Home security

The focus here is to provide the information on equipment to give you good, reasonable, practical home security. This is the equipment that you can use without the need for a monthly fee to a professional security service. Most of us cannot afford that. Armed properly, you can decide for yourself what you want and how you want it set up. These are all the highest rated products, whether they are new or have been around for a while.

First I cover the home security general planning information. Then I explain the products and help to illuminate what your choices are for communication and compatibility. The types of communication and protocols involved in the smart home security systems are very complex. I have an article to help you with that. There are pros and cons that need to be understood and may be dependent on your location, preferences, and priorities.

Good doors and windows

Most doors are constructed in a way that makes them actually hollow. They are not as sturdy as they appear. With the external doors, they are usually metal or strong enough wood that they are not easy to break through. Solid doors are the most secure, but they are also heavy and expensive. The windows are a far easier point of access than doors. Many people have very decorative doors with windows in their design that compromise their security. You will want a security system that lets you know when the windows are compromised.

Improve your door

You can strengthen the door situation by means of a strike plate. This is a metal plate that protects the latch part of the door. It makes it more difficult to kick the door in at the latch point. Another way to reinforce your door is to reinforce the door jam… meaning the framework that holds the door. Also, you could remove the short little screws that come with the door latch plates and hinges, and replace them with a long sharp thread screws that will hold more strongly. There may be reasons that the door construction or hardware design will not allow for these kind of screw changes.

This is far and away the highest rated and most popular strike plate on Amazon.

You can use a kit like this to reinforce the door. This includes those strike plates, plus plates to reinforce the hinge bracket areas as well. The long hardware for better strength for these, come in the kit.

It is important to maintain your door well. Don’t let the knobs and hardware become loose. Make sure that if you have a slot, that it is not possible to stick an arm through and unlock the door. Pet doors are also an easy entry access. Door hinges must be internal. The pins can be removed from hinges and the door taken off otherwise. It is good to have a small window or peep hole to see who is outside, when needed.

Pet door that will lock against entry from anything not your pet

This pet door works in cooperation of your pet’s microchip. If there is no ID signal… it stays locked. Raccoons cannot pry it open, which says a great deal. This pet door is highly rated.
SUREFLAP MICROCHIP PET DOOR FLAP vs RACCOON YouTube video

Windows

Windows should have good latches to lock them. Many designs allow for secondary locking as well, such as a properly placed bar. Since it is easy to break a window with something like a cloth to muffle the sound, that is the easy entry for an intruder. In my opinion, the big focus of your security should be on the windows. Sensors to alert when they are tampered with is the best way to handle them. The window in your door design may be the prime target if they can break that and reach the latch of the door. This is fast entry.

Good door and window locks

It is a good idea to have deadbolts on the outside doors. The windows are the easiest entry for a break-in. Windows are no protection when they are open and a screen can just be popped out or cut open. The option for this case is air conditioning to regulate temperature conditions without the windows being open or to put some kind of barrier outside of them. Another security solution at the windows is sensors that detect a break when someone comes through them.

My strategy thinking

I think that windows are probably the most important points to monitor and that includes windows inside the doors. Security companies all market contact sensors for windows and doors, but I question the value of investing in a lot of these. They will alert you if that door or window is opened. This kind of device doesn’t care if someone breaks your window and enters. If you set a motion sensor across the line of windows, you are alerted whether it is opened or broken… or your window is already open and the only “barrier” is your window screen. The contact sensors are of value for a door, but does it outweigh the hassle for you coming and going? They are a good choice for a rarely used door. Motion sensors and security cameras are your most valuable and practical tools here.

Make sure your garage door is not an easy entry

Automatic garage doors introduce risks to your house security. You can choose to do the old fashioned way and not have an automatic garage door opener in the situation. Thieves can possibly use a wire tool to catch the emergency release lever for the garage door. The easiest way to avoid this issue is to remove the cord. You can attach one when you need it in that rare situation where it is useful to you. Installation of a wireless keypad and creation of entry codes for access is a great possibility. A good addition is a motion sensor light outside the garage door that will be a big help in disrupting unwanted activity. Also setting up a lock on the inner door of your garage is an additional security aide that is very valuable.

Get to know your neighbors – look out for each other

Know your neighbors and watch out for each others’ houses. If they are suspicious of that moving truck that is outside of your house, they know to call the police. When they know you are on vacation, they can be extra vigilant. They can take care of your pets and take in your mail while you are away. If they recognize your friends and family members that visit, they will remember someone coming around that is unfamiliar and hopefully ask them questions.

Eliminate blind spots/problem locations

Any location in your house and yard area that are blind spots should be dealt with. This can be done with lighting and/or camera. Landscaping can provide hiding spots that need to be considered as well.

Use lighting well

Lighting is always important to security. Ones that have motion sense and come on automatically are easy and inexpensive. They can alert to a problem before a pet even becomes aware. Lighting can scare off pest animals and unwanted people. They work together with surveillance cameras to provide good security. Having lights that are set up on timers can also be handy to make it appear like you are home, even when you are not.

Have a dog or tech version of one…

If there is a dog that will sound a warning when strangers come around, that is a great help. Remember that this is going to require accommodations when you are away. This is another case where your neighbors can possibly help you. Maybe you will have a friend who can take care of them for you while away. You have the option of getting tech that makes the dog warning sounds when your house is disturbed without the need for a dog.

These tech version of a barking dog alert have radar sensitivity that is adjustable from 10-20 feet. Volume is also adjustable. Powered by AC power supply. Also takes 8 AA back-up batteries (not included) in case of power loss. Unit needs to face in the direction you want to detect motion. Detection is limited from the sides and rear. The included remote control lets you Arm and Disarm the system, as well as set off a Panic alarm.

Multi functional BARKING DOG ALARM system uses an electronic radar-wave sense control. This technology allows it to see through walls and doors that are NOT STEEL. When an intruder enters the guarded area, it automatically begins barking like an angry dog.
Electronic Barking Secure Watch Dog by HomeSafe
3.6 out of 5 stars for over 90 reviews

With his electronic radar, the Electronic Secure Dog can sense through thick doors, walls and glass. It also can announce visitors with a chime or alarm.
HomeSafe EWD-1 Electronic Watchdog
3.3 out of 5 stars for over 85 reviews

Hide valuables in tricky places

Don’t hide them in the freezer, closet, under the mattress, etc. They know to look in these places. Get creative, come up with really different locations.

Have self defense tools handy

This does not have to be a gun. Not everyone is able to go this route. Have tools like pepper spray, stun gun, self defense baton, bat, or maybe a super bright flashing flashlight to stun and disorient them. I like the big 3 or 4 battery flashlights and carry one in my car. These are dual purpose.

Put out warning signs

Professional security companies put their signs and labels around in plain sight for a good reason. The notice that there is security can often be the deterrent without even testing it.

Hide your important items

Hide or protect all wiring exterior to your home. Make it difficult to find or disconnect. Maybe you would like to have a safe hidden in a unique, obscure location that is difficult to find. If you think a safe is too expensive to invest in, there is another aspect of this that you should consider. You can get a type of safe that is made of material that is protection from fire and water. This can be valuable to protect important documents in the event of a fire or flood, which is an additional benefit.

Backup power

FOR YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM
Plan on backup power for your security devices. You want to have your security system to still function when it loses power. This may be as simple as battery backup. You want to be sure that you can still get alerts as well.

FOR YOUR RESIDENCE
Blackouts are a time when security can be more important. This may be more than an inconvenience for your area. If the intruder is able to disconnect the power to your home, they may gain an advantage. You might want to have a generator system that kicks in for this case. This is extremely expensive. With today’s mobile phone system, we do not have to worry about this line being cut at least.

Lock up your tools and equipment

Keep your tools outside locked up and maybe additionally chained to prevent being used to break into your home. Such items can include ladders, saws, hammers, pry bars, etc.

Keep your car keys near you at night

If you hear something that seems alarming, you can press the alarm button for your vehicle. This may scare an intruder away. You also have it handy for if you want to get away fast. Thieves can find a key outside under a fake rock or under the welcome mat. They can also observe someone using this hidden key. A much better setup is to leave the spare key with someone you trust.

Be smart about time away

While you are away from home or traveling, don’t post about it on social media. Wait until you get back home. You don’t want to broadcast that you are not home. The news may travel to the wrong places. Make it appear that you are still home. Let neighbors or friends you trust know your plans. Have them take care of pets and mail. They can keep an eye on your house for you.

Create your plan

I know this is an unpleasant thing, but you need to have plans in place for many events: fire, flood, power outage, and security issues. If your power goes out… do you want a backup security situation? Do you have a way to escape from your home in an emergency, especially from upper level floors? Maybe you want to have something like a rope ladder that can roll out and allow better escape. What do you do if there is an intruder in your house? Make your family aware of all these tools and what they must do if the event happens.

Test your security and plan

Educate your family about all the resources and security. Run through drills to handle things appropriately when the need arises.

Communication for smart home products

These are all protocols that work for wireless devices that do not require power to make connection and communicate: Z-Wave, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Thread, and Bluetooth. That is very important to home security. Z-wave is a wireless communication protocol for home automation and is compatible with Amazon Echo. It is a a mesh network using low-energy radio waves to communicate. IFTTT (if this, then that) is an easy, free, web-based service that creates chains of simple conditional statements (applets) which get your apps and devices to work together. The mobile apps and devices most commonly use iOS and Android.

This will give you much more thorough information about wireless communication… I also cover how to protect yourself from the KRACK hack.
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FOR DEVICES My blog page

Alerts when no internet connection

This is an extremely important tool for your home security if it uses internet communication. Push notice is a read only message that is sent from a remote server to a connected device. There are tools for sending messages even while internet is out. This can be done by use of Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Google Cloud Messaging (GCM), and the newer Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). There are apps that allow you to communicate without internet on your phone by the way. These are OFF-THE-GRID-APPS that can be used: Bridgefy, Firechat (free), Hike (free), and WhatsApp (free).

Safer from hacking…

There are systems that use the WiFi method of wireless communication, but you will have to overcome the “hackability” of this. Various protocols and add on patches can protect WiFi passwords better (WPA2 + AES is the best one), but a hacker only needs proximity and the right equipment to intercept the signal and determine what has been sent. I would not use this one and much prefer ones that use encryption like Z-wave and Zigbee. The best practices that follow will help in your security.

Best practices

Take precautions on the internet for your system and protect the data and your patterns of usage. You may want to have a password for your phone and a second password for your security system. This helps if someone gets access to your phone or you lose your phone.

Passwords

ABSOLUTELY CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD for your devices and systems to strongly secure passwords!!! They should use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

Separation

Keep your computer networks separate from the security system. If someone gets your laptop password, they don’t get access to your security network. Good routers can segment multiple networks. You can have a guest network and an internal one. It can be set up with some wireless and others that are not. If your router doesn’t do this, you can get a second one to set up a separate network.

Hide

Configure your wireless router so that it is not visible. To connect, the user must know the name of it. This makes your system a little more trouble for a hacker to mess with. Don’t allow people to access your devices, especially the USB ports on them. Only allow trusted people to work on or repair your devices. They can be compromised.

UPS backup

Push notifications probably only have a limited time for effective process before they stack up and run into problems. The best security setup is to put a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) backup devices on all your modem, routers, and hubs. This way you don’t even have to worry about start up process or timing of procedures for wireless communication with base equipment. Your system will stay in function without problems. All that is needed is maintenance and periodic assessment of the UPS equipment.

Security cameras

If you choose to have security cameras, there are many considerations involved. There are 2 design choices: continuous recording and motion sensor activated recording. Do you want both outside and inside security cameras? Your security cameras can have night vision capability. Then another consideration is if you want to back up your security recording to the cloud. This will insure that you have the recordings when an intruder manages to find your DVR machine or computer, and get rid of what it has.

Maybe you can just dedicate an old computer to be exclusively for this storage task and hide it really, really well. Most of us at some point have an old or outdated computer that has been replaced. When you send the video to cloud storage, that can take you back to the monthly payment requirement. You will have to decide what quality picture you need, and this could be closely related to the monitor size you use. The security footage storage can be set for a certain amount of time before overwriting the old data.

Cloud vs Local recordings

In order to avoid another monthly fee in your system for storage, you have to take into consideration recording storage to the cloud. There is a very deceptive practice by some security systems to talk about free systems when they give you a brief period of free cloud usage. Most of these free usage periods are a matter of hours, the best ones I saw were for a week.

You may prefer a system that automatically sends your security recordings to the cloud and uses local recordings for a secondary method. This is a cost that I am working to eliminate here. You have the information to choose whether this method is one that you want or not. Security cameras that save locally use DVRs or microSD cards. Another consideration to think about here is what will happen if you outfit your home with a particular brand of monitoring equipment, and this company changes policy for whatever reason… you may now be faced with paying a different fee for your cloud usage. Look at contracts for this usage carefully.

Cloud recording for security cameras

Besides the expense that I do not want, the other problem that I have with cloud streaming and storage of my home security monitoring is privacy. If someone can gain access to that monitoring within my home, that is intrusion into my private space that I don’t want. We shouldn’t have to make this trade either. If I can eliminate this from the recipe, that is what I want to do.

Netatmo cameras

This line of cameras have many features including face recognition. Even if you use local recordings for your videos (microSD cards), screen shots from your videos are sent to the cloud for storage. The storage for these is free. Storage limit for the microSD cards is 32 GB. The indoor camera is Netatmo Welcome and the outdoor one is Netatmo Presence.

Yet another consideration is a camera + flood light combination

You may be interested in a security camera that uses a flood light. This method is designed to stun an intruder that triggers the equipment. The other benefit here is that the sudden blinding light causes them to look in that direction and the opportunity to get a great image of their face is extremely good.

Your “free” cloud usage deals

Arlo                         7 days rolling          USB port available local storage
iSmartAlarm       30 days rolling        MicroSD card for local storage
Nest                         30 days rolling
Tend                         7 days lifetime
Wyze                        14 days rolling
Blink                        720 10 second video clips rolling (20 hours rolling)
Canary                    24 hours of previews
Logitech                  24 hours
Ring has NO FREE TIME
SkyBell                    7 days rolling
Zmodo                    36 hours
August                    1 day
MyFox has NO FREE TIME
Netvue has NO FREE TIME
Hive has NO FREE TIME & local storage for compact unit is only 24 hours

The layout for home security equipment in this article:

Hub + family of products/Brands: Arlo, iSmartAlarm
Phone system + family of products/Brand: Fortress
Sensor Activated Intruder Alert for driveway monitoring/Brand: 1byOne
Security cameras/Brand: Nyxcam, Reolink
Keyless locks/Brand: August, Lockitron
Video doorbells & Video peephole cameras

DIY home systems that have a hub to control devices

iSmartAlarm products are highly rated and very popular. The iSmartAlarm is a closed security system and only works with their iSmartAlarm products. iSmartAlarm is compatible with iOS 6.0 or higher and Android version 4.0 or higher for mobile. They provide free rolling cloud storage for 30 10-second clip recordings for the Spot, iCamera KEEP, and iCamera KEEP Pro. They also give various size microSD cards for recording.

Arlo security system

This system is easy to install, gives quality HD video that is motion and sound triggered. The wireless cameras (indoor/outdoor) are the Arlo, Arlo Pro, and Arlo Pro 2. Their AC powered cameras (indoor) are the Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus. Arlo Go (indoor/outdoor) is their mobile camera capable of 3G and 4G. They also have a great baby monitor (Arlo Baby). The hub for the system connects to your router. You can enable and disable push notifications at three levels: the mode level, the Arlo app level, and the iOS system level. They can be enabled or disabled.

Arlo Wireless cameras can interact with devices on the SmartThings platform, they also add video recording to it’s Smart Home Monitor security solution. It is possible to view the live feed from Arlo smart cameras directly within the SmartThings app, right alongside their other devices. You can have home monitoring and remote control within a single interface. Their mobile app is compatible with iOS, Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. The web platform is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. They are compatible with Amazon Alexa,Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, SmartThings, Telguard, Stringify, and Wink.

DIY iSmartAlarm system devices

iSmartAlarm is a DIY smart home security system of devices that are controlled by a smart phone. The system works as long as it is powered. Without power, it cannot send alerts to your phone or take communications from you. It will, however, send any alerts via push notification to the mobile app. UPS battery backup is still recommended for the system.

Connect the iSmartAlarm hub to your router. You will have control of your home security and home automation devices that include wireless devices.
Most devices are compatible with IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App. Products: CubeOne, Motion Sensor, Contact Sensor, Remote Tags, Satellite Sirens, Spot, Smart Switch, iCamera, iCamera KEEP, & iCamera KEEP Pro.

PACKAGES WITH HUB + MULTIPLE DEVICES

Arlo by NETGEAR Security System (NETGEAR Certified Refurbished) – 5 Wire-Free HD Cameras | Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMS3530)

Consists of : Arlo Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor HD Security – 5 Camera Kit Refurbished

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren – 3 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Cameras with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS4330)

This consists of : Arlo Pro System – 3 HD Security Camera (Every Angle Covered)

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren – 2 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Cameras with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS4230)

Consists of : Arlo Pro System – 2 HD Security Camera (Every Angle Covered)

Arlo Pro 2 by NETGEAR Home Security Camera System (2 pack) with Siren, Wireless, Rechargeable, 1080p HD, Audio, Indoor or Outdoor, Night Vision, Works with Amazon Alexa (VMS4230P)

This consists of: Arlo Pro 2 | Security Camera System with Siren, 2 Camera Kit

iSmartAlarm Deluxe Home Security Package | Wireless DIY No Fee IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App | iSA5, White

Consists of: 1 CubeOne Hub, 4 Window/Door Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Remote Tags, 2 Stickers (for a yard or window)
3.5 out of 5 stars for over 890 reviews

iSmartAlarm Premier Home Security Package | Wireless DIY No Fee IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App with HD camera included | iSA9, White

This consists of: 1 HD Wi-Fi video camera, 3 contact sensors, 1 motion sensor and 1 CubeOne.
Sound Recognition, Time Lapse, Night Vision, Motion and Sound Detection. Free cloud and local (up to 32 GB, SD card not included) video storage.
4.1 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

iSmartAlarm Preferred Home Security Package | Wireless DIY No Fee IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App | iSA3, White

Consists of: 1 CubeOne Hub, 2 Window/Door Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Remote Tags, & 2 Sensor Stickers (for a yard or window)
Free phone alerts, text message alerts, push notifications and Email alerts.

iSmartAlarm Home Security Package For More Doors & Windows | Wireless DIY No Fee IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App | iSA8, White

This consists of: 1 CubeOne Hub, 3 Window/Door Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Remote Tags, & 2 Stickers (for a yard or window).
Free phone alerts, text message alerts, push notifications and email alerts when the system is set off.
These are easy to add on Door/Window Sensors, Motion Sensors, Sirens, Smart Switch and HD Cameras.
4.1 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

iSmartAlarm Apartment Security Package | Wireless DIY No Fee IFTTT & Alexa Compatible iOS & Android App | iSA3, White

Consists of: 1 CubeOne Hub1, Window/Door Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Remote Tags, & 2 Sensor Stickers (for a yard or window)

REMOTE TAGS

Remote Tag RC3R Control System

This wireless, compact mobile device controls the system without the Smartphone.
3.5 out of 5 stars with over 30 reviews

CONTACT SENSORS, MOTION SENSORS
CONTACT SENSORS

iSmartAlarm Contact Sensor (2pk) | Wireless Alexa & IFTTT Compatible | DWS3R, White

2 contact sensors that will give instant notifications from these wireless and moveable sensors. They are good for doors, windows, cabinets, etc.

MOTION SENSORS

iSmartAlarm Motion Sensor | Adjustable 30ft Range Wireless Battery Powered

Identifies movement anywhere within 30 feet, notifies instantly of intruders. Wireless and re-positionable, battery-powered, & pet-sensitive.

DVR & other devices

iSmart 8 Channel 720P HDMI AHD DVR HVR NVR 3 in 1 Security System including 4 1200TVL 1.0MP Waterproof Bullet Surveillance Camera with 27 IR Leds Night Vision Up to 80ft Smart Phone Remote View

Consists of: hub with deadbolt and plug-in dimmer

SECURITY CAMERAS

Arlo by NETGEAR Security System – 5 Wire–Free HD Cameras | Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMS3530)

5 camera kit

Arlo by NETGEAR Security System – 4 Wire–Free HD Cameras | Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMS3430)

4 camera kit

Arlo Security System by NETGEAR – 2 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3230C) with Extra Outdoor Mount (VMA1000) – New Version

Consists of : 2 camera kit with mount

Arlo Pro VMS4430 Indoor/Outdoor HD Wire Free Security System with 4 Cameras (White)

Consists of : (4) Arlo Pro smart security cameras/Rechargeable batteries/Wall mounts, Base station with built in siren, Power adapter/Power cable, Ethernet cable, (2) Wall mount screw sets, Outdoor security mount, Outdoor security mount screw set, Quick start guide, & (2) Window decals

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System Kit with Siren – 3 Arlo Pro Camera System and Indoor/Outdoor Mounts (AVM4000C)

100% Wire-Free, Weatherproof, HD Video – Enjoy sharp, detailed video, Rechargeable & Long lasting batteries, Quick Charging, 2-way Audio – Listen in or talk back, 130-degree angle lens, Live Streaming – Watch live or recorded, & Night Vision.

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Add-on Security Camera – Add-on Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor (VMC4030) [Existing Arlo System required]

100% Wire-Free, Weatherproof, HD Video – Enjoy sharp, detailed video, Rechargeable & Long lasting batteries, Quick Charging, 2-way Audio – Listen in or talk back, 130-degree angle lens, Live Streaming – Watch live or recorded, & Night Vision.
Smart Home – Works with IFTTT, SmartThings, etc.

Arlo Q by NETGEAR – 1080p HD Security Camera | 2-way audio | Indoor only | No base station required (VMC3040)

This camera gets wired in – perfect clarity with 1080p HD video
2 Way Audio – Built in mic and speaker. Receive instant alerts if motion or sound is detected. See even in dark with night vision 130-degree field of view. This is meant for indoor usage and doesn’t have battery backup.

iSmartAlarm Spot HD Wi-Fi Security Camera (2pk) | 2-Way Audio Night Vision Motion Sensing | iSC5D, White

Work as a stand-alone Wi-Fi camera or in conjunction with iSmartAlarm security system with HD streaming video and night vision.
Local video storage (up to 64 GB micro sd, not included) and free cloud video storage
Sound recognition (with the ability to identify and notify of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm sirens) and time lapse custom videos
Motion & sound detection and Magnetic mounting with expandable legs
Voice-guided setup, 2-way audio and digital zoom

iSmartAlarm Spot HD Wi-Fi Security Camera| 2-Way Audio Night Vision Motion Sensing | iSC5D, White

3.2 out of 5 stars out of over 190 reviews

iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP Pro 1080P HD Home Security Camera | Wi-Fi Motion Tracking Alexa & IFTTT Compatible | iSC3S, Black

This device detects the sound of CO and smoke alarm sirens. Free cloud and local (up to 32 GB) video storage with 4MP Resolution. It has time lapse custom videos, motion and sound detection. The customizable activity zone, night vision, 2-way audio and 8X digital zoom,Support 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi
3.3 out of 5 star with 25 reviews

iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP 720p HD Security Camera | Free Cloud Storage Pan & Tilt Night Vision Streaming iOS Android

Works as a stand-alone Wi-Fi camera or in conjunction with iSmartAlarm security system. This has 350 x 40 degree Pan and Tilt, motion and sound detection. On-demand streaming video control and free cloud video storage
night vision.

SIRENS

iSmartAlarm Satellite Siren | 110db Adjustable Volume Alexa & IFTTT Compatible | AS3, White

110 dB siren for use with the iSmartAlarm home security system and the volume is adjustable. This has intrusion, smoke, water leakage, and co monitor siren sounds. Battery backup (3 AAA batteries, lasting up to 2 days).

SMART DIMMER, SWITCH, & OUTLET CONTROL

SMART SWITCH 858176004205 Multi Purpose Switch, White

Set up automated on/off schedules, control over dangerous appliances, & monitor energy use.

SMART LIGHTING CONTROLS

Arlo by NETGEAR 2 Indoor/Outdoor Smart Home Security Lights. Wire-Free, Weather Resistant, Motion sensor, Rechargeable, Multi-colored LED, Works with Amazon Alexa (ALS1102)

Smart Controls: Use the Arlo app to manage & automate your light from anywhere. 100% Wire-Free, Motion-detection, Mobile alerts: instant alerts if light Activates on motion detection, Weather resistant.
Customizable settings: adjust your lights’ Color, strobe/Beam, and notification settings

PHONE SYSTEM + MULTIPLE DEVICES
In this case the brand is Fortress. This system uses a landline or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). The landline version has a higher approval rating. This system has no app or cloud storage.The reliability is very good and does an excellent job of sending notifications for alarms. The equipment is affordable.

Phone system is the hub and family of devices

Fortress requires a landline or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).

SO2

SO2 uses landline and Voice Over Intenet (VOIP) – Will dial 6 emergency contacts and play a 10 second, pre-recorded message when an alarm is triggered.

VEA 3G/4G

The Ves 3G/4G Security (GSM) systems are similar to SO2, but support landline and GSM SIM cards for communication. You have to buy the SIM card from them and are responsible for any overcharges. If a SIM card is installed to a GSM panel, it calls 6 contacts in sequence and sends a text alert to 3 additional contacts. When you are using a landline, text alerts are not available.

EXPLANATION OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS FOR VEA SYSTEM
3G is short for 3rd generation and 4G is short for 4th generation (most modern) broadband cellular network technology. Global System for Mobiles (GSM) is a major cellular network that includes AT&T and T-Mobile. This Subscription Identity Module or SIM card is a smart card that allows the users information to be transferred between phone handsets.

Total Security

Total Security panels require a cellular connection. When an alarm is triggered, it calls 8 contact numbers in sequence using your SIM card. Since it uses your SIM card, all fees for the call minutes are charged to you. This setup supports the Total Security app which you can use to control your system (remote arm/disarm) and monitor activities (event log).

Ani Security

Ani Security System, a system built around a hub. Unlike the other systems from Fortress, this one only uses Wi-Fi. The may be the most practical and least expensive option available from Fortress.

Fortress S02-F Wireless Home Security Alarm System Kit with Auto Dial, Outdoor Siren and Smoke Detector

Home security system complete with fully programmable main unit and sensors. Auto-dialer function will call a designated number in case of security breach. Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in. Glass Breakage Sensor included. Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity. Loud, outdoor 110dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders + panic button included.

Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-B Wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial + Outdoor Siren and More for Complete Home and Business Security

Home security system complete with fully programmable main unit and sensors. Auto-dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach. Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in. Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity. Loud, outdoor 140dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders

Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-A Wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial, Motion Detectors, Panic Button and More for Complete Security

Home security system complete with fully programmable main unit and sensors.
Auto-dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach. Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in. Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity. Loud, 110dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders.

Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-C Wireless Home Security Alarm System Pet Immune DIY Kit with Auto Dial + Outdoor Strobe Alarm

Auto-dialer function will call a designated number in case of security breach. Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in. Easy to install & operate. Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity. Loud, outdoor red strobe 110dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders. Panic button can activate alarm in case of emergency.

Fortress Security Store (TM) S03 Basic wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial, Motion Detectors and More for Complete Security

Home security system complete with fully programmable main unit and sensors. Auto-dialer function will call up to 6 designated phone numbers in case of a security breach. Door/Window contacts detect any forceful break-in. Passive motion sensors detect any suspicious movement or activity. Loud, 110dB alarm alerts neighbors and deters potential intruders.

Complete security system for home or business

KIT A

Fortress Security Total Security Wi-Fi Enabled Kit A Home and Business Security Alarm System Complete with SIM Card, Wi-Fi & Landline Compatible DIY Versital Alarm System for Complete Protection

DIY Security with 24/7 Optional Monitoring. Complete with wireless sensors and sirens that are fully pre-programmed to ensure an easy installation with built in GSM/Landline auto dialer.
Wi-Fi camera which can be viewed in real time. Camera includes 2-way chat, 360 degree view, 720p High-Definition, and built in siren. Quickly and easily access a real time view of your home in the instantly. Remote monitoring and two way communication.
Control with a FREE smartphone application (both Android and IOS). Application has a Wi-Fi or GSM side. Receive push notifications when the system is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Control your system remotely via SMS or Internet.
Ready-To-Arm feature ensures that your home is completely secure before the system will arm. Can notify you via SMS texts when the system is armed, disarmed or armed in home mode.

KIT B

Fortress Security Store- Total Security Wi-Fi Kit B DIY Wireless Security Alarm System for Business and Home : SIM card, Wi-Fi, Landline compatible, Remote Monitoring- No Contracts

DIY Security with 24/7 Optional Monitoring. Complete with wireless sensors and sirens that are fully pre-programmed to ensure an easy installation with built in GSM/Landline auto dialer.
Optional Wi-Fi camera ADD on which can be viewed in real time through the Total Security Wi-Fi or Fortress Eyesight applications. Camera includes 2-way chat, 360 degree view, 720p High-Definition, and built in siren. Quickly and easily access in real time.
Remote monitoring and two way communication.
Control your system remotely with a FREE smartphone application (both Android and IOS). Application has a Wi-Fi or GSM side. Receive push notifications when the system is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Control your system remotely via SMS or Internet.
Ready-To-Arm feature ensures that your home is completely secure before the system will arm. Notify you via SMS texts when the system is armed, disarmed or armed in home mode.

KIT C

Fortress Security Store- Total Security Wi-Fi Kit C DIY Wireless Security Alarm System for Business and Home : SIM card, Wi-Fi, Landline compatible, Remote Monitoring- No Contracts Required

SMART DETECTION FOR PET IMMUNE SENSORS
EASY TO INSTALL WIRELESS ALARM SYSTEM. Alert methods: WiFi-enabled push notifications through our FREE app, a SIM card on the GSM network or landline.

All-In-One Motion activated system

Fortress Security Guardian: All-In-One Motion Activated Alarm Host- DIY Security Alarm or Doorbell with 2 Door & Window Contacts- Ideal for Businesses and Homes

Control Panel

Fortress Security Store- DIY Total Security System RFID Keypad- Password Protected Secondary Keypad for Arming/Disarming your Fortress Home/Business Security System

Complete wireless communication with the main panel. Simply disarm the Security System with RFID key tag input. Substantial range of up to 250 feet away from the main panel unobstructed. Password protected complete with both user and admin codes for extra protection.
Opperates with 3 AAA batteries

Contact sensor

Fortress Security Store (TM) Window & Door Contact Sensor for S02 or GSM DIY Home Alarm Systems

Motion Detection Sensor

Fortress Security Store (TM) Motion Detector Sensor for S02/GSM Home Alarm Systems by Fortress

Siren

Fortress Security Store (TM) Loud Indoor / Outdoor Weatherproof Black Siren for DIY S02/GSM Home and Business Alarm Security Systems

Wireless Door Chime

Wireless Doorbell Chime – Type A Dual by Fortress Security – Long Range Operation at 500 ft. – Plug in Doorbell with Over 50 Chime and Rings

EXTENSIVE OPERATING RANGE, the doorbell can reach a distance of up to 500ft when there are no obstructions. Remote transmitter button is rated weatherproof and acceptable for outdoor use. EXTREMELY EASY TO INSTALL- Includes 2 Push Button, 1 Plug-In Door Chime, all mounting hardware and battery.

Control Panel

Fortress Security Store -Remote Control for Total Security Home and Business DIY Protection

Arms in home or away mode, disarms, or triggers a panic alarm all from the touch of a button. Has a range of up to 250 feet away from the main panel unobstructed; which allows you to easily arm and disarm your system. Keychain ring for easy and convenient carrying. LED indicator light lets you know if the battery is operational. 2 long lasting 3V lithium batteries

Panic Button

Fortress Security Store (TM) Wireless Silent Panic Button for Fortress Home and Business DIY Alarm Security System

Remote Key Fob

Fortress Security Store (TM) Remote Key Fob for Fortress Alarm Home Security Systems

DIY Wireless Signal Repeater

Fortress Security Store (TM) DIY Wireless Signal Repeater / Wireless signal transmitter for Fortress Security Systems- Home and Business Security by Fortress Security Store

Sensor activated intruder alert for monitoring the driveway

This is the best-selling and lowest-priced. Passive Infrared (PIR) is used with this device. Alert system has a battery backup (batteries not included) in case of power loss, adjustable sensitivity and volume, 100 degree triangle of protection, electronic radar-wave technology, and it can see through wood, glass, cement, brick and anything NON-METALLIC.
1byone Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm, 1 Plug-in Receiver and 1 PIR Motion Sensor Detector Weatherproof Alert System Kit, 36 Melodies to choose
3.7 out of 5 stars with over 1400 reviews

Security Cameras

Camera that uses the cloud, but a really good deal

Nest cameras offer 30 days of free rolling recordings. This is a free cloud storage deal that is better than most. I have found an even better deal though… there are a few people who have managed to reverse engineer the proper IDs used with this recording system and share the code. You can set up your system to deliver your camera video to the location you choose. I am not sure how long this will be possible. I have also seen a lot of complaints about hacking of these camera systems and Nest will not provide information about the IP address for those gaining access.

Cameras that require NO CLOUD usage

These systems are complete and require no recording fees or cloud storage like so many other systems. They are easy to set up and user friendly. What else could you want, right?
I do not have Samsung SmartCam here because, although the equipment is highly rated, the app for these is absolutely hated. That is an important factor. It seems to have had problems with hacking vulnerability. They are still having many issues as of mid March…
NYXCAM AHD CAMERA PRODUCTS – The AHD means analog high definition… uses coax cable to transmit HD video from security cameras to DVR.

NYXCAM 4MP Home Security Camera System and 8CH DVR Surveillance system with 1TB Hard Drive,4 weatherproof 4MP AHD Indoor/Outdoor CCTV Cameras with 100ft Night Vision & Motion Detection

High Video Quality in Day and Night: 8 channel HD-AHD DVR security system with 4.0 Megapixel CCTV cameras to monitor your home with sharp Video. Equipped with 36 ir-cut infrared LEDs,bullet cameras have a clear B&W night vision up to 100ft/30meters. Motion Detection with Specified Area Setting, 75 degree viewing angle, stands for 30 frames per second
Remote View with Multiple Device: Nyxcam surveillance camera system support PC CMS and web browser (IE/Chrome/Firefox/Max/Safari) view, remote access on Android and iOS devices, free and easy-to-use App for remote viewing and recording with P2P technology. IP66 Weatherproof Cameras: Metal IP66 security camera are endurable to any kind of wind and rain.
Warranty: Lifetime Tech Support and FREE 12 Months Return & Change Warranty. Localization of technical service centres and online supporting

NYXCAM 8CH Home Security Camera System and 1080P DVR Surveillance system with 1TB Hard Drive,4 weatherproof 1080P AHD Indoor/Outdoor CCTV Cameras with 100ft Night Vision & Motion Detection

Nyxcam surveillance camera system with motion detection and email alert/notification help you catching every essential moment no matter burglar/thief’s intruding or cat/dog naughty at 24 hours for your home and business. The Nyxcam DVR Security system compatible with CCTV cameras such as AHD, TVI, CVI as well as IP camera. For easy setting, Nyxcam’s HD-AHD camera is suggested. Nyxcam security camera system with 1TB hard drive provide continually footage recording with H.264 video compression. Continuously record up to 30+ days by lower resolutions or only motion detection recording(suggested). The DVR security system can be set to automatically overwrite the oldest footage or you can transfer video files by USB to a external hard drive. User friendlay and easy to set up. Consists of: 4 Bullet Cameras, 1 DVR with 1TB hard drive, 2 Power Adapter, 1 four-way power splitter, 4 BNC Video Cables (18m/60ft), Mouse, Camera Mounting Kits (Screws and Anchors), User Manual, Install Card

Reolink 8CH PoE Security Camera System 5MP NVR 2TB HDD with 4 Outdoor 4MP Surveillance IP Cameras Super HD 2560×1440 100ft Night Vision RLK8-410B4

This system has the RLC410 cameras
RLK8-410B4 comes with one 8 channel 4MP home security PoE Network Video Recorder and four 1440p bullet waterproof PoE IP cameras, with pre-installed 2TB HDD for 24/7 video recording and monitoring. 1440p high resolutions offer you Super HD quality video, much clearer than 1080p and 720p. What’s more, the security system has 2 network connections – with and without network. It won’t occupy your home network and it transfers stable video streaming in internet. This is a real plug and play system that enables you to do it yourself (DIY). It works with any Reolink indoor/ outdoor PoE IP camera, including RLC-410/410S/411/411S/420/422/423.

Reolink 1080p Wireless Security Camera System Outdoor HD 4 Channel WiFi NVR with 1TB Hard Drive Home Business Monitoring RLK4-210WB4

RLK4-210WB4 Night Vision Wireless Security NVR and Camera System is the first and easiest wireless security system ever! 1080p Full HD, one wireless 4-channel NVR, 4 wireless IP cams, and 1TB HDD for 24/7 recording. The 1080p IP cameras have a very good night image quality, up to 100 feet night vision in the dark, with 36PCs LED lights and infrared radiation for 24-hour vigilance. This is a great choice f you are looking for a wireless security system with good night vision.

D-Link Camera Video Recorder mydlink-Enabled (DNR-202L)

Simultaneously record video and view real-time or playback recorded video from up to four mydlink cameras with the free mydlink View-NVR app
Add your own hard drives (2 max) to store your camera video footage
Quick and easy setup with auto camera discovery and mydlink service, Free mobile app and web portal for remote viewing
System Requirements – Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP2 Mac OSX 10.7 or higher

D-Link Camera Business Video Recorder mydlink-Enabled (DNR-322L)

Eliminates Need for a Dedicated PC
2 Drive Bays for up 8TB of Storage
mydlink Cloud-enabled for simplified remote access
Remote Viewing Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android Phones & Tablets
H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression and Record on Motion Detection
Record up to 9 D-Link IP Cameras with support up to 3 Megapixel Resolution

Keyless lock

There are 2 directions you can take with this technology… one is to set up your keyless lock to be independent of the cloud, and the other is to use encryption that gives you that better security for your internet connected lock control.

August has good keyless lock encryption

The August line of locks is installed in place of the interior side of a standard deadbolt lock.August Smart Lock Pro is compatible with all commercial Z-Wave hubs like Wink, SmartThings, and others. They are capable of communicating with your Z-Wave enabled security panel. Also, these work with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT, etc. Traditional door keys will still be useful for locking and unlocking your door. The installation is simple and well guided. This company prides itself on installation taking under 15 minutes because of a mobile app that guides step by step on the process. Once it is installed, the lock is automatically calibrated.

These keyless lock systems have door sense to let you know if the door is ajar. This door sense capability can monitor how long the door has been open, automatically lock the door when it closes, and send an alert to you if it opens by accident or if it gets forced open by an intruder. These locks will integrate with a wide variety of 3rd party devices. This lock can be set to automatically lock and unlock as you come and go from your home through the use of GPS information.

August Smart Lock devices 2nd generation – works with Alexa

When bundled with August Connect, it works with Echo, Alexa, Google Home, and Google Assistant.

August Smart Lock devices 3rd generation – works with Alexa

They get bundled with the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge and can support Wi-Fi, HomeKit, Bluetooth and Z-Wave Plus connections. Use of the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge extends the range of function for the lock system so you can lock and unlock with your phone from anywhere. The new Bluetooth chipset for this 3rd generation is supposed to lengthen the life of the battery.

Smart lock Pro

Works with Alexa, Siri, or Google assistant
Connecting to the Smart Lock Connect WiFi Bridge for remote access and enhanced smart device integration – as well as Apple HomeKit and Siri support.
Robust construction
Silver

Smart lock

Works with Alexa and Google assistant
Connecting to the Smart Lock Connect WiFi Bridge for remote access and enhanced smart device integration
Has auto-unlock, smartphone control, and virtual keys
Compact size
Silver

Lockitron gives FREEDOM from the CLOUD

Paul M. Gerhart, co-founder of Lokitron says “One needs to register Lockitron online to get it setup and do the initial key exchange the first time. You can then take it offline by using the “Clear WiFi Settings” and use it in BLE mode with no cloud connectivity.” That is exactly the kind of information that I wanted to see for a keyless lock. For this very reason, it is the one that I list.

Lockitron TRON200QS Bolt Alexa Enabled Smart Lock, Quicksilver

Lockitron bolt – the Bluetooth app-enabled smart lock of the future
Works with Alexa – control your smart lock with your voice (requires bridge, sold separately). It also uses WiFi and IFTTT. Sense feature automatically unlocks bolt as you approach for hands-free entry.
Easily share keys and provide access to bolt with the free Lockitron companion app for iOS and Android. Simple installation and long battery life, powered by 4 AA batteries (included). It is capable of push notification. It uses geofencing. Interior escutcheon installation.

Video doorbell & Video peephole camera

Video doorbell

These cameras are capable of local recording and all have the proper capabilities of 2 way audio, as well as being up for handling an outdoor environment. They are capable of being used for a video doorbell.

Video peephole camera

An alternative to this device is the Video peephole camera. Here the advantage is that the camera is set up to see what is outside the peephole of the door. It is not a visible camera to a visitor like the Video door bell camera would be. Also, this camera would not be exposed to the outside environment. This camera records to a local SD card.

[Outdoor, 25′ night vision, 2 way audio, 1080P HD]
D Link LTE Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera
DCS-1820LH

[Outdoor, 2 way audio, night vision, 1080P HD]
K Link Wire-Free Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera
DCS-2802KT

[Indoor and Outdoor, high quality audio, waterproof, night vision]
Solar-Powered or Rechargeable Battery Powered Camera – Reolink Argus® 2
100% Wire Free Rechargeable Outdoor/Indoor Security Camera! 1080p Full HD, Starlight Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, and Live View Anytime Anywhere.

[Indoor and Outdoor, PIR motion detection]
100% Wire-Free 1080p 4G Mobile Rechargeable Security Camera – Reolink Go
No WiFi and Power Outlets Needed! Put It Anywhere for Monitoring. 1080p, Solar-Powered, Starlight Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, and Live View Anytime Anywhere.

Video peephole cameras

Brinno Front Door PeepHole Security Camera – Easy to Install – Theft Proof – Superior Battery Life – No Motion Detection – No Smartphone Necessary – Black (SHC500)
Fast and easy installation, record visitors without their knowledge. The images or videos are recorded and stored on a micro SD card. Replay who was at the door on the 2.7″ LCD screen with the push of a button, or remove the SD card and review your activity on your PC or tablet. These recordings are time stamped. Set of AA batteries (included) are good for 3,000 activations.

digitharbor 3.5 inches TFT LCD screen digital door peephole viewer camera Night vision wide angle+Video Record+Photo shooting, 3.5″ door viewer Doorbell Security Camera Cam