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Female home owner checking energy consumption on digital tablet using smart meter technology. She can control all the household systems from the one place. Graphics for the app have been designed by myself.

Whether you want a device that lets you answer your door with a smartphone, video monitor your pets, or turn on your lights while you’re away, the Internet of Things has led to some pretty cool gadgets that make your home smarter and more secure. But how do you find the home protection tech that’s right for you? Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular home security products on the market and what they have to offer.


When you visit their homepage, you’ll see that the value of this home protection system couldn’t be simpler: “Answer your door with a smartphone.”

SkyBell is a video doorbell that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone at your door. Package delivery? “Thanks – just leave it on the back porch, please!” Guy dressed up as the Hamburglar? “Go away or I’m calling Officer Big Mac!” Girl Scout selling cookies? “Write me down for 12 boxes of Tagalongs, please!”

SkyBell makes the list because it makes life more convenient, it’s easy to install, and it’s simple to use. It also makes you feel a little bit like the oh-so-gadget-savvy James Bond or Batman.

Good-to-know: While SkyBell HD is weather resistant and only costs $199, it requires a Wi-Fi connection and full-time power from your existing wired, mechanical doorbell chime.


Canary bills itself as the “all-in-one home security system you control from your phone.” With cool features like HD video and audio, a 90+ decibel siren, motion detection, night vision and an air quality monitor, it’s a truly comprehensive home protection system. Canary also provides cloud storage so you can view recordings for up to 30 days.


Canary makes the list because it’s versatile and comprehensive. Use it for security, babysitting or pet monitoring, or for checking in on the family while you travel. Canary even captured a video of one customer’s little girl taking her first steps so he could relive the moment again and again.

Good-to-know: One unit costs $199, but you can get the two-pack for $379. Canary provides 12 hours of free cloud storage, but you can subscribe to a monthly plan for more.


If you’re looking for a more traditional home security system but you don’t want to pay all those expensive monthly fees, iSmartAlarm is a good option. It offers security cameras, automation for home devices like lights, motion sensors, contact sensors for doors and windows, and a siren – all connected to a central hub and to your smart phone.

iSmartAlarm makes the list because you can customize your setup to fit your home without paying for expensive installation or monthly subscriptions.

Good-to-know: iSmartAlarm offers packages with different combinations of units to meet your home and security needs, but buying components a la carte can get pricy.

These are just some of the popular smart home security devices on the market right now. Do you use any of these systems or maybe some that aren’t listed here? Share your tips about home protection tech in the comments!

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  1. You should look at Lowe’s Iris system if you want save a lot of money! It is a system that you can do yourself or have someone do it for you. It cost only $9.00 a month for the full package or nothing if you don’t want that package. It has a lot of things that it can do. You need to go the lowe’s website or the store. You buy the thing that you want and you can have a ton of items, it is what you want to spend. I have had it for two years and really like the system that works best for me. You can add things to it when ever you want to it doe’s not change the monthly price.

    1. Hey Steven:

      Thanks for the suggestion! Many companies offer systems, subscription-based or otherwise, that can be expanded to do any number of things.

      Kevin Graham

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