Established in 2013, Scout Alarm is the youngest home security company on our site. It’s also the only featured security company to prioritize Wi-Fi instead of landlines and cell networks for sending alerts: The Scout hub connects to a home’s Wi-Fi 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 setup and 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.
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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.
Scout offers 4 different equipment packages. The Scout Small and Large Pack offer essential home security equipment including access points, motion detectors and front door sensors. The Elements Pack gives you an added layer of security with the addition of a smoke and carbon monoxide detector as well as a water sensor. The Scout Architect Pack offers a glass break sensor and smart lock, on top of the essential equipment found in the Small and Large Packs, giving you a complete home security solution.
|Scout Package||Package Cost||Monthly Plan Cost|
|Scout Small Pack||$299||$9.99 – $19.99|
|Scout Large Pack||$449||$9.99 – $19.99|
|Scout Elements Pack||$599||$9.99 – $19.99|
|Scout Architect Pack||$799||$9.99 – $19.99|
The Scout Small pack is the company’s introductory home security package. It is perfect for smaller to medium-sized homes or apartments. Like all of Scout’s other systems, the Small Pack starts with Scout’s Hub, which is the “brains” of the system. The Hub communicates with the other components in the system. It also includes a very loud 105dB siren that will sound whenever a sensor is triggered.
The Scout Small Pack features easy installation. There is no need to drill holes in the wall. No special tools are needed. So, in most cases, you can get the system up in running in minutes.
The Small Pack also comes with mobile access, so you can access your alarm anytime from your smart device. Live updates are also available. Professional 24/7 monitoring is available. Scout uses a professional UL-Certified Monitoring Center, which means that the center has been found to provide safe, reliable service that you can count on when you need it most — during emergencies.
Scout does not require any contracts. You select the plan that is unique to your needs. You can then change or cancel your plan at anytime without any penalties.
The Scout Small Pack comes with the following components:
Scout’s Large Pack is ideal for larger homes. It provides comprehensive security and equipment at an affordable cost. The Scout Large Pack offers all of the features that Scout is known for, such as easy DIY installation, professional monitoring and custom alerts and notifications.
Since this system was designed for larger homes, it covers your entire house so you have everything you need to feel secure and enjoy peace of mind. Plus, you can pick up this system and take it with you if you move. Here are the components of the Scout Large Pack:
Are you looking for protection against costly home disasters like frozen pipes or fire damage? If so, then the Scout Elements Pack is the system for you. It includes protection against common environmental disasters like smoke, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. The system can also detect a water leak 24/7 even if you are not at home. If the detector senses water, it automatically sends an alert to the monitoring center through a reliable 4G cellular connection. The monitoring center will quickly assess the situation at your home and send emergency responders. You can count on the monitoring center to send help even if they can’t reach you.
The Scout Elements Pack includes:
Burglars looking to gain access to your home will check your doors and windows first. Multiple entry point can make a home vulnerable to break-ins. Fortunately, there is a security system designed for homes with more than one entry point. The Scout Architect Pack is perfect for larger houses that have more than one access or entry point. It includes a Glass Break Sensor and Yale Smart Lock, which helps to secure your entryways. These can be used on patio doors and windows to keep burglars out.
The Scout Architect Pack features:
If Scout’s packages don’t seem to fit your needs, you have the option to add-on additional pieces of equipment or build your own home security system entirely. The following is a list of Scout equipment that can be purchased a la carte.
|Scout Equipment||Equipment Type||Cost|
|Smoke CO Detector||Sensor||$69|
|Glass Break Sensor||Sensor||$59|
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.
|Scout Plan||Monthly Plan Cost|
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.
This plan features exceptional backup protection. So, if your internet or power ever go down, you can count on the Always On plan to continue to protect you. Here are some of the features of the Always On plan:
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.
With the Always On+ plan, you will always be prepared for the worst. It has all of the features that the Always On plan has, such as power outage protection. However, the Always On+ plan also includes 24/7 professional monitoring. Even if you cannot be reached during an emergency, the monitoring center will respond on your behalf and send emergency services.
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.
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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 smart home 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.
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.
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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 Wi-Fi 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.