Ever wondered if Safety at home is possible, at an affordable price? This Review about the Abode Home Security System will show you how! – Even when you are looking for professional safety without monthly fees? Read on…
In this Review of the Abode Home Security System we want to give you the answer. Home Automation & Tips, Installation and Integration.
Read on and learn more about this System. Is it worth your money?
Who is Abode?
Abode Home Security Review
Abode (meaning & definition: a place of residence; house or home) is a company with the goal to reinvent home security systems. They had a very successful Campaign on kickstarter which allowed them to bring their system to the market. They have engineered a solution which they say “…is easy to install and gives you Professional-Grade Security.” If this is true? Lets find out ….
Abode Home Security Review
Installation, Setup & Integration
Installation of the Abode Home Security Kit was finished quick and easy. Even for people without experience the instructions were easy to follow. A DIY system for anyone who knows how to use an internet browser and smartphone.
After connecting the Abode Hub or as they call it gateway, you just follow the easy steps within the app. Android and iOS of course. You can do the same within your browser and you are good to go. Connect up to 155 home automation devices, which makes this home security system really unique. As these devices are manageable through the Abode system and even through their cloud, you even can grant the additional 24/7 monitoring company access to these devices. This boosts possibilities to get more information when an alarm was triggered by the system (eg.).
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Daily Use of the System
Our Experience & Possibilities. What really makes the Abode Home Security Solution stand out is the possibility to use this system without any contracts.
This means no monthly fees! Even better: You can (optional) order professional monitoring that is offered in 3-day, 7-day or 1-month periods. No long-term contracts. Just pay for professional monitoring when you really need it. Going on vacation? Let them take a look for you.
The Core of the System is the Abode Hub or Gateway. Not “just” a normal hub. They really thought about a better overall user experience. The System has a built in 10+ hour battery backup. An optional cellular backup with a monthly fee, keeps your system connected at all times.
A built-in 110 decibel siren notifies you immediately if there is an alarm. You even can configure the same speaker to play a door chime when a door opens.
Home Automation Possibilities
With its very accessible system for other home automation devices, you can automate various actions. You can trigger these simple within the hub. For example the built in iPhone Location System can trigger that your doors all lock automatically when you leave. Or trigger the outside lights to turn on when you come back home and open the garage doors for you.
Beneath their native abodeRF (proprietary signal for abode devices), they allow approved Z-Wave and ZigBee devices. This is sad as it limits possibilities, but for security reasons it makes sense! You can easily setup automation rules to make your home work for you. For example the Abode Home Security System connects with Amazons Echo. But allowing everybody to disarm your system by a simple voice command saying “Alexa, disarm all security cameras!” is restricted. Sad sad burglars.
In our testing environment, we were not able to connect all our desired components directly to the “new grid”, but Abode is adding supported devices regularly. For example some window or door sensors from other companies did not work. Of course from Abodes point of view this makes sense. They can sell their own additional devices. Often these are way more expensive than similar devices. But, to be fair you must consider, that the Abode Home Security System has very high build quality.
Need an additional, external siren for another area of your home? They have a lot of additional devices. These should satisfy anyone’s home security needs.
Abode Home Security Review
– PROS and CONS –
We already mentioned a lot of Pros above, like the individual monitoring plan, the open hub but there are really a lot more.
+ Their Motion Sensors with built in camera provides pictures when an alarm is triggered. But you find these in a lot of other Home Security systems as well. As false alarms are one of the major problems with home security systems this is a really helpful feature. You can either verify the event by taking a look what triggered the alarm or if you are on a paid plan, grant the monitoring center permission to view motion sensor pictures.
+ Beneath the build in Home Automation possibilities of the Abode System you can use IFTTT for an even greater variety of option. (See our Comprehensive Guide to IFTTT).
+ The promised battery life of the system is significantly higher than the competition. Cameras are supposed to last 4-6 years (!) and the sensors about 10 years (!). Of course this will vary with usage but even if they “only” would last half of that it would be a great advantage over the competition. Low battery conditions are a common cause of false alarms.
+ The support of different home automation standards like Z-wave, Zigbee and IP based smart home devices makes this system highly integrate-able. Abode also has an IFTTT channel.
+ Design and build quality is really on a very high level. They outsmart most of the other home security devices which often look kind of old fashioned.
This makes integration in your home environment more fun!
To be honest this is only the second time in our Review-History that it is really hard to find “real” things we did not like.
– Higher price than other home security systems. But you get way more functionality, better encryption (safety) and a better design?!? Decide yourself!
– Compatibility with cheaper Devices from other companies especially windows and door sensors. (they add new devices regularly)
Of course this system is not for everybody. Some of you simply will not need a whole home security system. For those of you, take a look at our comparison of home security cameras (all-in-one security devices).
REVIEW 1: Arlo Wireless Home Security Camera
REVIEW 2: Canary Home Security Camera/Alert and Monitoring
REVIEW 3: Netatmo Home Security Camera
If you are looking for a Home Security System our statement is clear. The Abode is simply one of the best (perhaps the best) home security system we tested so far. As some of us have years of experience in this sector from previous jobs this really means – Abode made a great job!
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