For years now I have wanted a home security system and for years I have put off purchasing one from a company like ADT for one reason: I didn’t like the idea of paying a monthly fee of $28.99 and getting stuck with a minimum 3 year contract. That’s $1,043 that I would rather save. Luckily, I ran across the SkylinkNet Alarm System, a home security and automation solution which can give your home basic protection for just $149.99 one time (the price of the starter kit).
The SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit (save $5 on Amazon) includes an Internet Hub (the brains of the system), 2 wireless door or window sensors, a keychain remote (with a 300ft range) and a motion sensor. That’s not bad at all for just $149.99. For a basic 3 bedroom home with a front and back door, a door to the garage and perhaps a door from the garage to the backyard, I’d recommend adding 2 additional door sensors ($19.99 each) as well as a garage door sensor (also $19.99) which, together with the Internet Hub, would get you nicely setup for just under $210. That’s already a savings of over $800 compared to ADT’s introductory contract offer.
Okay, so it’s cheaper than a traditional home security system, but how well does the SkylinkNet Alarm System work? I think it’s mostly phenomenal.
The entire system is tied together by the SkylinkNet iOS (or Android) app. After initially setting up the entire system, the app is where you can easily monitor and make changes to your security setup—or control outlets and lights around the house if you’ve chosen to integrate the available Internet of Things controllers (more on that later).
What I love about the app is that—even when the alarm system is deactivated—I can see what doors are opened or shut, what devices and sensors are connected to my system (or systems, if you want to install one at home or at the office, for instance). Take a door sensor as an example; when doors are shut, the door icons within the app are blue (denoting a normal mode of operation). When a door opens, the icon turns red to let me know it isn’t closed. It’s a quick way to check the status of the system at a glance.
The app’s design isn’t the prettiest, but it is usable. And from ...