Like all things technology touches, home security systems are evolving. There is still a need (and thus, a market) for traditional monitored security solutions from specialist companies, but many homeowners are moving to a more hands-on security setup because excellent products that are easy to set up are readily available. Just mount it, plug it in, and your home is good to go. Here are some smart home systems that can get you started.
The Arlo Pro Security System
Night or day, inside or out, the Arlo Pro security system will be sure to keep an eye out on everything you love. Completely weatherproof and with zero wires involved, the Arlo Pro provides two way audio (listen/talk back), a free subscription plan that allows you to store 7 days worth of recording, HD video, and a 100+ decibel siren that won’t hesitate to let you know something is amiss. What’s more, it even has a local storage option through USB devices, perfect if you aren’t satisfied with just cloud storage.
Simple but secure
All New 8-Piece SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security
SimpliSafe system starts with a base station that monitors all the sensors and keeps you connected to SimpliSafe’s service through the internet — with cellular backup in case Wi-Fi goes down — and a keypad to interface with the system itself. All installation is also quick and painless. Unfortunately, some of SimpliSafe’s most important features (24/7 monitoring, and police dispatch) depend on a $15 monthly service contract. While the kit will work efficiently without the subscription, better safe than sorry. Of course, if this kit doesn’t do it for you, there are a number of efficient SimpliSafe security systems that you can access over at Amazon.
A basic system comes with a Nest Guard base, two Nest Detects, and two Nest Tags. The Nest Guard includes a keypad to arm the system (you also can do so with your phone). Nest Secure products are wireless and integrate with Nest’s cameras and Google Assistant which makes them "extra smart" through actions or IFTTT integration. You’ll alsowant to invest in Nest Secure, which can offer a variety of security features not included with just the security system.
Ring Alarm Home Security System
This Ring Alarm security system comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender. The Ring Alarm also allows you to control your Alarm, your Ring doorbells, as well as your security camera from one central location — your phone. And, if you have an Alexa? Even better. You’ll be able to control Alexa solely through your voice and check your system through any Alexa device.
DIY Security System
SmartThings ADT Wireless Home Security
SmartThings is a Samsung-owned smart home platform that has an almost endless selection of sensors and smart switches as well as smart products like lamps or outlets. The ADT Smart hub works as a SmartThings hub and also connects to ADT’s 24/7 professional monitoring service for a monthly fee. You can interact with the system through several different apps from SmartThings or ADT, and it’s fully integrated with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and the Apple Watch.
Wink Lookout Smart Security Essentials
The starter kit comes with a Wink2 hub, three sensors, and an alarm/chime. This will connect through the Wink app on your phone and is ready to pair with hundreds of other Wink ready products like door locks, cameras, thermostats, and more to provide a full home monitoring solution. It’s more than a security system — it’s also a great way to get started with Wink smart products. A starter kit is $199 and is easy to install with wireless connections to every component.
These are the very best smart home security systems we’ve found this year. All of them have a variety of features, such as heat detection, social media readiness and the likes — but our personal favorite? Well, that has to be the Ring Alarm Home Security System for its accessibility and how it is so easy to set up.
January 2, 2019 at 08:02AM