review of home security systems

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This isn't a combined kit like other systems we tested, but Lowe's sometimes includes the Smart Hub as a bonus item at no cost. Even at full price, the Security Pack and Smart Hub are less expensive than the competition. Iris has three no contract service plans: basic, premium and professional monitoring. The basic plan is free, gives you control over your system and sends alerts to your smartphone when the alarm goes off. The premium plan $9. 99/month expands the basic plan controls and adds video storage. The professional monitoring plan $14. 95/month adds cellular backup and links your home to a certified monitoring station that can send emergency responders to your home. This professional monitoring plan is the cheapest among the systems we tested, tied with SimpliSafe. For cellular backup, you need to buy a modem that plugs into the Smart Hub. The keypad in the Security Pack has a built in siren, but it's one of the quietest we tested.

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In this article, I will be looking only at NVR based systems. This is because DVR based analogue systems are on their way out, they simply cannot compete with the quality and convenience of network cameras and NVRs. Cameras – Network cameras a. k. a IP cameras are fully digital – the image is sent digitally to the NVR through a network cable instead of an analogue BNC cable as in a DVR based system. This enables resolution higher than 1080p2MP, and currently you can go up to 4MP.