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Abode Security Review

Affordable, DIY home security system with an extensive lineup of add-ons

SecureScore™: 7.7 /10
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7.7 SecureScore™
Customer Service
7.3
Value
8.3
Equipment
7.4
Features & Technology
7.8
Ease Of Use
7.9

Abode Security Ratings

Abode Security wants every homeowner to have a home security system that’s easy to install and use. Their packages do not require long-term contracts and you can opt for a free plan if you want to avoid a monthly fee. On-demand monitoring is also available. The starter kit covers your standard home security equipment needs, while add-on equipment gives you access to home automation features and other functionality.

PROS
  • CUE home automation platform
  • Extensive home automation possibilities
  • Z-Wave compatibility
  • 24/7 professional monitoring available
  • Support for many third-party home automation devices
  • 30-day return policy

CONS
  • May need to purchase many add-on items to get full home security coverage
  • Can get pricey over time due to equipment pricing

Overview

Abode Security recently entered the home security market three years ago. The company aimed to build products and services that didn’t lock customers into long-term contracts and where easy and accessible to use. One way that they accomplish this goal is by allowing you to customize the package for your specific needs, and through a free tier that supports full self-monitoring.

You start with one of the home security base packages and then add on more equipment as needed. It’s easy to add new devices to the system as your security needs grow or you move into a larger home. Abode supports a DIY approach, so you don’t need to worry about specialized tools or wiring during the installation process.

Features and Technology

Customizable Notifications and Mobile Alerts

Tell Abode exactly what you want to receive notifications and alerts for, and those that are lower priority.

Deep Integration with Third Party Services and Platforms

Abode thought of the ways they can improve their home security customer experience, and one way that they go above and beyond is by deeply integrating with home automation services. Z-Wave and Zigbee are both supported. You can also use IFTTT, Nest and Amazon Echo.

Battery Backup

You’re still protected in the event of a power outage, as the batteries kick on.

Wireless Devices

Abode protects its devices against tampering by making them fully wireless.

Voice Control

You can use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice controls. The Abode skill for Alexa can even tell you the status of connected devices, doors, windows and more.

Automation Engine

The Automation Engine is an excellent way for power users to get more out of their home automation products. You can set up complex actions and scenes with the help of this application.

Visual Verification

Let the authorities know that you have visual verification of a crime in progress if you have the video camera add-on.

CUE Home Automation Platform

The CUE home automation platform allows you to create custom home automation rules for your smart home and connected IoT devices. The CUE will even perform if your internet is out.

Ease of Use

Abode’s entire focus is to make it easy to install and set up all of its devices. Homeowners and renters can enjoy these easy to set up security devices, and the supported home automation functionality.

The Abode app allows you to control all the devices that you connect through the home security system. You get multi-platform access with Android, iOS and web browsers support.

Customer Service

The type of customer service you have access to does not depend on your plan tier, unlike some other home security companies. You can use the comprehensive self-service resources available or contact support via email. Customers also have access to premium phone customer support. All of the representatives are knowledgeable about the products they are supporting, so you never have to worry about whether the person knows what they’re doing on the other end of the line.

Value

Abode does a good job at balancing between affordable monthly plans and the cost of equipment. You don’t get locked into a long-term contract and you can add equipment over time. You start with one of the home security starter kits. The all-in-one Iota device starts at $229, while the Abode Smart Security Kit starts at $199.

The home security starter kit typically costs $199 to $329, although Abode runs specials fairly often. You can add extra devices to your home security network, as well as on-demand professional monitoring with 4G cellular backup.

You have three subscription tiers with the Abode home security system: Free, Connect and Secure.

The Free plan is intended for people who want to self-monitor their own systems. It comes with the starter kit so you don’t have to do anything to activate this package. You get three days of timeline and media storage, mobile and web-based self-monitoring apps, support for connecting up to 160 devices to the system, unlimited user accounts, 100 automations, IFTTT support, and email and self-service support.

The next tier, Connect, adds 14 days of timeline and media storage, as well as support for 4G cellular backup. Other than these two features, everything else is functionally the same as the free tier. You pay $8 per month, or $80 per year for this plan.

The top tier plan, Secure, is available for $20 per month or $200 per year. It adds three months of timeline and media storage, 24/7 professional monitoring, an unlimited warranty (while on the annual plan) and premium customer support over the phone.

If you’re going away for a few days and you’d like professional monitoring without paying for the top tier plan, you can get it on an ad hoc basis. Three days of monitoring costs $8 and 7 days costs $15.

If you’re unhappy with any of your equipment, you have a 30-day return policy. Abode offers payments over time with Affirm, which can help defray the upfront costs.

Equipment

You have to pay for all of your equipment upfront, beginning with a starter kit. You have two options:

Smart Security Kit Gen 2

This comprehensive home security system includes the Abode Gateway, a motion sensor, key fob and mini door/window sensor. This configuration is the option that’s more of a standard home security system. It’s a good choice if you want to have the base station in a protected location while the motion sensor and door/window sensors are elsewhere.

Abode Iota All-in-One

This all-in-one device handles everything in one sleek package. It’s got a built-in HD video camera, motion sensor, and two-way communication. It can also act as the base station for 160 devices in your home. If the alarm goes off, Abode sends a notification to your mobile device. It also takes a video of the activity and sends that to your phone too. You also get a mini door/window sensor and a key fob.

Add-On Equipment

Abode offers a lot of customization for your home security and home automation devices.

Glass Break and Vibration Sensor – $0

Stick this sensor to a window and get a notification and/or alarm when someone breaks the glass.

Door / Window Sensors – $25

You peel and stick this sensor to the door or window that you want to monitor.

Acoustic Glass Break Sensor – $49

Protect multiple windows by using this sound-based glass break sensor.

Mini Door Sensor – $27

This tiny door sensor gives you a low profile option for this equipment category.

Recessed Door Sensor – $36

This door/window sensor is in line with the frame, so it’s not able to be seen.

Slim Strip Sensor – $40

If you want to have other sensors that will not be seen, this strip sensor is used for a door or window that has a gap between the frame and the rest of the door.

Motion Sensor – $40

Get a notification if someone steps in front of a motion detector while you’re away and the system is armed.

Abode Cam – $112

This HD streaming camera gives you another way to keep a close eye on activities at home. Get 1920×1080 resolution for all of the clips and keep the video running at night with night vision. A pre-recording functionality gives you an idea of what happened right before the alert went off. It connects to your system via Wi-Fi and has a 152-degree view.

Automation / Occupancy Sensor – $44

You can set up home automation actions based on the occupancy levels of the house. It can base the triggers off of temperature, activity or other factors

Remote Key Fob – $20

You can easily arm and disarm this system.

System Status Indicator – $36

Want to know the status of your system with an easy to understand visual indicator? The System Status Indicator is battery powered and tells you whether there’s an alarm or what the security system is set on.

Wireless Keypad – $79

This battery powered keypad gives you another way to arm and disarm your Abode Security system. You can also create PINs for friends and family.

Home Automation Power Outlet and ZigBee Extender – $49

You can turn your power outlet into a smart outlet, which gives you the ability to turn that outlet off and on remotely.

Indoor Siren – $49

Ensure that everyone knows that there’s an alarm going on by putting sirens throughout the house.

Outdoor Siren – $56

The 107-decibel siren goes off during alarms and has eye-catching strobe lights to ensure everyone in the neighborhood notices.

Smoke Alarm Monitor – $45

Turn your current smoke detectors into a smart and connected device. When they go off, the monitor alerts the home security system and sends notifications to you.

Temperature, Humidity and Light Sensor – $39

Keep an eye on indoor humidity, light levels and temperature with this useful sensor.

Water Leak Sensor – $49

Stop floods and water leaks from causing problems for your property.

Wide Angle Motion Camera – $99

This is a motion sensor that also includes a wide angle camera. It takes three photos whenever someone wanders within range.

Keypad – $69

You can set your system up with 40 PIN codes for all of your friends, family and other guests. You get a full view of the people using the system through the Abode app.

System Status Indicator – $27

This device shows you whether the system is armed or disarmed before you risk setting it off.

Home Automation Power Switch – $40

This smart switch allows you to turn regular household appliances into smart devices through remote control over that outlet.

Summary

Abode has a comprehensive selection of home security products that are innovative, user-friendly for every type of person, and capable of streamlining integration with home automation devices and third-party products.

The affordable equipment and optional monthly fees make this an excellent system to choose for budget-conscious buyers. You also don’t have to worry about getting locked into a contract. All around, Abode is an excellent choice to protect your home.

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar Tommy says:

    I have Vivint door sensers and glass break. Will your system work with what I have

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Tommy,
      We’re not aware of any compatibility between Vivint and Adobe.

  2. Avatar Matthew says:

    Hi I have adt sensors they are Honeywell 5816 sensors are they compatible with your system

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Matthew,
      ADT Honeywell sensors are not compatible with Adobe.

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