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Ring's inexpensive security system handles the essentials for less

The $199 Ring Alarm Security Kit is a solid home security system at a great price.

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The Ring Alarm Security Kit comes with a base station, a keypad, a door/window sensor, a motion detector and a range extender.

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The door/window sensor tracks whether a door or window is open or closed. If your Ring Alarm system is armed and a door or window is opened, the alarm will sound. 

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The complete Ring Alarm Security Kit costs $199. That's a fantastic price for all of these products. You can also add in additional devices a la carte.

Ring's security system is only available in the US at this time. At the current exchange rate, $199 converts to roughly £150 and AU$270. 

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This is the base station, the heart of your Ring Alarm Security Kit. Either connect to it using your local Wi-Fi network or with a spare Ethernet cable  (that accessory doesn't come with your purchase). 

The base station supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Bluetooth.

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The keypad is where you arm and disarm your system. You create a secret PIN code when you set up your system; use that to both arm and disarm your system at the keypad. You can also use the Ring app for arming and disarming.

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You can either mount the keypad to the wall or use the included stand to set it on a table. 

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The motion sensor tracks activity in your home. You can use it pretty much anywhere, but Ring suggests installing it at least 7 feet high so it stays out of reach of pets and kids.

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Make sure to install the motion sensor in a place that maximizes its ability to detect activity from a variety of angles. 

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Use the included range extender to help extend the Z-Wave range 250 additional feet from the base station.

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You can monitor the system yourself (meaning you have to call law enforcement or emergency services if something occurs) -- or you can pay for optional professional monitoring at $10 per month. 

Learn more about Ring's professional monitoring here.

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