We always get many questions regarding our products and you may be one of the thousands of homeowners shopping for a security system right now trying to decide what’s the best security system for your home. The process can feel overwhelming due to the amount of security products on the market today with everyone claiming they have the best solution. We have many customers that ask about Ring Doorbells and Security Systems so let’s take a look at and compare what Alarm.com and Ring have to offer.

Alarm.com Compatible Control Panels


Alarm.com is renowned for its compatibility with a host of control panels, but today we will look at the most superior control panel that Alarm.com works in tandem with – the 2GIG Edge control panel. This is a wireless touchscreen control panel and its 7.5-inch full-color LCD capacitive glass multi-touch screen is especially attractive. The 2GIG EDGE™ panel sets a new benchmark in form and function with its sleek design that is thinner and more powerful than ever. The on the edge processing technology is the difference that enables touchless disarm and the industry-first home security system with built-in face recognition and analytics within the panel itself – so private data stays private for greater peace of mind.

The 2Gig Edge includes double the viewing area from previous panels, higher resolution, two speakers and dual microphones, delivering superb audio quality and 2-way voice communication for monitoring. Furthermore, Industry-first face recognition disarm capabilities and Bluetooth disarm. The panel operates with an AC power source, and has a built in LTE cellular radio with options for Verizon or ATT services included with an optional backup communication with a WIFI network .  With the 2GIG panel, users can have 100 user codes, 100 wireless zone and the innovative Z-Wave Plus technology facilitates connections of varies smart home devices.

Ring Security  Control Panel


Ring is a home security company that offers a range of security products and services, including doorbells, cameras, alarms, and professional monitoring. Here is a product overview of the Ring security system:

  1. Doorbells: Ring offers several models of video doorbells that allow users to see and speak with visitors at their front door through the Ring app.
  2. Security Cameras: Ring offers indoor and outdoor security cameras that can be monitored through the Ring app. The cameras come equipped with features such as night vision, motion detection, and two-way audio.
  3. Alarm System: The Ring Alarm is a wireless, do-it-yourself home security system that can be controlled through the Ring app. The system includes door and window sensors, motion detectors, and a control panel.
  4. Professional Monitoring: Ring offers optional professional monitoring services for an additional fee. With professional monitoring, the Ring Alarm system will alert a professional monitoring center in the event of an emergency.
  5. Integration with Other Devices: Ring devices can be integrated with other smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa, for added convenience and control.

Overall, the Ring security system offers a range of products and services for home security, with a focus on affordability, ease of use, and integration with other smart home devices.


Who wins?

Alarm.com has a wider range of security and automation equipment, while Ring Alarm focuses primarily on security devices and has a more limited range of home automation devices.

As Alarm.com is compatible with a wider range of home security equipment, this category goes to them!

  • Smart Thermostats – Lux, Trane, Linear, Lennox and Radio Thermostats
  • Video Doorbells – Skybell
  • Sensors – image, temperature, motion and window (glass break)
  • Door Locks – danalock, Yale, Schlage and Kwikset
  • Smart water controllers – DynaQuip, FortrezZ, Rachio and Rain Bird
  • Smart Voice Assistants – Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • Switches – Jasco, GoControl, Linear, Evolve, Leviton and Eaton
  • Plugs/Outlets – Jasco, GE, GoControl, Evolve and Leviton
  • Smart Lights – Jasco, Zipato, Hank and Qolsys
  • Garage Door Controllers – Liftmaster MyQ and Linear
  • Smoke and CO Detectors – Alarm.com
  • Smart security cameras (indoor and outdoor) – Alarm.com
  • Controllers (keypads and displays) – DSC, Interlogix, Qolsys and 2GIG GoControl.
  • Wi-Fi Repeaters – Aeotec

Alarm.com Equipment


In order to ensure that your home remains safe from break-ins as well as other environmental hazards, a set of wireless safety sensors that are powered by batteries are provided by Alarm.com. For the protection of your doors as well as your windows, various types of sensors are offered by Alarm.com. With Alarm.com’s range of sensors, it becomes easy to monitor your house, regardless of how big it is. What’s more? These sensors are pet-friendly. The compatibility of Alarm.com’s products extends to the glass break sensors, which respond to the noise of any piece of glass shattering. With key fob remotes, it is possible to arm the system as well as disarm it. It comes with an in-built panic button. The Alarm.com control panels can be used to control their secondary touchscreen keypads that are colored. Furthermore, since these come with sirens that are placed on the outside, owners are informed about potential problems in a manner distinct from the alarm raised by the in-built siren of 2Gig control panel. To ensure your home’s safety not just from people, but also hazards in the environment, Alarm.com’s offerings work well against various natural factors such as smoke/heat, CO, and water leak sensors. Through these effective environmental sensors, it is possible to hear audible alerts in case the process of triggering the system is accompanied by the specific environmental parameter. Although each product that can work in tandem with Alarm.com comes in a DIY (do it yourself) form, it is quite easy to set up the equipment.

Home Automation

The add-on equipment that is offered by Alarm.com is essentially above average. This range includes a host of brands providing renowned smart locks of high quality, such as KwikSet, Yale, Schlage and Danalock . It is possible to construct custom user codes, which are capable of getting enabled as well as disabled with the help of smart locks, which function regardless of where you are. Each time the smart locks are locked or even unlocked, they will generate push notifications to your mobile app. For houses equipped with garage doors, the MyQ is a great fit, with this controller, you can open and shut the doors of your garage on the go even set timers to auto shut your garage door if left open during the evening. Through the Alarm.com app, you will be notified each time these doors are opened and closed. If you are concerned with the environment, you will be thrilled to learn that Alarm.com offers many devices that are eco-friendly in nature and will assist in limiting your carbon footprint. Several popular smart thermostats such as Lux, Trane, Linear and Nest, smart outlets such as Jasco, GoControl, Linear, Evolve, Leviton and Eaton, and light switch control are offered, all of which can be controlled within the Alarm.com app. It is also possible to predetermine when they open and close using custom timers. With their smart thermostats, it is possible to decrease the overall energy consumption each month.

Video Monitoring/Cameras

Among Alarm.com’s wide range of products, you will also find several video surveillance cameras, which again, can be used in tandem with the other systems powered by Alarm.com. Some of their other products include indoor, outdoor, and video doorbell cameras, which are sought-after since they offer night vision, audio systems on both ends, motion sensors, as well as video recording capabilities in HD. These surveillance cameras run on WIFI network, the short clip recordings are stored on the Alarm.com cloud, a separate video recorder can be installed to store digital video recordings locally in its hard drive which can be accessed remotely via the web or Alarm.com app.

Ring Equipment

Ring Security Alarm is a wireless, do-it-yourself home security system that provides comprehensive protection for homes. The system is controlled through the Ring app, which allows users to arm and disarm the system, receive alerts, and view live video feeds from their security cameras. The system includes a control panel, door and window sensors, motion detectors, and a keypad, as well as the option to add range extenders and a panic button. Ring Alarm can also be integrated with other smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa, for added convenience and control. With professional monitoring services available for an additional fee, the Ring Security Alarm provides peace of mind and security for homes of all sizes.

Home Automation

Ring doesn’t really have a big selection of home automation equipment as of now. Ring Alarm primarily focuses on door and window sensors, motion detectors, and a control panel. Ring Security offers a limited home automation capabilities that allow users to control their smart home devices and security system from one central location: the Ring app. With the Ring app, users can:

Control Lights: Ring allows users to control their smart lights from the Ring app, including turning them on and off and dimming them.

Control Thermostats: Ring also integrates with smart thermostats, allowing users to control the temperature of their home from the Ring app.


The Ring camera product line includes indoor and outdoor cameras with features such as two-way audio, motion detection, night vision, and more. Here is a description of the Ring Camera product line:

Indoor Cameras: Ring offers indoor cameras that can be placed anywhere in the home. The cameras are designed to be easy to install and are compatible with the Ring app for viewing live video feeds and controlling the camera.

Outdoor Cameras: Ring also offers a range of outdoor cameras that are weather-resistant and designed for use outside the home. These cameras are equipped with features such as night vision and motion detection to help keep a watchful eye on the home’s exterior.

Video Doorbells: Ring’s video doorbells combine the features of a doorbell and a security camera. Users can see and speak with visitors at their front door through the Ring app.

Floodlight Cameras: Ring’s floodlight cameras offer a combination of a security camera and floodlights. The cameras are equipped with motion detection and can be activated by the motion of a person or vehicle.

Overall, the Ring camera product line offers a range of security cameras for indoor and outdoor use, with features such as two-way audio, motion detection, and night vision to help keep a home secure.

Alarm.com vs Ring App


With Alarm.com, professional, self, and video monitoring services can be used in tandem with your devices that are connected, enabling you to overlook your security system from the convenience of your mobile phone. The app must be used to view the cloud based self-monitoring services. This can be downloaded for free. With the self-monitoring service, you will be able to regulate and adjust your devices remotely. The system can be armed and disarmed, the device status can be checked, devices can be added or removed, and the app can be used for live-streaming as well as recording videos. Both companies’ offer professional monitoring services and work the same where you have a professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7.

Alarm.com App:

  • Comprehensive Control: The Alarm.com app provides comprehensive control over the entire smart home system, including security devices, energy management, and lighting.
  • Customizable Alerts: Users can customize the type and frequency of alerts they receive, such as notifications for doors opening or motion detection.
  • Advanced Features: The Alarm.com app offers advanced features, such as setting schedules and automating smart home devices.

Ring App:

  • Easy to Use: The Ring app is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.
  • Integration with Amazon Alexa: The Ring app integrates with Amazon Alexa, allowing users to control their security system with voice commands.
  • Video Playback: The Ring app allows users to view and playback video footage from their Ring cameras.

Alarm.com wins this battle, easily. The question is, how can you sign yourself up for one of these coveted Alarm.com systems?  A STL Alarm system can provide you with an unbeatable Alarm.com security solution that fits your budget.  The STL Alarm Co system is an easy to use security solution, with month to month monitoring costs being some of the most affordable out there. Our 2GIG control panel has a lot of great features, and the system is super expandable to include many other automation components.

We offer a superior security solution without making you skimp on features and quality of service.

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