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Home Security Systems

Abode Essentials Starter Kit home security system

About

Optional monitoring for $20/month ($200/year). Uses an optional cellular backup ($8/month or $80/year) when WiFi is not available. Has a rechargeable battery in base station for when power is out. Offers an optional keypad for passcodes. Can use your location to arm and disarm the alarm.

Features

What's in the box What's in the box What main components were included in the tested version - doesn't include cables, fittings, or the like.
Base station, motion sensor, 1 door sensor, 1 key fob
Key fob Key fob Options for arming and disarming the system other than the app and a keypad.
Yes
Two factor authentication Two factor authentication Two factor authentication increases protection against hackers.
Used only on the web.
Voice control Voice control Digital assistants that can be used with your voice to control the security system.
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Passcode Passcode System can be armed or disarmed using a passcode.
Optional
Web access Web access Access to the system through the internet.
Yes
Battery backup Battery backup Systems use batteries to continue to work without power.
Yes
Cellular Cellular If the system can connect using cellular signals when WiFi is out - may require additional fees.
Requires fee