Today is the day we finally compare Nest Secure
to Ring Alarm. Usually I keep my videos short and sweet,
but this video is going to unapologetically long so if you’re looking for something
specific, I will create some shortcut links below so check that out but otherwise we’re
going to jump right in here. Both Nest Secure and Ring Alarm are self-installed
home security systems that you can self-monitor or you can pay to have someone else monitor
them. For $399, Nest includes a Nest Guard, two
Nest Detects, and two Nest Tags. By contrast, Ring Alarm is $199 and includes
a Base Station, Keypad, 1 Contact Sensor, 1 Motion Detector, and a Range Extender. Nest Guard and the Ring Base Station can chime
when you open the door and they both have a siren. Both base stations include cellular and battery
backup. Ring Alarm promises a 24-hour battery life,
but in testing it gave 35 hours. Nest Guard promises 12 hours, but in testing
gave a full 43 hours. Nest Guard, in addition to being a base station,
also acts as a keypad. It lights up as you approach it and you can
use it to arm your system home or away and you can disarm it. By default, Guard doesn’t require a passcode
to take action, but I suggest you enable this option using the mobile app. On the back of Guard you’ll also find a
panic button, and on top, there’s an info button. Ring’s Base Station clearly shows system
status. The ring is blue when disarmed and red when
armed home or away. It’s important to note that you can only
have one Nest Guard per home, which in some ways makes Ring’s idea of separating the
keypad from the base station wise as you can purchase and add additional keypads. Like the Base Station, the keypad shows system
status. For some reason, it doesn’t chime, but it
does count down for entry and exit delays, and it will also sound a siren when needed. Also, if you press and hold the check and
x buttons for 3 seconds, a panic alarm will sound. The keypad connects to the Ring Base using
Z-Wave Plus as do all of the other sensors including the Ring Alarm Contact Sensor, which
uses two magnetic pieces. When separated, the system assumes a door
is opened. When they’re together, it assumes the door
or window its protecting is closed. If you try to arm the system when a door is
opened, it will request that you bypass the sensor or close the door. The same is true of the Nest contact sensor. Overall, I prefer the design of Nest Detect
to Ring’s contact sensor, but it’s more than double the price of Ring’s sensor;
however, it is multi-purpose. Nest Detect is first a contact sensor, but
also a pathlight that lights up as you walk by. It also has a feature called Quiet Open which
allows you to bypass the sensor by touching it. If you’re concerned that your kids might
bypass the sensor before, say, a big night out, you can simply turn the feature off using
the mobile app. Finally, Nest Detect can also act as a motion
sensor, which is awesome as Nest doesn’t sell a dedicated motion sensor. Instead of using the two pieces, you’ll
just use one, and designate it as a motion sensing device when you set it up using the
mobile app. To compare, Ring sells an actual motion detector. In my opinion, Nest’s discreet design is
again vastly superior, but there’s also a performance difference here that works out
in Ring’s favor. Nest Detect has a 15-foot range and Nest Guard,
which also has a built-in motion sensor, has a 10-foot range. In testing, I found this to be true. I’m not sure what Ring’s range is but
I tested it at 32 feet and it worked fine. One word of caution, during testing I noticed that I would arm Ring away, and yet the motion sensor would
not trigger the alarm. This is because it has a built-in retrigger
time. If it senses you moving around while it’s
arming, it will reset the clock by 3 minutes regardless of your set exit delay. After three minutes, if it senses movement,
it will trigger the alarm. The final device in the Ring Starter Kit is
the Alarm Range Extender which helps boost the Z-Wave signal an additional 250 feet. It plugs into an outlet, but also has battery
backup. The Nest Secure Kit does not include a range
extender, but you can buy the Nest Connect for $69. Connect acts as a signal repeater for the
Thread protocol, which is what Nest Secure uses. The final piece of equipment included with
the Nest Secure kit is the Nest Tag. The kit ships with two of them which act as
RFID tags that you can tap on your Nest Guard to arm and disarm it. Nest doesn’t sell any security devices beyond
what we’ve discussed nor does Ring, though Ring does have two coming soon including a
Ring Alarm Smoke & Co Listener and an Alarm Flood and Freeze Sensor. Of course, both companies also sell cameras
and related devices. Ring sells several cameras and Video Doorbells,
but they don’t integrate with the Ring Alarm at this time. They can’t trigger the alarm, and the alarm
can’t trigger the cameras. The only advantage is that you have one app
to control your Ring cameras and your Ring Alarm. Nest also sells cameras and a video doorbell. If your Nest Secure detects an alarm event,
it will trigger your camera to take a snapshot which Nest will keep for three hours unless
you pay for additional cloud storage. Also, if you open the app during an alarm
event, you will be able to manage the security alert while simultaneously viewing a live
video feed from your connected cameras. Nest Secure also with the Works With Nest
program allowing it to play with other devices like Nest Protect, LIFX, and Lutron. Nest Secure also works with Google Home. Nest Secure and Ring Alarm both lack IFTTT
channels. Surprisingly, though Ring is owned by Amazon,
it also lacks an Alexa skill at this time. Hopefully, they will launch one soon. The Ring Base Station can communicate using
Z-Wave and Zigbee, but they haven’t really taken advantage of its abilities beyond an
integration with the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke and CO Alarm and the coming soon Dome siren. On a positive note, if you do add a smoke
alarm to Ring, they will monitor it if you have professional monitoring. Nest, on the other hand, will not. And while we’re on the topic of monitoring,
I think that’s where we should head next. Thus far the only thing we’ve discussed
that’s not free is cellular backup. For Free, you’ll have app control, notifications,
and the alarm will sound if an event occurs. The next step up is self-monitoring with cellular
backup, which Nest offers for $5 per month. Ring doesn’t have a cellular only option,
but for just $10 per month, they’ll provide cellular backup, 24/7 monitoring, and 60 days
of cloud storage for an unlimited number of Ring cameras. Nest charges $29.00 per month for monitoring
provided by Brinks or $19.00 if you sign a three-year contract. Cloud storage is a separate charge. If you want to learn more about Brinks, I
will link to my Brinks written review below. And I’m going to swap topics on you real
quick, we’re going to move from monitoring over to apps. Both Nest Secure and Ring Alarm have a mobile
app and they both have a web app. From the Nest Home Screen, you can swap from
Home to Away mode, but further control of Nest Secure happens from the Nest Secure Screen. From here, you can change the mode of your
system, and quickly view the status of your devices. You can also click to see a history of events,
and click even further into each day to get a closer look at things. From the Ring app, you can also arm and disarm
right from the home screen. The history here, however, is all related
to my doorbell camera. To view your alarm history, you’ll need
to click on the settings menu, history, and then the alarm tab. From the Nest app, you can also control Home/Away
Assist which will remind you to arm the system if you drive away without doing so, it won’t
arm it for you. Ring doesn’t have a comparable feature. Nest will also let you do things like include
or exclude your motion detector from Home and Guarding mode or even set the motion sensor
to a more pet-friendly setting. If you have a cat, however, Nest suggests
that you turn motion detection off. Back to the settings menu you can also click
in to check on the different devices connected to your system. For example, you can decide if your door sensors
should trigger a tone sound. From Ring’s settings menu you can also adjust
the different modes. Like with Nest, you can decide which sensors
should be included in different modes. You can also set an entry and exit delay. Finally, both devices support multi-user
access. Nest will let you choose between full access
and home entry only. Home entry is best for guests because you
can give them a passcode that only works during a specific set schedule. For example, if you have a home cleaner, you
can give them access to your home one day a week with the passcode working between 9 am and
11 am. Ring also lets you add other users, but the
feature isn’t as defined as what Nest offers. With Ring, there can only be one owner, and
then there are users. Users can arm and disarm your systems using
the app or a passcode. Users can also view a full user history. In the end, I give both systems a thumbs up;
however, abode is going to remain my top self-monitored alarm choice for now. Ring takes a very close second place because
it’s so inexpensive. Also, it provides greater protection than Nest Secure because
of the additional sensors that it offers including things like the coming soon flood/freeze sensor,
fire monitoring, and also the potential to expand further using Z-Wave. As a side note, Ring Alarm is also one of
the first products to use Z-Wave Security 2 and Z-Wave SmartStart technology which encrypts
the signal sent between the base station and the cloud as well as the base and the sensors. Once Ring expands their system to add third-party
compatibility and additional sensors like flood, freeze, glass break, and a key fob,
I think there’s a good chance it could replace abode as my overall favorite. Nest is also great, but lacks additional sensors,
and if you’re going to pay for monitoring, fire monitoring is an essential element. Plus, it’s expensive. So what do you all think? Let me know which product you are going to
pick, or maybe you already have picked by commenting below. If you all want to learn more about smart
home technology be sure to hit the subscribe button. Usually, I’m a little more succinct, but
I really wanted to dig into these two products because so many of you all have asked me to
compare them, and I really hope this was helpful. If you have any questions about Ring Alarm
or Nest Secure be sure to let me know, and I will see you all soon.