The new Alarm Security Kit is Ring’s second-gen DIY home security system. It looks very similar to the original, despite some minor hardware design tweaks, and it maintains the same $200 starting price as before. Its similarity to the previous model would annoy me if I hadn’t liked the first iteration, but it was the best affordable security system I had tested at the time.
- Incredibly affordable
- Performs well
- Easy to use
- Accessory options are limited
Now the second-gen Ring Alarm Security Kit is replacing the original version as my favorite. No, it still isn’t flashy, and I wish it offered more accessories like a glass break sensor or a key fob for arming and disarming, but this system benefits from its simplicity. It’s a good bet if you want a straightforward, affordable DIY security kit with optional professional monitoring.
An intro to Ring’s new system
The Ring Alarm Security Kits range from a $200 (£179) five-piece kit on up to a $330 14-piece kit. I tested the $250 eight-piece kit, which includes a base station (with a built-in siren), a keypad, a range extender, a motion detector and four door/window sensors. (Different kits are offered in