The ring is probably Most popular brand of smart security devices The name is in the US now. The 2nd generation Ring Alarm continues to offer a comprehensive home security solution with a brand new look.
Ring Alarm Set is ideal for people who want a comprehensive and relatively affordable home security solution for their home. The eight-piece alarm kit includes the base station, keypad, four contact sensors, a range extender and a motion detector. And now with special deals for the holiday season, you can get them through the Amazon Echo Dot for free and an impressive 40% off.
In this review, we will look at the installation and operation of 2nd generation Ring Alarm. So let’s go deeper by opening the box first.
Open the tray of the 8-pc Ring Alarm device
For the set with a lot of ingredients, the packaging is very small. Additionally, there are some good creative packaging designs made to fit all the items in a small cardboard box. The upper layer consists of the base station and the keyboard. The bottom layer contains the range extender, motion detector, base station transducers and keyboard, and the four contact sensors. Always Home envelope contains instructions, stickers, etc.
Circular alarm technical specifications
The alarm base station is the largest piece in the bunch. It is a 6.65 inch square with a thickness of 1.46. The base station contains a network of 104 dB alarm amplifier. Love the stylish and simple blue LED ring integrated into the speaker grille. The base station connects to Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Z-Wave networks, and you can connect to it via cellular service if you subscribe to Ring Protect Plus. Requires a power adapter to run and has an internal rechargeable Li-ion backup battery.
Next is the alarm keypad. It is a rectangle of 4.41 “by 4.13” with a thickness of 0.75 “. It connects via Z-Wave to the base station as long as it is within the 250ft range which should work for most people. The keyboard contains a micro-USB power supply and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for portable use.
The alarm motion detector is a 2.6 inch square by 1.64 inch thick and again uses Z-Wave to connect to the base station. It contains 2 AA batteries with a lifespan of approximately 3 years.
There are 4 contact sensors for alarm. This is the biggest change with the second generation as it is about half the size or even smaller compared to the first generation sensors. Dimensions are 2.09 x 1.12 x 0.55 in. Connect via Z-Wave to the base station. The sensor gets power from two CR2032 lithium batteries, which are approximately 3 years old.
The last item if needed for use is Alarm Range Extender. This also uses Z-Wave for communication and extends the base station’s range by another 250 feet. Its dimensions are 1.86 inches x 3.19 inches x 1.66 inches. It plugs into a standard power outlet and has an internal rechargeable lithium-ion backup battery.
Hardware impressions Ring Alarm Kit
All the individual pieces appear to be assembled well together and the fit and finish are absolutely excellent quality. All adapter sockets go into the wall without any additional resistance. The surfaces of the individual pieces do not have sharp edges or corners. Surface texture is also an area where outstanding build quality appears. Every click and shot has satisfying tangible reactions.
Preparing and installing the various items of Ring Alarm Kit
Setup is very easy and quick. More so in my case, since the Ring app is connected to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus at the entrance to the house. In the main menu, simply click on Set up a device, then click on Security devices and select Base Station. Then just follow the instructions inside the app.
The installation is actually fairly quick. I put the base station 2 feet from my internet router and decided to use an Ethernet cable in the box to connect it. Next, I put the motion sensor in place that detects movement from both the front and rear doors. I know my Wi-Fi is a bit weak in one of the spare bedrooms, so I decided to put the range extender in the hallway just to be on the safe side. Although, the distance from the farthest sensor to the base station is probably less than 40 feet.
The app guides you to install every item in the set even if you mix order. For connection sensors, you can scan the QR code on the case or on the device itself. Just a quick note on installing the contact sensor which two or three times check how you want each sensor installed. I messed up the first thing a little – see the image below. This bug enabled me to figure out a better way to install the remaining three contact sensors. Another minor item to note is the lack of extra adhesive strips so once you’ve affixed the sensor unit or magnet that’s it.
The second generation means improved design. The biggest improvement is the small size of the contact sensors which is a huge bonus. Gary has first-generation alarm and the new sensors are nearly 50% smaller including window magnets. Make sure to pull the tabs of the film so that the batteries inside attach the sensor to the base station.
I saved the keyboard installed for the last time. The reason for this is because it is the only component that requires screws. I chose a site near the door to install the keyboard. Anchors and screws are included in the box for easy installation – you need a drill and screwdriver. The keyboard is powered by a micro-USB cable and power adapter.
The lack of any type of cable management from the power outlet to the keyboard adapter was my biggest flu for the installation process. All other ingredients blend softly and elegantly. But the keyboard cabling problem stands out as a sore thumb. I really hope this is one of the areas that gets improved either over a small package or in the next generation or at least provides guidance on how long it will take to charge the battery to remove the cable after it is fully charged.
From start to finish, it took about 30 minutes to install all 8 items in Ring Alarm Set (2nd Generation).
Using Ring Alarm every day with the Ring app is very easy
Using Ring Alarm every day is very easy. This is mainly due to the fact that the Ring app interface is very easy to use. From the main screen, clicking devices takes you to the security option that displays the base alarm station. Clicking on it brings up all the different components of the Ring Alarm Kit.
The base station menu allows you to check battery health and cellular signal strength at a glance. You can also add subscribed users here, test the siren, and explore language options. If there’s a firmware update pushed out by Ring, it should also be visible in this list. One neat option is the list of associated devices that allow you to link doorbells and other items such as security cameras, smart locks, and smart lighting for a more comprehensive smart security solution.
Clicking each Ring Alarm component individually provides a quick view of the overall health of the battery and a set of options for that specific component. Some menu options like event log, audio settings, LED settings, help, and FAQs are common to most components.
Going to the items related to motion detection, if motion is detected, you can see it in the Motion Detector menu. Likewise, if a window or door opens, it will appear in the main menu or in the actual sensor list. The Event Log keeps a record of all the events for all the different sensors.
Let’s talk notifications. Motion detection notifications can be triggered as soon as you leave the house and the system is armed. Now, while you are at home, there is no reason to see a pile of notifications on your device with the Ring app. When you’re away from home, it’s easy to trigger the alarm system via the Ring app or by tapping the keypad.
Another neat feature is the ability to control the brightness of the LED light and the type of chirping sounds on the various sensors – the unique sound of each sensor is also possible. This just shows how impressive the level of granular control the Ring Alarm system provides.
The last thing to mention in terms of daily use is the ability to monitor the alarm system. You can always choose to self-monitor or use professional monitoring with the Ring Protect Plus plan. Signing up for the plan is easy with a few clicks inside the app. Moreover, Protect Plus subscribers get 10% off Ring products
Ring Alarm System (2nd Generation) is a great choice for DIY home security
Ring optimized its existing product to offer a better version of its best-selling home security system. In particular, the second generation optimizes the size of the contact sensors by making them smaller (blurry which is cool) while maintaining functional distinction. Ring is probably one of the easiest and most user-friendly applications of the various systems in the market. The Ring app allows easy integration with other smart security devices. Moreover, Ring allows you to customize the alarm system according to your needs by selling individual components on demand as well.
For these reasons, it earns the Editor’s Choice recommendation for a smart safety device.
And there are now some really good discounts on the Ring Alarm System along with the free Echo Dot when purchased from Amazon. Hence, if you are interested in upgrading your home security system now is the right time to buy.