Ring Alarm is a DIY security kit that works with your Amazon Echo speaker

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With many of us housing pricey gadgets like smart speakers, OLED TVs, and laptops in our homes, security can be a concern. That’s why Ring has developed a new DIY security kit to make fortifying your home easier than ever. 

The Ring Alarm Security Kit comprises a base station, keypad, contact sensor for your window or door, motion detector and range extender, and doesn’t require professional installation. 

According to Ring, you can “simply use the Ring app to connect the base station via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, install the contact sensors on the doors and/or windows of choice, and place the motion detectors to monitor for movement”. 

Once your Ring Alarm Security Kit is connected, you’ll get real-time notifications to your smartphone or tablet when someone enters a room, opens a window, or manually sets off the siren from the Ring Alarm keypad.

Ring Alarm

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Alarming smarts

There are three different security modes, and the alarm can be armed and disarmed using the keypad, or within the app. 

If you have other Ring devices, like the Ring Video Doorbell 2, you can connect it to the Ring Alarm and trigger your cameras to start recording when the Alarm sounds – though you'll need a subscription to Ring Protect Plus to take advantage of this feature.

With Amazon recently knocking down the price of Ring Doorbells ahead of Black Friday, it could be worth grabbing one to go with the Alarm.

The Ring Alarm also works with compatible Alexa-devices, like the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot – this means you can arm, disarm, and check the status of the Alarm by giving Alexa a voice command. 

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.