What Smoke Alarms work with the Ring Alarm?


By Bradly Spicer
Published on: August 23rd, 2021

If you’re looking for a Smoke Alarm system that is compatible with your Ring Ecosystem, look no further. In this post, I will be covering the official Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener and other Smoke Detectors which work with the Ring Alarm system.

If you’re based in America, you will be able to access the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener which is placed next to your standard Smoke Alarm, this will then send you mobile notifications to your smart devices when it hears a beep or alarm noise.

What is the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener?

Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener
Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener with a generic Smoke Alarm

Whilst quite a basic device, the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener is quite a smart device, excuse the pun. For the most part, it’s just a microphone that listens for a specific type of noise, once that noise is found it will send a notification to your Smart Devices, like your phone. This means this device does not detect fire, smoke or carbon monoxide directly.

The listener itself is quite cheap in comparison to most devices on the market, so if you’re not looking for an all-in-one device and already have Ring devices this is a perfect grab.

You will need a Ring Alarm Base Station, without this the listener will be pointless. If you want 24/7 Monitoring you will need the additional Ring Protect Plus Plan.

So, how does it work? – The Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener will use its onboard microphone to detect your Smoke Alarm noises, these noises vary based on specific tones and frequencies. For example, a Smoke Alarm will have three on/off pulses at a frequency of 500 Hz, however, Carbon Monoxide or CO will produce 4 of these frequencies.

Pros

  • Will convert any Smoke Alarm to a Smart Smoke Alarm
  • Very Easy to set up
  • Battery Powered and lasted for up to 3 years
  • Can call fire department if triggered

Cons

  • Requires UL listed Detectors within the last 10 years
  • Can accidentally call the Fire Department

Which Smoke Detectors Work with the Ring Alarm?

As of writing this, there are only a dew Smoke Detectors that connect directly to the Ring Alarm system (Outside of the Alarm Smoke & CO Listener).

Generally speaking, the easiest manufacturer who offers Smoke Alarms that work directly with the Ring Alarm System is First Alert. However, this is only available in the US, not elsewhere.

If you want an all-in-one solution, check out the First Alert SCO5CN which works directly with the Ring Alarm system.

You will need to make sure that the Smoke Detector you choose to use with the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener is fully compatible with the industry-standard Temporal T3 (Smoke) and T4 (CO) alarm patterns.

How to integrate smoke detector with Ring alarm system

You simply need to place the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener 6 inches within your current Smoke/CO alarm, the Listener itself can be set up within a few minutes. If you’re in a large household, you should keep the Listener within 50 feet of your Ring Base Station, if this is too far you can use a range extender.

Ideally, you’ll want the Ring Listener microphone facing the vent on your Smoke/CO Detector.

How does your Smoke Alarm connect to Ring?

Regardless of whether you have a Ring Alarm Listener or a Smoke Alarm that is fully compatible with your Ring Alarm Base Station, it will connect via a Z-Wave plus connection. This will require a stable Z-Wave connection to avoid constant disruptions.

Thankfully, Z-Wave plus is the latest version of the protocol which means it has improved range and battery life, another benefit of this is that Z-Wave Plus allow for an extremely seamless setup. You can simply register the device via a QR code scanner and it will be paired to your Ring account.


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