While setting up your dream smart home, one of the most important things to consider is security. You want to ensure that your home will be safe whether you’re around or not. Many smart home brands and platforms have made security their main thing and have unveiled several products towards the same, but none of these brands are doing it like Abode.
What makes Abode stand out among other brands that major in security matters is that its products are made to protect and to comply with other smart devices such as smart lights and smart thermostats.
Abode attracts many customers due to its simple DIY installation procedures for its products and the fact that you can get its security solutions without a contract. Abode’s plans are customizable depending on the user’s preferences meaning you’re free to opt-in or out of any of Abode products anytime you want.
Another thing that makes users prefer Abode for their security solutions is that it offers affordable monitoring features starting at $3.33 per month and with media storage of up to 3 days. Here is everything you need to know on how to make an Abode smart home;
To start with one of the key factors that make Abode stand out from its competitors is that it offers two security products to suit everyone’s needs. The two security products are Abode Smart Security Kit and the Abode Iota security kit.
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Abode Smart Security Kit
This product contains a Gateway device that controls the Abode system and connects it to the monitoring center. The Smart Security Kit is priced at $199 and comes with a motion sensor, mini door/window sensor, and a key fob.
The key fob enables you to activate the security system even though you can use the Abode app or an additional keypad as an alternative. Although this base station lacks an in-built camera system, it can integrate with other smart devices in your home.
The Abode smart security kit comes with a hub and can only connect to your router via Ethernet. This security kit is more suitable for bigger homes since it provides the room to include more sensors into its system.
Abode Iota Smart Home Security Kit
This Abode Iota Security Kit is priced at $229 and has several features attached to it. The Iota Security Kit comes with an in-built security camera and a very active motion sensor. The fact that the two are built-in for this kit means that it’s applicable for smaller houses and apartments.
The Iota security kit does everything that the Smart Security Kit does, but it costs more because the in-built camera provides even more security options for the homeowner. This security connects majorly via Wi-Fi.
Abode Smart Home Sensors
Abode offers a collection of the most comprehensive sensors you can ever come by in a DIY-security system. Abode’s sensors cover everything from multiple entry, glass break, and motion.
All of Abode’s sensors come in a very thing and recessed model that makes it easy to mount them anywhere you want. The Abode Multi Sensor can monitor things like temperature, humidity, and even light levels.
Unlike most brands that rely on acoustic sensors for their breaking class detection, Abode has a vibrating glass break sensor placed near doors to detect even the slightest glass break.
Abode also has water leak detectors capable of detecting leaky pipes before they cause damage to your home. Furthermore, the company supplies a smoke alarm monitor that listens to smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide alarms.
Abode Smart Home Accessories
Even though accessories never detect the real danger, they add layers to your security system. Accessories such as indoor and outdoor sirens enable you to respond to emergencies more quickly than you would have with only motion detectors.
Although outdoor sirens are not common, they can help you alert neighbors about an intrusion or a burglary going on at your home. You don’t want to always rely on your phone to arm or disarm your security systems.
For this reason, you can use a key fob to arm or disarm an alarm system without opening the Abode app on your phone.
The key fob comes with a panic button that you can rely on when you need tor request for help from your device’s professional monitoring center in times of emergency.
Abode Cam 2 is one of the best security cameras in the smart home industry. With the recent updates from Abode, the Abode Cam 2 comes with software that can detect people and send notifications to the homeowner.
This means that you can keep track of any uninvited guests in your home in real-time while also ignoring pets such as cats and dogs. The Abode outdoor smart camera can also be connected to the doorbell wiring and used by homeowners as the doorbell.
Instead of using the doorbell button, it uses the motion sensor to tell when someone is close to your front door. Also, Abode includes a cloud video storage subscription for its users to help store video footage for future use.
The two subscription plans include;
- Pro version ($20 per month): the cloud storage provides a 30-day video history.
- The standard version ($6 per month): the cloud storage provides a 7-day video history.
Abode Products Integration With Other Smart Devices and Platforms
Abode works with several other third-party smart home products to help homeowners achieve desired levels of comfort, convenience, and efficiency in their homes.
These third-party products include;
- Amazon Alexa
- Apple Homekit
- Google Assistant
- If This Then That (IFTTT)
- Philips Hue Lighting
- Z-Wave and Zigbee
Many homeowners find Abode security systems very reliable due to the freedom they accord them. It’s even reported that most customers who opt for Abode security systems are more satisfied than customers from other security brands.
With the company always advancing on its security updates, you can expect the brand to roll out even better and more developed products in the future.
If you’re a homeowner and looking for a brand that will help elevate your smart home in security matters, look no further because Abode has everything you’re looking for.
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