From my understanding is that a zWave glass break sensor that is non-Ring will connect to the Ring base station, but all it will do is just give you a notification on your phone and it will not alert set off the alarm or notify the monitoring company. Basically it’ll only do what the Amazon Alexa and Echo Dot’s do.
We just installed a ring system to replace our old Vivint system. We have never had glass breaks. I just always set up a motion detector ($30) for any room with first floor windows. Any rooms not on the main level, I have those motion detectors set to arm in Home mode. We also have flood light cameras or spotlight cameras to cover any windows from the outside. Final level of security is our Boxer who will detect glass breaking and lose her mind if all else fails and we can hit our panic button while grabbing the shotgun…so maybe you just get motion detectors for when you’re away and a dog for when you’re home?
I bought this kit last year and it’s been pretty good. Not perfect but still good. But I’m still amazed that they have not released a glass break sensor. People (including myself) has been asking them for one for almost 3 years now, probably longer. I have no idea why they haven’t implemented one yet. Not even a third party one. It’s really frustrating. They say they will eventually release one from the Twitter messages they’ve replied to me but we’re in 2020 and there is still no news on a glass break sensor. Come on Ring, enough is enough. Please release a glass break sensor this year. ??
I’m actually strongly considering switching to simplisafe since I’ve been waiting so long for them to come out with one now. I hate to invest in a brand new system, but I’m tired of waiting. Time to switch to someone who actually cares about security.
they stopped caring when they were purchased by Amazon.
What’s really astonishing to me is that, if you read the documentation for Amazon’s Alexa Guard feature – which includes glass breakage sensing capabilities – it says Alexa Guard can automatically notify ADT’s alarm monitoring center if it detects broken glass. But if you have a Ring alarm system, Alexa Guard will just send a push notification to your phone without alerting Ring’s monitoring center. Totally useless if the notification arrives when you’re in a meeting, or in the middle of the night when you’re sleeping.
How is it even possible that the one and only option for glass breakage detection with the Ring alarm – which is made by Amazon, Ring’s parent company – works better with Ring’s competitor than with Ring?
Alexa can’t hear me half the time. I can’t rely on that alone.
So I’ve just invested in a Ring alarm system and I am really surprised at the lack of glass break sensors - any chance of a roadmap/progress update from Ring on this? I am in the UK so we can’t even use Echo Guard if we wanted to.
Echo guard does NOT trip your alarm, only sends a notification to your phone. Let’s face it, these aren’t coming.
My advice, 1st gen contact sensors are on sale right now, buy those and put them on the glass. That’s what I’ve done
So been looking seriously at Ring as an alternative to an old school wireless and wired alarm system in the uk.
The lack of glass break sensors is one aspect it seems as to why i cant make the jump to Ring. The second seems to be that the UK are being treated a little like a backwater by Ring in relation to both the options available, and the prices we are being asked to pay compared to the US.
I might review again but for now its a resounding no
Agree with others: I have no interest in buying Alexa devices to get glass break detection.
We’re mostly an Apple ecosystem and we don’t even have Siri devices.
I would love to have a glass-break detector that’s not listening to my conversations.
I own Alexa Dots. They only detect glass breakage if Ring is set to AWAY. They don’t work with HOME mode.
@Shirva33 , you are correct that right now only Away mode is supported. However, we will keep you and the other neighbors in the thread update with any new features in the future
So does that mean glass break sensors aren’t on the horizon?
The community has been asking for glass break sensors since at least 2018.
It’s not like Ring hasn’t been actively developing/improving products… generation 2 of the alarm appears to have been released recently (e.g. sensors, keypad, etc.)
Can you guys at least approve a third party sensor?
Yah, dont get all excited about RING making a glass breakage sensor available. MANY YEARS people have been asking for one, even returning their RING alarm to the store when they discovered it was not available. And the BS from the marketing people about how they will look into it is just that. Too bad, it is such a simple thing to make.
I don’t have as much of a problem with using an Echo device as I have that the device only notifies me and not the police and it only works in “away” mode. Useless. I don’t know of any other alarm system that doesn’t have a glass break sensor. For now I’ll just stick with my SimpliSafe alarm.
And it doesn’t do a thing if there is glass breakage! It just sends an alert to your phone. Does not call police. Complete garbage. I was told by Ring that glass breaks were coming out by July 2020…I seriously doubt it. They do need to pull their head out of their a**. This is one critical piece to a system!
My plan is to get Ring Retrofit Alarm kit, with a non-supervised bridge and some wireless sensors. I already need the retrofit kit to hook up to my leak detection system, so that part is not an incremental expense. A simple two channel (4 device) bridge can be found for $25 on ebay or less then $40 from major sites (not a significant addition compared to the glass break sensor itself). This will let me get the glass break sensors I want and actually hook them up to the alarm.
Not ideal, but until Ring has a supported glass break sensor, it will work.
Now the only question I need to figure out is what they mean by not for use with smoke/co alarms on the retrofit kit. I think what they mean is that I need the appropriate relay to turn the wiring for these into an appropriate N/O or N/C signal (which I have) as opposed to the alarm doesn’t support connections this way. But this is probably for a different thread.
Let your “Thumbs Up” be seen as your vote for Glass Break Sensors. Ring Teams notice Feature Requests with higher Thumbs Up numbers, and then are more likely to concern the request. There are other Glass Break Sensor Requests on the Feature Board. Across other topic areas (just not here in the Feature Board topic area) there are also many that I’ve probably missed a few links. But if you think this “Glass Break Sensor” device would be nice to have, click on the links below and then click the Thumbs Up Icon.