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Whether you are protecting your slightly-larger-than-a-closet studio apartment or a huge sprawling mansion, advances in modern technology have made the installation of sophisticated home security systems a relatively simple do-it-yourself project.
Home owners can buy complete security system kits from dozens of vendors, all designed to be deployed without the need to rewire your house. IoT technology means that all the devices are capable of wireless communication using your existing Wi-Fi, router, and broadband connections. Installation, in most cases, is quick and easy, and monitoring duties are accomplished through apps on your smart devices.
The power and commonality of IoT technology in home security products has led some vendors to resort to flair and style to separate themselves from the competition. This photo gallery of common home security products provides just a glimpse of the fashion statement your next home security system could make.
Abode Essentials Starter Kit
Like the other vendors in this photo gallery, the Abode Essentials Starter Kit contains all of the basic components: gateway device, door/window sensor, remote keyfob, and a motion sensor.
Home security is not limited to startup companies; large established conglomerate companies are also in the market, including Honeywell. For some reason, security and thermostats go together.
A common component for IoT home security systems is the gateway device, which is the central communications hub for all of the other sensors.
iSmartAlarm Video Bundle
The most common way to purchase a home security system is with a pre-configured bundle. Cameras play an integral role in security.
Nest has added home security to its smart home systems and apps. With the Nest app, home owners can control almost every detail of their environment.
Ooma home security bundle
Ooma’s security system will call 911 for you in an emergency.
With the Butterfleye camera system, home owners using Ooma systems can point their security cameras at the happenings within the dwelling itself.
Ring Alarm Security Kit
Ring offers a complete alarm kit that includes various cameras.
Ring Video Doorbell
Of course, Ring is probably most famous for its simple-to-install Video Doorbell. These devices are great for capturing activity taking place at your front door.
Not to be outdone, SimpliSafe also offers a doorbell system.
SimpliSafe Essentials Bundle
The SimpliSafe Essentials Bundle includes a stylish gateway device, several sensors for doors and windows, and a video-capable doorbell.
SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
SmartThings combines the DIY attitude with the more traditional ADT monitoring.
By adding ADT monitoring services to its system, the SmartThings system can provide another layer of protection that may make it your preferred choice.
The gateway components for all of these home security systems generally sits in a central location within your home so it can communicate effectively with all your sensors. But it doesn’t have to stick out like sore thumb.
Wink’s Hub device takes an almost Apple-like minimalist approach to design. This device could hide in plain site on your mantle and not draw too much attention.
- Photos: The 11 least secure connected devices (TechRepublic)
- Internet of Things policy (Tech Pro Research)
- What is the Internet of Things? Everything you need to knowabout the IoT right now (ZDNet)
- Only 9% of consumers fully trust IoT devices, but many refuse to disconnect (TechRepublic)
- Special report: Cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world (free TechRepublic PDF)
- How Ring’s Neighbors app is making home security a social thing (CNET)