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Have you lost your internet connection after a power outage or extreme weather conditions and would like to know does the Ring Alarm work without the internet?
Or if your Internet connection connects and disconnects frequently and something happened, will your Ring Alarm still work for you to signal if you need help?
You could call 911, but if you can’t reach your phone it really doesn’t help. Well, in this post, I’m here to answer your question.
If you lost internet connection or power, your Ring Alarm will remain armed. The Base station comes with Cellular and battery backup which allows the system to kick in and continue to monitor your home if you receive any loss of power. You will need to have a Ring Protect
Plus Pro plan to use the cellular backup system.
What is Ring Alarm?
Ring Alarm is a home security system that uses sensors, video doorbells, and security cameras to monitor your home for intrusion and other types of security threats. The system includes a base station, motion detectors, contact sensors, a keypad, and other devices that work together to provide you with complete home security.
Ring Alarm is owned by Amazon and designed to provide homeowners with a simple and affordable way to monitor their homes and protect their families from intruders.
Does the Ring Alarm need an Internet connection to work?
Yes, the Ring Alarm is designed to safeguard your home with Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, but for any reason, if the Base Station loses power and connection to the internet, your device will use the cellular backup system for about 24hrs. This only happens if you have a Ring Protect
Plus Pro plan.
The Cellular Backup is part of the Ring Protect
Plus Pro Plan which also works through LTE cellular service AT&T. You don’t need to be an existing customer of AT&T to have the Backup plan.
A backup cellular system kicks in when there is a loss of power regardless of the base station being accidentally unplugged or there being a power outage.
You will receive notifications when Base Station is on the Backup cellular system via text, email, and as well in your app. The Cellular Backup helps your system to stay connected to 24/7 Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring.
While the cellular backup feature can help ensure that the Ring Alarm system continues to function in the event of a Wi-Fi outage or disruption, it’s important to note that it may incur additional fees depending on your cellular carrier and the terms of your Ring Protect Plus plan.
AT&T Cellular function of Ring Alarm Security System
The Base Station includes a battery backup that will trigger for any reason there is a power loss. Once the base station starts using a battery backup, it will continue to monitor your sensors and send alarm signals but will shut off any other features to preserve battery life.
The battery icon on the Base Station will flash yellow when it’s running on battery backup. You will also receive notifications and it will reflect on the Ring app on the Base Station details page. Battery Backup does not require a Ring Protect Pro Plan.
Ring Alarm Security System Battery Life
Each Ring device that’s part of the Ring Alarm Security System has a battery life status.
You can find the battery status for each device by going to the Ring App > Tap Menu (Top Left) > tap “Devices” > tap “Alarm Base Station” > then tap on a particular device you want to check the battery status.
- Tap Menu (Top Left)
2. Tap “Devices” > tap “Alarm Base Station”
3. Tap “Contact Sensor” > Battery Status
Battery level status indicator:
- Green = good (100%)
- Yellow = low (25%)
- Red = warning (10%)
- Red with line through it = empty (0%)
According to Ring, the battery lasts up to three years, depending on use or if you live in a cold temperate climate.
- Ring Alarm Base Station: This is the brain (Hub) for your Ring alarm. It’s designed to be plugged into an outlet but has an internal rechargeable battery that lasts up to 24 hours of battery life.
- Ring Alarm Pro Base Station: Looking for stronger protection? With the Pro Station, you can connect up to four fully charged Power Packs to a single Alarm Pro to power your alarm, cameras, and other wifi devices. Each Power Pack provides up to eight hours of use on a single charge.
- Ring Alarm Keypad: Easily arm and disarm your Ring Alarm security system. The keypad can be operated on AC power or can be operated on an internal rechargeable battery. According to Ring, the battery can last up to 7 months, depending on usage and power save settings.
- Ring Alarm Motion Detector: Is designed to ignore pets that weigh under 50 lbs. The motion detector operates on a 3v Lithium battery which is included.
- Ring Alarm Contact Sensors: Are placed in entry points such as your windows and doors. The sensors use a 3V Lithium battery which is included.
- Ring Alarm Outdoor Contact Sensor: Help secure outdoor fences, sheds, guesthouses, etc. The outdoor sensors use AA alkaline batteries which are included. Depending on factors such as device settings, usage, environmental conditions, and other variables, batteries are expected to last up to 5 years.
- Ring Alarm Range Extender: If you have a large home, the extender provides more security coverage which eliminates dead zones. This helps by keeping devices connected. It also has an internal rechargeable battery that has 22 hours of battery life if there is any loss of power or unplugged.
- Ring Alarm Panic Button: This is a way to instantly trigger the Ring Alarm in case of any emergency arises inside your home. Uses a 3V Lithium battery which is included.
- Ring Glass Break Sensor: provides another layer of protection over your home by listening for the sound of breaking glass when the system is armed in Home or Away mode. The three AA alkaline batteries that come with the device are expected to last for up to 3 years.
What happens if I don’t subscribe to Ring Protect Pro Plan?
If you don’t subscribe to Ring Protect Pro Plan you will not have Cellular Backup, and all your snapshots and videos will not be recorded or stored in the cloud.
The security of your home will be self-monitored by you, not by Ring Alarm Professional Monitoring services. Most of its security features would not be available.
How can I use a ring without a subscription?
By not subscribing to the Ring Pro Plan, you will have to get push notification alerts on your smartphone when there are any security threats around your property. You will also lose Cellular backup but will still have Battery Backup.
If there are any detections around your home you can use Live View and use two-way communication to talk to someone.
Is Ring Protect Pro Plan worth it?
If you subscribed to Ring Protect Plus before September 28, 2021, your subscription is now referred to as Ring Protect Plus (1st Gen). Click here to learn more information.
In my personal opinion, I believe it’s worth it, especially for the Cellular Backup, Professional Monitoring, Snapshots, and
60 180 days of recording in the cloud.
Some customers that either canceled or had subscriptions expired have experienced a slower connection to live feed and lost the option of video recordings.
If you are not home most of the day, you should seriously consider the Ring
Protect Pro Plus Plan. At least you will have peace of mind if any unforeseen events happen such as loss of power, or security threats.
Protect Pro Plan gives you a backup system that will keep you safe at all times.
How much is the Ring Protect Monthly Plan?
The Ring Protect subscription monthly Plan is very affordable compared to many of its competitors in the market. Currently, there are three plans to choose from Basic, Plus, and Pro.
Basic: gives you video recording for up to 60 days from one device which is $3/month or $30/year.
Basic Plan Update: On July 1, 2022, Ring introduced new features for Ring Protect Basic to enhance the Ring device’s functionality and provide users with greater peace of mind.
To cover the cost of these additional features, the subscription price for Ring Protect Basic has been raised to $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year, per home device.
In the new Ring Protect Basic you can extend the cloud storage time for Ring videos recorded after that date for up to 180 days, an increase from the previous limit of 60 days.
Please note that changing your video storage time only affects videos recorded after you adjusted your storage time setting, while videos recorded before the change will retain their previous settings.
To adjust your video storage time, log in to your Ring account and go to Control Center. You can learn more about the Video Storage Time feature on the Ring website.
Additionally, Ring.com now allows you to download up to 50 Ring videos at once when you’re logged in to your account.
When you are a Ring Protect Basic subscriber, you can now enjoy a 10% discount on select device purchases at Ring.com and Amazon.com, a benefit previously only available to Protect Plus and Protect Pro subscribers
Plus: it gives video recording for up to 60 days to all your devices, Cellular Backup, and 27/7 professional monitoring for your Ring Alarm. The Plus plan is priced at $10/month or $100/year.
Ring Protect Plus: With the Ring Protect Plus subscription plan, you’ll enjoy all the features of the Basic plan and more.
Unlike the Basic plan, which offers video recording for a single device, the Protect Plus plan provides video recording for all of your Ring devices.
In addition to video recording, the Protect Plus plan offers extended warranties for all Ring devices at your address.
For just $10 per month or $100 per year, you can secure video recording and extended warranties for all the Ring devices in your home.
When you purchase a Ring device it comes with a free 30-days subscription Ring Protect Plus Plan. At the end of the 30 days, your trial period will end.
To keep all your recordings during your free 30 days, you will need to subscribe to Ring Protect Plan before it ends.
Ring Protect Pro: This is now, Ring’s top-tier subscription plan, which offers 24/7 professional monitoring as its most notable feature.
With this plan, your Ring alarm will trigger a request for real-time emergency responders, such as the police, in the event of a break-in or other security threat.
This means that you can rest assured that your home is secure even when you’re not actively checking it through the Ring app.
The Pro plan also comes with the Alarm Cellular Backup feature, which ensures that your devices will continue to send important alarm signals even if your home loses internet connection and your devices go offline.
This feature provides an alternative means of communication when the Ring Alarm needs Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable to communicate.
Additionally, the Pro plan includes 24/7 Backup Internet that keeps your Wi-Fi network online during an internet outage, with 3 GB of data included every month.
Another benefit of the Pro plan is Alexa Guard Plus, which provides hands-free access to an Emergency Helpline with any compatible Alexa devices.
There’s also the Digital Security feature by eero Secure that helps protect your online activity, block ads, and apply content filters.
Additionally, if you have a Ring Alarm Pro system, the Pro plan offers local storage via microSD.
By subscribing to the Ring Protect Pro plan, you can unlock savings, and save up to $100 on your home insurance policy every year.
This can help offset the cost of the Pro plan, which is $40 per month or $200 per year.
It can’t be overemphasize the importance of having a smart home security system. If you want your smart home secure at all times, especially during a city-wide power outage or loss of power due to extreme weather conditions. A Ring Alarm Security System is the way to go.
If your current security alarm is unable to provide the security coverage you need with or without an internet connection, you should consider getting the Ring Alarm Security System.
With 24-hour Cellular and Battery backup I think you will agree, Ring Security is wise to buy.
If you ask my opinion, I would say you should not hesitate to also purchase the Ring Protect
Plus Pro Plan, and see the benefits of having an integrated secure smart home.
If you would like to buy the Ring Alarm, you can find it on Ring.com or on Amazon.
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