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Key Points:
  • Ring offers consumer-focused security for your home. Their flagship product is the tech invention that put doorbell cameras on the map.
  • Blink is a company that provides affordable smart home security cameras and systems. The range covers outdoor and indoor cameras for monitoring with a compatible phone app.
  • Practically none of Ring’s or Blink’s cameras support anything higher than 1080p. 

So you’ve made the decision that you need greater security to protect your home, office, or other premises. Fortunately, the ability to protect your home with a network of security devices has never been more doable and affordable. So, what next?

You’ve probably heard of a few names in the market, possibly including Ring and Blink. But who are they? They do exactly the same thing, don’t they? No, they don’t. However, did you know that they are both owned by Amazon? 

But can they both provide the level of peace and security that you are looking for? There are lots of perceived similarities between the two but what makes them different? Let’s dive straight in and find out which one is the best system for you.

It is common knowledge that security cameras deter burglaries. When the average home burglary is costing homeowners in the United States an average of $2800, it makes sense to investigate how you can prevent it from happening to you. With this figure in mind let’s check out the affordability and efficacy of Blink’s and Ring’s camera offerings. They are both popular, budget-friendly security camera brands sharing more than a few similarities. But there are notable differences that will hopefully aid your decision-making process. Let us introduce the two contenders so that battle may commence.

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Blink manufactures outdoor and indoor cameras for monitoring with a compatible phone app.

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Blink vs. Ring: Side-by-side comparison

Ring offers consumer-focused security for your home. Their flagship product is the tech invention that put doorbell cameras on the map. They are said to be the first company to integrate a video doorbell system into simple security solutions fully. They now offer security solutions for all parts of your home.

Blink is also an Amazon-owned company, that provides affordable smart home security cameras and systems. The range offers outdoor and indoor cameras for monitoring and with a compatible app, it enables you to keep track of the comings and goings at your home directly from your smartphone.

Installation A few screws and a Wi-Fi connection.
More wired options are available than Blink.
A few screws and a Wi-Fi connection.
App and Smart integrationWorks best with Amazon’s own platform Alexa. Provides detailed notifications to your smartphone.Works best with Amazon’s own platform Alexa. Provides detailed notifications to your smartphone.
Video qualityPractically none of Ring’s cameras support anything higher than 1080p. Practically none of Blink’s cameras support anything higher than 1080p.
Field of vision coverageRing’s indoor cameras have a narrow 110-degree field of view but its outdoor cameras offer a wider 140-degree field of view.All of Blink’s cameras have a narrow 110-degree field of view
SensitivityRing’s cameras have a ‘People Only’ mode, reducing unwanted alerts. Only notifies you when the motion it detects is caused by a person. Blink’s security cameras can only offer more basic sensitivity settings.
Battery lifeRing’s non-wired cameras don’t tend to last as long.Blink’s convenient mammoth battery is a key feature of the range.
StorageCloud-based storage optionsLocal storage of up to 265GB is provided. Cloud-based options are also available

The main differences begin with the breadth of the range. Blink’s range is a very simple, straightforward collection of cameras, covering all of the core features – 1080p sensors, motion detection, and two-way talk – but little in the way of fundamental extras. They are, in general, small and inconspicuous. If you are looking for a ‘set, forget, and move on’ system then this is for you.

It would be fair to say that the Blink range is somewhat more straightforward than Ring’s and accordingly easier to understand.

Blink holds the advantage in the storage stakes as it provides up to 265GB of local storage and is not purely a cloud-based option like Ring.

Another major difference between Blink’s and Ring’s cameras is that the latter’s output covers greater swathes of the security space. Their cameras come as wired, wireless, and even powered over ethernet. Ring also offers an extensive selection of video doorbells, where the company first gained its reputation in this field in the first place.

With Ring, there is even the option to purchase a full-on alarm system. They have infrared sensors for window and door openings available to complement their cameras. In addition, within their offering, you will find alarms, trackers, and other accessories such as extenders which afford the homeowner the ability to monitor even the furthest reach of their home. Furthermore, when it comes to detection functionality, Blink looks purely for motion. Ring also has person recognition, which helps prevent false alerts and wasted time and worry.

As most people are aware, both of these companies allow for self-monitoring. However, another major difference between the two is that it is only Ring that offers a 24/7 professional monitoring service. This covers the ring alarm security system but not the camera doorbells.

  • Ring has more wired options available than Blink.
  • Ring’s outdoor cameras offer a wider 140-degree field of view compared to Blink’s maximum 110 degrees.
  • Ring’s cameras have a ‘People Only’ mode, reducing unwanted alerts.
  • Blink’s convenient mammoth battery can be a draw.
  • Blink offers local storage of up to 265GB as well as cloud-based options.
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  • See, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or select Echo device with Stick Up Cam Battery, a battery-powered camera that can be mounted indoor or out.
  • With Live View, you can check in on your home any time through the Ring app.
  • With a Ring Protect Plan (subscription sold separately), record all your videos, review what you missed for up to 180 days, and share videos and photos.
  • Place on a flat surface or mount to a wall with the versatile mounting bracket. Add-on the Mount for Stick Up Cam (sold separately) for ceiling mount.
  • Watch over your entire home by connecting one or multiple Stick Up Cams to all your Ring devices in the Ring app.
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Choosing between these two Amazon-owned contenders is not an easy decision. Blink dominates the low-cost, low-effort sector while Ring offers more advanced features and more complex hardware. They can both play their part in contributing to the security of your home and there is room for both to make their pleas heard.

The ability to up-level your Ring cameras security system into a full security system called Ring alarm is reassuring. Complete with a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, range extender and more at quite an affordable price is reassuring.

In our opinion, the conclusion to draw here is that, if it’s a full security solution you’re after, Ring is the way to go.

Up Next…

Blink vs. Ring: How Do They Compare? FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Can I install Blink Video Doorbell wired or wire-free?

Yes, the Blink Video Doorbell can be wired or wire-free. When wired, the Blink Video Doorbell is able to extend battery life, and it rings your existing chime.  Even when wired, the doorbell is always powered by size AA, 1.5 volt, Lithium non-rechargeable batteries.

What are my Blink storage options?

Blink Subscription Plan – Unlimited clips are saved to the cloud for 60 days each.

A new Blink Video Doorbell includes a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plus Plan that includes all of your Blink devices.

You can subscribe to a single device Basic plan for just $3 a month, or $10 per month for unlimited devices and cameras on your account.

Local Storage‍ – To store videos without a subscription, you attach devices or cameras to a Sync Module 2 with a recognized USB flash drive inserted (sold separately).

Is the doorbell waterproof? Do I need to install under a cover?

The Blink video Doorbell is rated IP-54 weather resistant to rain, dust, cold and heat, within typical limits. For more details, visit the Blink Video Doorbell Technical Specifications‍ page.

The doorbell is not designed to be immersed in water.

How Do Ring Products Work?

Ring products require an existing home wifi network for setup and use, a smart device (phone or tablet), and the Ring app, which allows you to monitor and control all of your Ring devices in one place.

All Ring devices are compatible with 2.4 GHz wifi networks. Some Ring devices can also use 5 GHz networks.

Ring products are designed to work with your home wifi network. Your Ring devices will not work with a mobile phone hotspot. Ring products do not support Bluetooth.

Do you need a subscription to use Ring?

Ring devices don’t require a Ring Protect subscription plan. Without a subscription, you can view real-time video for Ring doorbells and security cameras and answer doorbell notifications as they happen. However, without a Ring Protect plan, you won’t get video recordings of those events.

With a Ring Protect plan, you can save, review, and share video recordings from your Ring devices to your Ring account. Ring Protect plans are available for purchase with a monthly or annual subscription.

What types of Ring Protect Plans are available?

New Ring devices come with a 30-day Ring Protect Trial. Your trial automatically starts when you set up a new video doorbell, security camera, or alarm in the Ring app.

Ring Protect Basic includes video recording for one doorbell or security camera in your home. You can save, download, and share recorded videos from your Ring account. You’ll also get a 10% discount on purchases of select Ring products on Ring.com and Amazon.com (terms and conditions apply). Ring Protect Basic costs $3.99/month or $39.99/year.

Ring Protect Plus includes video recording for all doorbells and security cameras in your home. You also get an extended warranty plus 10% off select Ring products on Ring.com and Amazon.com. Terms and conditions apply. Ring Protect Plus costs $10/month or $100/year (save $20 with annual purchase).

Ring Protect Pro includes professional monitoring and 24/7 backup internet for your Ring Alarm Security System. Ring Protect Pro includes all the benefits from Ring Protect Plus. You also get video recording for all video doorbells and security cameras in and around your home. Ring Protect Pro costs $20/month or $200/year (save $40 with annual purchase).

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