Ring is expanding its smart home device lineup with the new Protect security system, announced Monday. The Protect is available for preorder now on Ring's website, as well as at Best Buy and Home Depot in the US. The Ring starter kit costs $199 for a base station, a keypad, a contact sensor, a passive infrared motion sensor and a Z-Wave extender.
While the Protect's Z-Wave-enabled hub and sensor devices are fairly standard issue for a DIY security system, its $199 starting price is significantly lower than its direct competition. Google'sin September starting at $499 for a hub, two door/window sensors and two arm/disarm key fobs. and professional security firm ADT also announced their own system Monday, with optional monitoring from, you guessed it, ADT. Its starter kit will set you back $550.
Here's an overview of Ring's Protect:
- Optional professional monitoring and cloud storage starting at $10 per month
- Integration with Ring's other home security devices
- Potential for smart home partnerships (the hub supports ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi)
- 24-hour battery backup, as well as optional cellular backup
We're tracking down a review unit of Protect, so check back soon to see how it compares to Nest's Secure and SmartThings' ADT system. The Protect is expected to start shipping later this month.