Request - Ring Alarm System Enhancement

I have a request regarding the Alarm system, I can set cameras and lights to automatically start when the alarm is triggered but there is no way of sounding the external Spot and Floodlight sirens, as there is no bell box with the security system sounding external sirens would be an excellent addition to complete a brilliant set of products.

Would this be a possible future feature Ring would consider?

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This should be an out-of-the-box feature of Ring… Remarkable this isn’t possible yet!

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That’s what I’d have thought, you can set the lights and cameras to auto record if the alarm goes off but no way of sounding the siren on external lights, I’m sure it can’t be that hard to create a new routine and add it to the programming.

@W3bmaster wrote:
I have a request regarding the Alarm system, I can set cameras and lights to automatically start when the alarm is triggered but there is no way of sounding the external Spot and Floodlight sirens, as there is no bell box with the security system sounding external sirens would be an excellent addition to complete a brilliant set of products. Would this be a possible future feature Ring would consider?

Hello @W3bmaster and @meijbaard and to any other people that read this post,

Ring Teams look for New Requests on the “Feature Request Board”, so that would be a more appropriate place for this _request _post, but others have already beat you to it.

The Ring Teams notice the requests with a large number of “Thumbs-up” votes. You are NOT alone in wanting this feature. This and variations of this idea are already on the Feature Request Board. Make your voice be heard and add your “Thumbs-up” vote to these links by clicking on the Thumbs-up Icon that is on the left side of the author’s initial beginning post (I’ve probably missed a few similar links) :

Submitted by WesleyAldred on ‎04-17-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-Alarm-Activation-sets-off-Ring-Cam-Siren/idi-p/27904

Submitted by DrTej on ‎04-12-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Activate-Siren-on-all-Camera-s-and-Alarm/idi-p/26601

Submitted by DanHolloway on ‎09-02-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-Alarm-link-sirens/idi-p/56814

Submitted by MikeP on ‎03-21-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Alarm-Base-Station-should-sync-with-Floodlight-cameras-when/idi-p/23731

Submitted by Leslew on ‎07-20-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-alarm-siren/idi-p/49072

Submitted by PaddyMc on ‎09-05-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Alarm-Siren-linked-devices-to-ring-chimes/idi-p/57430

Submitted by Rand on ‎03-29-2020:

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Allow-us-to-Utilize-Our-Flood-Sirens-during-Alarms/idi-p/24347

UNITE and Thumbs-up VOTE! Get Ring Team’s attention :slight_smile:

Hello @W3bmaster and meijbaard , (reposted, a few links dropped off my first post)

Ring Teams look for New Requests on the “Feature Request Board”, so that would be a more appropriate place for this _request _post, but others have already beat you to it.

The Ring Teams notice the requests with a large number of “Thumbs-up” votes. You are NOT alone in wanting this feature. It and variations of this idea are already on the Feature Request Board. Make your voice be heard and add your “Thumbs-up” vote to these links by clicking on the Thumbs-up Icon that is on the left side of the author’s initial beginning post (I’ve probably missed a few similar links) :

Submitted by WesleyAldred :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-Alarm-Activation-sets-off-Ring-Cam-Siren/idi-p/27904

Submitted by DrTej :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Activate-Siren-on-all-Camera-s-and-Alarm/idi-p/26601

Submitted by DanHolloway :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-Alarm-link-sirens/idi-p/56814

Submitted by MikeP :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Alarm-Base-Station-should-sync-with-Floodlight-cameras-when/idi-p/23731

Submitted by Leslew :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Ring-alarm-siren/idi-p/49072

Submitted by PaddyMc :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Alarm-Siren-linked-devices-to-ring-chimes/idi-p/57430

Submitted by Rand :

https://community.ring.com/t5/Feature-Request-Board/Allow-us-to-Utilize-Our-Flood-Sirens-during-Alarms/idi-p/24347

UNITE and Thumbs-up VOTE! Get Ring Team’s

dang it . . . the last sentence didn’t post correctly. Should be:

UNITE and Thumbs-up VOTE! Get Ring Team’s Attention! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

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Hello @W3bmaster ,

Ring has listened to all the Kudo votes on the numerous “Feature Request” board and the camera sirens can also now be linked to the Alarm Base Station siren! So now when the Alarm Base Station siren goes off, the Ring cameras (that have siren feature) can also automatically sound off with their siren!

So, I immediately went to my Ring App to link mine also! But, I was briefly disappointed when I tried to do it because I did not initially see any change in the App. It initially appeared to still only make the cameras record when the alarm sounded . . . until I looked more closely. So, yes, the camera sirens CAN be linked now by:

  • Menu > Devices > Alarm Base Station > Base Station > Linked Devices > Alarm Sounding >

After selecting “Alarm Sounding”, this is where I was briefly disappointed because I thought it was still just to select the cameras to only record. Then I noticed the “Explanation-Point” Icon, just right of the “Camera” Icon. Now I understood that by selecting this “Explanation-Point” Icon, it links the camera’s siren to the alarm too! So after selecting “Alarm Sounding” then:

  • Select “Explanation-Point” Icon for the cameras you wish to sound off their siren with the Base Station > then “Save”.

Wonderful! Thank you Ring! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

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I find the naming very confusing. We have:

  • Entry Delay for Away

  • Exit Delay for Away

  • Entry Delay for Home

  • Exit Delay for Home

Which one do what? And which one do I need to set, if I want to allow a 10 second delay between when I open the door (in the Away mode), and when the siren goes off?

Hello @Wilberr ,

I can see how this all could be confusing. So, let me try to “cover all the bases” which should explain this better.

Of the 3 available alarm modes “Disarmed”, “Home”, and “Away”, only two of them are Armed Alarm Modes capable of activating the alarm response & siren. The " Home" and " Away" Alarm Modes are the two armed modes.

Typically, most people set up their " Home" Mode with all their door and window Contact sensors enabled to form a ‘protective perimeter barrier’ around them while they are home inside. And they typically set up their “Home” Mode with their Motion sensors not enabled to allow their interior movements (which are still being detected) to NOT be used to trigger the alarm response & siren. That way, as long as you remain inside (not opening an exterior door and not opening a window) you are free to roam about without a Motion Sensor triggering the alarm response & siren.

When you depart the house and everyone is away, most people configure their “Away” Mode settings to have ALL Contact and Motion sensors enabled , thus detecting Intruders that trigger the ‘protective barrier’ and/or cause movement Motion inside (if they gained entry by breaking a window instead of opening it and thus not activating the window’s Contact sensor).

But, Ring designed the Modes so you can tailor both Armed Modes of “Home” and “Away” as you want. You can change your settings in each of the armed modes to have any combination of Contact or Motion sensors enabled, but you must have at least one sensor enabled. If you really wanted to, since “Home” and “Away” are essentially the same (just named differently for you to remember which is configured which way), you could have your Motion sensors used in “Home” mode and Motion sensors not used in “Away” mode, thus reversing their roles. So, Home and Away are both armed modes, just named as such for your convenience in remembering how you set up your sensors in these modes.

To ** enable/disable which sensors** you prefer to have in each Armed Mode :

  • Main Menu (the 3 horizontal line icon, upper-left-corner of dashboard) > then select “Devices” > Alarm Base Station > and then select the Contact or Motion sensor > Mode Settings > and toggle whether you want this sensor to trigger or not trigger the alarm in the “Home” and/or “Away” Modes > and finish by selecting “Save” upper-right-corner.

The " Placement" setting is important for your sensors. Once an armed Mode is activated, the “Placement” designation you set for each sensor will determine if the alarm will immediately go off or delay (for the time you set on the Entry/Exit delay).

  • Contact Sensor “Placement” set at:

    • “Main Door”: Uses delay Entry/Exit Time settings.
    • “Secondary Door” or “Window”: No delay. Immediate.
  • Motion Sensor “Placement” set at:

    • “Entryway”: Uses delay Entry/Exit Time settings.
    • “Room”: No delay. Immediate.

To set “Placement” for each sensor:

  • Main Menu > “Devices” > Alarm Base Station > and then select the Contact or Motion sensor > select the blue “Gear” icon (upper-right-corner) > Placement > choose Placement designation > “Save” (upper-right-corner).

You set a Entry/Exit delay (most use the 30-seconds option) so you have sufficient time to arm/disarm as you exit/enter. You can set a specific time delay for Entry-delay different (or the same) than for Exit-delay, depending on your specific circumstances. But in most cases, people use the same amount of time delay for both Entry (when entering the house from outside) and Exit (when exiting the house from inside).

Current Ring Alarm system’s available Entry and Exit delay times are:

  • 0-seconds
  • 30-seconds
  • 45-seconds
  • 60-seconds
  • 120-seconds

So @Wilberr note that in your example, there is not a 10-second option available at this time.

On the entryways that you use, set Placement as “Main Door” (Contact sensors, and you can have as many “Main Doors” that you want to use, not limited to only one door). And any Motion sensors that can possibly detect movement at these entryways, should have their “Placement” set to “Entryway.” You can also have a time-delay Entry or Exit delay different for Home Mode and Away Mode.

To set Entry/Exit Delays for “Home” and “Away” Modes:

  • Main Menu (the 3 horizontal line icon, upper-left-corner of dashboard) > Settings > at your Location select “Modes” > for Delay choices, pick “Home” and/or “Away” > scroll down to Entry Delay / Exit Delay and then select > Pick your desired time delay > “Save” (upper-right-corner).

So, @Wilberr you wrote, “if I want to allow a 10 second delay between when I open the door (in the Away mode), and when the siren goes off?”, if entering from outside and then you open the door (that has a “Placement” setting of “Main Door”) with a minimum Entry time-delay of 30-seconds, you would then have 30-seconds from opening door, entering the house, and getting to the Keypad to disarm, before the Alarm siren goes off.

You can click this online link, and download the Ring Alarm system Operating Manual for more extensive information:

https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041532351-Ring-Alarm-2nd-generation-Set-up-and-Installation-Guide

Ring Alarm manual 2nd generation_web.pdf

Bottom-line is that you can use the above information to tailor the armed modes to react as you find best suited for your needs. By trying to “cover all the bases”, I hope you find this is helpful for clearing up your confusion. :slight_smile:

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