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The 12 Best Smart Home Security Systems

MUO logo MUO 8/5/2022 Kegan Mooney
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Smart security systems allow you to monitor your home almost anywhere, allowing you to keep an eye on your home at all times.

Because they are highly customizable, smart security systems are incredibly versatile meaning you can monitor inside and outside your home, depending on your needs.

From 24/7 surveillance by professionals to do-it-yourself kits, there is a wealth of security systems available to choose from on the market.

Here are the best smart home security systems available today.

The Deep Sentinel Smart Security Cameras are ideal for protecting your home against potential crimes. You can design a perimeter of protection around your home with peace of mind that live guards are monitoring the cameras. Even if you're on vacation, the 24/7 monitoring remains intact, allowing you to enjoy your time away without having to worry about the security of your home.

There's a generous 30-day returns policy, so if you decide you don't like the expensive Deep Sentinel Smart Security Cameras, you won't lose anything. However, if you're serious about the security of your home, this is an investment worthwhile.

Using the iOS and Android app, the Deep Sentinel Smart Security Cameras will record an audit of any events. You can also enable privacy mode which will hide any camera inside or outside your home from the guards. Users can monitor and watch live streams of their property at or away from home, all without any intrusive wires or complicated installation.

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Key Features
  • Includes Deep Sentinel Smart Hub
  • Two-way audio with professional guards
  • Records an audit of events via the smartphone app for iOS and Android
Specifications
  • Brand: Deep Sentinel
  • Resolution: 1080x1920
  • Connectivity: Wireless (battery powered)
  • App Compatibility: Deep Sentinel App
  • Night Vision: Yes
  • Internal or External: Both
  • Power Source: 4x Lithium ion batteries
  • Axis Control: Yes
Pros
  • Real-time security monitoring
  • HD video
  • Privacy features
  • Fast response times (within 20 seconds)
Cons
  • Expensive
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Deep Sentinel Smart Security Cameras

The Ring Alarm Home Security System is an affordable system that contains eight pieces of kit. Paired with other Ring products, you can protect the entire inside and outside of your home with motion sensors, alarms, keypads, and cameras. It also offers voice assistant support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Setting up the Ring Alarm Home Security System is fairly straightforward, allowing you to do it yourself without any professional intervention. The slimline keypad includes emergency buttons to easily request police, fire, or medical assistance. The entire kit can be managed from the Ring app on your mobile device, meaning you can receive notifications when any of the sensors or alarms are triggered.

There are three modes of security; disarmed, home, and away. This allows you to customize your home security depending on your needs. It is also one of the most affordable complete home security systems that include 24/7 professional monitoring.

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Key Features
  • Receive mobile notifications when security system is triggered
  • Easy DIY installation and connection via Wi-Fi
  • Includes a base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, and a range extender
Specifications
  • Brand: Ring
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Installation: Wall-mounted, Flat surface
  • Power: Battery (rechargeable)
  • Professional Monitoring: Yes
  • Security: Keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, alarm
Pros
  • Low-cost monitoring
  • Mix and match with other Ring devices
  • DIY installation doesn't require a professional
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Ring Alarm Home Security System

Known for powerful and affordable hardware, TP-Link's Tapo 2K Indoor Security Camera offers quite a lot at a cheap price. It still requires a power cable, so it's not wireless, but its no-frills approach means the price can stay low while offering 2K resolution, so you can keep a careful watch of the goings-on inside your home.

Like most smart security systems, the TP-Link Tapo 2K Indoor Security Camera allows two-way talk, so you can hear and speak to anyone in range of the camera. Using the app, you can customize activity zones, so you'll only receive alerts when it matters. This is especially useful if you're using the camera as a pet camera, or to keep an eye on your children when they're sleeping.

You can store continuous footage using a microSD card, or subscribe to Tapo's Care service which means you can save and view 30 days' worth of video history. This is useful if you need to take any kind of evidence if something unfortunate has happened.

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Key Features
  • Local and cloud storage
  • Two-way audio
  • Device sharing
  • Customizable activity zones
Specifications
  • Brand: TP-Link
  • Resolution: 2304x1296
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • App Compatibility: Tapo app
  • Night Vision: Yes
  • Internal or External: Internal
  • Power Source: Power cord
  • Integrations: Alexa, Google Assistant
Pros
  • Easy to setup activity zones
  • Handy notifications
  • Expandable storage
Cons
  • Some features require subscription
  • Limited advanced features
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TP-Link Tapo 2K Indoor Security Camera

The eufy Security Smart Lock is a connected door lock that you can control in four ways. You can unlock it with your phone or voice, or if you prefer you can use the keypad or traditional keyway. As the lock isn't equipped with a Wi-Fi radio, you will need to use a Wi-Fi bridge which is sold separately.

Stylish in its design, the eufy Security Smart Lock boasts an IP65 weatherproof rating. It boasts a sleek matte black finish and includes a micro-USB port underneath the keypad where you can insert a battery pack if the internal batteries fail. To control the lock, you can download the Eufy Security app alongside any other Eufy security devices you might have.

You can manage lock events, access, and more, allowing you to control who can unlock and lock your door. It's a solid choice if you want to enhance the security of your home locks, including useful features like Auto-Lock, Wrong-Try Protection, and Scrambled Password.

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Key Features
  • Fingerprint identifcation takes 0.3 seconds
  • Works with Wi-Fi Bridge
  • Automatic locking
Specifications
  • Brand: eufy
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Integrations: Wi-Fi Bridge
  • Compatible Locks: Lever-handle doors
  • Battery: 4x AA batteries
  • Keypad: Keypad Lock, Biometric Lock
Pros
  • IP65 weatherproof rating
  • Easy to install
  • Works with voice commands
Cons
  • Requires a bridge
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eufy Security Smart Lock

The SimpliSafe 9 Piece Wireless Home Security System is a contract-free smart security kit for your home. It's easy to set up and use, keeping you and your home safe from potential threats. You can monitor everything remotely and add additional components to the system if required. Other accessories include a video doorbell, a glass break sensor, and additional cameras.

You'll need to place the base station in a central location within 400 feet of your sensors. There's an integrated Wi-Fi radio, but if you live in a remote area, you can use the system without it. There's a backup battery that will last up to 24 hours and the option to add a SIM card if you'd prefer cellular connectivity.

There's little integration with third-party systems, and the camera is somewhat average, however, the SimpliSafe 9 Piece Wireless Home Security System delivers professional security that you can install yourself. You can control the whole setup via Amazon Alexa and even arm or disarm the system via your Apple Watch.

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Key Features
  • Motion sensors detect within 30 feet
  • Dual Wi-Fi and cellular connections
  • Includes base station, keypad, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, and a security camera
Specifications
  • Brand: SimpliSafe
  • Resolution: 1080x1920
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Cellular
  • App Compatibility: SimpliSafe Home Security
  • Night Vision: Yes
  • Internal or External: Both
  • Power Source: 2x AAA batteries
  • Axis Control: No
Pros
  • No contact required
  • Relatively affordable
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Camera is a little underwhelming
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SimpliSafe 9 Piece Wireless Home Security System

The Wyze Home Security System Core Kit is simple to install and includes everything you could need to protect your home. Professional monitoring is available too at an affordable cost, with the kit being compatible with other Wyze products like security cameras. It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for ease of use.

To further enhance the security of your home, the Wyze Home Security System Core Kit seamlessly integrates with Wyze cameras, plugs, and light bulbs. You can monitor your home's security via the Wyze app which has an easy setup process. Here you can configure alarm triggers, create a PIN for the keypad, and even set a safeword to verify your identity when contacting emergency services.

The 88dB siren can be heard clearly through a one-story house, however, bigger family homes may struggle to hear the siren. Overall, the Wyze Home Security System Core Kit offers a keypad, entry sensors, and a motion sensor to keep your home safe while you're home or away at a very good price.

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Key Features
  • Battery-powered sensors
  • Installation with adhesives
  • Wyze Sense Hub includes a siren
Specifications
  • Brand: WYZE
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Installation: Adhesive
  • Power: 1x Lithium polymer battery
  • Professional Monitoring: Yes
  • Security: Keypad, motion entry sensors
Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Compatible with other Wyze products
Cons
  • Alarm siren is relatively quiet
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Wyze Home Security System Core Kit

The Cove Home Security System is a DIY home security setup that offers professional monitoring. The handy seven-inch touch-screen display provides a cellular connection for 24/7 monitoring. Installation is quick and simple and offers quick response times in case of any emergencies or break-ins.

You can tailor the Cove Home Security System to your home and choose between various monitoring plans if you require professional monitoring. The touch-screen panel is much like a voice assistant, allowing you to set up the home security system, set master codes, and walks you through installation.

If the sensors detect any motion, you'll receive a text message on your cellphone alerting you quickly. Communication with response centers is seamless, offering two-way audio via the touch panel with clear and loud notifications.

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Key Features
  • Includes touch screen panel, four door/window sensors, two motion sensors, one flood sensor, two key remotes, and a sign
  • 30-days free professional monitoring
  • Smartphone control
Specifications
  • Brand: Cove
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Connectivity: Cellular
  • Installation: DIY
  • Power: 2x CR2 batteries
  • Professional Monitoring: Yes
  • Security: Door and window sensor, motion detector, key remote, flood sensor
Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Very customizable
  • Fast response times
Cons
  • Mobile app requires subscription
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Cove Home Security System

The Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit is a suitable system for homeowners and renters who want to add an extra layer of protection to their homes. The base station includes Amazon Alexa built-in, making it easy to control and use other smart home devices. There are multiple packages available, allowing you to choose what's best for your home.

The base station features a backup battery and siren, as well as a 1080p camera that can record video clips directly to a microSD card when triggered. There's facial and pet detection included, so you can tag up to two faces for the system to ignore. To quickly protect your home, you can issue voice commands like "Alexa, arm my security".

The Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit base unit also illuminates different colors to alert you as to whether the system is active, away, or in night mode. While there isn't professional monitoring, you can monitor the security of your home for free using the iOS or Android app. You can view your cameras at any time, making it easy when you are away.

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Key Features
  • Voice control
  • Smart home integration
  • Records in 1080p
Specifications
  • Brand: Honeywell Home
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Installation: DIY
  • Power: 1x Lithium metal battery
  • Professional Monitoring: No
  • Security: Access sensors, remote control keyfob
Pros
  • Plenty of cameras available
  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • No professional monitoring
  • Limited third-party device support
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Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit

The Canary Pro Indoor Home Security Camera is an affordable system that can protect the inside of your home when you're away. The camera features a 1080p HD video display and can zoom up to three times. It boasts a large field of view and includes night vision with 12 LED lights. While there is two-way audio available, it requires a subscription.

The Canary Pro Indoor Home Security Camera can integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for convenience. It can detect people and movement and includes a 90dB siren to alert intruders. You can contact the emergency services with one tap from the smartphone app which is SSL/TLS encrypted.

As well as offering home security, the Canary Pro Indoor Home Security Camera can also monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity, so you could double up its use as a baby camera that you can watch 24/7 from your smartphone.

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Key Features
  • Live camera recordings
  • Intelligent person and motion detection
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Specifications
  • Brand: Canary
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • App Compatibility: Canary Smart Security
  • Night Vision: Yes
  • Internal or External: Internal
  • Power Source: Power cord
  • Axis Control: No
Pros
  • Good features
  • Easy to setup
  • Affordable
Cons
  • No local storage included
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Canary Pro Indoor Home Security Camera

The TP-Link Tapo 2K is an ideal, affordable smart home camera that can be used to keep an eye on the happenings inside of your home. For example, you can use the camera when you're not at home to ensure your pets aren't up to no good. But you can also use it when your baby or child has a nap, feeling reassured that you can see and hear them.

With two-way audio, the TP-Link Tapo 2K means you can hear any noise around the camera, and respond using your voice. You can use the smartphone app to talk, pan and tilt, make a voice call, and change multiple settings. Here you can also adjust the privacy mode so you can share your camera with other people in your household who you trust.

Night vision is restricted to 30 feet, and the resolution isn't 4K, but this little device is quite the beast considering how cheap it is. If you want more advanced features, you'll either need to upgrade your camera or sign up for the camera's subscription. But, for monitoring your home on a basic level, it's really quite good.

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Key Features
  • 2304x1296 Resolution
  • 360° horizontal pan
  • 114° vertical tilt
  • Two-way audio
Pros
  • Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
  • Solid night vision
  • Easy to use app
  • Very affordable
Cons
  • Some features requires subscription
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The Banshees of Inisherin

The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 is the perfect external security system for those looking to keep their families and home safe from intruders. Super bright 2,500-lumen spotlights intelligently detect human motion, to deter intruders and keep your home safe.

For those that want less invasive spotlights, the Eufy Security app lets you dim the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2's spotlights, letting you find the ideal brightness for your needs.

With the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2's smart siren, you can quickly scare away any intruders, while being safe in the knowledge that the smart AI is constantly working to ensure that it only triggers for humans. This saves you the embarrassment of a false alarm.

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Key Features
  • Dimmable floodlights
  • AI human detection
  • Customizable activity zones
  • IP65 weatherproof rating
  • Two-way audio
  • Smart siren
Specifications
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Compatability: PS4, PS5, PC
  • What's Included: Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
  • Brand: Sony
Pros
  • Instant security alerts
  • No hidden fees
  • Wide field of view
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Existing outdoor wiring required
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PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

The Google Nest Cam (2nd Generation) comes with everything you need to monitor your home remotely. Keep an eye on family members or pets while you are away and get live notifications straight to your phone.

Intelligent notifications let you know only about the activity you want to know about, pointing out if an animal, human, or even a vehicle has been detected. So, you can monitor the activity that matters most to you, perfect for keeping an eye on pets while you are at work.

With Wi-Fi outage protection, even if your Wi-Fi goes down, the Google Nest Cam (2nd Generation) can continue recording key moments. It will store up to an hour of events and activities on its local storage.

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Key Features
  • Wi-Fi outage protection
  • Two-way audio
  • Intelligent alerts
  • Customizable activity zones
Pros
  • Great app
  • Multiple color options
  • Familiar faces alerts (requires subscription)
  • Stream live feed to TV and other devices
Cons
  • Video history and other features requires a subscription
  • Must sign up to a Google account
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Google Nest Cam (2nd Generation)

FAQ

Q: How Much Does Smart Security Cost?

Smart security cameras and smart security systems can be relatively affordable. Many brands offer starter or core kits, meaning you'll get all of the essentials at a lower cost than purchasing them separately. While many smart security systems do offer a subscription to access two-way audio and professional monitoring, there are some that don't require a subscription but may lack certain features.

Q: Is A Security System Worth It?

Smart security systems can protect you and your family when you're at home, or protect your home when you're away at the office or on vacation. Security systems can discourage break-ins and offer some much-needed reassurance for your personal security.

Q: What Is The Most Effective Home Security?

Smart home security systems come in all shapes and sizes, boasting different features and functionality. Smart security systems can be monitored from your smartphone and often integrate with other smart home devices. Depending on your needs, you may decide to purchase a security system with video cameras, alarms, and sensors, whereas some people pay prefer a video doorbell or keypad entry locking system.

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