If you’re trying to build a smart home system built around Ring technology, Ring Chime and Ring Alarm are both great devices to add to your integrated network of smart technology. The Chime system lets you monitor your home while you’re home, but the Ring Alarm system picks up where the Chime system leaves off whenever you’re not there.
The Ring Chime system can be fully integrated with the Ring Alarm system. These devices are controllable from the main Ring app found on the homeowner’s smartphone or tablet. The Ring Alarm can also be operated from the Ring Alarm base station.
Ring Chime and Ring Alarm didn’t initially work together, so this is a breakthrough in Ring’s overall compatibility as a smart home system. Keep reading to learn more about how you can link Ring Chim and Ring Alarm to form a more cohesive smart home security system.
Several years ago, those who were adding a Ring Chime to their home were disappointed to find that these two networks operated independently of each other and couldn’t be linked together. Luckily, Ring has assessed feedback from homeowners and has worked hard to upgrade its technology for a more seamless system.
Since Ring Chime and Ring Alarm are controlled by the same mobile app, there’s no problem controlling either network of sensors and cameras from your smart device. (Source: Ring Support) Both of these devices use the same motion detectors to notify the homeowner of visitors. Your Ring Alarm sensors can also be linked to your Ring Chime if you’re using it as a wireless extension.
Even though it isn’t as robust as some other smart home networks, Ring technology is popular because it’s very easy to connect multiple Ring devices in one system. One way Ring allows homeowners to control multiple devices with the same command system is through its “Groups” device setup menu. (Source: Ring Support)
This makes it attractive for homeowners who don’t have the background with security systems or electronics to put together more complex piecemeal smart home networks.
Other than Ring Chime devices, here are some of the other Ring devices that can be integrated with the Ring Alarm system on the Ring app:
- Video Doorbells
- Security Cameras
- Smart Lights
- Ring Alarm
The ability of Ring to integrate all of these different devices into one networked system makes it easy for people to customize a smart home that fits their needs.
Along with controlling all of your Ring devices from a single Ring app, device linking allows you to set up relationships between devices based on specific scenarios.
For example, you can set up your Ring system to activate the floodlights around your home and record video when motion is detected. You could also program your Ring doorbell to activate your Ring Chime and start recording security footage at the same time.
The advantage of integrating these systems is that they’re able to work more effectively together. If you already have your system set to record camera footage, you’ll never miss a potential security threat. Connecting Ring’s Smart Lights to your Ring Chime and Ring Alarm systems also ensures you’ll get clear video footage of any disturbances.
One of the biggest concerns that people have when linking up multiple Ring devices is the fear that this will cause the system’s batteries to drain faster.
While linking multiple Ring devices together itself doesn’t cause the devices to drain more battery, setting up a multi-device system may cause you to end up with a system that is activated more consistently. The cameras being set to record more often or activating more devices simultaneously may cause an increased loss of power. (Source: Ring Community)
Both Chime and Chime Pro can be used and linked with a Ring Alarm system, but these two devices are slightly different in how they interact with the Alarm network.
The regular Ring Chime is designed to provide an audible alert (like a traditional door chime) whenever the motion detectors at the home’s entrances are activated, while the Chime Pro also operates as a wireless internet extender. (Source: CNN)
So which Chime device should you get to go with your Ring Alarm system? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What is my budget? The Chime Pro is more expensive than the regular Ring Chime, so this is a consideration when you’re trying to figure out the overall cost of your smart home investment.
- How good is my Internet connectivity? The Chime Pro can help improve your wireless connection and help your Ring devices work more easily. If you have a smaller home with a strong connection, you may not need this capability. But for larger homes with wireless that is more spread out, a wireless extender can be very helpful.
- How good is my hearing? One of the benefits of the Chime Pro is that it amplifies the sound of the Ring Chime notification, making it easier to hear the doorbell if you live in a large space.
Whichever Chime device you decide to go with, they’re both compatible with Ring Alarm, so no worries there. The better choice for you personally depends on your smart home setup. There’s roughly a twenty dollar difference between the two devices, so you have to determine whether a boosted model signal is worth the extra money to invest in the Chime Pro model.
Both the Ring Chime and Ring Alarm systems are useful on their own, but each one serves a different function if you’re trying to put together a smart home system that can notify you whether or not you’re home. Linking these two systems together in the same easy-to-use app is what keeps Ring way ahead of most of its competition in the smart home market.