When you’re looking for an introduction into home security, you’re inundated with options. Should you opt for a stand-alone camera that sends push notifications and surveys your home? Should you choose a traditional, potentially hardwired home security company? Or should you opt for something in the middle?
The Starter Kit by Abode is a security option that takes claim of that “somewhere in the middle” category. The system gives users various home security options on devices and plans, and it all starts with a base kit that covers the needs of most homeowners. Let’s take a look at what you’re getting with the Abode Starter Kit.
Abode is priced at $299 for their Starter Kit option, but they also have higher-priced packages that go deeper into a homeowners needs. No worries though, even if you begin with the Starter Kit, you can always add devices and features.
With the Starter Kit, users are getting a siren equipped Z-Wave and ZigBee hub, a battery powered camera and motion detector, two door and window sensors, and a key fob that allows users to arm and disarm their systems remotely.
The Starter Kit camera has a 90-degree field of view, and though it doesn’t have live-streaming capabilities, it does take three images when the system is armed and motion is detected.
The hub connects to a WiFi router via an Ethernet cable and power adapter that comes with the system. It boasts a 93-decibel alarm with a 12-hour battery backup. It also connects to Z-Wave, ZigBee, and other networks.
Abode’s system is controlled through its smartphone application that is available on Android and iOS, which sends users push alerts and allows for various creation of unique settings.
What Devices Can Be Added?
Abode’s greatest selling point is it’s ability to add devices and integrate with other home security tools.
Users can add accessories that include: live-streaming cameras, an environmental sensor, water leak sensors, garage door openers, and much more.
Abode also integrates with Amazon’s Alexa, IFFTT and Nest, which gives users access to various custom automation settings and commands.
Various Monitoring Options
Alongside Abode’s various devices and integration options, the system offers a number of monitoring options, for users who either want limited monitoring, none, or temporary.
The free monitoring option includes three-day timeline storage of recorded events and other activities. This is self-monitored and users will have to take control of their own security.
Enjoy Temporary Protection
If you’re heading off for vacation and want to be monitored without having to opt for an entire monitoring package, you can choose the temporary service that is monitored 24/7.
Options include $8 for three days, and $15 for seven days.
With cell back-up, users gain a 3G cellular backup that has a 14-day timeline storage. It’s priced at $10 per month or $96 per year.
This feature brings Abode the closest to an all-encompassing and traditional home security unit. Customers can purchase professional monitoring for $30 per month or $240 a year. This includes 24/7 professional monitoring, 3G cellular backup, and 90-day timeline storage.
What’s the Verdict?
This system has a lot going for it. It’s well reviewed, full of options and customization, integrates well with other devices, and Abode’s monitoring options allow users to have a full-scale security system.
It’s $299 upfront Starter Kit is high, and it’s worth noting that you likely won’t stop there. If you pay for monitoring or add devices, the price will go up. But what you lose up front, you gain by not paying for a contract or being tied to one.
All-in-all, Abode is a fabulous option for people who want to get started with a smart-home, have home security and flexibility going forward.
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