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Consumers should keep in mind that these devices are not inexpensive and are intended to be an additional layer of protection on top of one’s regular security system. Although they can be bought individually to protect valuables, we still recommend getting a full home security system before considering purchasing these devices. While some components might be affected momentarily by a power outage, cellular and landline systems will continue to work even if there’s no electricity. Cellular systems use cell towers to communicate with the monitoring center as well as a battery backup that can keep them up and running for several hours until the electric service is restored. Landline systems use traditional phone lines to communicate with the monitoring center and, just like cellular systems, they usually have a battery backup to keep them working for a set period of time. However, Voice over Internet Protocol VoIP systems rely on Internet connection, and if the power outage is widespread and causes the Internet service to shut down, then the system won’t work.

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One downside to Scout Alarm is that you must pay a monthly fee $9. 99 to use the system, but this fee pays for built in cellular backup, which is often more expensive with other DIY home security systems. There's no contract so you can cancel service if you don't need it. You can also upgrade a Scout Alarm system to include professional monitoring $19. 99/month, so you can get extra protection when you're unable to monitor your home yourself. This system is the easiest to install as it walks you through every step of the setup process in the mobile app, taking about 10 minutes to install. Scout Alarm works with the smart home platforms from Amazon, Nest and IFTTT. When we tested Scout's siren, it wasn't as loud as other security alarms we tested, but it is loud enough that other sounds in your home shouldn’t drown it out. Scout's one year warranty isn't very long compared to the three year warranties from competitors, and the company doesn't sell any security cameras for the system. Read the full reviewBest ValueIris by Lowe's Check WalmartCheck Amazon?Most affordable professional monitoringComprehensive smart home compatibilityComprehensive equipment selectionCellular backup requires extra purchaseSome features require monthly feeOne year warrantyIris by Lowe's is the best value among DIY home security systems because it combines a capable system with the lowest prices we've seen. It's not as easy to set up and use as Scout Alarm and abode, but it works well enough for self monitoring your home as well as for professional monitoring.

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Here are a few: Kevo Smart Lock Kevo Kevo is a Bluetooth enabled deadbolt that can turn your smartphone into a key. It locks and unlocks with a touch of a finger while your smartphone remains in your purse or pocket, eliminating the need to fumble for keys. It is powered by four AA batteries that last up to a year. Using an iPhone or an Android app see which devices are supported, Kevo can be programmed to allow access to select individuals and during specific times. No smartphone?No problem. You can open the lock using Bluetooth fobs one comes bundled, additional ones are sold separately, which can be configured according to your specifications.

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