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Abode Essentials Starter Kit Home Security System

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Security essentials

Security essentials

Our evaluation of the available features that an ideal security system should offer.

 /  5
Security add-ons

Security add-ons

Our evaluation of security-related features - such as smoke alarms - that an ideal system should offer for expanded functionality.

 /  5
Smart home add-ons

Smart home add-ons

Our evaluation of the extra smart home features, such as the ability to control lights, that an ideal security system should offer for expanded functionality.

 /  5
Ease of setup

Ease of setup

How easy the system was to set up.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

An analysis of features that are used to interact with the security system.

 /  5
Motion detection

Motion detection

Our evaluation of the system's motion detection ability, including whether a test mode is available.

 /  5
Video quality

Video quality

Quality of the video from the system's included or optional camera.

 /  5

About

The Abode Essentials Starter Kit is part of the Home Security Systems test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, DIY Home Security Systems models like the Essentials Starter Kit are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Security essentials Our evaluation of the available features that an ideal security system should offer.

Security add-ons Our evaluation of security-related features - such as smoke alarms - that an ideal system should offer for expanded functionality.

Smart home add-ons Our evaluation of the extra smart home features, such as the ability to control lights, that an ideal security system should offer for expanded functionality.

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