December 2, 2022

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Choosing the right Ring Subscription | Review of Ring’s Protect Plans & Equipment

About a year back we were moving into our newly built house and were in desperate need of a security system as well as outdoor cameras to protect two doors on the back of our house. We researched quite a few options and were originally leaning towards a subscription-free hardwired camera(s) that we could connect to an on-site hard drive, but then stumbled across Ring. After a little bit of research, we pulled the trigger with Ring and never looked back.

What we absolutely love about Ring Protect Plans is the ease of set-up, the super-low subscription fees and the sheer number of security and smart home devices you can manage through the Ring App. In addition, there was no contract and it was fairly easy/inexpensive to test the waters with Ring before going all-in.

In this post, I’ll walk you through a full review of the Ring Basic Plan, the Ring Protect Plus Plan, the brand new Ring Protect Pro Plan as well as a high-level review of the Ring App and some of the really awesome additional hardware that we’ve integrated to create the ultimate smart home.

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Ring Subscription Costs

Ring offers four levels of service. The free features that are included with the purchase of a security camera, the Ring Basic Plan, the Ring Protect Plus Plan and the Ring Protect Pro Plan which just came out September 28, 2021.

Free Service

If you purchase a Ring camera, at no cost you can receive motion alerts, view live video and chat through your device via the free Ring App.

Without a subscription, you cannot record and archive video. If someone was to break into your house you would get notified and could see it live, but there would be no recording available after the fact to use as evidence.

Ring Basic Plan

The Ring Basic Plan costs $3 per month or $30 for the entire year. This plan includes Ring’s cloud storage which will archive your videos for 60 days.

One of the coolest things about the video archival is what I’d call Ring’s video timeline.

Short GIF showing the Ring App in action and how you can scroll through cam stills and recorded events for a blog post review of the Ring Protect Plans.

This timeline consists of two elements – snapshots and motion-activated video recordings. Snapshots are still photographs that you can set your Ring camera to take regularly at time different intervals. Ring stitches these stills together in your timeline to create a time-lapse. These time-lapses fill the gap between your motion-activated recordings giving you a more complete account of events without recording 24/7 and draining your battery-powered cams.

This basic plan only covers a single camera or doorbell, so if you have more than one camera you’d need to get two Ring Basic Plan subscriptions or upgrade to the Ring Protect Plus or Ring Protect Pro.

Ring Protect Plus Plan

The Ring Protect Plus Plan is $10 per month or $100 for a full year. With this plan, you can have an unlimited number of cameras and unlimited cloud storage. In addition, the Ring Protect Plus Plan also gives you an extended warranty for the life of the product (as long as you remain a subscriber) as well as 10% off any additional Ring products.

Up until September 28, 2021, the Ring Protect Plus plan included 24/7 monitoring. Unfortunately, 24/7 Professional Monitoring is now part of the new Ring Protect Pro plan.

If you were a Ring Protect Plus subscriber prior to September 28, 2021, you’ll still get 24/7 professional monitoring, alarm cellular back-up, and Alexa Guard Plus for $10/month or $100/year until January 1, 2025.

Ring Protect Pro Plan

The Ring Protect Pro is Ring’s newest subscription service that came out on September 28, 2021 at the same time as the Ring Alarm Pro.

If you want the combination of unlimited video/cloud storage and a security system and you’re a new subscriber, you’ll need the Ring Protect Pro Plan. The awesome thing is this plan is still only $20 a month or $200 a year.

While we pay $10/month, $20/month would still be a no-brainer for us. Prior to switching to Ring we had one of the big three home security providers and paid about $70 for the same services. That’s $840 per year compared to $200!

Below is a graphic comparing the difference in the Ring Protect Plans as of 9/28/2021.

Free Basic Plus Pro
Motion Alerts x x x x
Real-Time Video/Live View x x x x
Two-Way Talk x x x x
Theft Protect x x x x
60 Days Video Cloud Storage x x x
Save & Share Videos x x x
Camera Snapshots x x x
Person Alerts x x x
Rich Notifications x x x
Extended Warranty x x
10% off Select Products on Ring.com & Amazon.com x x
24/7 Professional Monitoring x
Alarm Cellular Backup x
Alexa Guard Plus x
24/7 Backup Internet with Optional Extra Data x
Digital Security by eero Secure x
Save up to $100 Per Year or More on Your Home Insurance x

Ease of Entry

One of the things that we loved most about Ring was the ease of entry into their service. I started off with a single Ring Spotlight Cam and initially utilized the free features that came with my camera. I wanted to test out the equipment and Ring App before I completely committed.

For the first 30 days, I received a free trial of their video cloud storage service and was able to test everything out. In the end, Ring did not disappoint. I ended loving the service and added on Ring’s 8-piece security system called Ring Alarm, another Ring Spotlight Cam, a Ring Stick Up Cam, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, the Ring Indoor Cam as well as several other really cool smart home integrations.

Short story – There was very little risk to give Ring a try with only one camera and once I found out I loved it, scale up with all the other equipment.

Ring Cameras

Below are our quick thoughts on the Ring Cameras we have in our house. If you have interest in having us do a deeper dive please comment and let us know!