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I talk with Ring about their new gear and give you a 1 year review of the Ring alarm.

Here are the links you want to look at after the podcast.

 

New Ring Stuff
https://blog.ring.com/2020/01/06/ces-2020-ring-unveils-new-devices-and-gives-sneak-preview-of-what-is-to-come-this-year/

 

Ring Alarm Old 5 Piece Kit - $179 - https://amzn.to/34HX5TI
Ring Alarm New 5 Piece kit - $199.99 - https://amzn.to/2VHncpw
(it's here where I realize I should have been saying Gen 2)

 

Ring Alarm 1st Gen Keypad - $37.49 - https://amzn.to/2xGZJgn

 

Link to all Ring Alarm Items on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2XFqtse
(affiliate Links, thanks for buying and helping out)

 

Ring's Smart Lighting - https://www.thedigitalmediazone.com/2020/04/09/rings-new-solar-outdoor-security-smart-lighting-arrived/

 

Power Converter for your Alarm Panel - https://amzn.to/2wMlWZR

 

What I'm reading
https://www.historicaerials.com/viewer

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I have a first generation Ring system in our house, and it's huge. Base station, three keypads, close to 20 contact sensors, a dozen motion sensors, and 10 flood/freeze sensors. Oh, and a panic button near the kids' bedrooms, and a siren extender upstairs. It's been a good system, and you can't beat $100/year for professional monitoring. My parents and brother's family both have ADT (Brinks now?) and I think they're paying about $40/month.

 

A couple months back I was awakened by Ring calling to tell us that one of our water sensors tripped. Sure enough, due to very heavy rains, there was water in the basement. Not a huge amount, but the call enabled me to move stuff out of harm's way. Another nice feature is that if the power goes out, it's got a 24-hour battery. If the internet goes out, it switches to cellular backup, so Ring is always connected.

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I just ordered a set of the old sensors, two waterproof boxes, and some large magnets.  I'm going to try to do outdoor gate sensors.  If it actually works I don't think I will put them on the alarm as monitored but you can turn on notifications of them opening and closing.   Step 2 is to find a way, or wait for a function that tells me if a door sensor has been open for over "x" minutes.

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On 5/3/2020 at 11:20 AM, Dave said:

I just ordered a set of the old sensors, two waterproof boxes, and some large magnets.  I'm going to try to do outdoor gate sensors.  If it actually works I don't think I will put them on the alarm as monitored but you can turn on notifications of them opening and closing.   Step 2 is to find a way, or wait for a function that tells me if a door sensor has been open for over "x" minutes.

I'm not sure if those sensors are waterproof. As easy as it is to open them to change the batteries, I'm guessing they aren't. I have little doubt they'll work, but getting wet could pose a problem. You'd have to be able to set them up to maintain the magnetic field between the two pieces; I believe 1/2" gap tops. So whatever you may need to use to provide water protection couldn't interfere with the magnetic field or else the sensor will always show tripped/open.

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I'll test it soon. Sensor inside waterproof box and a large magnet on the other side. Another crazy idea prompted by a lockdown.

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