ADT vs Ring for Business

ADT vs Ring for Business

ADT and Ring are both among the best security systems for business, but their respective offers are quite different. ADT offers a huge array of sensors and solutions, requires professional installation, and is particularly well-suited to large or multi-location businesses, while Ring for Business offers a DIY, modular approach to security that will undoubtedly appeal to small business owners and single-store retailers and restaurateurs.

In this article, we take a closer look at ADT vs Ring, comparing the most important business features and providing the best use cases for each.

What we compared

Here are the factors that we took into consideration for this comparison:

  • Installation and setup
  • Pricing
  • Apps and user interface
  • Sensors and cameras
  • Users and groups
  • Access control

Installation and setup

This is one area where ADT and Ring for Business differ substantially.

Installation of an ADT security system will be performed by a professional after a free risk-assessment. You’ll work with an ADT representative to build a custom solution for your business. A security professional can also come and do an on-site assessment. The system will then be installed by an ADT professional. This is a good solution for more complex security needs.

Ring's smartphone app demonstrated on an iPhone

For smaller businesses, installing and managing Ring's tools yourself might be preferable to professional installation costs (Image credit: Ring)

Ring for Business offers a DIY solution in addition to professional installation. You can call the company to discuss your needs and get recommendations on the kind of hardware that you should get.

For many smaller businesses, the ability to self-install can be preferable: you can do it on your own time, rather than having to schedule somebody to come in, and you save on installation costs. If your security needs are simple, self-installation may be more convenient.


ADT's pricing plans, compared

Pricing for ADT can be obtained by calling for a quote. According to the website, small business solutions are available from just $2 per day. Larger and multi-site businesses, however, will have to coordinate with ADT based on their needs and budget. For example, a residential ADT package that includes 24/7 alarm monitoring, a digital keypad, three door or window sensors, motion detector, alarm siren, backup battery, wireless remote, and window decals costs $9 per month.

Businesses should expect an upfront cost for hardware and ongoing costs for monitoring and maintenance. ADT contracts start at three years, which may be too long for small businesses looking to start out with a new security system.

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Header Cell - Column 0 ADT SecureADT InteractiveADT Complete
PriceCall for quoteCall for quoteCall for quote
Intrusion detection and hold-up alarm monitoring
Temperature and flood monitoring
Even history
Alerts and notifications
Custom scheduling
Remote access, arm and disarm
Climate and lighting control
Small appliance management

Ring for Business's pricing

Pricing for Ring for Business is given on the website. An eight-piece Business Alarm Security Kit containing a Ring base station, keypad, four window or door sensors, motion detector, and range extender costs $249.99 or $349.99 with two cameras. You can also build your own solution by buying parts individually. A six-pack of contact sensors costs $99.99, motion detectors cost $29.99, keypads cost $49.99, and smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors cost $34.99.

For $20 per month, the Ring Protect Pro plan gets you video history, saving and sharing, smart alerts and responses, 24/7 professional monitoring, alarm cellular backup, Alexa Guard Plus, a three-year extended warranty on hardware, and 10% off further Ring products (a great bonus for small but growing businesses whose security needs may expand with the addition of a new location or workspace).

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Header Cell - Column 0 FreeBasicPlusProtect Pro
PriceRow 0 - Cell 1 $3 a month or $30 a year(save 16%)$10 a month or $100 a year(save 16%)$20 a month or $200 a year(save 16%)
Motion-activate notifications
Real-time video
Two-way communication
Theft protection
Video history (60 days), saving and sharing
Snapshots throughout the day
Person alerts
Rich notifications
Extended device warranty
10% off Ring products
24/7 professional monitoring

Apps and user interface

The ADT app is one of the highest-rated apps on the market, with an impressive score of 4.8/5 from both iOS and Android users. The Ring for Business app has a slightly lower but still good rating of 4.5/5.

Both apps enable you to arm and disarm a system, lock and unlock doors, adjust lighting and temperature, view and record video from multiple cameras and locations, and add users and guests.

ADT apps and interfaces demonstrated on various devices

The ADT app is highly-rated, across different devices (Image credit: ADT)

In addition to its app for small and medium-sized businesses, ADT offers the ADT Commercial eSuite for larger businesses. It allows for rich analytics and deeper integration with existing systems. It’s been designed for multi-site businesses, especially those spread across a large geographical area.The eSuite activity dashboard summarizes key information and offers rich analytics, like event types per region or time period. You can create complex automated schedules, test and see the health of remote systems, and more. It’s available on desktop and mobile.

Users and groups

The Ring app has simple shared access. You can add Shared Users, who can view and download videos but cannot remove devices or change settings. Shared users can also be assigned their own code for alarm keypads to arm and disarm and for the Z Lock to access controlled areas.

The ADT app offers more advanced user settings. The basic app enables you to create users, define what keypads and locks they have access to, and generate a keycode. ADT Commercial eSuite goes much further, with user groups, advanced permissions, automations, and onboarding and offboarding for controlled access areas.

Sensors and cameras

Both ADT and Ring have a huge range of sensors and cameras. The Ring store also has convenient bundles that enable you to save money when buying a new system or multiple sensors or cameras. You’ll find smoke, temperature, flood, carbon monoxide, door and window sensors, as well as motion detectors, flood lights, smart locks, and smart plugs for each solution.

A Ring camera on a table in a shop

Ring has a large range of cameras to choose from (Image credit: Ring)

There are also many “Works with Ring” devices to extend Ring’s offer, including garage door openers, fob readers, and water shut-offs.

ADT Commercial works with various third parties to offer a nearly unlimited number of sensors and cameras to match just about any business situation, including electronic tag sensors for clothing and retail shops, occupancy management cameras, and fire suppression solutions. Complex businesses, like pharmaceutical companies, factories, hospitals, and government sites, will want ADT’s expertise and flexibility.

Access control

ADT offers several access control solutions. With ADT Commercial, there’s a virtually unlimited number of ways that keypads and fob readers can be integrated into doors, vaults, hatchways, etc. Large businesses with complex access control needs, like in health or IT, will find everything that they need here.

Ring for Business’s access control solutions are much simpler. Smart door locks are available through third parties, like the Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave Plus ($219.99). You can assign different codes to different users and lock and unlock from the Ring app. It works with a deadbolt mechanism, though, so it’s only suitable for traditional doors. It works well to protect an office or backroom.

Which security system is best for me?

Large or multi-site businesses or those with complex or particular security needs will find a good partner in ADT. ADT Commercial is especially well-suited to retailers, restaurant chains, hospitals, government offices, banks, industrial sites, pharmaceutical companies, and transportation companies. Its small business solutions are quite comprehensive, though, and shouldn’t be disregarded outright. Professional installation is required, and contracts start at three years, although there is a six-month money-back guarantee.

Ring for Business is a simple DIY solution that will appeal to small, single-site businesses that need basic security coverage. Access control is limited, but there are plenty of different sensors and cameras to keep your site safe, and the app is simple to use. Pricing is transparent and cost-effective. It’s a good choice for small businesses looking for simple, trustworthy security.

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Header Cell - Column 0 ADTRing for Business
Installation and setupProfessional installationProfessional or DIY
PricingAvailable by quoteStarting at $249.99 for hardware;$20 a month ongoing
Apps and user interfaceMobile app is intuitive and simple to use;commercial eSuite is powerful and feature-richMobile and web apps aresimple and straightforward
Employee accessShared users can view videos andhave their own keypad codeAdd users with per-device access;eSuite offers advanced features
Sensors and camerasSolutions for all industries and use casesSmoke, flood, temperature, motion
Access controlSolutions for all industries and use casesSmart locks with deadbolts

What our reviewers said


“ADT is a solid and reliable choice for both small business and large commercial enterprises. It’s also a good pick for industry-specific security solutions, like those needed by pharmacies, automotive businesses, and retail. […] ADT provides outstanding features and excellent customer service, and its hardwired systems are ultra-reliable.“

  • Score: 4/5

Read our full ADT review.


Best for

  • Relatively low cost for starting infrastructure
  • Easy installation
  • Neighbors feature adds local security alerts

“Ring for Business will appeal most to small business owners with a single office or storefront. Initial infrastructural costs are relatively low, with a business kit starting at $249.99 […]. The interface is well thought-out and includes useful business features like employee access management and individual keypad codes. “

  • Score: 3.5/5

Read our full Ring for Business review.

Alternatives to ADT and Ring

For small businesses, SimpliSafe is a good alternative. Pricing starts at just $10 a month with a basic hardware kit that’s suitable for businesses and available at $259 for small spaces. True to its name, SimpliSafe offers simple, straightforward, DIY security, much like Ring. The only big downside is that it doesn’t integrate with Z-Wave or IFTTT, which Ring does.

For businesses on a budget, Lorex is an affordable solution. There are no ongoing costs (although this does mean there’s no monitoring service). There are thousands of sensors, cameras, and accessories, with a focus on commercial properties, like warehouses, and small businesses, like retail shops. Lorex partners (a free service) get reduced pricing, dedicated support, 60-day returns, and volume discounts for multiple locations.

Christian Rigg

Christian is a freelance writer and content project manager, with over six years' experience writing and leading teams in finance and technology for some of the world's largest online publishers, including TechRadar and Tom's Guide.