Monitoring your home is easy with abode's DIY home security system. The starter kit includes the basics you need to get started, including a motion-detecting camera. The abode system can automate several components in your home, including lights, locks and smoke detectors. You can also customize the notifications you receive from the system.
The Abode Essentials Starter Kit really is just the essentials. The kit comes with one entry sensor, one motion sensor and one remote-control key fob. It also includes the Abode gateway, which serves as both a security alarm and a smart hub with its built-in Zigbee and Z-Wave radios.
The basic kit is fine for apartments, but if you live in anything bigger, you'll want to purchase additional accessories (such as door sensors and cameras), which range from $25 to $150 depending on the device.
Everything requires minimal effort to install: by using double-sided adhesive tape, users can easily put up and take down the system. It’ll take less than hour for sure—a half-hour if, unlike us, you’re focused and decisive.
Abode offers a free Basic bundle, which includes things like IFTTT channel access, unlimited user accounts and up to 100 automation schemes, though it maintains only three days of history logs. The Connect plan costs $10 a month and includes backup 3G cellular service, phone support and two weeks of history logs.
Of all the security systems out there, Abode offers some of the best pricing. Not only is logging available for the free tier, but you can also easily add on a few days of professional monitoring for an exceptionally low fee. Compare that to ADT's monthly $25 fee for around-the-clock monitoring or Nest's $30 plan for its month-to-month offerings.
Only the Connect + Secure plan, which costs $30 a month for 90 days of history logs, comes with professional monitoring (from COPS Monitoring and UCC) bundled in. This is the one to choose if you want the system to always alert the authorities in an emergency.
However, you can also purchase three or seven days of monitoring on an as-needed basis for $8 or $15. And because the monitoring is contract-free, all it takes to initiate is the press of a few buttons in the Abode app.
Abode’s on-demand monitoring is its standout feature: you can use the app all you want on your own, then if you leave on vacation, you can add professional monitoring that will alert the police while you’re away, in 3-day, 7-day, or month-long plans.
We like that Abode doesn’t require a subscription for app access, which can be costly for those who want an inexpensive DIY system. We’re also fans of the overall ease of use with Abode—everything from installation to setting up custom alerts and automations went smoothly and didn’t have us pulling out our hair.