The Canary was one of our favorites to test. The video stream seemed a bit more stable than other DIY systems (and appeared to have less latency), and the app itself was really smooth. What’s more, you can link multiple Canary cameras to the same account and stream all of them from the same interface.
At any time, you can also take a live view of what’s happening using the companion iOS app or Android app. At home, you can also take a quick look at the video feed using a voice command to the Amazon Echo Show Seeing Is Believing: The Amazon Echo Show Review Seeing Is Believing: The Amazon Echo Show Review Does a voice assistant speaker really need a touchscreen? The $230 Amazon Echo Show certainly makes a compelling case, with video flash briefing skills, song lyrics, and on-demand streaming of supported security cameras. Read More .
While none of these systems require professional monitoring, to help you weigh the monitoring choice we factored in the cost of a subscription for five years. Check out the chart below for a comparison of the top systems.
Just because the system is secure from physical tampering doesn’t mean that it’s secure from hacking. Several reports over the past year have found potential security flaws in the wireless used by security companies, and some of these flaws have been widely circulated in the media, including a recent hack that exposed a flaw in the SimpliSafe system. While we should hope that security system manufacturers do everything they can to keep hackers out, there’s no such thing as a completely hack-proof system. The products we reviewed are designed to protect against the typical smash-and-run thief, not someone with advanced hacking skills.
Before digging into the details of what makes a good wireless system, you should make sure you are a candidate. Wireless security systems are great for the average home. If you have a home over 4000 square feet, you might want to consider a wired system versus a wireless system. Or, you should really dig into the wireless range of the system you select before investing. For the rest of the world, wireless is ideal. Choose a system that has some traditional home security elements. Things like door and window sensors, glass break sensors, and motion detectors are proven to work.
Ugh! Pricey plan and long contracts! We decided to leave this company but it has been a CHORE! They are unable (or unwilling) to keep up with their emails, stating they are “so busy and receive a lot of emails”. When I contacted them about steps to cancel, they only offered me a change in place pricing. I contacted them again saying I wanted to cancel and they said “Oh…well, we require a 30 notification.” This was NEVER mentioned in previous emails. I sucked it up and went ahead and paid for another 30 days and then requested cancellation…CRICKETS! No one responded back for 2 WEEKS! I finally had to call and pitch a little fit for them to cancel my account.
OK, Grant. Explain WHY a 5-10 second recording gap was left out of the review? For security, that makes Arlo useless. Also, why wasn’t the Blink camera reviewed? I live in Phoenix, and in recent 119 degree heat, it preformed perfectly. Also, it starts recording INSTANTLY, and the cloud storage is free. It just seems fishy that you guys “forgot” to mention a fatal flaw and then completely ignore a very popular competitor that actually works and is cheaper.
Frontpoint equipment is easy-to-install. There are no installation fees, and Frontpoint understands the value of diligent customer service. Contracts are available for 12 and 36 months. However, there is a $99 minimum equipment purchase. One of the major selling points that helps minimize consumer risk is their 30-day money-back guarantee, so a customer can try Frontpoint security systems out and see for themselves. It appears that they satisfy most of their customers. Frontpoint has a loyal following. Their customers have continually rated them highly and applauded their services.
Perhaps even more impressively, Frontpoint offers a 30-day risk-free money-back trial with their home security system. If you’re not happy with the system you receive, you can ship it back within 30 days with no restocking fees and no return shipping charges – no questions asked.
Netgear says that the system uses three layers of encryption, with restricted Web access on the Base Station and no local access on the camera or the Base Station. Also, in the interest of continually improving security, the company has been working with hacker crowdsourcing firm Bugcrowd to operate a private bug bounty program, which is open to the public as well.