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Comparing 5 New Home Security Companies

Comparing Home Security Options

Navigating your options for a home alarm system can be a daunting task. Along with the big names in home security, there are several newcomers to the scene, offering you more variety as you make your choice.

But just how do these modern selections stack up to the tried and true companies, such as ADT, which entered the scene back in the 1800s? Because only you know your needs best, we’ve compiled a list of home security newcomers and their offerings, so you can gather all the information you need in one spot.

Canary

Canary is a new kind of home security system that entered the market in 2013 via a Crowdfunding campaign. It is a single unit that connects to an app on your phone, allowing you to benefit from continuous video monitoring of your home. You’ll receive text alerts when something isn’t typical or safe at home, and you can choose to ignore it, sound the device’s siren, call the authorities, or call a neighbor. The device is said to learn your patterns, and thus, become more efficient the longer you use it.

Price: The Canary device is listed at $249 and can be ordered via the Canary website or on Amazon. A free, basic security plan comes with the purchase of the device and offers motion-activated alerts, video recording, and access to footage of events of the last 12 hours. It also is capable of holding up to five saved clips on the Canary Cloud. Additional paid plans range in price from $9.99 per month to $39.99 per month.

Installation: Free. No assembly is required, making the device easy for almost anyone to install. Simply place it on a shelf or counter and connect it to your home Wi-Fi and power source.

Special Features: This system is very renter friendly as it can be moved from one location to another with ease. Accessing your home video feed is as simple as tapping an app on your phone.

Automatic Emergency Services Notification: No

Netgear® Arlo™

Netgear’s Arlo hit the market in 2014 and is a security system that comprises one or more weatherproof, HD security cameras. Its magnet connection system is unique in that it allows the cameras to be completely wireless, with no cables necessary to secure the cameras to the wall, ceiling, or mounting system. It also allows the cameras to be moved from one location to another quickly and easily, making this system perfect for a variety of uses—from baby and pet monitoring to ensuring the proper care of family members who require medical care.

Price: A basic package includes one camera, a smart home base station, 2 magnetic camera mounts, 2 mounting screws, and 7 days of free cloud recordings for $199.99, and it is available via both the Arlo website and Amazon. Other plans include anywhere from 2 to 4 cameras with additional wall mounts and mounting screws and range from $349.99 to $499.99. You can also opt to purchase additional equipment separately, with extra cameras costing $159.99 each and mounts costing $19.99-$24.99 each.

Installation: Free. Most customers can handle the job themselves as cameras can either be placed on a shelf or counter or can be mounted on their magnetic wall mounts. All camera kits include mounting screws to secure the wall mounts.

Special Features: Arlo can be set with motion alerts, so that if anything moves outside your home or inside your business after hours, you will be alerted. The HD video quality and night vision make this system ideal for those who are looking for something to increase the safety of their home and family.

Automatic Emergency Services Notification: No

iSmartAlarm™

iSmartAlarm entered the market in 2012 and specializes in offering fully customizable packages that fit your specific needs. Plans come with features such as HD cameras, motion sensors, video monitoring, door and window protection, remote control activation, and contact sensors.

Price: iSmartAlarm offers three packages, priced at $199, $249.95, or $349 without monthly fees or contracts. The Preferred Package is listed at $199, which includes 1 “CubeOne,” or the brain of the system, 2 Door/Windows Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Remote Tags, and iSmartAlarm stickers for added protection. The Deluxe Package includes 1 CubeOne, 4 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Remote Tags, and iSmartAlarm stickers. The Premium package is $349 and comes with 1 CubeOne, 1 iCamera, 2 Door/Windows Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Remote Tags, and iSmartAlarm stickers. All are available on Amazon.

Installation: Free, and easy to install yourself.

Special Features: iSmartAlarm offers a free iPhone or Android app that allows you to control your alarm system from the palm of your hand, including the ability to set up mobile alerts. You can also choose from a variety of accessories to complement your plan.

Automatic Emergency Services Notification: No

XFINITY® Home

XFINITY home is the home security branch of Comcast and became available to consumers in 2011. XFINITY combines several features to provide 24/7 monitoring and an automated home. XFINITY may be new, but it has the power of Comcast behind it.

Price: All pricing includes a two-year agreement. Any early termination of the agreement will result in a fee. There are two home security packages available, and both come with one free camera. Plans run from $39.95-$49.95 each month. Each comes with equipment including touch screen controllers, window or door sensors, motion sensors and wireless keypads. The $49.95 plan includes additional features.

Installation: Installation of all XFINITY products is professionally done. Installation of the Home-Secure 300 package costs $99, while installation of the Home-Secure 350 package is $399. However, the cost of your installation includes a professional assessment of your home so that you can get an optimized system.

Special Features: XFINITY offers more than just home security. Customers have the option to purchase various home automation equipment, like smart thermostats, outlet controllers, and water detectors, which allows you to turn off appliances and control the temperature in your home remotely. You can even opt for the Home-Control 150 package if you decide you don’t need 24/7 monitoring. This package costs only $19.95 per month with a two year agreement, and allows you to install your equipment yourself for no additional fee (or you can opt for $99 professional installation). You can also save more per month by bundling your security plan with your XFINITY TV and Internet services.

Automatic Emergency Services Notification: Yes

AT&T Digital Life®

AT&T Digital Life is aptly named, as the company offers not just home security, but an all-around digital lifestyle. It was introduced in 2013 and basic packages include 24/7 professional monitoring with remote access. From there, you can add home automation equipment and services that allow you to do everything from dimming your lighting to shutting off your water—all from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. If you’re looking for a fully automated home, this may be the system for you.

Price: Prices vary based upon the coverage and equipment you want. The basic home security package includes an initial purchase fee of $49.99, with a $39.99 per month fee and a two-year agreement. Additional equipment is available for an extra fee due upon checkout, and can cost anywhere from $29.99 to $499.99 per item, depending on the type of equipment. Certain types of equipment also mean an additional monthly fee, which can get as high as $69.95 per month for an all-inclusive package.

Installation: Professionally done. The cost is included in the set-up fee.

Special Features: You can add additional features to your package to create a fully automated home. This allows you to tailor your packages to suit your family.

Automatic Emergency Services Notification: Yes

As you can see, many of the latest alarm system companies are offering unique and efficient systems that especially benefit those in apartments or smaller homes. Knowing your needs and surveying your options will ensure you choose a home security system that will give you peace of mind whether you’re at home or away.

Alyssa Baker

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