Best Home Security Systems in 2020



Window Door Alarm, Toeeson 120DB Pool Alarm for Doors, Magnet Triggered Home Security Burglar Alarm for Doors and Windows Review:


I absolutely love these alarms. My attached video does not give it justice as it is louder in person. I needed to replace my one alarm that broke because it had an attached wire to a 9V battery that came off. These alarms are super easy to install as all you have to do is peel the cover on the sticky tape and attach were you need it. I am super excited that I am replacing the one clunky alarm and I am getting six in return with this pack. I really need the extra security because I have a four-year-old boy who is autistic and he started to open the garage door and other doors exiting our home. These alarms also come with their batteries in place and they have an on and off switch. I also like that when you close the door (magnets meet) the alarm immediately turns off unlike my original clunky alarm that does not have and on and off switch and does not turn off when The magnets meet you have to press a button on it for it to shut off and sometimes that takes long if you have your hands full.



GE Personal Security Window/Door Alarm, 2-Pack, DIY Home Protection, Burglar Alert, Wireless Alarm, Off/Chime/Alarm, Easy Installation, Ideal for Home, Garage, Apartment, Dorm, RV and Office, 45115 Review:


Our 6 year old son is nonverbal autistic, and has recently figured out the latch-style childproofing locks that we've had on our doors for a few years now. We've had a couple of terrifyingly close calls with him almost running away, and knew we needed to step up our security before something really bad happened.

These are perfect. They have off, chime, or alarm positions. We keep them on chime during the day so that if anyone goes out we hear a very loud chime (I can hear it easily from anywhere in the house). I like that option because we do need to go in and out the doors during the day, and the chime is loud but not as awful as if the alarm went off every time. They work with almost any door, even or kitchen door where the sensor had to be positioned a little whopper-jawed (see pic).

At night we switch it to alarm so it would wake us up if the door opened. This is not likely because we have turned his doorknob around so we can lock him in his room at night. That may sound cruel if you don't have an autistic child, but it is the only way to keep him safe at night, since he regularly wakes up in the middle of the night. We never leave him in there crying or anything, but our door is just across the hall and we want to have to wake up and let him out when he wakes up so we know he is up.

I also put some of these on alarm on the bedroom windows. He hasn't yet tried to get out the window, but I didn't want to wait until he did. It also gives me more peace of mind at night in case someone tried to break in, especially when my husband isn't home.

I highly recommend these!



Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit – Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring – No long-term contracts – Works with Alexa Review:


I bought this system to replace the ADT system I had for years. This system along with four Contact Sensors replaced what I had from ADT. The cost of the Ring system and year of monitoring was less than six months of monitoring from ADT. The system comes packaged nice a secure, which I am thankful for since the deliver person wasn't gentle dropping the box on my porch. I had downloaded the app and registered before the system arrived, so that part was taken care of. The included instructions and phone app walk you through the setup. It was painless and completed in about 10 minutes. I set up everything on my dining room table to go through the registration process. Once done, I installed the components where the old hardware was. Ring includes everything you need to mount (double sided tape and/or screws) all the components. Registering for monitoring was very simple too. One thing I learned that I want to pass on. do not remove the little battery tabs until the app tells you to. If you do, just open the cover, pull the battery and reinstall the tab. Just pulling the battery and reinstalling it doesn't reset the device.

The app could use some tweaks to let you customize your notifications a little more and tweak the contact choices, but overall I'm satisfied.

I was looking at the Nest system, but this is a better value, you get a separate keyboard so you can semi hide the main base station that has the cellular radio and battery backup. You also have the choice of hardwired or wireless 2.4 - 5 ghz network connections.

I will update this review in six months.

Update 01/16/2019

I've had the ring system for six months now. I paid for the years subscription to their monitoring service. I've had one activation, by me, to test and see what the monitoring center does. I live in a city that does not respond to unverified burglar alarm activations. I was contacted within minutes of my alarm going off, which was about the same amount of time ADT took. Overall, I'm happy with this service, especially at this price point.

The system itself has performed flawlessly. I've had a few internet outages and the system promptly moved to cell coverage. I have the keypad mounted in a utility room we normally enter when entering the house. It has run off of its internal battery and I charged it once since installing it. I have a total of five door senors and the motion, which all have performed as expected. I have added a Ring Pro doorbell and have connected it to activate if the alarm is tripped. Overall, the hardware has held up as expected and I am very pleased.

The software/app has constantly been updated by Ring, adding tweaks to improve the performance of the system. It is so nice to just look at the app and see that everything is okay at home. I will, over time, be replacing my hardwired video surveillance system with Ring cameras.

After having ADT for 17+ years and feeling their customer service and pricing became ridiculous, I am pleased with this Ring system. Even if Ring raises their monitoring fees, which I hope they don't, I can still self monitor and feel secure in leaving my house knowing I will be notified if something happens.

I will submit another review at the one year mark.



Mighty Mule Wireless Digital Keypad (FM137) Review:


I recently bought a number of Mighty Mule products: Light Duty Gate Opener MM260, 10w Solar Panel kit, Electronic Gate Lock, Pin Lock, about 5 extra transmitters, and 2 of these Keypads. The gate was installed and has been working great for about a month. But when I tried to program my keypads I ran into trouble. I followed the instructions and successfully "Learned" my transmitter, then successfully changed my master code. The problem was, they did NOT operate my gate. That was a head scratcher. I went through the steps several times, satisfied that I did not make a mistake, so called Customer Service. I got the MOST HELPFUL and friendly customer service rep, Julian! It turns out the problem was that I used one of my OEM transmitters to pair the keypads, and not the one that said Mighty Mule on the case, and was included with my gate opener. The others looked identical to the MM transmitter except for not having their logo on the case. Once I went through the process using the original MM transmitter, they worked just fine. Julian went through the process of programming both keypads with me on the phone, including changing the master code, adding an entry code, and testing both units every step of the way. Thank you so much Julian, you were very professional and easy to work with.

IMPORTANT! Always use your original Mighty Mule transmitter when programming your keypads!



CANARY: View Indoor Security Camera 1080P HD Wide-Angle Lens | Motion Activated Alert Monitoring. ALEXA, iOS, Android, Google, (Pets, Grandparents, Baby, House Monitor), Black Review:


Easy to set up and use. Good picture/video quality. For the price, I really happy and I’ve discovered my dog sleeps on the coffee table when we’re not home!



Chamberlain Group Clicker Universal Keyless Entry KLIK2U-P2, Works with Chamberlain, LiftMaster, Craftsman, Genie and More, Security +2.0 Compatible Garage Door Opener Keypad, White Review:


Moved to a new place and needed a new "Yellow Button" standard remote, and found this. Our garage opener unit is a Liftmaster. Here are some impressions and opinions:

Likes:
-- Out of the box, the unit appears very sturdily built. The case, battery hatch, as well as the weatherproof sliding cover are all made of a very thick and cleanly molded ABS plastic. It sure looks much more expensive than we expected, as the price range is typical for basic keypad remotes of lesser built quality.
-- The design is simple and straightforward, with recessed rubber numeric keys and no other confusing buttons. The rubber keypad is pretty thick with strong tactile feedback, with good spacing to prevent errors. The sliding cover really does provide very secure protection for the main electronic unit itself, covering all the opening seams. Personally I like the clean, durable and functional design.
-- It comes with a 9V dry cell already installed. The description says 2AA alkaline, but it really is a 9V battery. While testing indoors we found that it has a pretty good range, as we could operate the garage door opener 100ft+ away from the garage and through a few walls. This could be a benefit from the higher voltage setup than typical AA's.
-- Simple to setup: While it's probably something common to yellow-button standard remotes, ours was pretty easy to setup. It took merely 30 seconds to have the thing paired and ready to go. The instructions can be a bit confusing though (see caveats).

Caveats:
-- The instruction that came with it is pretty confusing. It has a lot of opener type instructions that really aren’t relevant to this opener. Three out of four types described is of the DIP switch types, and only type 4 is the one that has the yellow button remote. It’d be helpful to skip to type 4 instructions to save yourself some confusion. The instructions are mostly for initial setup, and not a lot of operating instructions, other than entering the pin and opening the garage door. It’s sufficient but not very detailed.

-- Since it only has numeric keys and */# (typical 12 key keypad), the opening button was omitted so you would have to press "0" to enter the PIN. After it is recognized, the entire keypad becomes the garage opener key, so that you can press any key to open and close with around 10-12 seconds with the keypad lit constantly. Pressing * and # while entering keys results in flashing LEDs, whose functions I haven’t quite figured out. I imagine there should be a way to clear/reset if you entered the wrong PIN, and one of those keys could have been the clear key. None of these were described in the instructions except entering “0” after entering the PIN.

-- The sliding cover is a bit stiff, which might get better over time. The issue is that if you pull up using the bottom lip facing the front, you may end up lifting the cover off completely and have it flung off to the floor. I’d recommend holding the side of the cover and sliding up, thus pressing down on the side latch preventing the cover from detaching completely.

-- It requires and uses a 9V square shaped battery, which may be less common in most homes. It comes with a zinc carbon battery, or the “dry” cell, and not alkaline, for a good reason: it won’t leak. I would recommend using dry zinc carbon batteries for these openers as it is exposed to the temperature fluctuations and even possibly the sun’s heat. Alkaline cells may leak fluids if not used for a while and/or exposed to heat, resulting in circuit damage. Alkalines do last longer if you use it very often, however.

Overall we are pleased with this opener. It looks good (to us), looks and feels sturdy, very simple to operate and set up, with a very functional design. We just wished the instructions were a bit better written, but it doesn’t take away from the product’s qualities at all. We’d recommend it, if your garage opener unit is compatible.



AcuRite 01078 Wireless Weather Station with 2 Displays and 5-in-1 Weather Sensor: Temperature and Humidity Gauge, Rainfall, Wind Speed and Wind Direction Review:


Moved to a new place and needed a new "Yellow Button" standard remote, and found this. Our garage opener unit is a Liftmaster. Here are some impressions and opinions:

Likes:
-- Out of the box, the unit appears very sturdily built. The case, battery hatch, as well as the weatherproof sliding cover are all made of a very thick and cleanly molded ABS plastic. It sure looks much more expensive than we expected, as the price range is typical for basic keypad remotes of lesser built quality.
-- The design is simple and straightforward, with recessed rubber numeric keys and no other confusing buttons. The rubber keypad is pretty thick with strong tactile feedback, with good spacing to prevent errors. The sliding cover really does provide very secure protection for the main electronic unit itself, covering all the opening seams. Personally I like the clean, durable and functional design.
-- It comes with a 9V dry cell already installed. The description says 2AA alkaline, but it really is a 9V battery. While testing indoors we found that it has a pretty good range, as we could operate the garage door opener 100ft+ away from the garage and through a few walls. This could be a benefit from the higher voltage setup than typical AA's.
-- Simple to setup: While it's probably something common to yellow-button standard remotes, ours was pretty easy to setup. It took merely 30 seconds to have the thing paired and ready to go. The instructions can be a bit confusing though (see caveats).

Caveats:
-- The instruction that came with it is pretty confusing. It has a lot of opener type instructions that really aren’t relevant to this opener. Three out of four types described is of the DIP switch types, and only type 4 is the one that has the yellow button remote. It’d be helpful to skip to type 4 instructions to save yourself some confusion. The instructions are mostly for initial setup, and not a lot of operating instructions, other than entering the pin and opening the garage door. It’s sufficient but not very detailed.

-- Since it only has numeric keys and */# (typical 12 key keypad), the opening button was omitted so you would have to press "0" to enter the PIN. After it is recognized, the entire keypad becomes the garage opener key, so that you can press any key to open and close with around 10-12 seconds with the keypad lit constantly. Pressing * and # while entering keys results in flashing LEDs, whose functions I haven’t quite figured out. I imagine there should be a way to clear/reset if you entered the wrong PIN, and one of those keys could have been the clear key. None of these were described in the instructions except entering “0” after entering the PIN.

-- The sliding cover is a bit stiff, which might get better over time. The issue is that if you pull up using the bottom lip facing the front, you may end up lifting the cover off completely and have it flung off to the floor. I’d recommend holding the side of the cover and sliding up, thus pressing down on the side latch preventing the cover from detaching completely.

-- It requires and uses a 9V square shaped battery, which may be less common in most homes. It comes with a zinc carbon battery, or the “dry” cell, and not alkaline, for a good reason: it won’t leak. I would recommend using dry zinc carbon batteries for these openers as it is exposed to the temperature fluctuations and even possibly the sun’s heat. Alkaline cells may leak fluids if not used for a while and/or exposed to heat, resulting in circuit damage. Alkalines do last longer if you use it very often, however.

Overall we are pleased with this opener. It looks good (to us), looks and feels sturdy, very simple to operate and set up, with a very functional design. We just wished the instructions were a bit better written, but it doesn’t take away from the product’s qualities at all. We’d recommend it, if your garage opener unit is compatible.



Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Add-on Security Camera – Add-on Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMC4030) [Existing Arlo System required] (Renewed) Review:


This camera is great in that the resolution is so much better than the original and the batteries aren't a constant nightmare. One thing they didn't mention was that if you plug the camera in you can technically take out the battery. I had to do this because power kept being lost to my outside outlet and the battery would over compensate then security die without warning. With no battery I know instantly when there is a power problem for troubleshoot maybe rain GFCI or something. Some guy drove by bragging about jamming such a device but honestly a full jam might get my physical attention if someone were that close to my house. Also if you run up and grab the camera I'll have great video of you doing so. I recommend the skins with hoods for rain season.



Video Doorbell [2019 Upgrade] Wireless Doorbell Camera IP5 Waterproof HD WiFi Security Camera Real-Time Video for iOS&Android Phone, Night Light Review:


EDIT (2019/05/20): after 5 full days of use
=> it does work well, but for some reason, it became quite inconsistent....
One day, it will work fine the full day
The day after, the ring does not ring at all, for several hours... then it will work again...
So my customer misses the person ringing at the front door

They said it happens approx 2 times out of 10... so this is a problem...
The same thing happens for the motion detection : it works 80% of the time, then, for some reason, motion detection does not notify your phone/tablet for a couple hours, then comes back to working again...

I'll have to investigate (of course, I made sure the wifi signal is very strong and reliable)
So, for the price, I still recommend it (not a big deal) but for more reliability (near to 100%) I would probably recommend something "more expensive" (actually, you almost always get what you pay for....)

Just after purchase and initial installation : (2019/05/15)
I bougth this for one of my customer, and it appears to be a very good product.
It works very well, and for such a low price, it has great value !
Of course, notification about motion detection are not "immediate" (because of network & communication)
But it is hardly longer then 5 sec before you are notified, and couple more seconds to get the "live" feed
Image quality is really good for the price, again, plus you have backlit compensation, high-light compensation, and HDR compensation (the Doorball faces the sun the whole afternoon), and the image is still very decent
Two small questions, though (not issues, yet)
1) I could not get my optionall chime to work (it is not recognized but the doorbell)
2) I could not access (neither register nor connect) to the cloud, because I don't see how or where
Otherwise, it's a great product, and it works very well !
I definitely recommand, especially for the low price



Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review:


 The video/audio quality is great, I’m sure it is dependent on multiple factors (WiFi, light access, objects in the way, etc.), but my experience has been excellent. Even though I left the areas of activity pretty sensitive (posted video is of it triggering on a passing vehicle) the battery is not draining quickly as others reported, in fact I don’t think it has dropped from the 90% range since purchase. It has been through three big storms with zero damage or effect of any kind. I get notifications quickly, well before people get to the door, although I have yet to have a stranger ring the bell so I have not tested speaking through the app.
I think the video quality is clear and I can identify people easily both in daytime and night.
There is occasional lag with live view, but I don’t have any determining factors that dictate when it will lag or not.
The setup was easy, even having to drill through brick.

I also love that people in my neighborhood update in the app frequently leaving pictures and videos of suspicious characters or salespeople. It feels like a responsive and active community.

I have zero complaints and am 100% satisfied. I feel safe and secure in the knowledge that I have forewarning of any people who pass by or onto my property.
I have only had it active for about a week, if anything changes I will update, but for now I am very happy that I went with Ring.