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.

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SimpliSafe App Review: Monitoring, Camera, Two Phones, App Control, Troubleshooting, And More

The SimpliSafe app allows you to control and monitor your security system from anywhere. It also gives you the convenience of remotely adjusting some smart home features like thermostats and lighting. But is it reliable or prone to glitches? Can you use it for free? And just what can you control with it? Find out in our review.

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SimpliSafe Smart Lock Review: How Does It Compare To Other Smart Locks?

SimpliSafe’s home security system is compatible with a select few third-party smart locks, but they’ve released their own branded smart lock that you can easily install and sync with their system. What makes their smart lock stand out? It’s one of the most affordable smart locks on the market for its base price. But overall, is it worth it for its functionality and other features?

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Ring App Reviews: Doorbell App, Windows & Android Compatibility, Setup Instructions For Always Home, Apple Watch, & More

You use the same Ring app whether you have a Ring Doorbell or Ring Alarm security system. The app lets you answer your doorbell, arm/disarm your system, adjust device settings and more. You’ll receive notifications when sensors trigger, so you can be kept in the loop. How does the Ring app perform for users, and is it better than the competition? Find out below.

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Best Security System For Apartment Rental: Top Companies Reviewed And Compared

Home security is important whether you rent or own your home. As a renter, you most likely need a wireless security system that won’t damage the structure of the home but can also go with you when you move. The security systems we review in this article can work with various rentals and budgets to fit what you need. So whether you want the basics or something more extravagant with cameras and home automation equipment, you can learn more about your options here.

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Blue By ADT Review: App, Camera, Light, Doorbell, Promo Code, vs SimpliSafe, And More

ADT has finally embraced a DIY home security system. After being in business for almost 150 years, ADT acquired LifeShield in 2019 to offer a DIY system for those who don’t want to hassle with professional installation. Now you don’t have to worry about installation fees, missing work to be home for the installer to arrive, or given that there’s a pandemic, welcoming a stranger into your home. That’s because it’s easy to setup your Blue by ADT system yourself, and we’ll show you just how easy. But is Blue as good as other DIY home security systems? And with the fairly new acquisition, are you getting more ADT or more LifeShield, and is either of those a good thing? Our experts find out in our Blue By ADT review.

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Ooma Security System Reviews: Camera, Siren, App, Mobile App, Monthly Cost, vs SimpliSafe, And More

Ooma, a well-established VoIP company, also offers a competitively priced entry-level home security system with easy DIY installation, no contracts, and both professional and self-monitoring options. However, the system has only been around since 2018 and faces some exceptionally stiff competition in the DIY home security market. Does Ooma have all the features you want to keep your home safe and secure? And is it dependable?

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DIY vs Professional Security System: Cameras, Monitoring, Cost, Wireless, And More Compared

Before you purchase a home security system, you want to decide what type of installation you’re comfortable with. Many home security systems on the market today have DIY (do-it-yourself) setups. However, some require a professional’s assistance. Which type of installation is right for you, and does the installation type affect the way the system performs?

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Best Wired Home Security System: Outdoor, Camera Systems, Pre-Wired, vs Wireless, And More

You’ve likely found our article because you’re either considering getting a new hardwired security system for your home or want to know your options if your home is already prewired with an existing system. We can help you on both fronts. We also give you some handy tips in case you’re still considering getting a wireless security system.

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