Buying new security cameras is an excellent way to increase your home security, and home security systems are fast becoming an essential item. But there are many to choose from, and choosing the right one for your home can be challenging. Two great options are Ring and Abode.
Ring launched in 2013 and quickly became known for the Ring doorbell camera; they’ve since expanded and can offer a more comprehensive home security system.
Abode was launched in 2014 by an ex-ADT representative and catered to those searching for a comprehensive DIY home security system.
Ring vs Abode: What do they have in common?
- Video doorbell: Each provider offers its own doorbell camera.
- Mobile app: You’ll be able to manage your security system remotely via a mobile app available on iOS and Android. Via your app, you can arm and disarm your alarm system.
- Voice control: Thanks to mutual compatibility with Amazon Alexa, you’ll be able to fully control your security system with voice control.
- Professional monitoring service: You can purchase optional professional monitoring with each provider, costing $10 a month with Ring and $20 a month with Abode. You can also self-monitor at your discretion.
- Outdoor cameras: Since Abode recently launched the outdoor smart camera, each provider now offers outdoor and indoor camera options.
- Flexibility: You don’t need to worry about being locked into a long-term contract with either provider. Flexibility is the primary offering.
- Video quality: The video quality is similar, with security cameras from each provider having 1080p HD quality.
Ring vs Abode: What are their differences?
- Professional installation: Abode is a DIY system that you can install without professional assistance, but professional installation is available if you choose. Ring doesn’t offer professional installation.
- Pricing: Ring and Abode serve different price points; while Ring’s cheapest security kit will set you back less than $200, Abode will cost around $300. For example, the Adobe Iota is $330. Adobe’s professional monitoring is twice the cost.
- Nest thermostat compatibility: Abode is compatible with the Nest thermostat.
- Smart home compatibility: If you’re looking for a comprehensive smart home ecosystem, Abode is one of the best home security systems, offering compatibility with smart thermostats, If This Then That (IFTTT) equipment such as Google Assistant, and more.
Abode: What you need to know
Abode is a smart choice for a security system, whether you're a renter or homeowner. It's a flexible option that provides various smart home options, including Z-wave equipment such as Apple Homekit, Alexa, and Nest.
Abode offers professional monitoring, making it one of the best home security companies you could choose.
Abode has some packages that are easy to understand, but you can also purchase equipment individually. For example, some equipment includes:
- Gateway control panel (or iota control panel for an extra $30)
- Window/door sensors
- Motion sensors
- Key fob
- Glass break sensors
- Indoor and outdoor sirens
- Water leak detector
- Power switch
- Occupancy sensor
- Temperature/light sensor
- Smoke alarm
- Wide-angle motion camera
- Abode indoor camera
Abode manufactures some smart home devices but also has third-party integrations such as the Apple Homekit, Alexa, Nest, and Google Home.
Everything you need for installation will come with your equipment, and it's a quick and easy set-up, usually taking less than an hour. But, if you're not inclined to DIY, you can also have a professional installation in most areas.
- Equipment cost: You'll need to purchase a starter kit, but they're reasonably priced. The Abode Iota is popular as an all-in-one security kit. You have to buy one of the two starter kits, but both aren't too expensive.
- Monthly costs: If you self-monitor, you'll only pay a fee for cellular backup ($8 per month) or professional monitoring ($20 a month).
- Flexibility: You have full control over your Abode system; you can select whatever you want - whether that's self-monitoring, professional monitoring, etc., it is up to you.
- Price: This is an ideal choice for customers on a budget, with competitive equipment costs, low upfront outlay, and no commitment.
Ring: What you need to know
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ring was launched in 2013. After taking the market by storm with a video doorbell, Ring expanded to offer more extensive security systems, including traditional security cameras through to smart lighting. Let's take a look at what they have to provide you with.
The installation process varies depending on your choice - it's pretty straightforward if you're installing a Wi-Fi camera. You can plug in and go. But the wired systems can be harder, relying on some patience or an independent tradesman. You can ask Amazon for a quote in some areas, but professional installation isn't guaranteed.
Ring offers quite a bit of kit and compatibility with some equipment offered by other companies. Some equipment you can incorporate includes:
- Keyless smart locks
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Smart video doorbells
- Outdoor cameras
- Indoor cameras
The base package includes:
- Base station
- Five contact sensors
- Two motion detectors
- Range extender
Ring is pretty easy to incorporate into your smart home, and you can build an ecosystem with window sensors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and more. Still, there's no real third-party automation (beyond Amazon Alexa).
- Equipment costs: Ring's essential alarm package begins at $199, with a more extensive premium kit at $589. You can purchase items individually if needed, though.
- Monthly costs: You can pay for monitoring at $10 per month or $100 per year.
- Indoor and outdoor cameras: Ring offers a vast selection of cameras designed for indoor and outdoor use, with built-in motion sensors.
- Affordability: For $199, you'll receive a 5-piece set from Ring; you can also add on professional monitoring and additional paid storage.
- Professional monitoring option: Ring can take care of it for just $10 a month if you don't want the responsibility of monitoring your security system.
- Limited package options: Ring doesn't offer mix-and-match or customizable packages.
- Video storage fees: If you want to keep your videos stored, you'll need to sign up for a cloud storage plan.
Ring or Abode?
Ring and Abode are both excellent choices - but it depends on what you’re after. If you want a crisp, reliable doorbell camera without spending too much, then you should consider Ring. But if you’re after a smart security kit with an array of smart home integrations, monitoring plans, and more comprehensive security equipment (leak sensors, panic buttons, smart yale locks) then Abode is the best security system for you.
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