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turkish
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DIY home security
I currently pay $40/mo for ADT and am out of contract. I could maybe get them down to low $30s. I currently have only 4-5 door sensors and a camera/motion detector. I have remote arm/disarm capability via their app.

I’ve been researching Ring, SimpliSafe. My needs are a handful of door, window sensors, maybe one camera, maybe a couple of motion detectors. I require the remote arm/disarm capability. I do not need any other smart home integration. Is there a clear cut winner for my needs? I’m doing my own detailed research, but some details are a little tough to discern.


gptigerfan
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re: DIY home security
I have been more than pleased with Ring


DukeSilver
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I went with Nest, no complaints works exactly like it says it does.


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TigersSEC2010
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re: DIY home security
Ring is great and cheap. Just go with it.


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dukee7
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I went with simplisafe and have no complaints. parents have ring system and love theirs. they're all basically the same and cant go wrong with any choice


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gpburdell
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re: DIY home security
I've been looking at both Simplisafe and Abode. I'm leaning toward Abode as you can get push notifications on their cheaper plan. To get that on Simplisafe you need their top plan.


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mctiger1985
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Wondering why you aren't looking at Ring. Its the cheapest of the bunch for monitoring.


gpburdell
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I don't want professional monitoring; push notifications to my phone is fine. I just want sensors for motion, door, smoke, glass break etc. Also, I will install my own cameras with a local NVR storage.

The nice thing with Abode is that you can add professional monitoring for up to a week as needed for vacations.

I wish I had heard about Abode a few months ago. Up till then, there was no plan required at all and they grandfathered all existing customers.

BTW, I do have a Ring doorbell Pro currently. My biggest gripe is that it fails to record motion on 10-20% of events. I assume their other cameras have the same behavior. I will be replacing the Ring with Ubiquiti doorbell when it releases as I can have it record 24/7.
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LSURep864
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Moscow, Idaho
Member since Nov 2007
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re: DIY home security
Whatever you do. Don’t mix and match ecosystems and have some Frankenstein smart home.


I’ve got EVERYTHING Google/Nest. Nest secure is on a huge discount right now. It’s a steal.

I’ve got 5 nest cams, a nest doorbell, nest thermostat, two nest locks, a nest secure with 7 door/window sensors, two google home hubs, two nest detects, a ton of Phillips hue bulbs.

I didn’t get all that overnight just built up over the years. However I just canceled my traditional Brinks which was $45 per month. Added the nest secure with monitoring to $19.99 per month.

My home runs like a well oiled machine. The best part is all of it can be managed via voice with google home hubs, and it’s all in one app.


I had the OG ring and compared to nest. It’s absolutely garbage. I’m sure it’s gotten much better over time but I’m already bought into to nest.


Also have German Shepherd, AR15, and 9MM.
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turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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Thanks. I will look at Nest, too. In this house I feel like we’re still a long way away from many more smart features. I’m in West Fel and only recently moved past DSL. Internet speed is still a problem. The Ring $8/mo is dang attractive.

From what I could tell, the Abode equipment was going to cost double that of Ring.

Eta: $50 per door sensor on the Nest. Oof
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LSURep864
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Moscow, Idaho
Member since Nov 2007
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The nest secure comes with two door sensors right now with the starter kit for $250.


I just went ham and put them on all my Windows. Definitely wasn’t cheap.


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Arbengal
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I have had Abode for 2 years and it has been flawless. Really like it


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shawnlsu
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I have Ring cameras at my office, home and camp. I also have Ring alarm at the office.
We do the dog and gun thing at the house and camp for alarms, but we see them coming.
All locations in one app is awesome.
ETA: forgot that we have wifi dead bolts at the house and office that can be controlled via the Ring app that are MONEY.
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