Ring Alarm Pro review: Home security and backup internet in one device
Ring is known for its video doorbells, bevy of cameras and range of outdoor lighting — but it also makes a do-it-yourself security system for your home or apartment called Ring Alarm.
And now we have the Ring Alarm Pro — which combines Ring Alarm (our top pick for a DIY security system) and an Eero 6 (our favorite router) into one.
We’ve spent over a week with Ring Alarm Pro, and there’s a lot to like — namely that it takes peace of mind to another level by keeping your home internet network alive if it goes out while giving you lots of control over your data. It’s our new pick for best security system, so let’s dive into why.
The best DIY Security System
Ring Alarm Pro is for the homeowner or renter who wants added peace of mind in a security system that protects your home and can keep your connection alive when your internet or power goes out. It’s our pick for a DIY security system.
The who, what and how
Who this is for: Ring Alarm Pro is for the homeowner or renter who wants added peace of mind in a security system that protects your home and can keep your connection alive when your internet or power goes out.
What you need to know: If you’re a current Ring Alarm customer, the Alarm Pro is basically just a new base station that will replace your current one.
It lets you have a viable backup to keep Wi-Fi on in the event of an outage and lets you save video recordings locally. Just note that the internet backup option can get costly quickly when you consider that 3GB comes included with the £20-per-month plan, but each additional GB is another £3.
How this compares: Ring Alarm Pro is really in a category of its own in that it can be an internet backup — no other security system offers that, and this option integrates directly within Eero. Adding the ability to save videos locally and to have them processed locally fills in a hole that’s been missing from the standard Alarm.
It brings it in line with other systems and offerings like Wyze, which lets you save files locally, while also making the Alarm Pro a better option for those who have a lot of Ring devices.
A bigger build with the same easy setup
The main piece of any Ring Alarm system is the base station, and the Alarm Pro’s base station is physically larger than the previous second-gen base station. It’s a bulky unit that sits as a thick and rounded square white piece of plastic. There’s an LED ring on the top, which is functional since it displays status.
The key feature of the Alarm Pro is that it’s also an Eero 6 router on top of being an alarm system.
It gets power via USB-C, and Ring includes the cord-attached wall plug in the box. You’ll also find an SD card slot and two Ethernet ports on the back. Inside the base station is a backup battery, which Ring promises can last for up to 24 hours.
Unlike previous base stations, this one needs to be near your modem or the place your internet connection comes into your home.
Why? Well, the Alarm Pro will take the place of your router or the main point in your mesh Wi-Fi system. You’ll want it nearby so that it’s easier to complete setup and plug that Ethernet cable into the back of the Alarm Pro.
Built into the Alarm Pro is an Eero 6 mesh router.
It’s a dual-band Wi-Fi 6-capable router that provides two highways for your device to connect to — 2.5GHz and 5GHz — which all means that It’s a fast router and likely better than a free one from your cable company. It also integrates seamlessly with an Eero 6 system, which makes it easy to expand your network for more coverage or integrate Ring Alarm Pro into an existing system.
We gave the Ring Alarm Pro power and scanned the setup QR code with the Ring app on our phone. It then prompted us to plug it into the Ethernet from the modem and then passed us over to the Eero app to mark it as the primary Wi-Fi node.
We already had an Eero 6 Pro system running in our test home, and this fit the bill perfectly. We had one hiccup in which we had to unplug and plug the Ring Alarm Pro base station back into power. After about 10 minutes, we had that portion set up, and it passed us from the Eero app back to the Ring app.
After that, you can set up however many additional sensors you might need, or if you’re upgrading to this newer base station, it will carry your sensors and settings over.
Either way, it’s a straightforward setup. If this is a brand-new system, it walks you through each step — you’ll say what you’re setting up, name it and install it. And if you’re upgrading just to a new base station, the app ensures everything comes over and transitions properly.