DIY home security lets you take peace of mind into your own hands with live feeds, mobile alerts, smart home integration — but the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. We looked for affordable equipment, comprehensive mobile notifications, and flexible professional monitoring to find the DIY home security system that gives you the most control without breaking the bank.


ADT security cameras offer an added benefit to your ADT home security package. Although not available on most of their contract plan, ADT security cameras can be installed on the ADT pulse video contract.  You can expect around $49+/month for monitoring services.   They also have promotions going on and can get a connected home security system with it for low cost.
We had a burglar break our door walk straight to the register, took the square stand and register, returned inside of the store, hopped over the counter onto the employee side and looked for additional things, tried to open the register which was fixed to the bottom of the counter, went back to the car, looked into the trunk to fetch a tool, came back, hopped over the counter and took apart the cash drawer, and went back to the car, and came back once more.  For a total of 4 entries and still no alarm was set off.  He took a square stand ($100), iPad Air 1 16gb ($300+/-), cash drawer ($225), and cables to replace ($25), and to fix the door ($250).

I agree with most of the people here. ADT is the undisputed king when the talk is about home security. I have myself experienced their wonderful service on many occasions and still doing after 5 years of subscribing to an ADT plan. I'm a firm believer in a no-nonsense approach and so I prefer those companies too which follow the same policy. Without being too flashy and all, their security system gets the job done of protecting my house pretty well and that too without making much damage to my pocket. What more do I want...
In my initial consultation, the representative recommended only alarm hardware, but that was because I was still stunned by what I'd paid for the house, so I was trying to save money by avoiding home automation equipment. My second consultation was to review the Pulse system, which meant home automation was part of the assignment. Frankly, knowing what I know now, I would have opted for the home automation equipment even if I was just a regular customer. Yes, there's a price difference as you'll see in the next section, but for my money it's worth it.
I have been using ADT for 8 years and there is no doubt in their service. Originally I wanted to go with another company just for the namesake of not being with ADT but after talking with neighbors and family I heard enough bad stories about random companies I went ahead with this one. And of course is established in 1874 so it the best service in this field.
Though GetSafe security systems integrate with home automation products like smart light bulbs, thermostats, and garage door openers, some customer reviews indicate that it can be difficult pairing GetSafe with these products. Syncing tech is always a challenge. Fortunately, GetSafe includes a library of video tutorials to walk you through pairing your products.

ADT Pulse + Video, like the name implies, gives you everything Pulse does but with video surveillance access as well. Opting for cameras and a video plan can be expensive through ADT. Some companies like Canary or Others would steer you toward a separate video system, but we prefer having everything through a single company so we can easily access everything at home or on the go.
I have had ADT service for 5 years. This is after my cabin had a break in. The only problem I have had is the door sensor fell off and I was able to repair this myself. I can arm and disarm the equipment remotely by cellphone. When the alarm went off one time they were very responsive. Customer service advised me how to replace the battery in the key fob. My only complaint is I was given a discount for paying for multiple years in advance and this was not offered in future years. I requested additional yard signs and these were provided at no additional charge. I am satisfied with their service.
Netgear Arlo Q: The video resolution and frame goes for 1080p/30 fps. Field of views goes up to 130 degrees. Night vision covers up to twenty-five feet. Connectivity measures at 802.11 b/g/n. The Netgear Alro Q comes with a built-in microphone & speaker. Cloud storage holds up to seven days of footage for free. Further storage starts at $10/month. The pros are simple, trouble-free setup, intuitive, flexible scheduling, unusual level of control over motion detection, scheduling, excellent video quality, generous free cloud plan, and easy social sharing of videos. The cons are single-user mobile app, difficult Custom Mode setup, activity Zones not part of motion-detection controls, and timeline requires expensive subscription.
I had ADT for a couple of years. I did not have any issues but then again I did not have any break-ins. I wish that I would have gotten a security system in my apartment as it has been broken into twice now. ADT was easy to use, easy to pay for, which for me is a HUGE bonus. I like being in full control of where my money goes and when and this was the case with ADT. Being able to go online and change things as I see fit. The customer service reps are always efficient and polite although the hold times can get ridiculous.

We purchased our ADT Security System 12 years ago, and we have been very pleased with the professionalism and quick response in the few times we have had to use it. Their was a break-in in 2009 while we were out of town on vacation. They called us immediately and the people were caught running down our street thanks to the quick response from ADT and the Sheriff’s Department. Of course, our teenagers have set the alarm off a few times while we were at work, but ADT handled it for us and were completely understanding and professional! We are so Happy and feel so Secure whether we are at work or on vacation!
I have been with ADT going on 11 years. I had the system installed because of a psycho next door neighbor (they have since moved – thank God) and this system has been my life saver not to mention my peace of mind. Unbiased – I am completely happy with them. Their response time is excellent and their customer service has always been prompt with helping me with billing questions, referrals or upgrades to my current system.
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When your kids grow up, you don’t stop worrying about them – OR your house. With remote access I can check to make sure the doors are locked, and even when she doesn’t pick up the phone, I can check on her, too! Because as any parent knows, your kids are far more valuable than your stuff, and peace of mind is at a premium when you’ve got teenagers!
Good insight. A criminal would have to be one very well researched guy to know that tip about ADT cameras. My guess is the burglar would move on to the next home if they saw cameras but still good information to know. You're right, there aren't too many cameras that go hand in hand with a security system yet. Getting Swann or other DVR systems that record 24/7 is a good idea. Also Vivint has good integration with their cameras (probably the best out of all security companies currently).

Wifi is the basic connect for everything in this modern age. Desktop computers and laptops were started using it to connect to the internet. Then, Kindles, tablets, and smartphones got in on this source of connection for the internet. Now, home security systems are getting in on the wifi connection. Protect America sat down and took a look of the five top picks for wifi home security for 2018. This time, they decided to look at the cameras that use wifi for connectivity. They looked through Tom’s Guide and PC Mag to come up with this list. Why go for a wifi security camera? Tom’s Guide offers an explanation:
Do not use ADT! The salesman was a fast-talking con artist. My husband and I felt pressured to sign a contract without having time to read it. The salesman lied and told us we could cancel anytime. The contract is for 36 months, and if you try to cancel, you have to pay an incredibly large sum of money! Customer service is rude and antagonistic, and the actual alarm service itself is defective. Please don’t make the mistake that we did!
Our family chose ADT as our Security Provider many years ago. We would occasionally travel, and ADT was the company that we trusted with our families safety while we were at home, and our personal possessions while we were away. ADT provided peace of mind that we would not have had otherwise. We owe ADT a great debt of gratitude for assisting in keeping our loved ones safe.
ADT's latest rev of its software also supports its own Amazon Alexa skill. According to ADT, customers with an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo, will be able to use it to arm and disarm their alarms and even access their smart devices using Alexa's voice recognition. However, this is not biometric voice security, meaning your individual voice pattern will not be enough to access the system; you'll still need to enter your alarm code or Pulse access pin number verbally.
Sensors: Most home security systems include motion sensors and door or window sensors. We suggest getting motion sensors for areas in your home that could be dangerous for children or pets (the garage, the sewing room, the laundry room, etc.). It’s also smart to get enough window sensors and door sensors to cover every possible entrance to your home.
I just got rid of m ADT system. It was installed onOctober 1st and in the four months I had it, I had at least 14 service calls to fix broken or non-functioning equipment and more calls from them telling me that a window was open when it was not. The window in question has not been opened over 25 years. And every time they would call about my “open window”, it would make the alarm impossible to set because it required over-riding that window. I got a call from an ADT representative telling me they were receiving an alarm from my system. I was standing right next to the alarm when she called and I said “If the alarm was going off, shouldn’t I be hearing it.” She said “Absolutely”.... Read More
Nest Secure offers an innovative twist on common security sensors, packing multiple functions into its Nest Detect sticks that serve as both door and window sensors and motion detectors in one. These devices also add nifty features like Quiet Open—where you can deactivate a single door to let the dog out—and Pathlight motion sensor lights. It’s pretty pricey as far as starter kit security systems go at $499, but if you’re already heavily invested in the Nest ecosystem, this might be the perfect flexible security system.

Like any product that connects to the internet and uses wireless technology, smart home security systems are vulnerable to hacking, particularly systems that lack encryption. Hackers can sit outside your home and use a laptop and software to intercept wireless signals coming from your system that allow them to suppress alarms and disable sensors. Other devices allow hackers to generate radio noise that can jam communications between the sensors and the hub.


I do not know who trains these sales people, but their tactics leave a lot to be desired. Yesterday my husband was outside and a Vivint salesperson approached him and told him that if he were to cut our phone line we would not have service with ADT. My husband replied that he could not just cut them as they are on the roof and the salesman said he could cut the phone lines and break into our home and my husband told him that if he did he would get shot.
They sit at the top of the table for a reason. Besides the legacy, their quality is unmatched by any competitor by far. I have tried numerous security systems in the past from rival companies but kept coming back to ADT and now have finally settled with them. The main pro of them is the nationwide reach and exceptional service at any point of time in the day or night. Big kudos!
When the tech installed my service he installed the motion detector upside down. Yes, upside down. I didn’t even know I didn’t have service for the first two months because it was scanning my ceiling. I had to go online and look at diagrams to figure it out myself that it was facing the wrong direction! Then they had to send someone back out for them to install it correctly. Then 6 months later, the electric door panel they installed craps out. I call them, and they tell me I have to call the manufacturer to send the device and then call them so they can come install it. Basically, I had to reinstall it myself (took hours) or pay to have ADT install it again.

We had ADT at the house we used to live in. I loved having the safe and secure feeling knowing we were monitored and able to reach help if it was needed. We had a chime on the doors so if they opened we knew someone was coming in. We had all the windows and doors covered too. We rarely had a false alarm, in the approx. 10 years we had them maybe this happened twice. The false alarms were due to battery problems and ADT quickly sent a person to repair. One of my favorite features was the secret alarm code you could enter when you got home that really meant send help. Being a mom at the time of younger children it helped me feel less vulnerable. Any time I was in contact with ADT I always had a pleasant experience and never had a problem dealing with their people. I also felt a sense of peace knowing when we all went to bed we had the alarm set and felt secure and safe.
The Nest Learning Thermostat also requires a separate account with Nest, but unlike the Ring, you can control it with the Pulse mobile app or your web portal even though it's not directly connected to the Z-Wave control. This lets you change temperature and activate or deactivate heat or AC. You can read about the details of the thermostat in our dedicated review, but in brief, it's a slightly expensive but excellent device that not only simplifies your heating and cooling, it also learns your living patterns over time and will adjust your HVAC accordingly for peak efficiency.
ADT, like other security companies, will not charge you for interactions or calls. However, if you get multiple false alarms called from your residence, you may have to pay fines to the city for taking up police officers’ time. But we wouldn’t worry too much because ADT will test your system for flaws after installation, thus reducing the potential for false alarms.
Probably my worst experience with any service provider in US. We put the system before relocating to England for a year. Three faulty alarms resulted in huge fees from police and ADT refused to fix it. Now we are moving for good abroad and they want to charge us $300 to cancel the service. My advice – never work with them. Once we are back this is the last company I will be contacting.
What makes the best home security system comes down to the experience that a home security company provides. A good company will show genuine interest in providing you with a solution that fits your needs. This means it won’t try to upsell you on unnecessary equipment, pressure you into spending beyond your budget, or hit you with hidden costs, policies, or other unwanted surprises after you’ve signed a contract. It should simply give you peace of mind.
So glad I read your review because I have been going back and forth what cameras should I get. Really didn’t want an adt camera because my contract start all over again locked in for 36 months again and what if I didn’t like the cameras then I just stuck with it or pay a very high break contract fee. I think I will try some stand alone security cameras for now.
- I did notice a randomly occurring discrepancy where the SmartThings iOS app will, at times, say that there aren't any monitorable devices under Home Security, while other times the app will tell me the system is 'ready to arm'. Both the app and the security hub have up-to-date software so I'm not sure what's going on there. This doesn't appear to impact functionality as the security hub touchscreen will allow arming/disarming of the system in either scenario.
Every ADT-Monitored center puts an extensive network, including system professionals, on call to help protect the people and things you care about most. You can expect ADT security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All throughout the United States, ADT Security has a full-scale network of linked command centers strategically positioned to successfully offer continuous monitoring of your Protect Your Home-configured security system. The state-of-the-art technology integrated into this resilient, hyper-connected operation is only one of the many reasons more people choose ADT-Monitored home security over any other security monitoring company in America. We provide protection against potential hazards that maybe out of your hands including:
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