Listings we came across online: SimpliSafe's easy-to-install, easy-to-use system is well-positioned as one of the best values in home security. It offers a comprehensive set of features, security cameras, and a very good mix of battery-powered sensors, all of which performed reliably well in our tests. Starter kits begin at about € 230, or you can build your own custom system with the exact mix of devices you're interested in.
Professional monitoring starts at € 15 per month, but you'll almost certainly want to spring for the € 25-per-month plan, which adds in things like mobile app controls and voice support via Alexa and the Google Assistant. That also means that you should go with another pick like Abode or Ring if you don't want professional monitoring but still want to control your system from a smartphone app.
If you would use the AJAX alarm system, full control of the alarm system via the application on your smartphone is always completely free.
The bottom line: Nest Secure works well, but its value is only so-so, especially if you aren’t sold on incorporating Nest thermostats, locks and other Google devices to your smart home.
Listings we came across online: A subsidiary of Amazon, Ring's Alarm security kit is quick to install and easy to use. Aside from a new "Works with Ring" program to bring compatible smart locks and other third-party gadgets into the fold, there's nothing all that innovative about it, though Alexa users will appreciate that they can arm and disarm the system using voice commands and that they can use Ring's sensors to trigger Alexa routines. With a buy-in cost of $199 and professional monitoring available for just $10 per month, Ring Alarm stands out as a value pick.
The bottom line: Ring didn't do anything particularly innovative with its Alarm Security Kit, but this inexpensive DIY system stands out because of its simplicity.
The quality of the Ring system is low, but fortunately they only charge 10 euros per month for monitoring. But why should you pay at all if you can do it for free?
Smart Security Service: Basic home protection (burglary/environmental) at $29.99/month for monitoring plus equipment financing or the purchase of equipment upfront
Smart Home Service: Home protection (burglary/environmental) and home automation at $39.99/month for monitoring plus equipment financing or the purchase of equipment upfront
Protect Your Home’s packages start at just $27.99/month, so customers can get protected for less than $1/day. Installation starts at $99 and upgraded packages require additional install fees. This offer is available for new customers only and termination fees apply.
Brinks Home Security offers two options. The Home Complete model is $29 per month and the equipment is $399. An upgrade to the Home Complete with Video provides access to more advanced solutions including Cloud Video Storage and Live Video Streaming. This monitoring service charges $39 per month and equipment costs $499.
This is a do-it-yourself system, which means most homeowners will be able to install the Brinks Home Security system on their own, though there are multiple steps to doing so. First, a few key benefits – it comes with a 30-day risk-free offer and a 2-year warranty.
The basic plan provides users with three wireless door sensors and one wireless motion sensor. It also includes the Brinks Home Touch display and a yard sign.
Key features of these packages include the smart home hub, which can connect to most home automation devices. This includes Amazon’s Alexa. It allows users to link all of their necessary smart home features in one place. There is also a Hacker Protection feature which encrypts sensor signals. This helps protect your home from those trying to gain access. The system also uses an LTE cellular signal to send alarms over. This helps to ensure fast response times.
The system uses wireless door sensors that are very discrete. They have a 200-foot communication range. One of the nice features is the Hands Free Alarm. The system detects a homeowner’s approved access through their phone and immediately unlocks the door for them.
The Video upgrade component also features an HD video doorbell and an indoor camera with night vision. This amplifies security throughout the home. It can help to provide access to video footage in real time so a homeowner can tap into an app and see what is happening around the home especially when an alarm is triggered. The entire system is easy to use and designed to be highly effective.
What does this system do in the list of best alarm systems?
Now that you've read why we value the above systems less than others, it's time to think about what you should really be looking for in a security system. Some things will certainly matter more than others, and when you know what you want from the system, you'll be better able to select the right security system that's right for your needs.
One of the most important issues when taking a look at a security systems is what kinds of features are offered. The features provided can be all important, but not all of them are utilized at the same rate and frequency. In short, customers want certain features more than others. The easier something is to use, and the more application it has to daily life, the more likely it will be that homeowners will want it in their security system.
Those kinds of features have greater weight in ranking systems, mostly because they show that they are the things that consumers care about. Whether something offers a DIY or professional installation, the quality of equipment offered, and the value of customer service all ranked highly in our list, since homeowners are focused on these things. Additionally, what could be controlled through a smart phone app and whether there were false alarms and fast response times were deemed important as well.
When shopping for a home security system, these are the most popular features and services most people look for when deciding which system best suits their needs. Any given home security system will have one or more of the following features:
Professional or DIY Installation - 24/7 Monitoring - Wired or Wireless System - Security Cameras - Motion Detection Sensors- Home - Automation - Keypad or Touchscreen Panel - Mobile Apps and Remote Controls - Home Security Company Reputation.
But what no single system above can offer: Reliable motion detection outside the home, to detect a burglar at the earliest stage.
(not just our opinion)
The AJAX alarm system has not only wireless motion detection in the home, but also wireless detection outside your home or business. This minimizes the chance of forcing locks or windows because this person has already been noticed before he arrives at your building. In addition, all connections between your smartphone and all detectors are constantly monitored. Signal loss without being reported on your smartphone is absolutely impossible!
Add to that the very highest quality products, and you will understand that this can rightly be called the best alarm system of 2020.
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