The Ring security system has everything you need right in the box. It’s easy to find all the sensors, instructions, and cables you need. Once your base station has a connection, the setup is simple.
1. Find instructions: Ring provides directions from the app and printed materials in the box.
2. Identify hub: installation starts with your base hub (the “brain” that ties the system together).
3. Have Wi-Fi password handy: There’s no “cancel” option if you enter it in wrong. To skip a headache and time wasted, type carefully.
4. Choose a four-digit entry code for the keypad.
5. Choose a place to put your sensors. These devices take just moments to install.
You'll need to restore factory settings if you’re getting a Ring system secondhand or giving yours away. This process takes a while because you have to manually reset each device. Plan on a few minutes for each.
Ring does have a professional-install option through a partnership with OnTech. But it's not the best deal. You pay on a per-device basis, which adds up. We recommend sticking with Ring's DIY route.
We found Ring's base station easy to set up, but the keypad and sensors posed difficulties.
Arming or disarming was confusing, and it was hard to tell if we’d successfully changed the system’s status until the alarm sounded. (The neighbors loved that.)
We decided to use the Ring app instead of the keypad, and it went much smoother. So, while a keypad is helpful when you have an armful of groceries, the app is much easier to understand.
The contact sensor also acted up. If your door and window frames have molding, you might have trouble too. The doorframe was too high for the sensors to match, so the system showed that the door was open.
Thankfully, we found help through Ring’s guide to different door and window trims.