iSmartAlarm Starter Package
iSmartAlarm offers a variety of bundled DIY home security kits, ranging in price from the $150 Starter Package to the $614 Shield Package. The Starter Package includes a CubeOne hub, complete with a 110-decibel siren, one door/window sensor, one motion sensor and one key fob. iSmartAlarm works with IFTTT and has optional accessories you can add to your core system over time, as needed, such as iSmartAlarm Spot or iCamera Keep Pro cameras. iSmartAlarm does not offer professional monitoring.
The $499 Nest Secure alarm system starter pack comes with one Guard hub, two Tag key fobs and two Detect door/window/motion sensors. You can arm and disarm the system by entering a PIN code on the Guard’s integrated key pad, by tapping a paired Tag fob over the top of the Guard hub — or by changing the mode in the related Nest app for Android and iPhone.
The Detect sensors are my favorite part of Nest’s Secure system, as you can temporarily disarm a single Detect while continuing to monitor the rest of your home. That way, you can open a window, grab the paper from your front yard — and more — without having to disarm your Nest Secure system.
Ring Alarm Security Kit
Ring’s $199 Alarm Security Kit includes a base station, a keypad, a contact sensor, a passive infrared motion sensor and a Z-Wave extender. $199 is a great price compared with systems like the Nest Secure and the Honeywell Smart Home Security System. The Ring Alarm also offers professional monitoring and cloud storage starting at $10 per month.
Scout Security System
The Scout security system includes a $129 hub, a $29 door/window sensor, a $49 motion sensor and a $40 water sensor — that’s $247 total. Pay $10 per month for professional monitoring, cellular and battery backup and a variety of other features. (Read more about Scout’s monitoring services.) Scout works with Amazon Alexa for arming and disarming, but it doesn’t have very many accessories to choose from.