Abode home security systems review – PC Authority

Abode offers complete smart home security solutions that are simple enough to install yourself. You can also monitor it yourself if you choose not to subscribe to the professional monitoring service and this makes it one of the most affordable and flexible options available to renters and homeowners. 

Abode is also one of several such companies taking on the traditional security brands by producing its own sleek wireless sensors and alarms and was actually founded by a former ADT executive. But Abode’s family of devices is the most universally compatible and is one of the few to work with Apple HomeKit. With this broad compatibility, flexible pricing and easy-to-fit hardware, Abode has grown to cover the US, Canada and the UK.  

Abode Smart Security Kit

Abode offers kits with everything you’ll need but you can also build your own system depending on your needs (Image credit: Abode)

Plans and pricing

Prices begin at $49 for the Smart Security Kit, which gives you all the hardware you need to get started. That’s very competitive for a complete security package, but it’s easy to push the price up by adding further sensors and smart devices from Abode’s large range. For example, Abode’s motion sensor cost $39.99 and its water leak sensor costs $49.99, which are way more expensive than the equivalent sensors from SimpliSafe. Abode’s top-end package, the iota All-In-One Security Kit, which includes cameras, additional sensors sensors and more sophisticated equipment costs $329


Abode routinely offers discounts on its plans and equipment (Image credit: Abode)

There’s no cost for installation of course, and you are not obliged to pay a subscription fee, however, there are three monitoring plans available which make a lot of sense. The basic plan is free and it’s enough to allow you to receive notifications via the app and use the basic controls, but some key functionality such as geo-fencing and CUE automations (more about those in the features section) remain out of reach. For $6/month you can access those and store the video from one security camera in the cloud and enjoy premium customer support. But you don’t get 24/7 professional monitoring until you pay the Pro subscription which costs $20/month or $180 per year. 

You can pay month to month if you would rather not sign a long contract. The fee for cancelling a yearly contract is $35. If you are not entirely happy within the first 30 days of purchase, you can have all of your money back.


Abode offers a wide range of devices including sensors, cameras and more (Image credit: Abode)



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