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Which 'smart' home security system is right for me?

adam31ts 1 10 December 18, 2015 at 05:27 PM
I recently purchased a condo in a safe suburban area, but am concerned that it is not equipped with an alarm system.

Aside from the front door, the condo has a garage, as well as an entrance in the back via a sliding glass door.

I'd like to invest in some sort of 'smart' connected alarm system, to provide motion detection close to the entrances, as well as an alarm when they are opened.

Have purchased the 'Ring' doorbell system (as my front door does not have a peep hole), but find the motion detection to be far from accurate (every day I get alerts about cars driving within 20 feet of my door, etc...when I set the detection range for 5 feet). As the system is pricey, I feel as if paying $200 for a 'smart' peep hole is a waste, so I'm leaning towards returning it. Also, it does not offer any sort of alarm feature.

I've read good things about Samsung's SmartThings system, which I would then pair with motion sensors, as well as perhaps a few connected LED bulbs. Have also read that Lowes' Iris system is to be avoided.

What system would you guys recommend? Looking to spend in the $200-300 range, for the hub, all needed sensors, and a few connected bulbs. Thanks.

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I have SmartThings V2.0. Lot of good reviews.

Try to buy Quirky Tripper (Window & Door Sensors) from HomeDepot. They discontinued the product. If the HD has inventory,buy from them. Try your luck with your nearby HDs. (It is $34.99 in Amazon now http://www.amazon.com/Quirky-Trip...B00P7RURIG)

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Quirky...00&cj=true

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Last edited by onlinewebsurfer December 18, 2015 at 07:06 PM
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I recently purchased a condo in a safe suburban area, but am concerned that it is not equipped with an alarm system.

Aside from the front door, the condo has a garage, as well as an entrance in the back via a sliding glass door.

I'd like to invest in some sort of 'smart' connected alarm system, to provide motion detection close to the entrances, as well as an alarm when they are opened.

Have purchased the 'Ring' doorbell system (as my front door does not have a peep hole), but find the motion detection to be far from accurate (every day I get alerts about cars driving within 20 feet of my door, etc...when I set the detection range for 5 feet). As the system is pricey, I feel as if paying $200 for a 'smart' peep hole is a waste, so I'm leaning towards returning it. Also, it does not offer any sort of alarm feature.

I've read good things about Samsung's SmartThings system, which I would then pair with motion sensors, as well as perhaps a few connected LED bulbs. Have also read that Lowes' Iris system is to be avoided.

What system would you guys recommend? Looking to spend in the $200-300 range, for the hub, all needed sensors, and a few connected bulbs. Thanks.
From reviews I've seen I'd probably return the ring. It's a product I wish I could like and wish cost more like $99. You're better off installing a high quality IP cam, installing a peep hole is always an option too.

I'd avoid the quirky/wink products somebody else suggested they don't have the best reliability track record and are in bankruptcy.

SmartThings v2 is solid as are Vera and HomeSeer, but really all of these are more targeted at automation than security. You have to decide where your priorities are in that regard. If you want to add door sensors to a controller like this stick with z-wave sensors from somebody like Aeon Labs.

Another option is a traditional alarm system either wired or wireless. You can add modules that allow conventional alarms to email you or interact with an automation controller. You can self-install this type of system with some effort.

There are a few other standalone 'smart' devices with cameras and sirens that have been released in the last year or two.
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Last edited by jkee December 21, 2015 at 02:44 PM
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If you're really looking for an alarm system (for home protection) I recommend Simplisafe. Fully wireless system. Monitoring starts at $15 a month (which most likely qualifies you for a discount on your owners / renters insurance). At $20 a month you get access to their smartphone app (which is mediocre, but getting better) which shows you all your data in close to real time (ie: what door was opened, what pin was used to disarm the system, etc.) They're introducing video cameras in 2016.

Currently Simplisafe systems have door / window alarms, glass breaking alarms, motion detectors, fire / smoke alarms, monoxide alarms, and a few others like flood and freezing alarms.


If you're looking for a home video system (so you can see what's going on) then look at things like Dropcam (now owned by Nest) or Foscam. Simplisafe should have their cameras next year (which would integrate with their overall systems).
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Last edited by willow_ve December 21, 2015 at 07:22 AM
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