Abode FAQs

About Abode

Abode is a smart choice if you want to max out your home automation and security system options. It’s also ideal for a smaller home or apartment. All packages come with free mobile app access, and you can choose self-monitoring or pay the pros to watch over your home.

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    Abode equipment

    How loud is the Abode alarm?

    The Abode Iota and Abode Gateway alarms are both 93 dB. Abode also offers a 95 dB indoor siren and a 107 dB outdoor siren.

    Does Abode work without Wi-Fi?

    Yes, Abode works without Wi-Fi. Both the Gateway and the Iota use an Ethernet connection.

    Does Abode work without internet?

    No, Abode doesn’t work without internet. The hubs need to be connected to the internet at all times. If you subscribe to Abode’s Pro plan, your system will use 4G cellular data as a backup connection.

    What doorbell works with Abode?

    Abode’s Outdoor Smart Camera doubles as a video doorbell. Abode also integrates with Arlo doorbells and the Skybell doorbell camera via IFTTT.

    What cameras work with Abode?

    You can pair several indoor camera brands with Abode through IFTTT:

    Abode sells three of its own cameras. Read our full Abode cameras review for full details.

    Compare Abode cameras

    Price
    Person detection
    Battery backup
    Wi-Fi
    Compatibility
    Best for home security
    Abode Iota
    $6.00/mo.
    Icon Yes  Light5 hrs.
    2.4 GHz, 4 GHzAmazon Alexa Google Assistant Apple HomeKit Z-Wave Zigbee
    Best for automatic doorbell
    Abode Outdoor Smart Cam
    $6.00/mo.
    Icon No  LightNone
    2.4 GHzAmazon Alexa Google Assistant
    Best for budget surveillance
    Abode Cam 2
    Coming soon
    Icon No  LightNone
    2.4 GHzAmazon Alexa Google Assistant

    Info current as of 8/16/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

    Do Abode cameras record?

    Abode cameras record only if you subscribe to the $20/month Pro monitoring plan. Otherwise, you’re limited to live footage.

    How does the Abode key fob work?

    The Abode key fob allows you to arm and disarm the system with a push of a button instead of entering a PIN on the keypad. You must be within 100 feet of your Abode hub for the key fob to work.

    The key fob features four buttons:

    • Away/arm: small dot in the upper left corner
    • Disarm: X in the lower left corner
    • Home: large circle in the upper right corner
    • Panic: plus sign in the lower right corner

    To use any of the buttons, press and hold until the red LED indicator light turns off. If the key fob never lights up, it may need a new battery. Pull the grey bottom away from the white top to access the Lithium Cell CR2032 battery.

    Do I own or lease an Abode home security system?

    Can I finance my Abode system?

    Yes, Abode offers equipment financing through the Bread platform.

    How long does the Abode camera battery last?

    The Abode Cam 2 and Outdoor Smart Cam don’t use batteries. They must be plugged in with the included USB wall adapter. The Outdoor Smart Cam can also be hardwired into the existing doorbell circuit.

    What works with Abode?

    Abode is compatible with over 160 devices, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Z-wave, and Zigbee. The IFTTT platform opens up even more compatibility options, allowing Abode to work with Samsung SmartThings, cameras like Nest, Blink, and Wyze, and services like Noonlight.

    Setting up an Abode system

    How do I set up an Abode security system?

    Start by plugging in the Abode Iota or Gateway and connecting it to your modem with the provided Ethernet cable. Make sure the backup battery button is in the “on” position.

    Next, download the Abode app on the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Create a new account and enter your device’s activation code when prompted.

    The app will walk you through the rest of the setup process.

    How do I connect my Abode to Wi-Fi?

    In the Abode app, tap Settings and then Gateway Internet Connection. Toggle the Wi-Fi Connection button and select your network. Enter the network password when prompted.

    Note: only the Iota hub connects to Wi-Fi.

    How do I connect HomeKit to Abode?

    In the Abode app, tap Settings, then Integrations, and finally Apple HomeKit. Write down the pairing code that appears on the screen.

    Navigate to the HomeKit app. Tap the plus sign in the upper right corner and select Add Accessory. Next, select “I don’t have a code or cannot scan.” Under the Manual Code heading, tap Enter Code.

    Input the pairing code to finish connecting HomeKit to Abode.

    Using Abode

    What is Abode home mode?

    Abode’s Home mode only arms “perimeter” devices like door and window sensors. Indoor devices—like motion sensors or an indoor camera—stay disarmed in Home mode so that you can move around without triggering an alarm.

    How do you disarm Abode?

    Disarm Abode through any of these methods:

    • Enter the 4-digit PIN on the keypad.
    • Press and hold the X on the lower-left corner of the key fob until the indicator light disappears.
    • Swipe toward the disarm symbol on the Abode app.

    If you subscribe to the Pro plan, you can also set up automations that disarm Abode in certain conditions. For example, Abode can disarm automatically when your phone enters a geofenced area. In everyday terms, the system would disarm when you come home.

    Can I control Abode from my phone?

    Yes, Abode has a mobile app that allows you to view live video footage, set up integrations, and arm/disarm the system. Only Pro plan subscribers can access all app features, such as automations, an event timeline, or stored video footage.

    Troubleshooting an Abode system

    Why is my Abode Gateway chirping?

    The Abode Gateway chirps once any time a door or window sensor opens. If it’s chirping every 30 seconds, there’s a connection problem.

    What do I do if my Abode Gateway is offline?

    Unplug the Ethernet cable from your router and unplug the router’s power cord from the wall. Wait 30 seconds and plug everything back in. Wait several minutes for the internet to come back online.

    If your Abode Gateway is still offline, locate the backup battery switch on the back of the unit and toggle it to the “off” position. Then unplug the Gateway, wait 30 seconds, and plug it back in. Don’t forget to toggle the backup battery switch to the “on” position once the Gateway is back online.

    Abode monitoring

    Plan
    Monthly cost
    Video storage
    Arm/disarm from app
    CUE automations
    Professional monitoring
    Learn more
    BasicLive video only
    Icon Yes  LightYes
    Icon No  LightNo
    Icon No  LightNo
    Standard7 days
    Icon Yes  LightYes
    Icon Yes  LightYes
    Icon No  LightNo
    Pro30 days
    Icon Yes  LightYes
    Icon Yes  LightYes
    Icon Yes  LightYes

    Info current as of 8/16/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

    Who does Abode use for monitoring?

    Abode uses Rapid Response for monitoring in the US.

    Can I use Abode without a plan?

    Yes, you can use Abode without a monthly subscription. A free Abode plan doesn’t offer automations, video storage, cellular backup, or professional monitoring, among other perks.

    Does Abode call the police?

    Abode equipment does not automatically call the police. If you pay for the Pro monitoring service, an alarm monitoring specialist will call you first to make sure it’s not a false alarm. Then, they’ll call first responders.

    Is Abode available in my area?

    Abode is available throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. Because Abode connects to the internet via an Ethernet cable, it works well in rural areas where Wi-Fi or cell signals might be weak.

    How long is an Abode contract?

    You don’t have to sign a contract to use Abode. They offer professional monitoring on demand, so you can have someone keep an eye on your home for just a few days. Many customers pay on a month-to-month schedule.

    Is Abode service transferable?

    Yes, Abode service is transferable to a new owner. Contact Abode customer service at +1-650-443-7834 to disconnect an Abode system. Then have the new owners call for a service connection. Abode also offers transfer request forms on their website.

    Can I take my Abode system with me when I move?

    Yes, Abode equipment is extremely portable and perfect for renters. Just call Abode customer service to change your address in the system.

    Abode vs. other home security companies

    Which is better, Abode or Vivint?

    Abode is better for renters, whereas Vivint offers a better done-for-you experience. With that said, we consider Vivint the best home security system overall.

    Which is better, Abode or Ring?

    We rank Abode above Ring. They’re both a good choice for renters, but Abode offers way more integrations and equipment. Learn more in our full Abode vs. Ring comparison.

    Which is better, Abode or SimpliSafe?

    SimpliSafe is one of our top picks for best home security systems and DIY security systems. But if you want to create an integrated smart home, choose Abode.

    Still on the fence? We break down the similarities and differences in our Abode vs. SimpliSafe comparison.

    Which is better, Abode or Cove?

    We rank Abode above Cove. Once again, Abode’s strength lies in its superior integrations and automations. Abode’s monthly plans are also slightly more affordable than Cove’s.

    Abode Systems, Inc.

    Where is Abode located?

    Abode is located in San Francisco.

    Who owns Abode security?

    Nice S.p.A is the majority stakeholder for Abode Systems, Inc.


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    Smart home compatibilityIcon Tooltip  Dark
    Learn more
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    Icon No  LightYes
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    Icon Yes  LightNo *
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