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Additional sensor pricing is similar to what you'll pay with SimpliSafe.

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Unfortunately, to view recorded video, you'll need to subscribe to Ring's cloud storage plans, which start at $30/year.

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After you purchase your equipment, you’ll pay a one time activation fee of no more than $199 and then choose the monitoring package that is right for the home system you’ve created.

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Finally, Z Wave and Zigbee devices use AES 128 encryption, and since they operate in a closed system with a dedicated hub, they offer more security than Wi Fi devices.