Ring adds more camera and light options to its home security line


After getting started with a camera-equipped doorbell that allowed you to remotely keep tabs on your front door, smart home company Ring is expanding further into home security. The set, which is valued at $199, comes with various accessories including a Base Station, Contact Sensor, Keypad, Passive Infrared Sensor and Z-Wave Extender. Of course, Ring Alarm works with Ring's camera lineup. The Elite, however, requires a wall outlet or Power over Ethernet rather than batteries, since it's also packing advanced motion sensors than its sibling.

Much as Ring's policy of splitting its product lines into "pro" and "regular" editions, the Ring Stick Up Cam is now available as the Cam Elite or the "new" regular Cam. There's also new smart lighting it's offering following the acquisition of Mr. Beams, a company dedicated to creating connected LED lights for use on pathways, as spotlights and in other outdoor capacities. We've already asked if people's existing Mr. Beams hardware will work with the new Ring systems and will update this when we hear back.

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Ring also revealed that it's going to begin shipping the Ring Alarm home security system it announced a year ago starting in 2018, beginning this coming spring. Both are indoor/outdoor security cameras, both have two-way audio, both have 1080p HD video capabilities. This Ring Protect Plan is at the center of the Ring home security push, bringing on 24/7 professional monitoring and cloud video storage for any number of Ring devices at any one location. The battery-powered device is compatible with the Ring Solar Panel Charger and is actually designed for both indoor and outdoor conditions. Internet connectivity can also, therefore, be wired for better stability, while the standard model is Wi-Fi only.

All new products are being shown at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.