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Bulky contact sensors. Bottom Line: The Ring Alarm Security Kit is a DIY home security system that is easy to install and offers affordable professional monitoring, but interoperability with Ring cameras and third party devices is not yet supported. Read ReviewFrontPoint Safe Home ReviewMSRP: $882. 84 at Pros: Easy to install. Lots of component choices. Works with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Cons: Requires a one or three year monitoring plan. Doesn't support IFTTT. Pricey components. Bottom Line: As long as you're willing to commit to a contract, the FrontPoint Safe Home Elite system offers a nice selection of security, home automation, and environmental components and is easy to install. Read ReviewHoneywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit ReviewMSRP: $449.

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If you want to control your SimpliSafe system with a smartphone, you can expect to pay about $25 a month, which is higher than average. This is disappointing considering SimpliSafe's smartphone app only offers limited functionality due to the fact you can't use the system with many smart home devices. Read the full reviewLatest News and Updates January 2019Here are some new and noteworthy DIY security systems that we haven’t tested yet but plan to evaluate later this year:Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit: This system combines ADT home security monitoring with Samsung’s excellent smart home platform. Released in October 2017 for $499Ring Alarm: This system offers professional monitoring for $10 a month, making it the least expensive security system on the market, DIY or otherwise. This Amazon owned company also makes a line of popular video doorbells. Released in July 2018 for $199Honeywell Smart Home Security: This system has an all in one base station that also acts as a security camera, an Amazon Alexa smart speaker, a motion detector and a siren. Honeywell makes a variety of sensors for this system, and the unit is compatible with Google Assistant, IFTTT and Z Wave smart home platforms. Released in August 2018 for $349Arlo Security System: This system uses the Arlo SmartHub and works with Arlo Multi Sensors, the Arlo Siren and the Arlo Remote. The most interesting devices in the system are the Arlo Multi Sensors, which are similar to the Nest Detect sensors in that they can act as both motion detectors and entry sensors on doors and windows. They can also detect water leaks and the temperature, and they alert you when smoke and carbon monoxide detectors go off. Announced in January 2019, with expected release in the second half of 2019; pricing isn’t available yetWhy trust us on home automation systems?We've reviewed DIY home security systems for over four years.