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 neighborhood crime, this customizable security system creates a Ring of Security that protects your home.

This article is designed to help you get your Ring Alarm System set up and running and will walk you through setting up your system and the other things you'll need to do get the most out of your Ring Alarm system 

Part One - Unpack your system

 

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:
    • 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 burglar or fire alarm and inform the monitoring center to call authorities or first responders.
    • System Communication: The base station can also communicate the current state of the system through colored lights on the body of the station, 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 the alarm is triggered.
      • Click here for more information on Chirps.
    • System Backup: Your Base Station is equipped with battery backup and LTE cellular backup to make sure the system is up and running even if the power goes out or broadband is unavailable. 
  • Keypad: The powered keypad is an alternate method of controlling the alarm state of the Ring Alarm system. By typing into the keypad, users can arm and disarm the system, bypass certain sensors, or trigger the alarm.
  • Contact Sensor: Contact Sensors are magnetic sensors that are placed at doors and windows that can tell when they’re opened and (assuming the alarm system is activated) trigger the alarm and inform the system monitors. The system comes with at least one contact sensor. More are sold separately for $20(US).
  • Motion Detector: Motion detectors use passive infrared scanning (PIR) to detect motion in a given area. Once motion is detected they will send an alert and (depending on system settings) trigger an alarm. At least one motion detector comes in the box. Extra motion detectors are available for $30(US).
  • 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 distance at which Ring Alarm components can communicate with each other.
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: ring.com/app 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
  • Select Set Up a Device and select Ring Alarm Base Station.
  • Follow the in-app instructions to create a new account.
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 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 gives some advice on the correct placement of Sensors and Motion Detectors.

Getting Started - Understanding and Installing Your Devices

Getting Started - Placing Sensors and Motion Detectors

Part Five - Use Practice Mode to learn to arm and disarm and test the system

 

When you sign up for monitoring, the system goes into a seven-day "Practice Mode" that allows you learn the system without having to worry about false alarms or alerting the authorities. This is the perfect time to learn to arm and disarm the system using both the Ring app and the separate keypad. The following article will walk you through the process: 

Arming, Disarming, and Setting Modes on your Ring Alarm

The seven-day Practice Mode is also the perfect time to test your sensors and make sure everything is working. Here are a few things you should test:

  • Do the sensors trigger at the right time? If a sensor is incorrectly installed or detects too little motion, your system may not work properly.
  • Can the sensors talk to the base station? If your sensors are too far from the base station, they won't be able to report if anything's wrong.
  • Does the system alarm go off when a sensor gets triggered? If your Ring Alarm is set to Away or Stay and a door opens, does the system alarm go off properly (or go into Entry Delay)?
Part Six - 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 Seven - Set up your Users and Roles

 

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 vacation needs very limited access. Fortunately there is a system in place in Ring Alarm to deal with this situation: Users and Roles. 

Click here for more information on Users and Roles.

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