Abode Alarm / Home Automation System - Starter Package - $299 FS
Thread DetailsLast Edited by Shorted August 6, 2016 at 08:34 PM
Startup pack includes:
- 1 Abode Gateway
- 2 Door / Window Sensors
- 1 Indoor/Infrared Motion Sensor w/ Camera
- 1 Remote Key Fob
Currently $319 on Amazon.com w/prime, so this is an effective $20 discount from the lowest price. If you order through their website, you will also get free shipping on all accessories ordered with a startup pack, which unfortunately may only be good for a smaller home.
I decided to order this system because:
- home automation capabilities: an IFTTT channel, Zigbee and Zwave support. I haven't delved deeply into HA yet and so I am excited about this. I am hoping that this unit will be just as good as Samsung SmartThings eventually.
- Android and iOS access are free
- self-monitoring with aforementioned smartphone access is free through existing Internet (cellular access is optional and is $8-10/mo depending on how you pay)
Simplisafe was a close #2, mostly for reasons of cost. However, the tipping point was that Simplisafe doesn't provide any smartphone access for folks that decide they don't want to pay a monthly fee ($25/mo). Rather, it relies on good hearing and kindness of your neighbors to call either you or the police. In a self-monitoring situation with Abode, if I get a iOS/Android notification, I could potentially check out my home's someday-to-be-installed IP cameras in real time and call the cops myself (the startup pack also comes with a motion detector with a camera). That's my plan, ultimately.
I also looked into Scout Alarm (who now require a monthly fee to self monitor and are only Zigbee compatible), Lowe's Iris 2.0 system (bad reviews).
From what I gather on Reddit threads and speaking with the folks there, the Abode team is working on Nest integration in the very near future and have plans to turn on features they've built but are perfecting in their systems (e.g. panic buttons, NFC in the keypad).
Abode customer service were extremely helpful and gave me permission to post this code provided to me. I haven't seen the price point of this system dip any lower than $299 anywhere, though it has popped up at this price a few times in the past few months.