Save on Ring home security systems before features become paywalled – Ars Technica

Call the Alarm Pro base station.  It's so big because it has a battery backup.
Magnify / Call the Alarm Pro base station. It’s so big because it has a battery backup.

Despite attracting criticism and controversy for its practice of sharing captured images and videos from the product with law enforcement without user consent, Ring continues to be one of the easiest solutions for managing and monitoring your home security. From smart video doorbells to lighting and cameras, the company can help make your home safer and smarter. Ring even has a security system, which is easy to set up and more cost-effective than traditional alarm systems.

The professional monitoring fee has been optional, at least until now. Ring Protect alarm system users who do not subscribe to the company’s professional monitoring program can still use the system on a DIY basis, receiving alerts and notifications on their phones, for example if a door has been opened. However, that is about to change. Effective March 29, 2023, Ring will start paying the wall for these features for new devices.

Fortunately, already-purchased Ring security devices will be stored, so you’ll still be able to receive basic alerts on your phone without having to subscribe to professional monitoring, making today’s Dealmaster a great way to jump into the smart home if you don’t want to deal with professional monitoring, recurring subscription costs or time-consuming setup. Ring claims that existing Ring Protect devices will continue to have free access to features for the reasonable life of the products.

Here are some of the best savings on Ring Protect security systems:

Ring Alarm 8-Piece Security Kit for $188 (was $250) at Best Buy | Amazon: The Ring’s eight-piece home security system kit includes a keypad for arming and disarming, a base station that uses wireless Zigbee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi connections to connect to all your devices and sound an alarm if there’s an intruder , a motion detector, four contact sensors and a range extender.

Ring Alarm 5-Piece Security Kit for $150 (was $200) at Best Buy | Amazon: This smaller five-piece set is ideal for smaller homes, such as studio apartments and dormitories. It has a keyboard, base station, a contact sensor and a motion detector.

Ring Alarm 9-Piece Security Kit for $225 (was $300) at Best Buy: Ideal for homeowners who want a slightly more robust video surveillance system, the nine-piece security alarm kit from Ring is like the eight-piece kit on our list, but adds in the company’s wired Stick Up Indoor Camera.

Ring Alarm 14-Piece Security Kit for $247 (was $330) at Amazon: Designed for larger homes, this kit comes with two keyboards for added versatility, a base station, two motion sensors, eight contact sensors and a range extender.

The doorbell alarm systems are expandable, allowing you to expand your security setup with additional contact sensors, a video doorbell and additional cameras. The following Ring products are also currently on sale.

  • Call Spotlight Cam Plus (battery model) for $170 (was $200) at Amazon
  • Call Spotlight Cam Plus (wired model) for $170 (was $200) at Amazon
  • Call Video Doorbell (Wired) with Doorbell for $80 (was $90) at Best Buy

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