Ring’s 15-camera line-up dominates over Abode's three basic cameras. But it’s not just a numbers game—Ring consistently produces high-quality cameras that top our rankings.
We’re also impressed by the Ring Floodlight Cam, which works as an all-in-one outdoor alarm system thanks to its built-in siren, motion detector, camera, and lights.
Abode’s cameras include the Iota and the Cam 2. The Iota is built into Abode’s security hub, which limits its placement to a tabletop. The Outdoor Smart Cam is a two-in-one video doorbell and outdoor surveillance camera. The indoor/outdoor Cam 2 offers Abode’s only advantage over Ring’s cameras: it’s exceptionally affordable at around $35.
But don’t get too bummed about Abode’s lackluster camera selection. You can integrate third-party cameras with the Abode system, giving you flexibility over features and pricing. These camera brands are known to work with Abode through the IFTTT platform:
Despite their shared use of IFTTT, Ring doorbells and cameras do not work with Abode.
Ring’s sensor and siren selection may be limited, but its equipment is more affordable than Abode’s across nearly every category. Check out the comparison chart below to see the price difference between Ring and Abode equipment.
You may end up paying more for professional installation if you go with Ring vs. Abode, since prices depend on the device being installed and range from $35 to $250. Abode’s professional installation service starts at $99 and tops out around $124. But remember, pro installation is completely optional for both home security systems.
Both Ring and Abode claim that they don’t lock customers into long-term contracts. That’s true to an extent: you don’t have to pay for a monthly plan to use either system’s basic functions. But we found some fine print in Ring Alarm’s policies that may cause you to fork over more money than you bargained for.
If you want your Ring Alarm home security system to be professionally monitored, you’re required to pay for a yearly plan. But they have a generous cancellation policy: you’ll get a prorated refund even if you subscribed to an annual plan. You just have to pay for your final month of service.
In contrast, Abode sells plans in 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day nuggets. We love that flexibility. It’s easy to cancel an Abode plan, but if you’re returning the system at the same time, you’re charged a $35 fee.