Best Home Security Devices Of 2018

Posted: Dec 5 2018, 11:57am CST | by , in Reviews | Technology News

 
Best Home Security Devices of 2018
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You don't have to turn to professional home security companies to keep your home safe. DIY and semi-DIY kits can work just as well without the hassle and expense of a contract.

Home security is important, but not everyone can afford to install a professional home security system. That's why new smart devices are becoming a great alternative for protecting your home. New devices are coming out every day, so let's take a look at the best home security devices that have come out or become popular in 2018, in no particular order.

Amazon Cloud Cam

Video cameras are a great way to protect your home, but most are only as good as their storage card. They can only store a limited amount of footage before they either have to be emptied or start overwriting existing data. They can also be prohibitively expensive.

Amazon Cloud Cam covers all those bases. It records in 1080p, it can send you notifications if it detects motion in your home and it stores up to 24 hours of clips. It's also very affordable, starting at $119.99. It is also Alexa-enabled, so if you already have an Amazon Echo, you can simply ask Alexa to show your footage on your Kindle, Fire TV or other Amazon-friendly device.

Adobe Home Security Starter Kit

The contract for professonal home security systems is a turn-off for a lot of people. The Adobe Home Security Starter Kit falls squarely in the middle between DIY setups and professional setups. You can purchase and install the hardware on your own, but you can also opt for professional monitoring. It's also compatible with a number of third-party monitoring devices, including Amazon Alexa and monitors created by ZigBee and Z-Wave.

It's a little bit more expensive, coming in at $229.00, but it provides an extra level of protection that you can't get with a pure DIY system.

Nest Secure

This kit will set you back $299, but it has some fantastic toys that can help secure your home. It includes motion sensors and cameras, and even has a built-in alarm to scare off anyone who isn't supposed to be in your home.

It can be a fantastic tool if you have children who are old enough to be latchkey kids — kids who stay home in the afternoon while they wait for you to get home from work. It can be armed and disarmed with the companion app and you can keep track of motion alerts in your home.

Adobe Starter Kit

If you want a DIY home security kit that works with a ton of third-party devices and you don't mind dropping a cool $300 on a security system, this starter kit is useful. It comes with a camera, a motion sensor, window and door sensors, and even a key fob so you can lock and unlock the system remotely. In addition to the tools that come with the kit, it can be integrated with a variety of smart devices, from Alexa to Nest, and other IFTT (If This Then That) devices that can help you build a full and comprehensive security system.

You don't have to turn to professional home security companies to keep your home safe. DIY and semi-DIY kits can work just as well without the hassle and expense of a contract.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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