Smart Security Devices are relatively new in the world of Smart Home. However, they have had a massive impact on consumers and security minded home owners alike. From Camera’s to Video Door bells you can now secure your home in a much more convenient way – via you Smartphone.
Alarms, camera, motion sensors and more – the options are endless when it comes to keeping tabs on what’s happening in your home. You can now have peace of mind all at the touch of a button. Best part is, you can install most of this automated home security technology yourself, so you don’t need to shell out thousands to a security installation company or contractor.
All devices list here at booBeam have our Real Life Ratings. These are a set of ratings we measure each device against to give you a real life feel for the device. Is it worth the money? How easy are they to install? And most importantly, how easy are they to use in real life scenarios?
Home security has come a long way over the years, with today’s models featuring all the bells and whistles that allow for them to be fully integrated with home networking systems and smart devices. Of course you’ll want to ensure that whatever system you purchase is compatible with any mobile device you plan to use it with, but there are a few other things to consider before purchasing a smart home security system.
First of all, you need an internet connection and a router, that should be a simple tick for most. Then you will need a smart phone (Android or iPhone) and you are pretty much set. A basic knowledge of IT setup is always good to have but no means essential as most Smart Security Devices come with step by step guides.
Most Smart Security Devices require a hub to wirelessly connect together and to your Smart Phone. If the device you are buying does not include a hub, make sure you also add one to your basket and make sure it is the same manufacture of your device.
Smart Security Devices are amazing things, so get ready to expect a lot. For cameras you will have a live stream of what ever you decide to monitor, and most streams are full 1080p HD quality so good enough for hard evidence and to hand over to the police or security should ever need to do so. Most Cameras also record to your smart phone, so consider your capacity on your smart phone.
Nest, Hive and Samsung all have great products out there with hardly any difference in specs, so it really boils down to your preference. One thing we always recommend is to stay clear of the cheaper China import devices you will find on Amazon. These are not tested to local regulations, and do not offer the same support you will receive from one of the mainstream manufactures. Also, the Smart Phone Apps from the China import devices will not be updated as regularly.
Listed below are the devices we have used, reviewed and tested. Please click on a device for further information and to see our booBeam Real Life Rating.