Smart home systems to elevate your home’s security

You want to enhance your home's security, but what if you already have security gadgets you love? A third-party controller platform can help.

Smart home systems to elevate your home’s security
Smart home systems to elevate your home’s security

A home security system can really give you peace of mind. But the price tag on professionally installed setups can be high, and they require their own set of cameras and locks. The smart home systems below are different.

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Yes, they’re third-party controller platforms, and you’ve probably heard of some of them. We love them because they’re easy to install and support your Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit devices. That way, you can pretty much design the security system that works for you.

We also recommend some good indoor and outdoor cameras as well as door locks to round out your setup. Are you ready for a safer home? Then let’s check out these security devices.

Third-party security system controllers

1. The Abode iota All-In-One Smart Home Security System lets you rely on just one system to keep your home safe and secure.

Abode iota all-in-one smart home security system on a table

Sync all of your smart home security devices to the Abode iota All-In-One Smart Home Security System. It has a 1080p HD camera and supports Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Z-Wave, and more.

Get it for $279.99 on the official website.

2. The SimpliSafe Compact Home Security System is an easy-to-use DIY setup. It doesn’t require a contract or phone line.

SimpliSafe compact home security system on a table

Get 24/7 professional monitoring in your home with the SimpliSafe Compact Home Security System. The company’s specialists keep an eye on your home and are ready to alert the police if something is amiss.

Get it for $137.98 on the official website.

3. The Blue by ADT Security System works with many third-party devices and supports Google and Alexa voice commands.

Blue by ADT security system in gray

Another of our favorite smart home systems is the Blue by ADT Security System. It lets you build your own setup. So you can add the cameras, sensors, and devices you prefer for a customized system.

Get it starting at $179.99 on the official website.

Smart outdoor cameras

1. The eufy SoloCam S40 security camera gets its power from the sun. In 200 milliseconds, AI tech recognizes people approaching.

eufy SoloCam S40 security camera in white

Have eyes outside of your home with the eufy SoloCam S40 security camera. It’s solar powered, so you don’t have to worry about changing the battery. Plus, with color night vision, it always has a clear view of your property.

Get it for $199.99 on the official website.

2. The Google Nest Cam with floodlight shines a light on motion. Then, it records footage and has local storage for power outages.

Google Nest Cam with floodlight in action

An excellent addition to any of these smart home systems is the Google Nest Cam with floodlight. When motion sets it off, it starts recording. It also helps you keep an eye on the garage while you’re in the house.

Get it for $279.99 on the official website.

3. The Swann Xtreem Wireless outdoor security camera helps you avoid ugly wires. And its lithium battery lasts for up to 6 months.

Swann Xtreem wireless outdoor security camera in white

For a security camera that doesn’t detract from your home’s look, go for the Swann Xtreem Wireless outdoor security camera. It’s completely wireless, and it has a rechargeable battery and 110-degree field of view.

Get it for $179.99 on the official website.

Smart indoor cameras

1. The Vivint Ping indoor security camera auto-records movement it doesn’t expect. It also has infrared night vision so you can see in the dark.

Vivint Ping indoor security camera in white

See what’s going on at home while you’re away with the Vivint Ping indoor security camera. Motion causes it to record automatically, and the Full HD 1080p resolution shows you clear videos and images.

Get it for $199.99 on the official website.

2. The Google Nest Cam (wired) looks great in your home with its array of shades. And it has local backup in case the power goes out.

Google Nest Cam (wired) security camera design

A great indoor camera to add to a DIY smart home system is the Google Nest Cam (wired). You can keep it on a base or mount it on a wall. Keep an eye on the dog, check in with the babysitter, and more with this indoor camera.

Get it for $99.99 on the official website.

3. The Wyze Cam Pan v2 security camera offers 1080p color night vision and provides 360 degrees of coverage in a room.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 in white

You won’t have to worry about the Wyze Cam Pan v2 security camera in your home. Impressively, it has 1080p color night vision and can show you what’s happening all around the room.

Get it for $39.99 on the official website.

Smart door locks

1. The Xiaomi Smart Door Lock X recognizes faces. It also has fingerprint and passcode entry for convenience.

Xiaomi smart door lock X in black

You’ve probably never had a door look quite like the Xiaomi Smart Door Lock X. Its many sensors can confirm your identity by scanning your face. This technology also shows you clear footage of who’s at the door.

This gadget is coming soon, and its price is TBA. Learn more about it on the official website.

2. The Level Lock invisible smart lock turns your standard door lock into a smart one. It works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and more.

Level Lock invisible smart lock in gray

Add the Level Lock invisible smart lock to any of these smart home systems. It preserves your home’s traditional look and lets you share access with service providers and guests.

Get it for $249 on the official website.

3. The eufy Smart Lock Touch door fingerprint scanner unlocks in 4 ways: fingerprint, app, keypad, or key. It even locks automatically.

eufy smart lock touch door scanner in black

If you sometimes forget whether you’ve locked the door, the eufy Smart Lock Touch door fingerprint scanner comes in handy. It automatically locks once it closes behind you. Open it with your fingerprint, the app, the keypad, or a key.

Get it for $139.99 on the official website.

You get more flexibility when you have a third-party or DIY controller platform for your home security gadgets. Which of these systems/gadgets would you add to your home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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