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What Works with Abode? Compatible Devices

Written by | Updated September 21, 2020

Abode doesn’t rank highly on our list of the best home security systems, but we like that it’s compatible with a ton of equipment. With so many equipment options available, you can customize your Abode system with everything you want in a security system.

Let’s dig into Abode’s equipment and explore what smart home brands work with this little-known security system.

If you’re looking for our thoughts on Abode as a whole, we recommend heading over to our Abode review to learn more about its monitoring plans, customer service, and how it compares to similar systems.

Abode equipment

Base stations

One thing that sets Abode apart from other DIY security systems is that it offers two different base stations: the Gateway and the Iota.

Price
Equipment in base starter kit
Smart home compatibility
Internet connection
Motion sensor
Battery backup
Built-in camera
Abode Gateway Abode Iota
Abode gateway Abode Iota
$199 $279
Gateway
Motion sensor
Mini door/window sensor
Key fob
Iota
Mini door/window sensor
Key fob
Amazon Alexa
Apple HomeKit
Google Assistant*
Z-Wave
Zigbee
Amazon Alexa
Apple HomeKit
Google Assistant*
Z-Wave
Zigbee
Ethernet cable Wi-Fi
Included in starter kit Built-in

Yes

Yes
X
No

Yes
View Packages View Packages

Info current as of 09/14/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Abode Gateway controls the system and connects it to the monitoring center, similar to what you see from competitors like SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT.

In contrast, the Abode Iota is an all-in-one system with a built-in security camera and motion sensor. These features mean it needs fewer sensors, making it ideal for small apartments. It still does everything the Gateway can do, but the higher price is worth it if you’re already eyeing a security camera for your Abode system.

Battery backup

Both Abode base stations have a battery backup that keeps the system running and connected to the monitoring center for up to five hours during a power outage.

As far as we can tell, there isn’t a way to buy Abode’s base stations outside of a starter kit. But this isn’t a problem since most folks will want a few sensors to go with their system. The starter kits include the basics of home security: a motion sensor and an entry sensor. There’s also a key fob to help you quickly disarm your system when you come home from work.

Sensors

Abode’s sensor selection is one of the most comprehensive we’ve seen on a DIY security system thanks to its offering multiple entry, motion, and glass break sensors.

Price
Mini Door/ Window Sensor Door/ Window Sensor Recessed Door/ Window Sensor Slim Strip Sensor Motion Sensor Multi Sensor Vibration Glass Break Sensor Acoustic Glass Break Sensor Smoke Alarm Monitor Water Leak Sensor
Abode mini door window sensor Abode door window sensor Abode recessed door window sensor Abode slim strip sensor Abode motion sensor Abode multi sensor Abode vibration glass break sensor Abode acoustic glass break sensor Abode smoke alarm monitor Abode water leak sensor
$25 $26 $29 $29 $39 $39 $34 $39 $29 $49

Info current as of 09/14/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

We like the different entry sensors’ styles, with the recessed and slim models offering more attractive (or hidden) options than typical door and window sensors.

Aside from the standard motion sensor, Abode sells a Multi Sensor that also monitors light levels, temperature, and humidity—making it a great way to expand the system’s smart home functionality.

The vibration glass break sensor is intriguing since most other brands rely on acoustic sensors to detect breaking glass. While the vibration sensor isn’t as useful for monitoring multiple windows, it’s a great addition to glass on or near doors, where an intruder might break a window for easy entry.

You can also buy a smoke alarm monitor that listens for the sounds of smoke detectors (it also works with carbon monoxide alarms). This handy sensor saves you from buying expensive, new smoke detectors that work with your Abode system.

Lastly, there’s a water leak detector to help you spot leaky pipes before they turn into a house-damaging deluge.

Accessories

Accessories don’t detect hazards like sensors do, but they can expand your system to do more than activate an alarm. These devices make you feel like a smart home mastermind since they simplify the system and add extra security layers to help you respond faster in an emergency.

Price
Indoor Siren Outdoor Siren Key Fob Keypad 2 System Status Indicator Panic Button Smart Home Power Switch
Abode indoor siren Abode outdoor siren Abode key fob Abode keypad 2 Abode system status indicator Abode panic button Abode smart home power switch
$49 $65 $19 $79 $29 $25 $39

Info current as of 09/14/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Abode sells two siren models, including the only outdoor siren we’ve seen in a security system in the US. By putting a siren outdoors, you can alert neighbors to trouble and more easily discourage burglars from staying long enough to swipe your loot.

The key fob and keypad simplify how you arm and disarm your system, so you don’t always need a smartphone app to control the system. The panic button can instantly activate the alarm and request help from the professional monitoring center in an emergency.

There’s even a system status indicator that tells you at a glance if your system is actively looking for intruders. If you want to control lights or appliances, you can buy the smart plug, a handy smart device for every home.

Cameras

Abode doesn’t offer many camera options, and there isn’t much that’s remarkable about the Abode Cam and motion camera compared to similar (and cheaper) cameras from Arlo and Ring.

Price
Abode Cam Wide Angle Motion Camera Outdoor Smart Camera
Abode Cam Abode wide angle motion camera Abode Outdoor Smart Camera
$139 $109 $229

Info current as of 09/14/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Outdoor Smart Camera availability

Although you can find information about the Outdoor Smart Camera on Abode's website, it isn't for sale yet. We'll update this page as soon as it's available.

The Outdoor Smart Camera is another story entirely. We love that you can also use this unique outdoor camera as a video doorbell since it can connect to doorbell wiring. It doesn’t have a doorbell button but instead uses a motion sensor to let you know when a visitor arrives. Even without a button, it probably won’t stop folks from touching the camera.

Cloud video storage

Abode includes cloud video storage for its security cameras in its paid service plans:

  • Standard ($6/mo.): 7-day video history
  • Pro ($20/mo.): 30-day video history

Third-party smart home products that work with Abode

Abode works with a healthy collection of smart home products:

About Abode’s ``CUE`` automation platform

While you can manually control compatible devices with the Abode app, you need to subscribe to any of the company's paid plans for Abode's CUE automations to perform tasks automatically.

You don't have to pay if you set up automations outside the Abode app using another service (like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT).

Amazon Alexa

You link your Abode system to Alexa using one of two skills: Abode Smart Home or Abode Home Security. You can control your Abode security system and smart home gear with Alexa voice controls, Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart displays, and the Alexa app. Now you can check that you armed Abode from your comfy bed by asking Alexa.

Read our Alexa guide to learn more.

Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit compatibility gives you control over your Abode equipment using Siri voice commands or the Apple Home app.

Ecobee

You can use your Abode system to control Ecobee smart thermostats.

Google Assistant

The Google Assistant smart home platform enables Abode voice commands, plus you can control the system with the Google Home app and Google smart speakers.

Read our Google Assistant guide to learn more.

If This Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT is a service that allows you to set up conditional automations that control your Abode system and other IFTTT-connected devices.

It’s a great way to link smart home products that are normally incompatible with each other. For example, this opens up the possibility of Abode working with smart devices like Wemo smart plugs and Honeywell thermostats.

Smart lighting

You can control LIFX and Philips Hue smart bulbs in the Abode app or integrate them directly into Abode CUE automations.

Z-Wave and Zigbee

Abode works with dozens of Z-Wave and Zigbee devices like sensors, smart bulbs, smart light switches, smart plugs, smart locks, and various security sensors.

While Abode should work with any compatible product using the same technology, you’ll get better results by choosing a device from its official list of supported Z-Wave and Zigbee devices.

Disclaimers

*Google Assistant, Google, and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

Written by John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist with over seven years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home. Learn more

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