Simplisafe sent me a starter kit in order to test out their DIY home security system and write a review, it also happens to be the security system that my mom has been using in her home for the past year or so. The system connects wirelessly via your home WiFi network and has a battery and cellular backup.
Setup is very simple, in fact, it was the easiest of all of the DIY systems I’ve tested thus far. Included in the box was the hub, a couple of window/door sensors, a motion detector, sign, keypad, and double-sided adhesive to stick the sensors to the wall. Within just a few minutes I had installed the sensor on the front door, placed the keypad where I wanted it, and plugged in the hub. Setup was a breeze, the keypad walked through pairing and connecting to WiFi then I went online to activate the professional monitoring which starts at $15/month. They also offer video monitoring and remote control via app for an additional $10/month however I was not able to test those features.
You can buy a starter kit or build your own system online to add additional sensors and cameras. There is a video doorbell, water sensor, and smoke detector but it is not compatible with any other manufactures sensors and doesn’t allow you to create your own home automation.
This system is perfect for someone who wants to save money on professional monitoring but isn’t interested in doing any advanced home automation integrations. Setup is very simple, it won’t damage your walls and can be taken with you when you move.