While Ring seems to win with price, Frontpoint is the real MVP. Frontpoint also serves up special features (like identity protection) that Ring can’t compete with.
With basic plans, Frontpoint wins the point. It offers a three-year warranty while Ring only provides a one-year warranty. But, if you spring for the Ring Protect Plus plan, Ring wins. With its premium plan, you get a lifetime warranty on Ring devices.
With up-front costs, Frontpoint wins out. You can get a starter package for just $99, which is $100 less than Ring. Frontpoint also offers financing. While you need to sign a contract to get the financing, this is a good option for those who can’t pay high out-of-pocket costs.
When comparing monthly costs, Ring alarm systems have the edge. At just $20 per month for its most expensive plan, it beats out Frontpoint’s least costly plan by more than $10.
Ring has more camera options, including a whole lineup of doorbell cameras. Ring is a knockout pick for video surveillance. Especially if watching the kids and fur kids, or keeping an eye out for packages are your main reasons for adding a security system to your home. We love the Ring Floodlight Camera because it offers bright light, camera surveillance, a siren, and motion detection all in one device.
That said, cameras don’t come with any Ring home security packages. You have to buy them separately. Frontpoint, on the other hand, offers cameras in its packages.
Frontpoint wins with helpful features that are hard to find with other systems.
The security company offers identity protection with all of its monitoring plans. (Ring doesn’t offer identity protection at all.) This cool free upgrade does a lot:
- Helps you control personal data
- Sends notifications when something iffy occurs with your accounts
- Provides data professionals to help out when things go awry
Frontpoint home security also has a touchscreen hub to view camera footage on-screen. It’s helpful to watch camera footage on the same device you use to arm and disarm your security system. Imagine you’re just about to disable your alarm when you arrive home but hear a noise. You can access the nearest camera to check for an intruder and get help right away.
You’ll need to buy an Alexa device like an Echo Show to see footage anywhere other than your phone with Ring.
Another unique feature is Frontpoint’s Crash & Smash protection. A “crash and smash” is when an intruder destroys a security system’s keypad before it can call the police during a break-in. Frontpoint security tracks opened doors in the home. So even if the base station is destroyed, the call center will call for help because the system wasn’t disarmed after the door was opened.
The Ring Alarm Pro series has a few standout features, like a TrueMesh Eero Wi-Fi 6 router and 24/7 backup internet to keep your Ring security system working when your internet is weak or disconnected. We weren’t impressed, though.
The router is supposed to strengthen Wi-Fi connections for devices far away from the system, but we didn’t notice a difference. And most security systems can function without Wi-Fi using a cellular connection, so the backup internet isn’t blowing our minds either.