Boston-based SimpliSafe began selling its smart home security system in the U.K. on April 2, 2019. Despite an overall decrease in overall crime rates for several decades, burglary rates have increased during the same period, according to the U.K. Office for National Statistics. On the introduction of its SimpliSafe system, the company claims it is the first to offer an affordable, wireless, self-install home security system with professional monitoring in the country. Only 13 percent of U.K. households currently have professionally monitored home security systems with police dispatch, according to a SimpliSafe survey. As in the U.S., SimpliSafe customers can purchase pre-configured security systems or build a custom component combination directly on the company website. All systems include a 60-day money-back guarantee plus free shipping and returns. Pre-packaged SimpliSafe systems are available for a range of homes. The Starter, for example, include a base unit, a keypad, one … [Read more...] about SimpliSafe launches self-install smart home security systems in the U.K.
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With the smart home becoming such a big deal these days, many are opting to get their own do-it-yourself smart home security system. There are a bunch of great home security systems out there, but which ones are the best ones to pick up? That's a pretty good question, and it does all depend on what you are looking for in your security system, and what smart home products (if any) you already own in your home. We have rounded up the best smart home security systems that are currently available. These are all do-it-yourself systems, so you can set it up all by yourself and not worry about paying a monthly fee. These are all smart home security systems that are currently available, not those that have been announced and are on pre-order. Ring Alarm The Ring Alarm is the perfect option for those that already own the Ring Video Doorbell or some of Ring's other cameras and floodlights. Ring actually offers its Alarm in a five and eight-piece set. So depending on what you want to secure in … [Read more...] about The Best DIY Smart Home Security Systems You Can Buy
Vivint has come a long way since it introduced its doorbell camera in 2015. Like its competition – which includes Comcast Xfinity, ADT, and even DIY solutions like Simplisafe – Vivint offers a full suite of connected smart home security devices that work together to protect homes against everything from burglary to fires and floods. The difference, as I’ve experienced first-hand, comes down to the service experience. Frankly, I never thought I would need a security system. I grew up way out in the sticks of central Texas where it was commonplace to leave the front door unlocked all day. Call it willful ignorance if you want, but I’ve always been resistant to the idea that I should have to pay for security monitoring services. My attitude was changed last year, however, when my family was victimized by porch pirates who pilfered several deliveries of significantly valuable goods. It was then that I installed an Amazon Cloud Cam and got cozy with the peace of mind … [Read more...] about Vivint Smart Home Security System review
Arlo Technologies has built itself a reputation for making some of the best smart home security systems out there. The company spent much of 2018 steadily expanding and improving its products, and now it’s at CES 2019 showing off its latest and greatest innovations in the smart home space. Arlo came to the show with the Arlo Ultra security camera, a SmartHub for connected devices, and a multi-sensor, siren, and remote. The Ultra security camera is Arlo’s flagship product. The wire-free device provides 4K HDR video footage around your home. The camera is capable of color night vision and sports a 180-degree panoramic field of view so nothing is out of frame. There’s an integrated spotlight built into the camera, and it supports two-way audio with an included speaker and a noise-canceling microphone. “As the most advanced DIY monitoring solution we’ve ever launched, Arlo Ultra raises the bar for smart home surveillance. We’re excited to provide home, … [Read more...] about Arlo expands smart home security lineup at CES 2019
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. 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. $177 at Amazon SimpliSafe system … [Read more...] about Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2019