Should You Subscribe To A Ring Video Recording Plan?By - 09/08/2018
It’s been over five years since Ring launched their very first video doorbell and a lot has changed about the company since then. Their product line of cameras has grown, they launched a security system, and they were acquired by Amazon. But one thing has remained the same: Ring cameras won’t work without a paid plan. If you want access to your Ring camera’s video history, you must subscribe to a Ring video recording plan. The question is, should you?
What Are Ring Video Recording Plans?
Ring’s video recording plan, called Ring Protect, comes in two tiers.
Ring Protect Basic adds cloud video recording to individual Ring cameras with a monthly subscription fee of $3/camera. You also have the option to pay yearly, which lowers your bill to $30/camera (instead of $36/camera).
Any camera subscribed to Ring Protect Basic gains the ability to record motion event videos to the cloud. Event videos can be reviewed, downloaded, and shared for up to 60 days. After that, the cloud automatically deletes them for good.
The second tier, Ring Protect Plus, covers all of the Ring cameras in a single household. It doesn’t matter if you only have one Ring camera or twenty of them, as long as they all belong to the same address, they will all gain access to the cloud. A Ring Protect Plus subscription is $10/month or $100/year.
|Ring Protect Basic||Ring Protect Plus|
|Cost If Paid Monthly||$3/camera||$10/all cameras|
|Cost If Paid Yearly||$30/camera||$100/all cameras|
|Event Video Recording|
|Video History||60 Days||60 Days|
|Discounts||N/A||10% Off On Purchases At Ring.Com|
|Other||24/7 Monitoring (Requires Ring Alarm Security System)|
Should You Subscribe to a Ring Protect Plan?
Now, back to the original question: Should you subscribe to Ring Protect? The brief answer is yes. If you own Ring cameras, you should consider subscribing to Ring Protect. And there are three reasons why.
1. So You Don’t Miss A Thing
Although all Ring cameras can detect motion and notify you in real-time, only those subscribed to Ring Protect can record events. Picture this: You’re away from home and Ring sends a motion alert, but you’re too busy to check it right away. Without a Ring Protect subscription, you won’t be able to check in on that alert at a later time. If you miss the event, you miss it forever. With a Ring Protect subscription, your camera will record the event so that you can review it when you’re available. If the event turns out to be an intrusion, the video will also serve as police evidence.
2. Ring Protect Is Inexpensive
When compared to cloud storage offers from other security camera companies, Ring Protect is inexpensive. Also, they provide a generous amount of free storage. Most companies charge for access to 5 or even 7 days of event history, but Ring’s 60-day cloud storage offer far exceeds the norm.
Let’s take August as an example. Like Ring, August sells video doorbells. However, August charges $4.99/month for 30 days of cloud storage per camera. When compared to Ring Protect Basic, that’s more expensive and offers less cloud storage space.
3. 30-Day Free Trial & Contract-Free
Another reason why you should subscribe to Ring Protect is that it’s risk-free.
First, each Ring camera you purchase comes with a 30-day Ring Protect free trial. The trial period starts after you activate the camera. Should you decide that Ring Protect isn’t for you, you’re not obliged to continue the subscription. Second, you’re able to add and remove storage at will as the offer is contract-free.
Why You Should Choose Ring Protect Plus Over Basic
So far, we’ve established that adding a Ring Protect subscription makes a lot of sense, but let’s not leave things at that. Let’s take it a step further and compare Ring Protect Plus to Ring Protect Basic.
1. Unlimited Cameras
The main difference between Protect Basic and Protect Plus is that Basic charges per camera while Plus charges per location. With Protect Plus, all of your cameras are covered so long as they are installed at the same geographic location. The break-even point, of course, being four cameras. If you own four or more Ring cameras, Protect Plus is the way to go.
2. Exclusive Discount
Even if you have fewer than four cameras, there are other reasons why you might want to select Plus over Basic. First of all, Protect Plus subscribers get 10% off of purchases made on Ring.com. Ring cameras cost around $200 each (more or less), so if you’re subscribed to Protect Plus, you will save an average of $20 per device.
3. Extended Warranty
Aside from discounts, you’ll also get an extended warranty on all your Ring products for as long as you’re subscribed to Protect Plus. Of course, the warranty has its limits. Head over here to learn more about Ring’s warranty policies.
4. 24/7 Monitoring
And finally, if you’re subscribed to Ring Protect Plus and own a Ring Alarm security system (which will launch on the 4th of July, 2018), 24/7 professional monitoring of the system is included. For only $10/month, you will get 60 days of cloud storage for all of your security cameras plus professional monitoring of your security system. That’s an offer even well-established security companies like ADT and Frontpoint can’t match.
To subscribe to Ring Protect, you can visit Ring.com or go to the Account section of your Ring App. If you want to learn more about Ring products, including their video doorbells, spotlight cameras, floodlight cameras, security cameras, and security lights, check out this review.