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All of the systems we've tested feature an app that lets you use your smartphone as your command center to arm and disarm the system, create rules, add and delete components, and receive push notifications when alarms are triggered. Most apps also allow you to do things like view live and recorded video, lock and unlock doors, change thermostat settings, and silence alarms. Some apps will even use your phone's location services to automatically arm and disarm the system according to your physical location. The more expensive systems usually come with a wall mounted panel that acts as a communications hub, with a touch screen display that allows you to do everything the app does. The display lets you communicate with a professional monitoring service when an alarm is triggered and view video from any of the installed security cameras. While many systems use wireless components that are installed using double sided tape, some high end systems use components that require professional installation. These soup to nuts systems typically cost considerably more than DIY systems and offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but you may have to enter into a multi year contract and pay a hefty termination fee if you break it. They usually use touch screen hubs thatcontain RF, Wi Fi, Zigbee, and Z Wave radios, allowing them to communicate with and control a multitude of components including door and window sensors, door locks, glass break detectors, indoor and outdoor cameras, light switches, motion and water detectors, smoke/CO alarms, thermostats, video doorbells, and a host of other home automation devices. With a professionally monitored system, when a smoke or intrusion alarm is triggered, an agent will first try to reach you via the two way control panel before calling your listed phone number. If you fail to respond, the agent will call 911 to dispatch an emergency responder to your home. The nice thing about professionally installed systems is you don't have to lift a finger; after you've placed your order a technician will come to your home, set everything up for you, and show you how the system works.

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The abode safe home security kit is at the top of the DIY home security system spectrum as the first professional grade, self installable total home security solution. No contracts are required with this system, and the home automation capabilities are powerful and effective…you can have control of your home from anywhere across the globe. An optional 720p streaming camera integrates directly to the abode gateway, capturing events in real time and providing you with secure streaming to view from anywhere in the world. The abode system is easy to use through its free iOS and android apps, and self monitoring capacity is free. For those who are interested, however, there is also an optional professional home alarm monitoring option that is provided in on demand three day, seven day, or monthly doses. Abode home security offers peace of mind with its various effective features, including night vision to help you see clearly what’s going on in your space even in the dark of night, battery backup for when the power goes out, cellular backup for when the power goes out or for mobile access to surveillance footage, and fully encrypted services. Visual event verification helps to reduce the number of false alarms by this home security system as well. Amazon Alexa can be connected to abode as well, providing you with easy voice activation and control capabilities as well. This DIY home security system is designed to work well for anyone in any living space – homeowners and renters alike. Abode grows with you and can be modified easily to fit your new living accommodations with more than 150 devices connected to protect and automate anything from studio apartments to large homes. The abode hub is software upgradeable, which means your home security system will always be up to speed, technologically speaking.

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With Skybell you can remotely check doorbell activity on the Honeywell Total Connect 2. 0 Remote Services app, and see, hear and speak to visitors at your door from a smartphone. When activating Honeywell’s Total Connect Remote Services used with the Lyric Controller, you can control the security system, compatible IP cameras including Skybell, Z Wave or Lyric thermostats, Z Wave lighting, Z Wave locks and receive alerts from most smartphones, tablets, and computers. You can also download the My Home Controller app for local only WIFI access when Total Connect 2 service for remote system control is not chosen. While we see the Honeywell Lyric LCP500 L Security Controller as a hit with great new features, there is a glaring negative we see as well. If you signup for AlarmNet for Interactive Services and possibly Total Connect 2, you are sort of “locked” to your selected dealer for monitoring services. You can still change dealers at any time of course but it will require a factory reset defaulting the panel which blows away all existing panel settings and zone configuration. Honeywell has decided, and just for Lyric it seems, to make dealer “takeovers” of monitoring accounts very difficult since they now require the new dealer or DIY homeowner to reenter/reprogram all wireless sensors and more into the controller from scratch. If you start with a good monitoring vendor this will never be a problem, but we have an issue making it so burdensome for users to switch if their dealer service levels fall or their pricing is no longer competitive. If you don’t buy the equipment outright, Vivint requires either a four or five year contract — a long time to commit, especially given that you only have three days from the date of install to cancel. Afterwards, you’ll have to pay out the remainder of your contract.

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