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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. For basic home security options, you can get the Iris Security Pack and the Iris Smart Hub.

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Cannot trigger camera recordings. Bottom Line: The Wink Lookout starter kit gives you everything you need to start monitoring your home using your smartphone. Read ReviewAbode iota All In One Security Kit ReviewMSRP: $229. 00 at Pros: Easy to install. Sharp 1080p camera. Works with numerous third party devices.

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Now you don’t need a WiFi enabled NVR to use a Wi Fi camera – this is a common misconception. A Wi Fi camera can simply connect to your Wi Fi router and thus be connected to the NVR. Do you intend to upgrade by adding more cameras later on?If you think you need only 2 cameras now, get a 4 channel system. If you think you need just 4 cameras right now, go for the 8 channel. Once you start enjoying the security provided by your spanking new CCTV system, you will enjoy the option to add more cameras. But if you want that luxury, plan ahead. Do you want automatic redundant storage?Most NVRs can record only to one hard disk. This means data storage is not redundant – a hard disk failure or theft of the NVR would mean that you lose all your recorded footage. USB backup is supported on most NVRs to mitigate against this risk but ideally the NVR should have at least 2 hard disk bays and automatically write a copy of the footage to the second hard drive. The other option to explore is whether the NVR can write the footage to a remote network location such as a NAS. To learn more about surveillance hard drives, check my latest guide.

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