Abode vs Ring Alarm: Which Home Security Provider Wins Our Comparison?

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Abode and Ring Alarm are two options for DIY home security systems. Neither has long-term contracts, and both offer professional monitoring as an option. However, one of them is more established, has better pricing, more equipment options, and better technology. Decide which one is best for your home by reading our comparison.

Customer Service & Reputation

Customer service rep at home security companyThe BBB (Better Business Bureau) can be a reliable indicator of how a company handles consumer complaints. How do our two companies fare?

Abode Complaints

Abode has complaints about its customer service being difficult to reach. I can attest to this as I’ve attempted to contact them a few times throughout my home security research, and responses took hours, even for the live chat. Abode also makes you upgrade plans for phone and email support.

We want to note that of the consumer feedback we saw online for Abode, many of them were positive, which was impressive.

Ring Complaints

Ring, which is owned by Amazon, has reports of excellent customer service. There are some complaints of live chat being slow but not nearly as slow as Abode in my experience.Ring logo

Customer Service & Reputation Winner: Ring Alarm

Equipment

Below is a table of the types of security equipment offered by each company.

Abode Ring
Additional Keypad Checkmark Checkmark
Keychain Remote Checkmark
Door/Window Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Motion Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Indoor Camera Checkmark Checkmark
Outdoor Camera Checkmark Checkmark
Glass Break Sensor Checkmark
Panic Button Checkmark Checkmark
Alarm Smoke & CO Listener Smoke Only Checkmark
Freeze Sensor Checkmark
Water Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Additional Siren Checkmark
(Indoor & Outdoor)
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Temperature, Humidity, Light Sensor Checkmark
Smart Switch Checkmark
Video Doorbell Checkmark Checkmark
Range Extender Checkmark
Smart Lighting Checkmark

As you can see, Abode is missing a freeze sensor, range extender, smart lighting, and a CO alarm sensor. Meanwhile, Ring lacks a keychain remote, glass break sensor, temperature/humidity/light sensor, and a smart switch. However, Ring has numerous camera models to choose from for your indoor, outdoor, and video doorbell needs, while Abode has only one indoor and one outdoor camera.

Manufacturing

Both companies manufacture their own wireless equipment instead of licensing equipment from big-name companies. Ring’s equipment performs well, but there are complaints regarding difficulties getting everything connected initially. Abode has little feedback; from what we found, customers complain about equipment being glitchy and the siren being too quiet.

Both Abode and Ring have one-year warranties.

Like all companies, both Abode and Ring have complaints, but we feel Ring has equipment options that customers want. Cameras are commonly wanted in a home security system, and Ring offers more options for its consumers.Ring logo

Equipment Winner: Ring Alarm

Technology

If home automation is important for your system, you have many options through both Abode and Ring.Abode Equipment

Learn more about Z-Wave and Zigbee smart home protocols, and IFTTT (If This, Then That) to familiarize yourself with the different ways of automating your equipment.

Abode Compatibilities

Ring CompatibilitiesRing Keypad

  • Z-Wave and Zigbee devices
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • IFTTT
  • Smart lock systems from Kevo, LockState, Kisi, and Lockitron
  • Philips Hue lights

Battery Backup

If you lose power during a storm or from a burglar cutting wires, a battery backup will keep both systems running. Ring Alarm has a 24-hour battery backup, which is the standard, but Abode’s is only six to seven hours.

Cellular vs Broadband Monitoring

Did you know central monitoring stations receive your alarm’s distress signal one of three ways: via landline (phone), broadband (internet), or cellular connection? You can learn about each of these three methods in our central monitoring article.

Cellular monitoring is the most secure form of monitoring because there’s no concern about a burglar cutting your landline or broadband connection. Abode’s plans have broadband monitoring with the higher tiers offering cellular backup. Ring’s monitoring is broadband with cellular as a backup.

App Performance & Ratings

Below are the Apple App Store and Google Play Store ratings and number of reviews to give you an idea of what readers think of each company’s respective app.

Ring Screenshots

Abode App Complaints

  • Draining the phone’s battery
  • Crashing or freezing
  • Few updates
  • Delayed notifications
  • Arm and disarm doesn’t work properly

Ring App Complaints

  • Being unable to view notifications
  • App not loading or slowly loading
  • Delays with video capture
  • Not receiving notifications
  • App crashes

Both companies offer many smart home integration options, but Ring has a better battery backup, higher app ratings, and offers cellular backup for all plans.Ring logo

Technology Winner: Ring Alarm

Value

To see how these two would compare in a real-world situation, let’s go over an example of a common configuration in a household with the equipment below:

  • 3 or 4 door/window sensors
  • 1 keypad
  • 1 motion sensor

Neither company locks you into a contract, but let’s say you choose to keep your service for three years. Here’s an example of how much it would cost you through Abode and Ring.

Abode Ring
Equipment $379 $249.99
Installation $0 $0
Professional Monitoring $20/month
($200/year)
(broadband w/ cellular backup)
$10/month ($100/year)
(broadband w/ cellular backup)
Total Spent After 3 Years $979 $499.99

Monitoring Stations

Illustration of hand disarming alarm (caption: Guide To Central Monitoring Stations)Abode and Ring have two monitoring stations each through Rapid Response. Monitoring stations are important, and they can experience natural disasters and power outages, just like our homes. If a monitoring company only has one station, your call may go unanswered if your system is triggered during this downtime.

In the end, Ring is less expensive than Abode for both equipment and monitoring.Ring logo

Value Winner: Ring Alarm

Ease Of Use

Abode Ring
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Installation DIY DIY
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Abode users complain about the limited functionality of its app. Meanwhile, we read consumer feedback complaining about issues they had while trying to set up their Ring system.

Personal Experience

I’ve personally installed a Ring Alarm system, and I ran into a small hiccup. I contacted support and got the help needed. Since then, it’s been smooth sailing. – Kimberly A., Safe Smart Living

Ring wins this category because it’s easy to use and has more functionality than an Abode system.Ring logo

Ease Of Use Winner: Ring Alarm

The Final Verdict

Ring Alarm beats Abode in this comparison because of its lower prices, variety of equipment, customer satisfaction, and system functionality. Abode is still a sound security system, but it has higher prices and fewer capabilities.Ring logo

Overall Winner: Ring Alarm

If you’d like to learn more about these companies, read our individual reviews on Abode and Ring, including pros, cons, key features, and customer testimonials. We also review more than a dozen companies in our best home security systems comparison.

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About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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