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Ring vs. ADT Self Setup

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    What is the difference between Ring and ADT Self Setup?

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

    Installation and cost

    ring logoadt self setup logo
    Installation typeDIY or professional via X LineDIY
    Installation feeNone if DIYNone
    Upfront costEquipment ranges from $60 to $1,010$179.99 to $579.99
    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
    adt self setup logoDIYNone$179.99 to $579.9930 days of free monitoringNo-contract options

    Monitoring plans and pricing

    ring logoadt self setup logo
    Monitoring price rangeFree self monitoring; $3 to $10/month for professional monitoring$24.99 to $34.99 per month
    Monitoring optionsProfessional or self-monitoredProfessional or self-monitored
    Upgraded self-monitoring$3/month to store recorded videoNot offered
    24/7 professional monitoring$10/month$24.99/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
    adt self setup logo$24.99 to $34.99 per monthProfessional or self-monitoredFreeNot offered$24.99/monthNot offered

    Security equipment

    ring logoadt self setup logo
    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
    Panic button
    Yard sign
    ring logoBothIndoor and outdoor camerasWith Alexa-enabled devices
    adt self setup logoBothIndoor and outdoor cameras

    Smart-home features

    ring logoadt self setup logo
    Smart locks
    Smart lights
    Smart thermostatCompatible with Nest
    Garage door controlWorks with Chamberlain garage door openers
    Temperature sensor
    Water sensor
    Smoke detector
    CO detector
    ring logoWorks with Chamberlain garage door openers
    adt self setup logoCompatible with Nest


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

    Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

    ring logoadt self setup logo
    Overall star rating3.43.3
    Verified customer reviewsRing reviewsADT Self Setup reviews
    ring logo3.4Ring reviews
    adt self setup logo3.3ADT Self Setup reviews

    All information accurate as of publishing date.

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      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

      ADT Self Setup

      ADT, a well-known, well-established security company, introduced Self Setup as an affordable, highly automated, DIY home security system. You can monitor your home on a cellular device through an ADT security system, or you can choose professional monitoring for $24.99 to $34.99 a month. All ADT Self Setup cameras are equipped with two-way talk, motion detection, facial recognition and a live HD video stream. Through the ADT app, you can see and speak with people at your home or choose to contact emergency services.

      ADT Self Setup plans

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

      • DIY Monitoring: With this free plan, you monitor your home yourself through the 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 ADT Self Setup customers say

      In ConsumerAffairs reviews, ADT Self Setup 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, ADT Self Setup 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. ADT Self Setup?

      While Ring is a bit cheaper, customers interested in facial recognition may want to choose ADT Self Setup — 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, ADT Self Setup is a great choice for tech-savvy shoppers.

      • Ring is best for home-security shoppers on a budget.
      • ADT Self Setup is best for shoppers interested in smart-home features, primarily because of ADT's integration of Google Nest technology into their products.
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