Frontpoint vs Ring Alarm: Who’s Got The Better Home Security System?

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Frontpoint and Ring Alarm offer no-contract professionally monitored home security systems. You can install both systems yourself, and they even use the same monitoring service. But can one protect your home better than the other?

Customer Service & Reputation

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) can be a reliable indicator of how a company handles consumer complaints. How did our two companies fare?

Frontpoint Complaints

Frontpoint no longer requires contracts, so for new customers these won’t be an issue. However, Frontpoint has thousands of customers still under contract, so for existing customers these may still apply:

  • Difficulty canceling
  • Requires written notice of canceling one month in advance

Professionally monitored home security contracts, like your cable or phone bill, may contain a multi-year commitment, which means if you cancel early, you’ll owe the remaining balance on your account (the months of monitoring remaining in your term). This is a common complaint, so please read your contract carefully before signing. The good news is that many companies are doing away with contracts.

Ring Alarm Complaints

Ring, which is owned by Amazon, has reports of excellent customer service for the most part, but the complaints we found are a little more serious than the ones we listed above for Frontpoint.

  • Referral program being a scam
  • Difficulties canceling an order
  • Rude or unprofessional customer support agents
  • Slow live chat help

In the end, Frontpoint wins this category because its customer service complaints are primarily contract-related, which should no longer be a concern for new customers now that contracts are no longer required.Frontpoint logo small

Custom Service & Reputation Winner: Frontpoint


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

Frontpoint Ring Alarm
Additional Keypad Checkmark Checkmark
Keychain Remote Checkmark
Door/Window Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Motion Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Indoor Camera Checkmark Checkmark
Outdoor Camera Checkmark Checkmark
Doorbell Camera Checkmark Checkmark
Glass Break Sensor Checkmark
Panic Button Checkmark Checkmark
Smoke Detector Checkmark
CO Detector Checkmark
Smoke & CO Listener Checkmark
Freeze Sensor Checkmark
Water/Flood Sensor Checkmark Checkmark
Additional Siren Z-wave option Checkmark
Smart Switch Checkmark
Smart Door Lock Checkmark
Smart Light Bulb Checkmark
Garage Door Controller Checkmark
Garage Door Sensor Checkmark
Range Extender Checkmark

Who Has Better Cameras?

As you can see in the tables below, Ring has more options when it comes to outdoor and doorbell cameras, but Frontpoint has higher-end indoor cameras.


Resolution Digital Pan & Tilt Echo-Cancelling Microphone Noise Cancellation Field Of View Infrared Night Vision Two-Way Audio Power Source
Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera 1080p Checkmark Checkmark 180º Checkmark Checkmark Plug In
Frontpoint Indoor Camera 1080p Checkmark Checkmark 113º Checkmark Checkmark Plug In
Ring Indoor Cam 1080p Checkmark 140° Checkmark Checkmark Plug In
Ring Stick Up Cam 1080p Checkmark 130° Checkmark Checkmark Battery, Plug In, Solar


Resolution Noise Cancellation Field Of View Infrared Night Vision Two-Way Audio Built-In Lights Built-In Siren Power Source
Frontpoint Outdoor Camera 1080p 117º Checkmark Plug In
Ring Stick Up Cam 1080p Checkmark 130º Checkmark Checkmark Battery, Plug In, Solar
Ring Spotlight Cam 1080p Checkmark 140º Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Battery, Plug In, Solar
Ring Floodlight Cam 1080p Checkmark 140º Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Hardwired


Resolution Field Of View Infrared Night Vision Two-Way Audio Installation Advanced Motion & Human Detection WiFi Capabilities 4 Seconds of Pre-Roll*
Frontpoint (Skybell Slim Line) 1080p 180º Checkmark Checkmark Existing Wiring 2.4GHz
Ring Video Doorbell 720p 180º Checkmark Checkmark Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery 2.4GHz
Ring Video Doorbell 2 1080p 160º Checkmark Checkmark Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery 2.4GHz
Ring Video Doorbell 3 1080p 160º Checkmark Checkmark Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery Checkmark 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus 1080p 160º Checkmark Checkmark Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery Checkmark 2.4GHz and 5GHz Checkmark
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 1080p 160º Checkmark Checkmark Requires Existing Doorbell Wiring Checkmark 2.4GHz
Ring Video Doorbell Elite 1080p 160º Checkmark Checkmark Requires Professional Checkmark 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Ring Peephole Cam 1080p 155º Checkmark Checkmark Replaces Peephole Checkmark 2.4GHz

*Pre-roll allows you to see four seconds of video before the motion is triggered

We’ve got a detailed review of Frontpoint’s cameras here, and more information on Ring’s doorbell cameras here.


Ring Alarm manufactures all of its wireless equipment instead of using equipment from big-name companies like GE and Interlogix, which manufacture the majority of Frontpoint’s sensors. But there’s nothing wrong with Ring Alarm manufacturing its own equipment or Frontpoint using third-party equipment to build its system.

However, we do question whether it may be better that Frontpoint uses third-parties for its equipment needs because it allows them to focus on other parts of the business, like customer service.

Frontpoint has a three-year warranty (competitive), and Ring Alarm has a one-year warranty (less than what most competitors offer).

Frontpoint logo small

Equipment Winner: Frontpoint


If you want to integrate home automation equipment with your security system, both Frontpoint and Ring Alarm have options.

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.

Frontpoint Compatibilities

Google Home speaker
Google Home Assistant (Compatible with both Frontpoint and Ring)

Ring Alarm Compatibilities

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

Video Monitoring

Screenshot of Ring app camera settings
Ring app camera settings

If you want to customize what your cameras are recording, manage the feeds and how actions integrate with your alarm system, the nod goes to Ring. The video monitoring capabilities of the Ring app far exceed what you can do with Frontpoint’s video monitoring.

Ring Video Monitoring

With Ring you get alerts the second motion captures something within the “motion zone” you’ve specified (or if you haven’t specified a motion zone, the default area that captures motion). There is also a setting to only detect human activity, which we found very helpful to prevent everything from cars on the street to bugs on the wall setting off alerts.

Lastly, you can link devices so that motion on one camera will automatically trigger another camera (or set of cameras) to start recording.

Frontpoint Video Monitoring

Frontpoint’s video technology is dependent on technology. In the app, you can view camera feeds and alarm-based motion detected events are uploaded into the cloud, where you can view them anytime via app or website portal.

The website portal had some old Flash-based customization features (such as specifying fixed angle settings for the pan & tilt camera) that are unfortunately outdated at the moment. has posted a notice that the website portal’s video functionality will be updated not to rely on Flash (which won’t work on Mac devices) before the end of 2020.

Battery Backup

If you lose power during a storm or from a burglar cutting wires, a battery backup will keep both systems running. Both Frontpoint and Ring Alarm have 24-hour battery backup, which is the standard.

Cellular Monitoring

All of Frontpoint’s plans have cellular monitoring, which is the most secure form because there’s no concern of a burglar cutting your wires for a landline (phone) or broadband (internet) connection.

Ring Alarm’s monitoring is broadband with cellular as a backup.

App Performance & Rating

Screenshot of the Frontpoint app home screen
Frontpoint app home screen

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.

Frontpoint App Complaints

  • Unable to change the volume or time of display
  • Delays in the Android version
  • Having to relaunch app to initiate thumbprint login on iOS

Ring App Complaints

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

Smash Proof

Both companies have smash-proof systems, so if an intruder tries to destroy your system, the companies still alert police.

In the end, Frontpoint wins because of its cellular monitoring for all of its plans, and it has a better app rating average than Ring.
Frontpoint logo small

Technology Winner: Frontpoint


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

  • Three door/window sensors
  • One keypad
  • One 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 Frontpoint and Ring Alarm.

Frontpoint Ring Alarm
Equipment $118.99 $208.99
Installation $0 $0
Professional Monitoring $44.99/month
(broadband w/ cellular backup)
Total Spent After 3 Years $1,738.63 $508.99

Monitoring Stations

Frontpoint and Ring Alarm use the same monitoring company, Rapid Response, which has two monitoring stations (how many monitoring stations are best?). The two stations are interconnected, so if one goes down (e.g., due to a natural disaster), another is there as a backup.

Best Value

Ring Alarm is less than 1/3 the cost of Frontpoint for three years of service. This is primarily due to Frontpoint’s high professional monitoring fee compared to Ring Alarm’s. Ring Alarm has the lowest professional monitoring fee in our home security system comparison, while Frontpoint is one of the more expensive companies.Ring logo

Value Winner: Ring Alarm

Ease Of Use

Frontpoint Ring Alarm
Wireless Equipment Checkmark Checkmark
Installation DIY DIY
Easily Relocate Checkmark Checkmark

We read reviews from customers complaining about issues they had while trying to set up their Ring system. But once the systems are set up, they are easy to use. Meanwhile, Frontpoint customers rave about how easy it is to set up and use the system.Frontpoint logo small

Ease Of Use Winner: Frontpoint

What’s The Verdict?

Frontpoint and Ring Alarm are both excellent home security systems that you can install yourself, and both have reliable professional monitoring. However, Frontpoint has a more extensive list of equipment, an outstanding customer service reputation and the plus of offering cellular monitoring for all of its plans.Frontpoint logo small

Overall Winner: Frontpoint

If you’d like to learn more about these companies, read our individual reviews on Frontpoint and Ring Alarm, which include pros, cons, key features and customer testimonials.

Which company are you leaning towards?

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