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7 Best DIY Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

Always be in control of your security system, no matter where you are, with these smart options.

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What Is a Self-Monitored Home Security System?

A self-monitored security system is just what it sounds like — a system you monitor yourself through an app or website. Some security systems require signing up for their monitoring service, which can be pricey. But because you do the monitoring yourself, self-monitoring systems can save you quite a bit on monthly fees.

Most security systems feature a self-monitoring app, website or both. For systems with an app, sensors throughout the home send notifications through the app when something’s not right. Then, if you have cameras installed, you can also see for yourself no matter where you are. This type of system is also often designed for DIY installation.

Here are the best self-monitored home security systems on the market.

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The big plus for SimpliSafe’s self-monitoring system: It’s pet friendly. Its sensors can tell the difference between humans and their pets, and only sends notifications to your phone when a human is moving around in your home. SimpliSafe system packages are also less expensive than many other brands.

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If DIY installation isn’t for you, Vivint is a good choice because they have one of the best home installation services. Vivint is also one of our favorite security systems because it works so well with other devices, including Alexa and Google Home.

Besides monitoring your home through the Vivint app, you can also easily automate lights to turn on before you get home, adjust your smart thermostat to the perfect temperature, or even close your smart blinds for more privacy.

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Ring has self-monitoring, but with a twist. The Ring app’s Neighborhood feature lets you see crime events that have happened in your neighborhood and connects you with neighbors to form a virtual neighborhood watch. Ring also has highly-rated wireless security devices including outdoor cameras, floodlights, yard lights and doorbell cameras. Some are even solar powered.

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Canary‘s super smart artificial intelligence (AI) can make self-monitoring your home even easier. The system detects when you leave your home and turns itself on automatically. Then, when you come back, the system automatically sets itself to Home Mode, which you can customize to fit your needs. No need to disarm your system or worry about unnecessary alarms.

This is especially good for those seeking a set-it-and-forget-it type of system they only need to fuss with when the app sends a notification — or, maybe, to check on pets.

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Like Canary, Frontpoint features sophisticated AI to make your life easier. It can learn what times you are typically home, so it can detect abnormal activity and alert you via the app. It has a number of customized alerts, like when family members come home. Also, Frontpoint can differentiate between your pet and an intruder so you won’t get false alerts.

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Nest, by Google, is one of our favorite DIY self-monitoring security systems for apartments. Its cameras and hub don’t need to be attached to the wall, which is great for renters. The app is also easy to use. Nest also can detect when you leave your home; if you forget to arm your security system, Nest sends an alert to your phone.

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Adobe is another favorite wireless security system because it can be installed and set up in about an hour without any tools. Even better, it has a wide range of self-monitoring gadgets for your home, including water-leak and glass-break sensors.

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