Established in 2013, Scout Alarm is the youngest home security company on our site. It’s also the only featured security company to prioritize WiFi instead of landlines and cell networks for sending alerts: The Scout hub connects to a home’s WiFi router and has a 3G cell chip as backup. Scout Alarm equipment is sleek and unobtrusive, designed in three neutral colors to complement home decor. The devices are wireless for easy do-it-yourself setupand system portability. This relatively new company has a limited product selection but Scout hubs are compatible with home security and home automation devices from Nest, Echo and other industry leaders. Customers choose from month-to-month and yearly monitoring agreements with especially low prices. Systems can be tested for 60 days and returned if they don’t meet customers’ needs.
The best features of this system
Insider Tip: Scout’s top monitoring plan costs just $19.99/month and connects a Scout Alarm system to the award-winning COPS monitoring network. COPS operators also provide emergency monitoring for some of Scout’s competitors who charge higher rates. The Scout Alarm “Always On” plan costs $9.99/month or 10% less with a 12-month agreement. This plan send mobile texts, push notifications and emails to alarm users and possibly to trusted friends/relatives. Additionally, the Scout mobile app let owners stay connected to their homes with remote monitoring and control from anywhere they have smartphone access. With “Always On+” for $19.99/month, professional backup is included in case of emergency. This means that alerts about system breaches are sent not only to alarm users, but also to Scout’s contracted emergency operators company, COPS Monitoring. COPS has been providing this service to leading security companies since 1978. Scout Alarm was inspired by a new homeowner in Chicago who’d become discouraged by the lack of affordable yet modern do-it-yourself options for home security. The Scout solution features a 5” x 5” x 2” hub that connects to a home’s wireless Internet system. This is quite different from the control panels used by most security companies; with Scout all of the setup and control is accomplished through the owner’s own smartphone or tablet computer. Integrating various devices from Scout and other manufacturers is accomplished with the Scout mobile app. While Scout manufactures a very limited range of security equipment, their hubs can integrate with programmable lights from Philips Hue, video cameras and programmable thermostats from Nest, and a variety of other devices for security and home automation. However, only Scout security sensors can trigger alerts to emergency operators. Two monitoring plans let customers choose between having security alerts sent only to their own phones or having them also sent to COPS Monitoring, which can dispatch emergency personnel.
Save 10% on Scout Alarm monitoring when you choose a one-year agreement. Regular monthly prices are $9.99 for self-monitoring and just $19.99 for professional monitoring.
+ $158 Upfront Costs*
+ $158 Upfront Costs*
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Scout Alarm hubs, entry sensors and motion detectors are made in three neutral colors and are sold with 60-day return policies. Besides connecting with Scout sensors, each Scout Alarm hub can integrate with an unlimited number of smarthome products from Amazon Echo, Hue, Nest and other leading brands. These devices let Scout users: remotely monitor their homes for fire and floods; use wireless security cameras and view the footage online; remotely control lights and temperature; and get many other benefits for home security, comfort and convenience. Read our full review of Scout.
Scout customers can get mobile alerts about system activity. Alerts can be text, email and/or push notifications. Scout’s mobile app also allows for remote monitoring and control of all security system elements.
Scout Alarm systems can be used with or without professional monitoring. Their $19.99/month plan connects emergency operators from COPS, an award-winning monitoring company. With the $9.99/month plan, alerts are only sent to alarm owners.
Scout security equipment is free of wires. Sensors are freestanding or have adhesive for connecting to doors, windows and walls.
Wireless security equipment can easily be self-installed. Compatible devices are detected by the Scout mobile app.
HOME AUTOMATION & SAFETY
The Scout hub can integrate with environmental sensors and home automation devices from Amazon Echo, Nest, LIFX, IFTTT and Philips Hue.
Each Scout door panel is sold with two keychain remotes and an RFID sticker. The sticker works like a keyfob to disarm the system.
POWER OUTAGE PROTECTION
Scout Alarm systems use WiFi to communicate. In case of a power outage the sensors have backup batteries and a 3G cell connection. The backup batteries work for 24 hours and Scout is working to extend their power.
Unlike most security companies, Scout makes equipment with a variety of finishes to suit different interior designs. The choices are white, black and faux walnut.