You would think that Amazon's Call Home Security System and Amazon's Echo Smart Speaker would intelligently work together, right? You're mostly wrong – but today, the company takes another small step towards tying them together by letting you arm, disarm and check the status of any Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode and Scout security systems just by asking Alexa to do that.
And since I recently bought a ringtone for my own house – Dan convinced me with his review – I decided to give the new functionality a spin in the afternoon.
It's quite simple integration, honestly. You install the Ring Skills from the Skill Store in your Alexa app, making sure that Alexa can see your alarm system, and then you can use the following commands (in the US):
- Alexa, armring
- Alexa, Call Home / Away
- Alexa is Ring Armed?
- Alexa, Disarmed Ring
It's a bit easier than browsing the Ring app and waiting for it to connect to the alarm base and tap a button, but just a little, and it does not seem like a way to even tell which of your door or window sensors has been triggered.
Imagine it disarm The command only works if you explicitly enable it on the skills settings page and also say your PIN – meaning meaningful because you do not want a burglary just shouting "ALEXA, DISARM RING" from your home before entering.
Amazon announced today that it also opens its security panel controller API to other device manufacturers, so you can probably expect the list of supported alarms to expand.
The Amazon also rolls out an invitation for only its Alexa Guard feature today, which gives Alexa the opportunity to listen to a glass window that breaks or a smoke alarm blaring and warns you immediately. It would also be good for the ring owner too, because Ring does not offer window interrupt sensors yet.
If you want to sign up for notifications about when you can try the Alexa Guard, you'll find it in Alexa App> Settings> Guard> Notify me when it's available.
I would be negligent if I did not point out there is A few other, limited ways Ring can work with Amazon's voice assistant today. You can ask Alexa to show your Ring Doorbell video presence on an Echo Show or Fire TV (which is not a Ring Exclusive feature), and you can also use an Echo as an additional doorbell.