With a home alarm system, you can protect your home in various ways. Android Planet explains how such a system works and lists five good alarm systems.
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What is a home alarm system?
An alarm system in your home offers extra security while you are sleeping or when you are on vacation. With sensors that monitor your windows, doors and even entire rooms, it is much more difficult for burglars to enter unnoticed. In the event of a disaster, an alarm will go off and you will receive a notification via the smartphone app. You can often set that others should also be warned. Some alarm systems can be linked – for a fee – to a professional control room for more security and practical follow-up.
The alarm systems below require an internet connection. In most cases, the supplied base station works both via WiFi and via an Ethernet cable. The included sensors work wirelessly on a removable battery and can be mounted on your wall, frame or other location via 3M tape or screws. Please note that sensors are only suitable for indoor use as standard. Special outdoor sensors can be recognized by the changed design and usually the higher price.
Below we list – in random order – five good and smart alarm systems for your house, shed or apartment.
1: Ring Alarm
American Ring is one of the best-known providers of affordable, smart alarm systems. In the Netherlands, you can buy the Ring Alarm (Gen 2) five-piece starter pack for a suggested retail price of 249 euros. In practice, the alarm system is regularly on sale for less than 199 euros – good to keep in mind.
The alarm system consists of a base station with built-in siren, a control panel, a motion sensor, a contact sensor and a signal amplifier. So you can monitor one room and one door or window. If you want to secure more rooms, windows or doors, you can purchase a more extensive starter package or separate accessories. In January 2022, Ring also introduced a glass break sensor that detects glass break-ins via sound.
It is good to know that Ring Alarm only works fully with a subscription of ten euros per month. With such a subscription, the system works for a day if your power including internet fails, the Ring app can automatically warn three contacts in case of danger and you benefit from more features. However, some competing alarm systems can be used completely at no extra cost.
Also good to know is that Ring Alarm works very well with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa and with other Ring products, including the popular video doorbells and security cameras. However, the alarm system does not work well with the Google Assistant.
2: Residential Safe Alarm System
The WoonVeilig Alarm System is a popular alarm system for the home, mainly due to the promotion of insurer Univé and energy supplier Essent. The alarm system is for sale or for rent and can be installed by you or by an installer. In the cheapest variant, the alarm system costs 299 euros.
The starter pack consists of a base station with integrated siren, a control panel, two motion sensors, a window or door sensor and a key fob button. Additional sensors such as a glass break detector and carbon monoxide detector are available separately.
The alarm system also works via an app and can be connected to the Google Assistant. Important: the alarm system only comes into its own with an optional subscription of 8.95 euros per month.
It is interesting that you can link the WoonVeilig package to a security service for a fee. In an emergency, a certified security guard will monitor your home and can call in the emergency services if necessary. You take this piece of security for six euros per month and pay 65 euros for the first hour if someone actually comes by.
3: Ajax Alarm System
If you want a serious alarm system that goes beyond the basics, then the Ajax brand (not to be confused with the football club) is worth a look. The Ajax alarm system is more extensive than the competition because you can take out a subscription to the control room. This way you are assured of assisted security, which you can call in the event of an emergency, for example.
The alarm system can be put together according to your own taste, although starter packs are also available. Ajax offers a variety of sensors for indoor and outdoor use, including for curtains and roller doors. The alarm system works via a hub (base station). It is interesting that you can install the Ajax Alarm System yourself, but you can also opt for an installation service.
A nice detail: the alarm system is available in black and white, so you can decide for yourself which color fits best in your interior. Many competing alarm systems are only available in one variant.
Not surprisingly, the price of an Ajax Alarm System is the biggest point of attention. At 449 euros, the starting price is a lot higher than a simpler alarm system from the competition.
The Eufy alarm system (Eufy Home Alarm Kit) is very affordable; you pay less than 160 euros for it. For that money you get a five-part starter package, consisting of a base station, a motion detector, a control panel and two contact sensors. Stick it on a window or door. You can mount the motion detector in such a way that it monitors an entire room. The control panel works on a battery and lets you switch the alarm on and off.
The base station controls the connection between the sensors, connects to your home network and has a built-in siren. Many customers find the siren soft and therefore not very audible outside the house or in the attic. That is a point of attention. The alarm system can be connected to the Google Assistant.
A plus of this alarm set is that it works without a subscription. The Eufy app is completely free to use. With this alarm system you do not have to take extra costs into account. It is good to know that separate sensors for this alarm system are less widely available. It is nice that you can connect the Eufy system to smart cameras and a doorbell from Eufy to make the whole thing work together.
5: Gigaset Smart Home Alarm System
Gigaset – known for smartphones, among other things – also sells a smart alarm system for the home. With a street price of 249 euros for the Medium package, the alarm system is competitively priced. For this money you get a base station, a siren, a motion sensor and three window or door sensors. More sensors are sold separately. You can also expand the alarm system with, for example, a Gigaset security camera, doorbell or water sensor (to measure leakage).
The alarm system supports, among other things, the automation service IFTTT, so that you can, for example, set your Philips Hue lamps to switch on in case of danger. A control panel is not included in the Medium package. You therefore operate the alarm system with your smartphone. The Gigaset alarm can also be controlled via the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
More about privacy and security
In January is Android Planet completely dedicated to the combination of privacy and security. Among other things, we discuss the importance of two-step verification, warn you about viruses on your Android smartphone and list products that make your daily life safer. Think alarm systems, indeed. But there are more products where Android Planet writes about it more often.
For example, we recently published an overview of the 5 best security cameras for indoor and outdoor use and we explained how you can use your old smartphone as a security camera. We also test security products, including the Google Nest Cam (indoor).
What would you like to read more about in January? Let us know in the comments below!
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