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Want a no-nonsense security system to keep your home safe?

It can be tough to compare alarm systems.  There is a lot of information and some web sites whose objectivity you should question.

I want to bring some integrity to security system comparisons.

So, I’ve put together the information in one place.  You can filter out the systems that don’t meet your needs and just compare home security systems that do.

If you are:

  • Looking for home security systems that offer do it yourself installations
  • Want to compare home automation systems
  • Trying to find home alarms with cellular system monitoring
  • Shopping for an alarm system with no monthly costs
  • Looking for a home security system cost comparison

then you’ve come to the right place to do your comparison.

Most importantly, I don’t get paid by any companies that make these products.

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Compare Home Security and Home Automation Systems

Use the drop down menus below to filter based on the type of system you’re looking for.  You can also use the icons on the headings to sort the list.
SystemMonitoringContract (Yrs)InstallationInstallation CostMin. Kit CostKit Contents:Min. Monthly CostMax. Monthly CostConnectivityRefund (days)Eq. Warranty (yr)ProtocolsReviews
AbodeDIY/Pro0DIY$0$3592 ES, 1 Cam, 1 KRWiFi + Cellular301Z-Wave + Zigbee
ADTPro3Pro$0$02 ES, 2 LC, 1 MS$30WiFi + Cellular180LifetimeProprietary
Alarm ForcePro3Pro$0$02 ES, 1 MS, 1 Siren$25$25Phone + CellularLifetimeProprietary
Alarm GridPro0DIY$0$3101 ES, 1 MS, 1 KR$10$20WiFi + Cellular01Z-Wave
AT&T Digital LifePro2Pro$150$06 ES, 1 MS, 1 KR, 1 Siren$40WiFiLifetimeZ-Wave
CanaryDIY/Pro0DIY$0$2501 Cam+MS+Env.$0$40WiFi601ProprietaryCanary Reviews
Comcast Xfinity Home Secure 300 or 350Pro2DIY/Pro$100-400$03 ES, 1 MS$30$30WiFi302Zigbee
Staples Connect (new D-Link hub)DIY0DIY$0$601 MS$0$0WiFi0Z-Wave + ZigbeeStaples Connect Review
FrontPoint Protection PlanPro3DIY$0$99$35$35Cellular303Z-Wave
Insteon - siteDIY0DIY$0$1201 Es, 2 LC$0$0WiFi02ProprietaryInsteon Reviews
Iris Smart Kit - siteDIY0DIY$0$1802 ES, 1 MS$0$10Internet + Cellular1Z-WaveIris Reviews
KornerDIY0DIY$0$2002 ES, 1 MS, 2 KR$0$0Internet00Proprietary
iSmartAlarm - siteDIY1DIY$0$983 ES$3$3Internet301ZigbeeiSmartAlarm Review
Lifeshield Basics-ProPro3DIY/Pro$0-200$02 ES$30$60Internet + CellularProprietary
LiveWatch - sitePro1DIY$0$992 ES, 1 MS, 1 KR$20$40CellularLifetime ($49) - upgradeZ-Wave
Myfox Alarm - siteDIY0DIY$0$2701 ES, 1 KR, 1 Siren$0$0WiFi30ProprietaryMyfox Reviews
Nexia Home - siteDIY0DIY$0$60Hub only$10$10WiFi30Z-WaveNexia Reviews
Oplink Connected - siteDIY0DIY$0$1502 ES, 1 MS, 2 KR, 1 Siren$10$20WiFi + Cellular01ProprietaryOplink Reviews
Piper - siteDIY0DIY$0$2001 Cam+MS+Env.$0$0WiFi00Z-WavePiper Reviews
Protect AmericaPro3DIY$0$03 ES, 1 MS$20$43WiFi + Cellular14LifetimeProprietary
Scout Alarm - siteDIY/Pro0DIY$0$2362 ES, 1 MS$0$25WiFi + Cellular301ZigbeeScout Review
Securifi Almond+ - siteDIY0DIY$0$200Hub only$0$0WiFiReturn to retailer1Z-Wave + ZigbeeAlmond+ Reviews
SimpliSafe - sitePro0DIY$0$2603 ES, 1 MS, 1 KR,$15$25WiFi + Cellular603ProprietarySimpliSafe Review
Skylink Home SC-10 or AAA+ - siteDIY0DIY$0$1102 ES, 1 KR, 1 Siren$0$0Phone141ProprietarySkylink Reviews
SmartThings - siteDIY0DIY$0$1991 ES, 1 MS, 1 PS$0$0WiFi301Z-Wave + ZigbeeSmartThings Review
VeraHome Control PackDIY0DIY$0$1991Cam, 1 LC$0$0WiFi301Z-WaveVera Reviews
Viper Starter Kit - siteDIY0DIY$0$2301 ES, 1 MS$0$10ProprietaryViper Reviews
VivintPro3.5Pro$99$03 ES, 1 MS, 1 KR$54Cellular30ProprietaryVivint Reviews
Quirky Wink Connected Home Hub - siteDIY0DIY$0$50Hub only$0$0WiFiZ-Wave + ZigbeeWink Review
Wireless Sensor Tags - siteDIY0DIY$0$83Hub + 1 ES$0$0WiFi601ProprietaryWireless Sensor Tag Review
Equipment key:
ES = Entry sensors, MS = Motion sensor, LC = Light controller, KR = Keychain remote, Cam = camera, SA = Smoke alarm, PS = Presence sensor
Note: Some of these items use affiliate links to Amazon. If you prefer, you can use the adjacent link to go to the manufacturer’s website instead.

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