Wondering which home security systems offer what features and accessories?

Which have enough features to make them home automation systems?

We’ve gathered all of the information that we could find and put it in one place to save you time.  Don’t limit yourself to a system that won’t grow to fit your needs.  See if the system you are considering supports the home security sensors or home automation products you want or might need in the future.

Want to compare features and cost?

Our focus here is on sensors, controls, and protocols. Open our system comparison page in a new tab to see the big picture and compare costs.

Compare Home Security Sensors and Accessories

This table will let you know which companies offer which types of sensors with their home security systems.  It DOES NOT include 3rd party sensors like Zigbee or Z-Wave devices.  You can filter out any solution that doesn’t offer the home alarm system sensors that you need by using the dropdown menus.

SystemCameraCarbon Mon.EntryGlass BreakMotionPanic ButtonPresenceRemotesSirenSmokeTemp./FreezeThermostatWaterOther
AbodeYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoYes
ADT??Yes?Yes?No??????
Alarm Force??Yes?Yes?No??????
Alarm Grid (mostly Honeywell)YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
AT&T Digital Life??Yes?Yes?NoYesYes????
Comcast Xfinity Home SecureYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYesYes
D-Link (& Staples Connect)YesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYes
FrontPointNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoYes
Insteon - siteYesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoYes
Iris Smart Kit - siteNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesNoNoYes
iSmartAlarm - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
LifeshieldYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNo
LiveWatch - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Nexia Home - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Oplink Connected - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNo
Piper - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesLight and audio built-in
Protect America??Yes?Yes?No??????
Scout Alarm - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoRFID arm/disarm
Securifi Almond+ - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYes
SecurityManYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNo
SimpliSafe - siteNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
Skylink - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoYes
SmartThings - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYes
Vera (Mi Casa Verde) - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Viper Starter Kit - siteYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNo
VivintNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Quirky Wink Connected Home Hub - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesGarage
Wireless Sensor Tags - siteNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYes

Stay in touch:

It’s also worth noting that many of these are new companies and are developing new products very quickly, so check back regularly to see if anything has changed.  Also, the question marks are for companies that don’t disclose what they offer on their website.  This usually means that they want you to have to call so that they can pressure you into making a purchase.  Our stance is that we’re in the 21st century, and if it isn’t available for the public on a web site, then we aren’t going out of our way to promote their products.

So there!

Compare Home Automation Systems – Protocol Support

With the wide array of new home automation products being introduced to consumers in recent months, many people don’t want to be locked in to buying equipment from a single company.  After all, when a really disruptive product comes along that sets a new bar like the Nest thermostat, you want to be able to get and integrate it.  Until the home automation space is more mature, it’s a fact of life that many competing technologies are out there with good devices.  So, getting a hub that can speak several languages is a definite advantage.

Just take a look at the support offered by a few of the most popular systems.  You can see the full list below the image.

Home automation protocols

I don’t think the protocol to rule all protocols is coming any time soon.  For now, we’re stuck with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Insteon, and WiFi (X10 is all but dead).  And, expect low energy versions of Bluetooth and WiFi in the coming years as well as the Thread protocol to become more widespread.

SystemZ-WaveZigbeeWiFiIFTTT
ADTNoNoNoNo
Alarm ForceNoNoNoNo
Alarm GridYesNoNoNo
AT&T Digital LifeYesNoNoNo
Belkin WeMo - siteNoNoYesYes
Comcast Xfinity Home SecureNoYesNoNo
Staples Connect (new D-Link hub)YesYesYesNo
Staples Connect (Linksys hub)YesNoYesNo
FrontPoint Protection PlanYesNoNoNo
Insteon - siteNoNoNoNo
Iris Smart Kit - siteYesNoNoNo
iSmartAlarm - siteNoNoNoYes
Lifeshield AdvantageNoNoNoNo
LiveWatch - siteYesNoNoNo
Nexia Home - siteYesNoYesNo
Oplink Connected - siteNoNoNoNo
Piper - siteYesNoNoNo
Protect AmericaNoNoNoNo
Scout Alarm - siteNoYesNoYes
Securifi Almond+ - siteYesYesYesNo
SimpliSafe - siteNoNoNoNo
Skylink - siteNoNoNoNo
SmartThings - siteYesYesYesYes
Vera (Mi Casa Verde) - siteYesNoNoNo
Viper Starter Kit - siteNoNoNoNo
VivintNoNoNoNo
Quirky Wink Connected Home Hub - siteYesYesYesYes
Wireless Sensor Tags - siteNoNoYesYes

Home Automation Systems Comparison – Control

The following table lists the home automation products available for each home security system.  The products that are listed as a “Yes” for the systems are those that are manufactured by the company that makes the home alarm system.  They do not include home automation products that may be offered that comply to a supported standard, such as Z-Wave or Zigbee (those are listed as “Possible”).

There are many more Z-Wave and Zigbee enabled devices (links to Amazon) that are available and more being released every week, so if your chosen home alarm system supports one of those standards, you will be able to buy 3rd party sensors to integrate with your system.

SystemPower ControlLight Control
AbodePossiblePossible
ADT??
Alarm Force??
Alarm GridPossibleYes
AT&T Digital LifePossiblePossible
Belkin WeMo - siteYesYes
Comcast Xfinity Home SecurePossibleYes
D-Link (& Staples Connect)YesPossible
FrontPointPossiblePossible
Insteon - siteYesYes
Iris Smart Kit - sitePossiblePossible
iSmartAlarm - siteYesNo
LifeshieldNoNo
LiveWatch - sitePossiblePossible
Nexia Home - sitePossiblePossible
Oplink Connected - siteYesNo
Piper - siteYesYes
Protect America??
Scout Alarm - sitePossiblePossible
Securifi Almond+ - siteYesPossible
SimpliSafe - siteNoNo
Skylink - siteNoNo
SmartThings - siteYesYes
Vera (Mi Casa Verde) - siteYesYes
Viper Starter Kit - siteNoNo
VivintNoNo
Quirky Wink Connected Home Hub - siteYesYes

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Comments

  1. Aetherlink is also another brand in the market for wireless home security systems. It works the same way as most wireless home security systems but you can pair up to 232 sensors to it. It also has an HD camera with a wide angle view that can zoom, mirror and flip. It comes with an SD card of up to 32 GB. Users manage it via the app on the smartphones and they can receive push notifications once the sensors detect any change. It is also affordable.

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