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Ring vs Blink Introduction

 

Blink and Ring are two of the most popular wireless Wi-Fi security cameras on the market.  Although they had different origins, they are actually both now owned by Amazon.

So…which of these Amazon-owned security camera titans makes is best?

Frankly, there is no clear-cut answer to this question.  Both Ring and Blink offer a number of products…and while there are many similarities, there are a few key differences in their respective approaches.

We will start by outlining some of the many similarities, and then take a look at some of the overall differences.

We will then take a closer look at a few of their offerings in various categories – indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, and video doorbells.

Finally, we will wrap things up and summarize our take on which company we feel might be the better option for a variety of situations.

Pressed for time? Our quick jump table of contents will take you to the sections most pertinent to your interests.

 

Blink vs Ring Similarities

 

Blink vs Ring Review - Similarities

 

 

DIY Install

Both Ring and Blink have a lineup of wireless cameras and components which are simple to install. There is no drilling or wiring involved (in most situations) and they have provided clear concise easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions that make installation a snap-even for the less technologically inclined.  Each company also provides how-to videos to make it simple and streamlined for anyone to install their own system… without the expense or need to hire a professional.

 

Affordable

Because there is no expensive professional installation required, both companies are able to provide effective and affordable video monitoring solutions for the average household.  The equipment costs are reasonable and there are no expensive or long-term contracts required. Both companies offer reasonably priced cloud-based storage.

Indoor and Outdoor Cameras

Both Blink and Ring help you stay on top of what is happening- both inside and outside of your home. Whether you are just looking for a “Nanny Cam” to keep an eye (and ear) on a toddler, looking to thwart porch pirates, or want full-fledged inside and perimeter video monitoring capabilities…both companies have affordable solutions available.

Video Quality

Gone are the days of grainy grey-scale video in 480p or 720p.  Both Ring and Blink offer a full lineup of cameras, all of which record clear, crisp full-color footage in 1080p HD.

Two-Way Talk

Want to be able to communicate to the person (or pet) on the other side of the lens?  Both companies have you covered by offering two-way talk capabilities on their devices.

Alexa Compatibility

As both companies are owned by Amazon, it comes as no great surprise that they are Alexa compatible.  This means that you can easily connect, view and manage your devices using voice commands on your mobile phone and any other Alexa supported device such as the Echo Show, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets.

Night Vision

Cameras are all equipped with night vision so that you can get at least a limited range of view in darkness.  For superior night vision outside of the home, both companies now have an outdoor floodlight camera solution as well.

Motion-Activated

Their home security cameras are equipped with built-in motion sensors. They are set up to automatically begin recording when the motion sensors detect motion. This saves storage space, as the camera records only the activity that matters, not continually day and night.

Remote Connectivity

Both companies offer mobile apps so that the cameras can be viewed and managed remotely.

Cloud Storage

Both Ring and Blink offer identical, no-contract cloud storage programs so that you can store and review video clips.  Both are reasonably priced at $3/month per camera or $10 for Unlimited.  Annual discounts are available, as well.

In addition, Blink offers a local storage solution….which brings us to our next section.

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Key Differences Between Ring and Blink

 

 

Ring vs Blink Security Cameras - Key Differences

 

 

Equipment Selection

While both Blink and Ring started out with fairly limited product offerings, Ring has expanded its equipment portfolio more aggressively. They now offer a variety of video doorbell options, inside cameras, outside cameras, floodlight cameras….and most importantly an ever-expanding line-up of home intrusion products.

While Blink has expanded their offerings as well….they have adopted a bit more limited focus geared to more cost-effective video products and they have chosen (thus far) not to enter the home intrusion and automation field.

 

Technology

While both companies provide quality equipment, Ring has a significant edge when it comes to incorporating more advanced technology.

The Ring Advanced Motion Detection does a better job of screening out false positives, the Ring Floodlight Camera is significantly brighter and The Ring Video Doorbell yields a greater field of vision. All of these things come at a price, however. This leads us to…

 

Value

This is a subjective term depending on how you you decide to define value. If “value” is measured in terms of providing quality equipment with more basic functionality in the most cost-effective means…one might give the nod to Blink.   However, if one appreciates some of the additional benefits of more advanced technology, then one might find more value in Ring. 

 

Local Storage Capability

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Blink Sync Module 2 w/ attached Flash Drive

One major difference that provides a clear distinction between the two, is that Blink offers the user a choice of either Cloud storage (the pricing is identical to Ring) or local storage.

For a bit extra (currently $35 retail…but, included as a bundle in select packages), one can avoid the monthly recurring charge (between $3-$10/mo.)  Cloud storage charge.

The Sync Module 2 can hold up to 256GB of storage (flash drives sold separately) and will support up to 10 Blink cameras.

 

Professional Monitoring

Another major distinction between the two is that Ring provides an ecosystem in which one can seamlessly integrate the video camera system into a full-fledged, professionally monitored intrusion and home automation system.  The Ring Protect Pro package is available for only $20/mo. and includes Cloud storage.

Blink does not offer that option.  It is, however, a great alternative to save some serious coin on the video component when coupled with one of our best home security companies.

Ring vs Blink Camera Installation

 

One of the great things about both Ring and Blink Security cameras is the ease of setup.  Both Blink and Ring Cameras are designed so that the average consumer can easily install them in under an hour.

As there were a number of Blink promotions running at the time this article was published, we purchased an entire Blink camera system so that we could expand the protection around our own home and experience the installation and set up firsthand.

We were able to configure a fairly comprehensive camera system for well under $400.

This would include:Ring vs Blink Security Camera Package

1-Blink Doorbell Camera

2- Indoor Blink Minis

1 – Blink Sync Module 2

1 – Outdoor Blink Camera

1 – Blink Outdoor Camera Mount

1 – Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera

 

This would afford us enough cameras to cover the main living area in the home, the interior of the garage, the front entrance area, and substantial coverage for the perimeter of the home.

The Sync Module 2 would enable us to store the video locally, without the need to pay a monthly storage fee.  We had the requisite USB drives necessary for storing the footage already.

 

Packaging, Setup, and Installation

 

We were impressed with the packaging and the ease with which even an aging “Boomer” like me was able to set up the system. The packaging even has QR codes to take you directly to Step by Step quick start instructions.

The first step is to download the Blink Home Monitor app and create an account.  One minor complaint I had was that this had to be done on the app. I prefer to be able to do this on the desktop – which is easier for one who struggles with inputting characters with fumble fingers…but, I digress.

The process is straightforward and simple.

Once the app is activated, it is a matter of scanning the QR codes and adding them to the “System”, which will enable you to manage the settings of all the connected devices.  If you wish to apply unique settings to specific devices, you can set up a separate system.

Adding devices was simply a matter of scanning the individual QR codes on the device (or adding the serial # manually) and following the prompts to add each piece to your wireless network.

Once the app indicated that the process is complete, it was simply a matter of returning to the home screen and renaming the cameras (which are listed as serial numbers) based on where we planned to place them.

The interior cameras were strategically placed near power outlets in the living room and garage. The doorbell and outdoor cameras were all battery-operated.  So there was no drilling required.

The only restriction in placing the cameras was that they must be placed where there is sufficient signal strength of the wi-fi network.  We have a pretty good mesh network so that was not an issue.

You should be aware that any wireless camera system will require connection through the wi-fi network.  In some cases, this may require the use of a wi-fi extender.

Setting up the outdoor Blink cameras is simply a matter of scanning the QR code and adding it to the system, installing the battery, and screwing the included hardware to the wall.

The Ring installation and setup are pretty much the same…so when considering whether to go with Ring or Blink, the only real distinction is that you can get professional installation with Ring for $99.

Blink vs Ring Indoor Cameras

 

 

Blink

Blink vs Ring -  Blink Indoor Camera w/ Alexa

  

Blink Indoor Mini

N

135 Degree FOV

N

Two-Way Audio

N

Wired or Battery

Ring

Ring vs Blink - Ring Indoor Camera with Alexa

  

Ring Indoor Cam

N

155 Degree FOV

N

180P HD Video

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Adjustable Motion Detection

 

 

 

 

Blink vs Ring Indoor Cameras Overview

 

 

When it comes to indoor cameras, both Blink and Ring offer entry-level wi-fi cameras that are available in either battery-operated models or traditional plug-in power sources. The Blink Mini depicted above is the most affordable option at just $34.99. The Ring Indoor Camera comes in at $59.99.

Blink vs Ring - Blink Wireless Indoor

Blink Wireless Indoor Camera

The full range of cameras offered by both companies delivers crystal clear images with 1080P HD resolution. If you are thinking about investing in a security camera system, this is likely one of your primary concerns.  Anything lower than that can produce grainy results when trying to pick up details like license plates or facial features. 

Both companies also offer completely wireless, battery-powered cameras, which can be seen at the bottom of the page.  As with the entire line-up, Blink is the more cost-effective solution.

In addition to night-vision and two-way talk, they both include motion detection.  This is critical as motion will trigger the camera to record and send notifications to your smartphone through their respective mobile app.

The clips can be stored in the Cloud with either company.  They both include a free month of storage and have additional programs available for $3/mo. per camera (or $10/mo. for unlimited).

Blink offers more storage options. This is an important distinction, as they have local storage capabilities, that Ring does not. If you want to pass on the monthly Cloud storage bill, you can store up to 256GB (purchased separately) on a flash with the addition of the Blink Sync Module Two.

While Ring does not offer local storage capability. However, in addition to a bit more sophisticated motion detection, the Ring Stick Up Cam does offer a wider 140º Field of View

 

2 Blink Minis Package Pricing

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Ring vs Blink Outdoor Cameras

 

 

Blink

Blink vs Ring Review - Blink Outdoor Camera HD

  

Blink Outdoor Camera

N

Battery Powered - 2AA Lithium

N

2-Year Battery Life

N

Temperature Monitoring

Ring

Blink vs Ring Review - Ring Outdoor Cam

  

Ring Outdoor Cam

N

140 Degree FOV

N

Remote Activated Siren

N

8 LED Spotlights

 

Ring vs Blink Outdoor Cameras Overview

 

 

Moving on to outdoor cameras, Blink and Ring offer a variety of outdoor video monitoring solutions.   The Blink Outdoor Camera shown above is once again, available for just $74.99. (and is currently available with Sync Module 2 at no extra)

It is a completely wireless, outdoor-rated, battery-operated camera that is equipped with motion detection, night vision, and two-way talk.

Ring has a similarly equipped model, the Ring Stick Up with similar specifications and a wider field of view for $99.99-but, no local storage capability.

Ring vs Blink - Ring Floodlight Camera

Ring Floodlight Camera

The divergence is more pronounced as you get into outdoor spotlight cameras.

The Ring Spotlight Camera seen above is a self-contained outdoor camera with built-in LED lights that generates 2000 lumens. It has all the standard features as well as an internal siren that can be remotely activated by the user after receiving a notification and determining that there is a threat.

Pretty neat feature…and the total is $199.99.

Blink takes a different route. They offer a Floodlight Mount to which the Blink Outdoor Camera is attached.  While it has a lower lumen output of 700, they claim a far superior battery life of up to 2 years…as opposed to 2-6 months with Blink.

This unit is available for an additional $39.99.

Both companies offer solar charging options as well. Additional models and options can be seen at the bottom of the page.

 

 

2 Blink OutdoorCamera (w/ Sync Module ) Package

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Blink vs Ring Video Doorbells

 

 

Blink

Blink vs Ring Review - Blink Video Doorbell

  

Blink Video Doorbell

N

Battery Powered - 2AA Lithium

N

2-Year Battery Life

N

Temperature Monitoring

Ring

Ring vs Blink Review - Ring Video Doorbell

  

Ring Video Doorbell

N

140 Degree FOV

N

Remote Activated Siren

N

8 LED Spotlights

 

 

Blink vs Ring Video Doorbell Overview

 

Ring pretty much pioneered the video doorbell industry about 10 years ago when they introduced the “DoorBot”.

They certainly haven’t rested on their laurels since… and after rebranding as Ring, they have gone on to expand their product line to include a variety of indoor and outdoor cameras, along with their line of home security and automation products.

Blink vs Ring - Blink Video Doorbell

Blink Video Doorbell

When comparing Ring vs. Blink side by side, in markets in which they are both competing, the video doorbell segment is clearly dominated by Ring.

However, Blink continues to punch above its weight class and delivers outstanding value in the Blink Video Doorbell. This 1080p HD Video Doorbell Camera can be hard wired to existing doorbell wiring or operate off of 2AA Lithium batteries which are rated for up to 2 years of normal operation.

It includes motion detection, 2-way audio, night vision, and when paired with the Sync Module 2 (which you can get at no cost with some of the other camera offers we have shared above), you can have on-demand live video and 2-way audio.

And, right now, you get all this for just $39.99! (Limited time offer subject to change…see the Promo Box below)

Both companies are, of course, Alexa compatible…and come with a Free Trial of their respective Cloud storage for video clips…but, only Blink offers local storage.

The starting price of the standard Ring Video Doorbell is considerably higher. (currently $99.99)  However, it offers a wider field of vision and superior, customizable motion detection.

But Ring doesn’t stop there, they offer a full range of video doorbells  that include advanced features such as:

  • Dual Wi-Fi Band Connectivity
  • Interchangeable Face Plates
  • Hot-Swappable Removeable Battery Packs
  • Power over Ethernet Connection
  • Professional Installation

With prices ranging from $99 to  $349, there is something to fit every budget of the more discerning consumer looking for next-generation technology.

Additional models and options can be seen at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Blink Video Doorbell -a bargain at under $50!

The X-Factors – Blink vs Ring Considerations

 

 

Budget

Clearly, Blink is a better overall fit for the budget conscientious consumer.

 

Features

Conversely…Ring offers more features and advanced technology.

 

Selection

Ring offers a wider array of products from which to choose.  Additionally, they carry a line of home security and automation products which enables one to include the cameras and home security in a single platform.

 

Storage

While they both allow you to store video in the Cloud at a fairly affordable rate ($3-$10/mo.), only Blink allows you to store video locally without a monthly recurring charge.

 

Philosophy

While Blink seems to follow the KISS principle and endeavors to Keep it Simple and provide outstanding value at the most affordable pricing, Ring has adopted a more expansive approach.

They offer a wider selection of more feature-rich products that can work seamlessly together with a full security and home automation ecosystem.

While not as affordable as Blink, they are still very competitively priced.

 

 

Blink vs Ring Video Summary

Ring vs Blink Review Summary Transcript

Blink vs Ring…Which is Best for Me?

 

This is certainly not a black-and-white decision.

Although Ring and Blink have many similarities…ultimately they each manage to create products that offer outstanding value- that appeal to somewhat different audiences.

As a general rule of thumb…

 

Buy Blink if You Want

  • Local Storage Capability – Blink allows you to capture and store video on a flash drive
  • This means you can save money with No Monthly Charges for Cloud storage.
  • In addition, Blink offers an overall More Affordable Product Line

 

Choose Ring if You Prefer

  • More Advanced Technology.  With superior AI mo9tion detection and wider fields of view.
  • You’ll find that Ring offers More Selection, with a wider range of products.
  • And you’ll be able to seamlessly combine your camera system with additional Home Security and Automation Options.

 

Overall, Blink is the more affordable option.  If you are willing to forego a few of the bells, buttons, and whistles- you will be delighted by the quality of the products and company support.

If you are not as concerned with budget and don’t mind paying a bit more for the additional features, Ring might be a better fit for you.

Either selection is a very solid choice.

 

For a more detailed comparison of Ring vs Blink, click on one of the links below…

And visit us at thehomesecurityadvisor.com!

 

Although Ring and Blink have many similarities…there are some key differences.

 

Buy Blink if You Want

  • Local Storage Capability – Blink allows you to capture and store video on a flash drive
  • This means you can save money with No Monthly Charges for Cloud storage.
  • In addition, Blink offers an overall More Affordable Product Line

 

Choose Ring if You Prefer

  • More Advanced Technology.  With superior AI mo9tion detection and wider fields of view.
  • You’ll find that Ring offers More Selection, with a wider range of products.
  • And you’ll be able to seamlessly combine your camera system with additional Home Security and Automation Options.

 

Overall, Blink is the more affordable option

If you are not as concerned with budget and don’t mind paying a bit more for the additional features, Ring might be a better fit for you.

Either selection is a very solid choice.

 

For a more detailed comparison of Ring vs Blink, click on one of the links below…

And visit us at thehomesecurityadvisor.com!

 

 

Blink vs Ring…Which is Best for Me?

 

 

This is certainly not a black-and-white decision.

Although Ring and Blink have many similarities…ultimately they each manage to create products that offer outstanding value- that appeal to somewhat different audiences.

As a general rule of thumb…

 

Buy Blink if You Want

  • Local Storage Capability
  • No Monthly Charges
  • More Affordable Product Line

 

Choose Ring if You Prefer

  • More Advanced Technology
  • More Selection
  • Home Security and Automation Options

 

Overall, Blink is the more affordable option.  If you are willing to forego a few of the bells, buttons, and whistles- you will be delighted by the quality of the products and company support.

If you are not as concerned with budget and don’t mind paying a bit more for the additional features, Ring might be a better fit for you.

Either selection is a very solid choice.

 

Ring Alarm System

 

At this point, any Blink vs Ring alarm system comparison is impossible. While Ring has elected to expand its efforts to include an ecosystem that can encompass home automation, security, and video monitoring, Blink simply has chosen to limit its efforts to that which it does best.

There is equal merit to the practice of doing one thing…and doing it well.

However, our Blink vs Ring comparison would be remiss without at least mentioning the Ring Alarm System. We will review it more thoroughly sometime in the near future.Blink vs Ring - Ring Alarm System

In a nutshell, the Ring Alarm is a very basic wireless security system that will seamlessly support the full line-up of Ring products. While it can function as a completely self-monitored system, it can be professionally monitored 24/7 for protection from police, fire, and medical emergencies.

The Ring Protect Pro is a great value at just $20/month.

Blink, of course, has no comparable service at this time.  However, if one doesn’t mind using a separate App, Blink could be paired with one of our Best Rated Home Security Systems, which, would likely cost a bit more but would provide a great deal more overall value.

Storing video locally, will save any monthly storage charges and could provide the user.

 

 

Ring Alarm vs the Competition

 

A few advantages of combining Blink with one of our top-rated security companies would be:

  • Experience – The best home security companies have many years of experience in supporting their products and protecting hundreds of thousands of families. They specialize in security. Ring is a brand new player.
  • Equipment – The equipment offered by top alarm companies is superior and built by established suppliers.
  • Professional Install Capability– Some of our top picks install the system- if you are uncomfortable with the DIY approach.
  • Professional Monitoring – All of our best home security companies have 5 Diamond Rated monitoring stations with multiple redundancies.
  • Smash and Grab Protection –  Top-rated alarm companies offer some sort of crash and smash protection that prevents an intruder from just destroying the base unit so it can’t send a signal…

 

If you are contemplating doing more than cameras, these are but a few reasons why it makes sense to look into a company that specializes in home security before making a decision.

Either  Blink or Ring can be used in conjunction with any security and home automation system.  It just means managing the cameras through a separate app.

While Ring might offer a bit more convenience and a cheaper solution…it may not be the best way to provide security to protect your home and family.

It may make sense to get your cameras from either Blink or Ring…but look into one of the  Top Ranked Security Companies for home security that you can count on.  We have provided our security company selection tool to help you narrow down the choices.

 

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How do Blink vs. Ring Camera Monthly Storage Costs Compare?

Ring vs Blink Video Storage Costs

 

When it comes to storing video clips in the Cloud, both companies have identical costs. Each charges $3 a month per camera or $10 a month for unlimited cameras. 

If you pay on an annual basis, it is $30 and $100 respectively.  Essentially you get 2 months free.  

Are there any contracts with Blink or Ring?

No. Neither company requires a contract.

Can I Store Video Clips Locally with Ring or Blink?

Only Blink provides the means of storing video locally.

This requires the purchase of the Sync Module 2. (which can support a flash drive up to 256G-purchase separately)

This is one of the major advantages of buying a Blink vs Ring camera.

Can Blink and Ring work together?

Does Blink Work with Ring?

 

Many people want to know …is Blink compatible with Ring?

While there is nothing to prevent one from using both products…even though they are both owned by Amazon they are not compatible.

You cannot store Ring video clips on the Blink Sync Module 2.

It will require the use of separate Apps, and 2 separate accounts if you want Cloud storage.

What are the differences between a Blink vs Ring Camera?

Blink Camera vs Ring- Is Blink or Ring Better?

 

That depends on what you are looking for. There is no definite answer to the question …Which is better blink or ring?

Blink and Ring cameras all offer 1080p resolution.

Overall, the Blink security cameras are more cost-effective, and the use of the Sync Module 2 will save monthly costs in the long run, as well.

However, the Ring security cameras offer a greater field of vision and m ore advanced motion detection.

Which is better Ring or Blink? That depends on what your priorities are…they are both a solid choice.

 

 

Blink vs Ring – Some of Their Best Selling Products

 

When comparing Blink vs Ring, it is not possible to include every product in their respective ever-changing line-ups.

Both companies are committed to evolving and upgrading their products to stay in step with the latest technologies.

Below are some of their current offerings to help you compare them side by side.

 

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