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This is a lower price than Scout and abode, though it lacks smartphone app controls. Unlike the competition, SimpliSafe uses a cellular connection for its primary connection, something that other systems only use as a backup. The company also offers a great selection of security and safety sensors. The system is easy to set up and comes with a detailed instruction booklet. SimpliSafe's three year warranty is the best among DIY security systems, with most competitors only offering one year of coverage. If you want to control your SimpliSafe system with a smartphone, you can expect to pay about $25 a month, which is higher than average. This is disappointing considering SimpliSafe's smartphone app only offers limited functionality due to the fact you can't use the system with many smart home devices. Read the full reviewLatest News and Updates January 2019Here are some new and noteworthy DIY security systems that we haven’t tested yet but plan to evaluate later this year:Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit: This system combines ADT home security monitoring with Samsung’s excellent smart home platform. Released in October 2017 for $499Ring Alarm: This system offers professional monitoring for $10 a month, making it the least expensive security system on the market, DIY or otherwise. This Amazon owned company also makes a line of popular video doorbells. Released in July 2018 for $199Honeywell Smart Home Security: This system has an all in one base station that also acts as a security camera, an Amazon Alexa smart speaker, a motion detector and a siren.

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It can stream live video or send still images of what’s happening in your garage, living room, backyard or wherever you deploy a security camera. You can even be alerted before the break in, the moment the burglar pulls into the driveway!BUILDING A SECURITY SYSTEM Smart systems consist of hardware that doesn’t look a lot different than it did twenty five years ago. There are some specialized sensors and video cameras that weren’t common in the past and window and door contact switches have gotten a lot smaller, but the basics are the same: a control panel or console, magnetic contact switches, motion sensors, a siren. The new systems may also be connected to central monitoring stations, as do many old style security systems. The big difference, however, is the degree of interactivity. New software platforms, such as alarm. com and iControl allow you to send commands, program home systems, view surveillance video, and receive alerts on a smart phone or computer—whether you’re at home or away. When shopping for a system, review software platforms first. Alarm. com and iControl are the two biggest. The former has partnered with more than 2,500 dealers and the latter with ADT and Comcast.