The Best Self Monitored Security Systems

The Best Self Monitored Security Systems


Gabe Turner: Hey, folks. This is Gabe at Security Baron. Sometimes, the last thing you want to see
at the end of the month is yet another bill. Today, we’re checking out the best self-monitoring
home security systems. [background music] Gabe: In today’s video, I’m going to give
you our five favorite self-monitoring home security systems. Maybe, you want a little bit more privacy
and to spend a little bit less money each month on your home security system. We hope that something from our selection
will work for you. If you’d like to see a list of our favorite
home security systems, Google “Security Baron best home security systems.” If you have a question about today’s video,
leave us a comment, I’ll get back to you. The first self-monitoring home security system
I want to look at today is the Ring Alarm home security system. The Ring Alarm Security Kit is only $239. With that minimalist kit, you get things like
a motion detector, keypad, hub and entry sensors that can go on your door or windows. It’s a pretty minimalist setup, but you can
enhance it with various components like the Ring door bell and the Ring stick-up cam. One thing I want to note about Ring is that
without any type of professional monitoring plan, you’ll be able to livestream your footage,
control your system remotely, and even integrate it with Amazon Alexa. It’s that integration that gives you, of course,
that hands-free capability. Also the ability to set up various smart automations
inside your home, so you always know what’s going on. Overall, Ring Alarm provides a lot for very
little when it comes to a self-monitoring home security system. [background music] Gabe: The next self-monitoring home security
system on our list is Abode smart home security. Abode is the black and white cookie of the
home security game. It is tasty. It’s very aesthetically pleasing, has various
mini door sensors, motion sensors, even comes with a nice little key fob. What lets Abode set itself apart is the fact
that it has a lot for a little. With the free basic plan, you get unlimited
self-monitoring, three days of cloud storage, unlimited user accounts, and the ability to
control your home. In fact, you can manage up to 100 home automations
on the device with that basic plan. Of course, you can connect it to 160 other
devices. You’re talking thermostats, light bulbs, whatever
you can think of. Abode would probably link up to it. All this comes in the Abode Essentials Starter
Kit, which comes in at $279. You’re going to get a lot out of that, and
you can control it all in the palm of your hand or right at your fingertips in the mobile
application and Web application, which by the way are both rather robust. We like what we see with the Abode self-monitoring
home security system. Hold on. Quick break. I hope you’re enjoying our look at the best
self-monitoring home security systems. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on everything
taking place in the smart home security world, subscribe to our channel. We’re dropping new content weekly. Let’s go back to the video. [background music] Gabe: The next self-monitoring home security
system that I’m going to delve into is the Nest Secure. Nest Secure comes with the Nest Guard, Nest
Detect, and Nest key tags. The Nest Detect sensors are interesting in
that they both function as window and door sensors, and motion detectors. You get all of that in one device, and you
get two of those in the package. The Nest Secure system costs $399. Remember that the Nest ecosystem is ever-evolving. There are a host of other components that
you can add, like indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, even doorbells. In terms of livestreaming, you can livestream
without having to subscribe to anything extra. We do want to be clear that if you want any
advanced features with your cameras you will have to subscribe to Nest Aware, which can
add up over time. It doesn’t take away from the general security
apparatus that is the Nest Secure home security system, which gives you the power to control
it all in the palm of your hand, or at your fingertips with the Web application. Overall, Nest Secure, robust home security
system. You’re spending a little bit of money on it,
but it definitely will work and be aesthetically pleasing to boot. [background music] Gabe: The penultimate self-monitoring home
security system that we want to look at today is the Scout Alarm home security system. Coming in at $229, Scott Alarm brings a lot
to the table. We want to be upfront in saying that to get
that self-monitoring, you’re going to have to pay $9.99 a month. It’s not entirely free, but with that $9.99
you also get cellular and battery backup. If you’re an IoT head like me, you’re going
to love customizing your smart home with Scout Alarm. It works with a host of devices. Of course, you’ve got Amazon Alexa, Google
Home, Yale Locks, Philips Hue. IFTTT, almost endless possibilities with your
Scout Alarm home security system. All of that is customizable right there in
the mobile application. When it comes to customizing your home and
monitoring it yourself, Scott Alarm gives you a lot. [background music] Gabe: The final self-monitoring home security
system that I want to delve into today is the Vivint home security system. Vivint isn’t a traditional home security company
and the only one that’s on our list today. That’s because it comes with a lot when it
comes to self-monitoring. In terms of what you’re paying, it’s pretty
spendy, $844. Hold on a second, with that $844 we got Sky
Control Panel, smart lock, video doorbell, indoor camera, security sensors, motion detector. That’s a lot. I mean, you can’t beat that. You don’t have to pay for that all upfront,
you can pay monthly for that entire system. On top of it, you can self-monitor. Have it all right there in an intuitive and
smooth mobile application. I would be lying if I didn’t say I find the
Vivint system to be one of the more aesthetically pleasing systems out on the market. Its mobile application reflects that. In terms of integrating the elements of your
home, it’s really, really easy. I love the integrations that it comes with,
and all the different components that you can get right from the start with the basic
security package. Yes, it’s a bit spendy. In terms of overall experience and what you’re
getting out of your home security system, you cannot beat that Vivint experience. [background music] Gabe: That concludes our look at the best
self-monitoring home security systems. If you’d like to read any of these reviews
in full, check them out at securitybaron.com. If you appreciate today’s video, give us a
like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [music]

8 Replies to “The Best Self Monitored Security Systems”

  1. Nice video but I think Ring is best out of them all. It has all the features you mentioned about the other systems like great integration and cell monitoring. Plus it is 100 for the year. I dont know why you did not mention that.

  2. Just so you know, if you finance Vivint’s equipment, they require you to sign a 5 year monitoring contract. Altogether after 5 years, the system would have cost me over $5,000. They are very sneaky about this and resort to high pressure sales tactics, and bait and switch approaches. I went with Ring Alarm and have been very pleased.

  3. I am cancelling the vivint that I had order, because I was told that it cannot be self monitor. Their app won't work without their monthly monitoring plan. Then they said the don't have a contract, but if you cancelled their service, you will have to pay in full the equipment that you bought at the time of cancelling. That ultimately means they are forcing you into a contract. I like the system but prefer self monitoring.

  4. Vivint does not allow you to use their app without purchasing their monthly services. It is so stupid, since if you want to self monitor, vivint forces you to use their hub only.

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