can be set to Home mode with a delay time ranging from 0 to 180 seconds or Away Mode which can be set between 30 and 180 seconds. 

To configure your exit delay: 

  • Tap the three-lined icon on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
  • Tap Location Settings.
  • Tap Modes.
  • Tap "Home" or "Away."
  • Tap "Exit Delay."
  • Set the exit delay for the amount of time you wish.

Disarming your system

There are two ways to disarm your system, by using the Ring App or by using the Ring Alarm Keypad. 

To disarm your system using the Ring app: 

  • Open your Ring app
  • You will see the same Security Mode icons you'll note on your on your Ring keypad.
  • Tap Disarmed.

To disarm your system using the keypad:

  • Enter your user code.
  • Press the Disarmed button.

When you enter your home, your Alarm system begins a timed countdown before it sets off the alarm. This is called an "Entry Delay," and it gives you time to enter your home and disarm the system before it goes off. This system can be set with a delay time ranging from 30 to 180 seconds.  

To configure your entry delay: 

  • Tap the three-lined icon on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
  • Tap Location Settings.
  • Tap Modes.
  • Tap "Home" or "Away."
  • Tap "Entry Delay."
  • Set the entry delay for the amount of time you wish.

Panic Alarm

The final feature you should be aware of is called "Panic Alarm." This allows you to send a panic alarm to the monitoring station at any time using a button press combination. To turn on the panic alarm, press and hold the ✓ and X buttons on the keypad simultaneously for 3 seconds. The keypad will then send an instant alarm signal to the hub, the keypad LED Ring will quickly blink red three times, and the speaker will play the panic alarm sound.

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