Self-monitored security systems can be bundled with video doorbells


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There are a variety of self-monitored systems that are easy to install.

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Two of the top selling home security systems, the Nest and Ring, are now cheaper than some cell phones, thanks to fierce product competition.

Google has slashed $100 off the Nest in 2018, while Amazon’s Ring remains one of the best options for affordability. Both products can be bundled with smart doorbells or purchased separately.

There are many similarities between the two systems.

Let’s say you lose power in your home during a hurricane, but you are staying at a hotel several hundred miles away. Both the Nest and Ring home security systems will continue to work if there is cellular connectivity. There is an extra charge for this feature.

Both the Nest and the Ring connect with a signature app that lets users control their home security products remotely. Professional monitoring is available with both the Nest and the Ring at an extra charge.

So how do you decide which system is right for you?

You can start with an assessment of your budget and lifestyle.

If you prefer a basic system that is more affordable, the Ring is a good choice. The security kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor for windows and doors, and a motion detector.

Easy to install and relatively inexpensive, the Ring is ideal for smaller homes and apartments.  Another Ring plus is that it can be reconnected if you move. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts will find that the Ring is easy to install.

For someone who wants a fully automated home with multiple devices, the Nest offers the highest level of connectivity. The system contains the Nest Guard (the hub), two Nest Detect sensors for windows, doors and rooms and several Nest Tags that provide access to the home.

A key feature offered by Nest is a connected lock which can be controlled remotely. The lock is tamper proof and there is no key.

The Nest works with Google-based home security gadgets.

You will pay more for the Nest, but for a large home, costs will add up with either system. Depending on how big a home is, for example, extra window sensors must be purchased separately, and they are not cheap.  Nest’s sensors, while more expensive, work as either motion sensors or on  doors or windows.

For both systems, the do-it-yourself option is cheaper. Nest offers a choice of user or professional installation, while Ring is strictly a self set-up system.

For information, go to consumerreports.org/home-security/wireless-security-camera-vs-video-doorbell-which-is-better/

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