Ring Alarm has quickly become one of TechHive’s favorite home security systems, thanks to its solid hardware, low monthly running cost, and great potential for expansion.

The secret of the latter is Z-Wave, a low-power wireless mesh networking technology used by thousands of smart home devices, gadgets, and sensors.

Adding a Z-Wave sensor to a Ring Alarm system is easy, but before you spend money acquiring the components, you need to understand what’s possible with third-party sensors and what isn’t.

Adding a sensor

Connecting a Z-Wave sensor to your Ring Alarm is much like adding any of Ring’s own sensors. Click the large “+” symbol to “Set up a device” on the Ring app home screen and choose “Security Devices.” From there, choose the type of device. In this example, I’m adding a GE Door Hinge sensor, so I’ll click “Sensors.”

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Adding Z-Wave sensors in Ring Alarm.

The next page auto populates with Ring’s own sensors, but nothing else. To add a third-party device, choose “Add Manually” at the bottom of the page. You’ll see that Z-Wave is the sole option on the next page. From there you’ll be in the Z-Wave pairing menu and should follow the instructions for the Z-Wave device you’re adding.

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Adding Z-Wave sensors in Ring Alarm.

In my case it was a GE door hinge sensor that required a push of a button on the device to initiate pairing.

After you’re done you can verify your success by going to the devices menu, found under the “hamburger” menu (the three horizontal lines in the top left) and making sure your newly paired device is listed. It looks like this:

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A Z-Wave sensor listed in the Ring Alarm app

From there, you should notice the sensor status change as you open and close it. And that’s it. Your Z-Wave sensor should be connected to your Ring Alarm.





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