Professional monitoring costs $19.99/mo. without a contract
Blue by ADT equipment costs a little more than most DIY providers. Their collection of smart security cameras costs $199.99 and includes one free month of video storage. DIY competitor’s cameras cost between $100-$150. Keep in mind that you’ll have to purchase any equipment upfront,
But, Blue by ADT offers much more affordable professional monitoring than other providers. 24/7 monitoring starts at $19.99/mo., doesn’t require a contract, and comes with one month free. Or you can self-monitor your home for free. Most DIY competitors can’t compete with that.
Blue by ADT’s mobile app gives you remote control of your home security equipment
Smart home compatibility with voice assistants and compatible devices
Blue by ADT comes filled with standout features for your home. We love that the Blue cameras include facial recognition to automatically spot familiar faces that you can set using the mobile app. The cameras also include custom motion detection zones to get alerts when someone’s in a special area of your home.
The cameras can also be controlled using voice assistants and connect to smart home automation devices for easy control. Currently, Blue by ADT doesn’t offer smart home products.
Currently, Blue by ADT offers three cameras – indoor, outdoor and doorbell. However, you can connect the cameras to a LifeShield system – which can include a keypad, sensors and other equipment. With Blue by ADT, you can connect your security cameras to your home’s Wi-Fi network and use the app for motion detection alerts from your camera. However, Blue by ADT is committed to protecting its customers’ privacy with lockouts after several failed logins and encryption technology. You can also get a Blue Extender + Chime to extend your Wi-Fi range and camera’s battery life. The cameras also use cellular connectivity for professional monitoring without landlines. You’ll need to purchase equipment separately.
Doorbell camera wiring works with your standard doorbell
Blue by ADT’s DIY installation makes it easy to set-up security equipment without paying for a professional technician. Plug cameras into standard wall outlets or use the camera’s rechargeable battery so you won’t have to worry about the hassles of hardwiring equipment. The doorbell camera can be installed using your standard doorbell’s wiring. They don’t offer professional installation, but customer support is available via phone or email in case you need help.
Some DIY providers offer trial periods to test equipment risk-free. Blue by ADT doesn’t mention a trial period on equipment but offers a 30-day trial period on their professional monitoring services to try it for free. Keep in mind that after your trial period ends, you could lose data stored during that time if you choose the self-monitoring option.
Each provider’s score is based on the affordability of equipment and professional monitoring services. Providers whose pricing on these two factors are lower received a better score from us. We know a security system is an investment, but it shouldn’t break your budget.
Each provider’s score is based on the innovative equipment offered like smart home products, smart home integration, security cameras, mobile apps and other features. Providers with more stand-out features receive a higher rating from us as we want you to have the best technology.
Each provider’s score is based on special qualities of the products offered like cellular monitoring, hazard monitoring as well as smart home products. Providers who offer optional equipment receive a higher score. We believe that holistic safety services are beneficial to our readers.
Each provider’s score is based on clarity of how the home security system can be installed and access to support. Providers receive a higher score if the installation process is clear and customers have access to professional installation services or online guides.
Each provider’s score is based on trial period, coverage and ease of service cancellation. Providers who offer a longer trial period, have great coverage terms and an easier cancellation process receive higher scores. Consumers should have enough time to test whether a home security system meets their needs and expectations.
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