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Ring Alarm Pro FAQs

Learn about set up, subscriptions and backup power and internet for your Ring Alarm Pro.

What is Ring Alarm Pro?

Ring Alarm Pro includes a Ring Alarm for trusted physical security, and an eero wifi router³ for fast wifi and network security. Unlike traditional home security systems, Ring Alarm Pro also offers optional layers of backup protection to help stay connected in case the power or internet goes out. By combining Alarm Pro with a Ring Protect Pro subscription, you have more protection, and more ways to secure your home.

Your Alarm Pro Base Station includes both Z-Wave and wifi technology, so you can customize your Alarm Pro experience by adding Ring Video Doorbells, cameras, and Ring Alarm security devices, as well as smart home accessories like compatible smart locks.*

*Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for digital notifications, in-app features, digital arming/disarming, and integration with other Ring, Echo, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.

Is it easy to set up Ring Alarm Pro?

Ring Alarm Pro is easy to set up, and no professional installation is required. You’ll use the Ring app to complete the initial Ring Alarm Pro setup, and then we’ll direct you to the eero app to set up or log in to your account and create a wifi network.

After completing setup, you can choose to add Ring cameras, alarm security devices, compatible smart home devices, and enroll in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring.⁵

Which Ring Devices work with Alarm Pro?

Ring Alarm Pro works with a wide range of devices:

  • Ring Alarm security devices,
    including Contact Sensors, Motion Detectors, Keypads and Range Extenders (both 1st gen and 2nd gen), which connect via Z-Wave.
  • Ring Video Doorbells and Cameras
    connect via wifi.
  • Ring Power Packs
    for external battery backup, which plug right into your Alarm Pro.
  • Ring Alarm accessories
    , including Flood & Freeze Sensors, Smoke & CO Listeners and Panic Buttons.
  • Works with Ring
    Z-Wave* and wifi accessories, including smart locks, switches and other compatible smart home accessories.
  • eero Extenders
    to expand your wifi mesh network.³
  • Amazon Alexa-enabled devices
    to help you control your smart home with voice activated commands.

You can add more devices to your Ring Alarm Pro anytime.

Are all Ring Alarm security devices compatible with Ring Alarm Pro?

Yes. All Ring Alarm (1st and 2nd Gen) security devices are compatible with Alarm Pro, including Contact Sensors, Motion Detectors, Keypads and Range Extenders. You can also use Ring Alarm accessories, including Flood & Freeze Sensors, Smoke & CO Listeners,⁷ and Panic Buttons.

Do I still need my wifi router if I use Alarm Pro?

No. Ring Alarm Pro has a built-in eero wifi³ router that connects directly to your modem. Wifi setup is simple using the eero app. You can create a secure wifi mesh network at your location in minutes, and use it to connect any wifi device to the internet. Ring Alarm Pro supports fast wifi, and covers an area of up to 1500 sq. ft.

Ring Alarm Pro is designed to be used as the gateway, or primary router, on your home network. This diagram shows how to correctly set up your Alarm Pro as the gateway of your home network:

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Alarm Pro will be connected to your modem and the internet using an ethernet cable, but will communicate with the cameras and devices in your home using wifi. You can expand your wifi network at any time by adding eero Extenders. Each adds up to 1500 sq. ft. of wifi coverage to your existing network.³

Will my existing eero products work with Alarm Pro?

Yes. All generations of eero products will work as wifi extenders for your Ring Alarm Pro, but we recommend eero Mesh wifi Extenders,³ which are compatible with Ring Power Packs.

Set up Ring Alarm Pro as your primary internet router or “gateway” (meaning it should be plugged directly into your modem), and then set up your existing eero devices as wifi extenders using the eero app.

We do not recommend using Ring Alarm Pro as a wifi extender for your existing router. Using your Alarm Pro as an extender will prevent you from accessing many of the Ring Protect Pro subscription features, including 24/7 Backup Internet.¹

How do I upgrade my Ring Alarm to Ring Alarm Pro?

We’ve made this step easy. Simply open the Ring app, begin to set up your Ring Alarm Pro, and choose the location which has the Ring Alarm Base Station that you’d like to replace. The app will help you save your Ring Alarm settings and devices, then restore them to your new Alarm Pro Base Station after it’s set up on your Ring account.

Which subscription plan can I use with the Ring Alarm Pro?

The Ring Protect Pro subscription is designed for your Alarm Pro. You’ll get important security features, including:

  • 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring⁵ to request emergency response
  • 24/7 Backup Internet¹ to help keep your Ring video doorbells and cameras, Alarm system[CE4] , and entire wifi network online if the internet goes down. You’ll get 3GB of data each month. If you need more, you can opt into Extra Data, and only pay for the data you use.
  • eero Secure⁴ for advanced online security.

You’ll also get all of the benefits of the other Ring Protect plans, including camera Live View, Two-Way Talk, notifications for Ring cameras, video storage and sharing,⁶ and Snapshot Capture for Ring cameras, and extended warranties and discounts from Ring.

What is 24/7 Backup Internet and how does it work?

24/7 Backup Internet¹ is a feature that keeps your Ring Alarm Pro online using cellular data.

When the internet connection goes down, or if no internet service is available, Alarm Pro switches to 24/7 Backup Internet¹ and starts using cellular data to keep the alarm system, eero wifi network, and everything using wifi including Ring cameras connected to the internet.

You need a Ring Protect Pro subscription to use 24/7 Backup Internet,¹ and the plan includes 3GB of cellular data every month. You can also opt in to Extra Data, and get more cellular data for $3/1GB. At the end of the month, you’ll only pay for the Extra Data that you use.

Note: If you do not opt in to Extra Data and use up your 3GB monthly allotment, Alarm Pro will switch over to Alarm Cellular Backup¹ if the internet is out, which will keep your Ring Alarm system online with some Ring security features, but 24/7 Backup Internet will not be available to your other devices.

The Protect Pro plan’s 3GB of 24/7 Backup Internet¹ data will reset on the first of the billing cycle. You can monitor your data usage in the Ring app.

Does Alarm Pro work when the power goes out?

When the power goes out, you have two options to keep your Ring Alarm Pro on.

  1. Alarm Pro has an internal backup battery inside the Base Station that can provide backup power. When using the internal battery, you may have limited access to Alarm features.
  2. (sold separately) can provide external battery backup for your Alarm Pro. Connect up to four fully-charged Power Packs to a single Alarm Pro to keep it working for hours and all your existing Alarm Pro features will be available.

Ring Power Packs can also be used to provide backup power to your eero Extenders, which will keep your expanded Wi-Fi network up if you lose power.

What happens when the internet goes out?

Your Ring Protect Pro plan offers 24/7 Backup Internet¹ when you need it. This means that if the internet goes out, or if you don’t have internet service, you can use cellular data to connect all devices on your wifi network to the internet.

The 24/7 Backup Internet¹ feature (Ring Protect Pro subscription, sold separately) gives you 3GB of data every month. If you need more, you can opt in to Extra Data, and you’ll only pay for data you use. We recommend opting in to Extra Data if you’re using Alarm Pro at a location without an internet connection.

Note: If you don’t opt in to Extra Data and use up your 3GB for the month, Alarm Pro will switch to Alarm Cellular Backup¹ which provides access to only critical Ring Alarm security features. When an internet connection is restored, Alarm Pro will automatically switch back to using it. Your 3GB will reset on the first day of the new billing cycle.

Can I use Alarm Pro if I don’t have a broadband internet connection at my location?

Yes. You can set up your Alarm Pro using 24/7 Backup Internet¹ for your primary internet service. You will get 3GB of cellular data each month, included in your Ring Protect Pro plan subscription. If you need more, opt in to Extra Data. You’ll be charged $3 per 1GB of cellular data that you use at the end of each month.

What happens to Alarm Pro when both power and internet service is unavailable?

Your Ring Alarm Pro has an internal battery used for alarm security only. If you don’t have any Power Packs and you lose power, your Alarm Pro will switch to the internal battery and shut down most features, including wifi, to conserve power. You’ll only be able to arm and disarm your alarm, and if an emergency is detected, the siren will sound. (If you have Protect Pro and are enrolled in24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring,⁵ Alarm Pro will also send the signal out to the monitoring center while on battery backup.)

If you have a fully charged Ring Power Pack connected to your Alarm Pro, you’ll have access to all of your Ring Alarm Pro features. Tap here to find Frequently Asked Questions about Ring Power Packs.

Can I control my Alarm Pro with an app?

Ring Alarm Pro uses both the Ring app and the eero app. When you first set up your Alarm Pro:

  1. The Ring app
    is used to set up your Alarm Pro on your Ring account, enroll in 24/7 Alarm professional monitoring,⁵ add Ring devices, and add Shared and Guest Users.
  2. The eero app
    is used to link your Alarm Pro to an eero account, connect it to your modem and set up your wifi network.

After setup, you’ll be able use the two apps to manage your Alarm Pro features* and settings (that are available to you) on your own wifi.

*Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for digital notifications, in-app features, digital arming/disarming, and integration with other Ring, Echo, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.

Can I get professional installation for my Ring Alarm Pro and other Ring devices?

Ring offers professional installation. Tap to learn more.

How do I adjust the volume on my Ring Alarm Pro?

Adjust the volume of your Ring Alarm Pro Base Station’s chirp and other audible notifications siren by following these steps:

  1. Tap the
    menu
    (≡) on the top left corner.
  2. Tap
    Devices
    .
  3. Tap
    Alarm Base Station
    then
    Alarm Pro Base Station
    .
  4. Tap
    Audio Settings
    to set the app volume and select your volume preference for sound effects.

Note: These settings won’t impact the Ring Alarm siren which is pre-programmed to sound at full volume.

¹ Compatible Ring Protect subscription required (sold separately). Extra data charges may apply. Cellular data is provided by a third party carrier. Coverage, uptime, technology, and speeds will vary. Will require backup power if the power goes out. Visit ring.com/alarm-pro for more details. Ring Alarm Pro is designed to be used as a router, and using your Alarm Pro as an extender will prevent you from accessing many of the Protect Pro subscription features, including 24/7 Backup Internet.
² Extra data charges may apply. Backup cellular data is provided by a third-party carrier, and availability, technology, and speeds will vary. May require backup power if the power goes out. Visit ring.com/alarm-pro for more details. Ring Alarm Pro is designed to be used as a router, as using Ring Alarm Pro as an extender may impact your ability to utilize Ring Protect Pro features.
³ eero mesh Wi-Fi router provides up to 1500 sq. ft. of coverage. Adding eero extenders expands coverage. Actual range and performance can vary, including based on device usage and internet connection speed.
⁴ Online security features are available to US customers with eero Secure, included with Ring Protect Pro.
⁵ A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for commercial properties. See Ring Alarm licenses at: http://www.ring.com/licenses. Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.
⁶ Your Ring videos in the cloud are stored temporarily, up to 180 days. Changing your video storage time will only affect videos that are recorded after you adjust your storage time setting. Check Ring Protect Subscription Plans for more information.
⁷ Requires the Ring Alarm Security Kit.
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