There was once a time when home security meant shelling out thousands of dollars for high-end cameras, motion sensors, and professional set up. These days, however, home security systems are both smarter, and more affordable, plus, you can set them up all by yourself — no expert installation needed.
Of course, there are quite a few home security systems on the market, and some are clearly better than others. A good security system features motion trackers, security cameras, and even smart home connectivity to give you alerts on your phone and the ability to track your home’s security on the go.
When choosing a home security system, you’ll want to think about the smart home standard you want to use. For example, you may want the system to integrate with Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, Wink, Nest, Amazon Alexa, or the Google Assistant. Some systems work with more smart home gadgets to give you a fuller picture of your home environment, including everything from open windows to leaky sinks.
You’ll also have to make sure that you’re comfortable setting up these new wirelessly connected home security systems by yourself. If not, you’ll have to go to a professional like ADT, which costs more. However, the systems we’ve included are easy to use and set up, so you shouldn’t have a problem with them. It’s also important to note that you need strong internet to support all of these smart home products.
Last but not least, you’ll need to think about any monthly fees. Often, you’ll have to pay monthly fees for things like cloud video storage and other security features.
Nest is a growing force in the smart home business. Gone are the days when the company simply sold smart thermostats. Now, Nest boasts a large portfolio of smart home products, including a top-tier smart home security system.
Nest Secure includes a few different products, including a home base with a number pad, key fobs for authentication, and door and window sensors to track when and where people enter and exit the house. The system is well-designed and easy to use. Plus, it’s easy to set up, which is arguably the most important concern for people who want to install their own home security systems.
Nest partnered with a professional security company called MONI. If your alarm is triggered, MONI is contacted and reaches out to you and emergency contacts to confirm that the situation is real and not accidental. Once the event is verified, the police will be called.
You do have to pay a service fee of $19 a month with a three-year contract or $29 a month without a contract to access MONI’s security response team. The Nest app is super easy to use, and you’ll get alerts whenever something strange is detected.
The system also works with Nest security cameras, Nest thermostats, and the products that work with Nest. If you already have a Nest thermostat, security camera, or the smoke detector, this system will work effortlessly with those devices. You can even use voice commands to control the Nest Secure, thanks to Google Assistant integration. All of the devices look nice, sleek, unobtrusive, and modern.
Of course, there are downsides to the system. It’s a little more expensive than most other smart home security systems. If you really want to get the most out of the system, you’ll want to buy a Nest security camera, like the Nest Cam IQ, which will record audio whenever the Nest Secure alarm is tripped. It adds up fast.