Security Systems

Home security has changed quite a bit since the old days of landline systems where burglars could cut the wire to sever communications between your home and a monitoring station. We’ve entered the era of smart technology, and home security is catching up to the times.

Along with a plethora of DIY offerings (think easy self-install at your own convenience vs having a professional hardwire equipment on a scheduled installation day and time), home security has expanded from the typical motion and door/window sensors to smart home technology that integrates everything from your door locks and light switches to your thermostats. The technology and terminology can be overwhelming, so we put together a guide on home security systems to help.

Ring Security System Review: Camera, Doorbell, Cost, How To Install, vs SimpliSafe, vs Nest, And More

Ring alarm panel on wall

Ring is known for its video doorbells, and now it offers a self-monitored security system that you can install yourself. You can even sync the system with a doorbell or one of its security cameras. One app accesses everything, and all of the equipment has a modern look, unlike some of its competitors. You can opt for professional monitoring for a small monthly fee, but does it have the reputation you want from a monitoring company?

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Link Interactive Reviews: Customer Service, Alexa Compatibility, Sensors Explained, Thermostat, How To Cancel, And More

Link Interactive control panel (caption: Link Interactive)

Link Interactive offers home security at a competitive monthly price. Unlike most providers, you don’t start with bundled equipment packages. Instead, they let you customize your system to fit your home. This way, you pay only for what you need. But how does it stack up to the competition? Our home security experts dive in and review this provider with all the details you’ll need to make an informed decision.

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SimpliSafe Reviews 2021: Camera, Doorbell, Smart Lock, Smoke Detector, Customer Reviews, And More

SimpliSafe equipment (caption: SimpliSafe Review)

You’ve seen the SimpliSafe commercials — low cost, no commitment, etc. — too good to be true? There’s no long-term contract, and you can easily relocate the system if you move homes. However, the equipment costs more than competitors, and it’s missing an outdoor security camera. We’ll help you decide if SimpliSafe can help keep your family and property safe from break-ins.

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Frontpoint Security Reviews: Customer Reviews, Smart Lock, Video Doorbell, Camera, Complaints, And More

Family on sofa with security camera and eqiupment on table (caption: Frontpoint Review)

Frontpoint has security and automation equipment to help protect your home. The service and equipment are top-notch, and the DIY setup is a breeze. And now, it offers month to month agreements which makes it convenient for both homeowners and renters. But the home security space is crowded, there are tons of options. Are you really getting the best value with Frontpoint?

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Best DIY Home Security Systems Reviewed: With Cameras, No Monthly Fee, Wireless, And More

Security camera and iphone set up: DIY Home Security Systems Q&A

Got a smartphone and looking to add a higher level of security to your home? Today’s world of home security has evolved from simple entry and motion sensors to a smart collection of gadgets that can transform your home into a safe haven you can monitor and control from just about anywhere. You’ll be notified not only of intruders, but of fires, floods, carbon monoxide, and more, right as they happen. But Do It Yourself projects can be intimidating and you’re probably asking yourself lots of questions. Our experts have the answers.

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