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SkylinkNet is one of the least expensive home security systems on the market, and there are no contracts or monitoring fees. So why isn’t it a security system more people are using? People say, “You get what you pay for,” but is that true in this instance? We’ll give you the lowdown, including our firsthand experience.
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- No contracts
- DIY setup
- One-year warranty
- 720p HD cameras (low resolution)
- Can use with IFTTT (If This Then That) for home automation
- Event log shows a history of each sensor that’s been triggered
SkylinkNet is missing battery backup, so if the system loses power it’s rendered useless. This is a pretty big flaw that leaves homeowners vulnerable during power outages.
Below are functions you can control within the SkylinkNet home security app. Please know that to use some of the features you must have certain equipment.
For example, you cannot view camera footage unless you have cameras in place that are compatible with your security system.
- Arm/disarm entire system
- View detailed event history and alerts
- Remote control cameras, including pan/tilt/zoom (if supported by camera)
- View live stream
- View recorded video
Not Supported By App
- Geofencing, which automatically adjusts your security and automation equipment after you’ve left a set radius of your home or “geo-fence”
- Updated weather forecast
- Lock/unlock doors (including opening/closing garage door)
- Control thermostat
- Control and schedule lights
- Control appliances plugged into a smart plug
- View doorbell camera
- Starter Kit Mini (
- Includes hub, door/window sensor, motion sensor
- Starter Kit (
- Includes hub, two door/window sensors, motion sensor, keychain remote
- Starter Kit Plus (
- Includes hub, two door/window sensors, two motion sensors, keychain remote, camera
- Window/Door Sensor ( )
- Motion Sensor ( )
- Keychain Remote ( )
SkylinkNet sent me a system to test out in exchange for an unbiased review. Here’s my experience.
I tested Skylink out and was really disappointed with it. First of all, the equipment quality was pretty cheap. Removing the sensor plates to insert the batteries was tough, and I felt like I was going to break the equipment.
The app and website are pretty outdated, and configuring the settings was difficult. Anytime a sensor was triggered, the system would automatically blare the alarm (even if I had it set to Home or Disarmed). This was really frustrating, and after a lot of troubleshooting, I finally figured out how to stop this.
Since I first tested it, the equipment and app haven’t changed at all. In a category that’s extremely competitive and consistently changing, we’re disappointed that Skylink isn’t evolving and updating its technology. – Kimberly A., Safe Smart Living
See how SkylinkNet can integrate into your daily life in this video.
SkylinkNet isn’t among our top picks when choosing a home security provider. It feels and looks outdated and isn’t as easy to use as other security systems we’ve tested. It’s among the least expensive, but it’s also not as dependable nor is the equipment quality up to par with the competition.
If you are looking for a provider that offers no contracts or monthly monitoring fees, consider one of these self-monitored security systems.
Our experts will always recommend professional monitoring, however, for peace of mind (it’s difficult to effectively self-monitor when you’re asleep or traveling or have no cell phone reception, for example). The good news is providers have caught up with consumer demand and there are now lesser priced no contract options available. Checkout our coverage of 17 home security providers.Tagged With: Review