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Abode Security

Get innovative home security solutions with Abode. Designed to harness the power of technology and simplicity, Abode’s security systems offer easy self-installation and lots of home automation capabilities.

Abode Security — Our Take

Abode Security — Our Take

Abode can be classified as a disruptor in the home security space with its all-in-one security system, the Iota. As a newer provider, Abode is still a great choice for renters and homeowners looking for a DIY solution.

Recommended Plan

We recommend the Iota All-In-One Security Kit  as it combines motion detection, video surveillance, and two-way audio into a single hub for your home. 

  • Equipment starts at $299
  • Professional monitoring starts at $20 per month
Abode Security Review

Abode Security Review

With Abode, you’ll be able to choose from two home security kits or build your own. Abode appears to keep things simple and easy for customers to follow on their website in addition to pricing transparency. Abode security kits range from around $200 to upwards of $300.  One difference, however, is that with Abode, there is a paid self-monitoring plan, which is something that you don’t find with most DIY providers. You can choose from three options: self-monitoring for free, a paid self-monitoring option with additional features, and a professional monitoring option. If you’re browsing, see how Abode compares to other other top home security systems.

Pros

  • Features an all-in-one security system
  • Optional professional installation
  • Customizable home automations

Cons

  • Professional monitoring only available in highest tier-plan
  • Limited security system options
Equipment starts at $299
Pro. monitoring starts at $20/mo.
Motion detection Yes
Home environmental monitoring No
Security camera(s) No
Mobile app access Yes
Crash & smash protection Yes
Home automation capabilities Yes
Abode Costs

Abode Costs

Abode’s equipment and professional monitoring are relatively inexpensive when compared to competitors. Abode security kits range from $229 to $299. One perk you’ll find with Abode is the ability to choose between self-and professional monitoring. You can monitor your Abode security system for free or choose a monitoring plan. Here’s a breakdown of monitoring costs with Abode:

Abode Monitoring Plans:

Free (Self-Monitoring)

  • Push notifications
  • View a live video feed (no storage)
  • Smart home integrations

Paid (Self-Monitoring) Standard Plan: $6 per month

*Includes everything you’d get for free plus these features

  • Video storage
  • Event history
  • Custom automations
  • Geofencing
  • Premium support
  • Monitoring on demand (i.e. for vacations)

Paid (Professional Monitoring) Pro Plan: $20 per month

*Includes everything in Standard plus these features

  • Cellular connection for alerts
  • Professional monitoring
  • Free shipping on all orders in the U.S.
  • Exclusive promotions
  • Access to homeowners insurance discounts
Abode Installation

Abode Installation

Choose between self or professional installation with Abode. While self-installation is free, here’s a look at the breakdown of Abode installation costs for hiring a professional:

  • Starter kits: $99
  • Additional devices (1-5): $25

Self-installation is easy with Abode as most of the equipment only needs to be set on a level surface or adhered to a level surface. The Gateway and Iota hubs only need to be placed closely to a power outlet and your Internet router for an ethernet connection. The sensors come with adhesive backing so they can be applied to walls, doors, or windows.

For tutorials and walkthroughs on how to set up your Abode security system, you can check out their online help center.

Cost and Features of Abode Packages

Cost and Features of Abode Packages

Abode offers two home security packages: the Smart Security Kit and the Iota All-In-One Security Kit. Here’s a brief breakdown of each and their features:

Smart Security Kit — This package is great for smaller homes and provides both intrusion detection and smart home capabilities. The Smart Security Kit includes the Gateway Hub, one mini door/window sensor, one motion sensor, and one key fob. Additional devices can be added on to this base package. You’ll be able to use the key fob for easily arming and disarming the security system. With the Gateway Hub, you can create custom automations with your sensors and compatible smart devices like Kwikset smart locks, Google Assistant-enabled devices, Philips Hue smart lights, and more. You’ll need to connect the Gateway Hub to your home internet for functionality. The Smart Security Kit retails for $229.

Iota All-In-One Security Kit — Get motion detection and video surveillance with the Iota All-In-One Security Kit. This package comes with the Iota Hub, one mini door/window sensors, and a key fob. You can purchase additional sensors and devices if needed for your home. With the Iota-All-In One Security Kit, you can connect up to 160 devices for custom automations with the Iota Hub. Compatible brands include Yale, Lifx, Z-Wave, and many more. The Iota All-In-One Security Kit retails for $299.

Abode Equipment

Abode Equipment

Using Abode

Using Abode

Like many other home security systems, arming and disarming your Abode system is easy. You can use the key fob for arming and disarming or the mobile app. Once the system is armed, it’s ready to alert you or the monitoring center if activity is detected. Here’s a breakdown of alarm response for both monitoring types:

How Abode Self-Monitoring Works

You can monitor your Abode security system without purchasing a subscription. Without a subscription, you’ll only have access to the following:

  • Push notifications
  • Home automation integrations
  • Watching live video

If your alarm is tripped, you’ll get a notification and will be responsible for handling the alarm. For instance, if someone breaks into your home, you’ll be responsible for contacting the police.

How Abode Professional Monitoring Works

With professional monitoring, in the event your alarm is triggered, you’ll be contacted by an agent to verify the alarm. If there’s a real cause for concern, the agent can have the local authorities sent to your home.

In regards to warranty, Abode provides a one-year warranty on its equipment from your date of purchase. 

Abode Home Security Packages

Abode Home Security Packages

    Smart Security Kit

    Starting at $20/mo

    Our take

    The Smart Security Kit comes with essentials you’ll need to protect your home. You’ll be able to create automations with Abode’s CUE technology. For instance, after sunset, you could have an outdoor light turn on whenever a motion sensor is triggered. With this package, you can purchase additional equipment like smart home devices and video-enabled devices. You can get the Smart Security Kit for as low as $229.00.

    Package devices and features include:

    • Abode Gateway hub
    • 1 Mini door/window sensor
    • 1 Motion sensor
    • 1 Key fob

    Iota All-In-One Security Kit

    Starting at $20/mo

    Our take

    The Iota All-In-One Security Kit is really unique as it comes with a main hub that can detect motion, record HD video, and allow you to communicate through two-way audio. If your alarm is triggered, the built-in camera will record video, and you’ll be able to view it on your phone and determine your next steps. You can get the Iota All-In-One Security Kit for as low as $299.00.

    Package devices and features include:

    • The Iota hub
    • 1 Mini door/window sensor
    • 1 Key fob
Abode Home Automation

Abode Home Automation

If you’re interested in lots of home automation features, Abode is to consider. Both security kits are capable of working with up to 160 devices. To get an idea of the breadth of brands that Abode works with, here’s a quick list:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Z-Wave
  • Zigbee
  • Ecobee
  • Philips Hue
  • Yale
  • Lifx
  • Kwikset 
  • Schlage
  • And several others

With Abode, you can set up custom automations for certain times of the day and certain instances. For example, if a door is opened after a certain time, you can have a smart light switched on. Additionally, with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, you’ll have access to voice commands.

Abode Security Methodology

Abode Security Methodology

Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs. 

Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.

Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.

Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.

Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.

Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless – whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.  

Abode Security FAQs

Abode Security FAQs

How much does an Abode security kit cost?

For equipment, you’ll pay between $229 and $299 for an Abode security kit. 

Do you have to pay a monthly fee for Abode?

No, you do not have to pay a monthly fee for Abode. You may use your Abode security system without choosing a monitoring plan.

Does Abode offer professional monitoring?

Yes, Abode professional monitoring costs $20 per month or $100 for the first year if you pay annually. After the first year, you’ll be charged $200 annually.

Does Abode offer professional installation?

Yes, Abode professional installation costs $99 for security kits. For additional device installations, the charge is $25 up to five devices.

Do Abode security kits come with a camera?

Only the Iota All-In-One Security kit features a built-in camera. If you purchase the Smart Security Kit, for video surveillance, you’ll have to purchase the Abode Cam.

What is Abode’s return policy?

You can return your equipment within 30 days. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping. Additional terms and conditions may apply.


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