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Ring vs. Blue by ADT

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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What is the difference between Ring and Blue by ADT?

Ring and Blue by ADT are two inexpensive options in the rapidly growing group of products known as DIY home security systems. Both Ring and Blue offer monthly DIY and professional monitoring plans that don’t require an annual contract. While Ring is a more affordable option, Blue by ADT has greater smart-home capabilities with more ways to monitor and automate your home.

Installation and cost

ring logoblue by adt logo
Installation typeDIY or professional via X LineDIY
Installation feeNone if DIYNone
Upfront costEquipment ranges from $60 to $1,010$179.99 to $299.99+
Trial period30-day free trial of Ring Protect Plus30 days of free monitoring
Contract termsNone; discount for prepaying annuallyNo-contract options
ring logoDIY or professional via X LineNone if DIYEquipment ranges from $60 to $1,01030-day free trial of Ring Protect PlusNone; discount for prepaying annually
blue by adt logoDIYNone$179.99 to $299.99+30 days of free monitoringNo-contract options

Monitoring plans and pricing

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Monitoring price rangeFree self-monitoring; $3 to $10/month for professional monitoring$19.99/month
Monitoring optionsProfessional or self-monitoredProfessional or self-monitored
Self-monitoringFreeFree
Upgraded self-monitoring$3/month to store recorded videoNot offered
24/7 professional monitoring$10/month$19.99/month
Upgraded professional monitoringNot offeredNot offered
ring logoFree self monitoring; $3 to $10/month for professional monitoringProfessional or self-monitoredFree$3/month to store recorded video$10/monthNot offered
blue by adt logo$19.99/monthProfessional or self-monitoredFreeNot offered$19.99/monthNot offered

Security equipment

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Wired or wireless?BothBoth
Camera optionsIndoor and outdoor camerasIndoor and outdoor cameras
Video doorbell
Control panel
Motion sensor
Entry sensor
Glass break sensorWith Alexa-enabled devices
Keychain remote
Siren
Panic button
Yard sign
ring logoBothIndoor and outdoor camerasWith Alexa-enabled devices
blue by adt logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor cameras

Smart-home features

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Smart locks
Smart lightsCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Smart thermostatCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Garage door controlWorks with Chamberlain garage door openersCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Temperature sensor
Water sensor
Smoke detector
CO2 detector
ring logoWorks with Chamberlain garage door openers
blue by adt logoCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devices

Technology

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Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating4.54.4
Android rating3.74.2
Notification/alert optionsPushPush and email
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsIFTTT
ring logo4.53.7Push
blue by adt logo4.44.2Push and emailIFTTT

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.14.5
Verified customer reviewsRing reviewsBlue by ADT reviews
ring logo4.1Ring reviews
blue by adt logo4.5Blue by ADT reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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    Ring

    Ring is a security system that lets you monitor your home or business remotely from your phone, tablet or computer. Should someone break in, Ring security systems use Wi-Fi to send push notifications through the company’s app. Ring’s 1080p high-definition cameras have a 160-degree horizontal view and a 90-degree vertical view.

    Once you’ve been notified someone is on your property, Ring’s two-way voice communication system lets you speak with the people at your door. Customers can choose between self-monitoring or professional monitoring, and the company does not require any contracts.

    Ring currently offers three plans that range from $0 to $10 a month. While none of the plans require a contract, discounts are available if you sign up for an entire year:

    Ring plans

    • Ring Protect Free: This plan includes motion-activation notifications, real-time video streaming, two-way talk features and lifetime theft protection. Though video streaming is available with the free plan, customers who want to record their stream will need to opt for one of the paid services.
    • Ring Protect Basic: Ring Protect Basic has all the features of Ring Protect Free. In addition, this plan comes with video saving and sharing features for $3 per month. Coverage for one doorbell or security camera is included.
    • Ring Protect Plus: Ring Protect has all the features of the Free and Basic plans but adds recording coverage for all devices at a particular address. For $10 a month, Ring Protect Plus includes 24/7 professional monitoring, 10% off select accessories and extended warranties on all devices.

    What Ring customers say

    Ring has mostly positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs, with some mixed reviews. Overall, customers describe the system as easy to set up and install. They also like the video quality and enjoy the remote access via the Ring app. Some customers describe issues with cameras going offline, but overall, reviewers say Ring is worth the price.

    Very straightforward set up and use. This product works as it should. Very simple to use remotely and in my home. It has already thwarted "porch pirates" twice. Definitely worth the price, security and peace of mind.”

    Brian of Dumont, New Jersey

    Blue by ADT

    ADT, a well-known, well-established security company, introduced Blue as an affordable, highly automated, DIY home security system. You can monitor your home on a cellular device through a Blue security system, or you can choose professional monitoring for $19.99 a month. All Blue cameras are equipped with two-way talk, motion detection, facial recognition and a live HD video stream. Through the Blue by ADT app, you can see and speak with people at your home or choose to contact emergency services.

    Blue by ADT plans

    Once you have chosen a Blue by ADT security system, you must pick a monitoring plan. Blue by ADT currently offers two plans:

    • DIY Monitoring: With this free plan, you monitor your home yourself through the Blue ADT app. You will need Wi-Fi to receive mobile alerts and notifications with the DIY Monitoring plan. With this plan, should you experience a break-in, it is up to you to notify the authorities. Your video information is stored for 24 hours.
    • 24/7 Professional Monitoring: ADT professionals monitor your home with this plan, which costs $19.99 per month. The plan includes cellular backup in case your Wi-Fi fails. In the event of a break-in, your data is stored in the cloud and ADT professionals will alert emergency services.

    What Blue by ADT customers say

    In ConsumerAffairs reviews, Blue by ADT customers describe being happy with the cost and knowledgeable staff. Some customers seem to have difficulty with contract issues, especially when it comes to early termination. Overall, Blue by ADT receives positive ratings, and many customers say they would recommend the system.

    We are very happy with our system. Once we had the whole system installed it worked like a charm. We set the system up as we would want it and not as some companies do. It does everything we want. Customer Service was wonderful. We look forward to using it for years to come.”

    Roberta of Ocala, FL

    Bottom line: Ring vs. Blue by ADT?

    While Ring is a bit cheaper, customers interested in facial recognition may want to choose Blue by ADT — Ring has stated they will not integrate that technology into their products. With Z-Wave technology, facial recognition and other features that will appeal to customers interested in having the most advanced technology, Blue by ADT is a great choice for tech-savvy shoppers.

    • Ring is best for home-security shoppers on a budget.
    • Blue by ADT is best for shoppers interested in smart-home features, primarily because of Blue’s integration of Z-Wave technology into their products.
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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.