I really liked knowing we had the added security. But when you have cats and radiators for heat, it is a fail waiting to happen. The cats get in the window for the sun and warmth, so it sets off the alarm. Then they like to lay on the radiators, which are under the windows, and it seems they touch the window and set off the alarm. Good security, lousy for pet owners.
Blink is a wireless security camera system that requires AA batteries and a Wi-Fi connection to operate. The company’s three-camera package is one of our favorites because it can cover a lot of square footage (like the first floor of a house). Each device comes with easy-to-install wall-mounting hardware. Need an extra camera? You can amp up your security by purchasing add-ons for your system.

Some of the more expensive cameras are equipped with humidity and temperature sensors and will interact with other connected home devices such as thermostats and smart lighting systems. If you want to save some money, look for a camera with an SD card slot that allows you to record video when motion or sound is detected, but remember to save your recordings every so often before they are overwritten. Alternately, look for a camera that offers a cloud storage plan.


Honeywell was first formed in 1906 and is the oldest company on this list. Their camera on display is Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera. The video resolution and frame goes for 1080p. Field of views goes up to 145 degrees. Night vision is included and has cloud and local.  The pros are sharp daytime image quality, pre-buffer recording, local and cloud storage, supports IFTTT integrations and geofencing, and works with Alexa voice commands. The cons are does not integrate directly with other Honeywell devices and night vision image quality is soft.
First, you can choose a dual-element sensor that can tell the difference between a pet (weighing up to 100 pounds) and a human. This requires two beams to be triggered at the same time in order to sound the alarm, which is difficult for your pet to do unless you have more than one and they’re prone to fighting or playing. Alternatively, you could choose to place beams high enough above the floor so as to avoid detecting your pets – creating “pet alleys.”
If part of the appeal to DIY is the ability to cut corners and keep costs down, then Abode’s luxury may feel like a step in the wrong direction. At nearly triple the cost of Frontpoint, it’s basically the Bentley of DIY home security systems. That said, our exceptional experiences with the system made us fall in love with it, high price tag and all.
ADT offers 24/7 professional monitoring of your home security system 365 days a year. Beyond its most basic equipment package and monitoring plan that look like the rigorous security systems of the latter part of the 20th century, ADT now also offers home automation through its app, ADT Pulse. This includes a control panel with Z-Wave compatibility, giving you the flexibility to add whatever smart home devices you’ve already got in play, from lights and locks to appliances.
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