There are a few considerations to take into account when choosing the right DIY home security system.
Obviously, cost — both upfront for equipment and potential ongoing subscription fees for monitoring or storage — is one of the main factors when choosing a home security setup. Some systems, like the Wyze Home Monitoring System featured above, are available for $100 or less. Others can set you back $200 to $300 or more, and the price could inflate even higher with each sensor, camera or alarm you add. Adding another layer of complication to the equation: Many of these systems see significant discounts throughout the year.
Speaking of adding devices, be sure to factor in the number of areas, such as doors and windows, you’ll want to place a camera or sensor when choosing a DIY security kit. Some DIY security systems may come with a base and one or two sensors while others, like the Ring Alarm Pro, come with four sensors, a motion sensor and a range extender.
Higher-priced DIY security systems are likely to come with more devices, plus lots of useful features and compatibility with other smart home devices, which is something else you’ll want to consider when choosing a DIY home security system. The Ring Alarm Pro, our top pick for DIY security systems, features cellular-powered backup, local processing and storage for Ring devices along with easy integration with Alexa Guard Plus service.
Finally, you’ll want to consider local-versus-subscription storage and monitoring options. A DIY Ring system, for example, could offer a number of monitoring and data storage options for an added monthly cost that aren’t available with other devices. On the other hand, if you’d rather monitor your home security system and handle data storage yourself, many devices allow you to do so at no extra cost.