Best Home Security Tech For 2019

Posted: Mar 13 2019, 12:00pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Best Home Security Tech for 2019
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Three months into 2019, and the market for home security tech is getting crowded. How do you know which products are worth your money, and which will keep you the safest? Check out this list.

One of the best things about home security today — or worst if you’re a proponent of conventional security — is that you can mix and match to build exactly the system and coverage you want. You’re not stuck choosing between one or two different home security providers. But don’t worry if that’s your thing — ADT is still around.

The important point is that now homeowners have more opportunities than ever. From smart home security cameras to smart door locks and automated lighting, there’s something available for everyone.

Here are the best home security devices for 2019.

Best Alarm: Nest Secure

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced than the average smart camera, you’ll want to consider Nest Secure, or more specifically the Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Kit. It can be paired with a variety of other Nest products, like the Nest smart thermostat or Nest security cameras.

As for what’s included in the kit, it comes with the Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Detect sensor, Nest Tag key fob and Nest Connect, Wi-Fi range extender. The Guard incorporates an alarm, keypad and motion sensor all into one hub-like device. More importantly, it syncs up the entire security system with Google Assistant, allowing you to get audible alerts and deliver voice commands.

The Detect can be connected to a door or window to watch for movement, while the tag can be used to arm or disarm the alarm without a mobile phone or passcode. Then, of course, it all syncs up via the Nest mobile app to allow for remote monitoring and more advanced functionality.

Price: $399

Alternatives: SimpliSafe, Somfy Protect, Vivint Smart Home, Yale Smart Home Alarm Kit

Best Full Security Kit: SimpliSafe

If you’re looking for both an affordable and comprehensive option, SimpliSafe’s Home Security system is your best bet. There are varying packages, of course, each with their own set of included devices — the more expensive include more security options. But even with the cheaper packages, you can get a lot of tech for a great price.

The six-piece starter kit, for instance, includes a base station, keypad, motion sensor, two entry sensors and a keychain remote. Cameras cost extra, but you can always add them on to the base packages or build your own.

Price: Starts at $200

Alternatives: Ring Alarm, Frontpoint, ADT, Vivint

Best Standalone Camera: Amazon Cloud Cam

If you just want to outfit your home with a camera or two, Amazon Cloud Cam is the ideal option. It's relatively inexpensive but includes a bevy of features that make it worth installing. You’ll get access to a clear, 1080P HD feed that you can view from mobile or desktop. You’ll also get mobile notifications for movement and events, as well as free cloud storage for up to 24 hours — clips less than 24 hours can be stored.

Cloud-based security features are one of the growing trends in the market right now, and they tend to be subscription-based, so Amazon’s free support — even limited — is excellent.

Price: $120 per camera

Alternatives: Canary, Piper, Angee

Best Smart Door Lock: August

Smart door locks like August replace a “dumb” deadbolt — often covering it instead of removing it outright — to allow for modern keyless access. You can still access your deadbolt with a physical key, but you gain the option of mobile connectivity and key fob access too. You can, for example, unlock your front door for a package courier even while you’re miles away at work. You can also issue guest keys to friends and family to provide them access.

A variety of smart locks are available, but August is one of the most highly rated.

Price: $199

Alternatives: Schlage Camelot Connect or Sense, Kwikset Kevo, Lockly Secure, Yale Assure

Freedom of Choice

As you can see, there’s a huge selection of devices available to the average homeowner. They'd work just as well for business too, especially a small business where resources are limited.

It’s a matter of preference. If you’d like to monitor your home or surrounding area, cameras will work best. If you want to see who’s coming or going, you can opt for entry sensors or a smart lock. If you want an alarm connected to those devices and more, a comprehensive security kit is best. Or, you can always go with a provider like ADT to get full support like 24/7 remote monitoring. It’s entirely up to you, and that's what makes the current market so promising.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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