HomeKit Alarm system for Apple user

stgeorge602

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Dec 20, 2018
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Hello,

I've been researching various DIY alarm systems and I think I've settled on two: Ring or Abode.

I chose those because they both offer self and professional monitoring, remote access and to app without having to sign up for service and they seem expandable.

How do these two systems compare to an Apple user and one who would like, eventually, to have some home automation (mainly lights & sensors, alarm and thermostat).

Thanks!
 

GTDaveMac

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One of the only alarms that works with HomeKit is the Honeywell Lyric. It's mainly available from professional installers, however, you can DIY with AlarmGrid. Full HomeKit integration, professional monitoring, relatively inexpensive, good customer support. Have had it for almost two years.
 
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mac.cali

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Adobe or Ring currently don’t support HK. Not sure that’s important to you or not. I wouldn’t purchase a product based upon a promise of them bring it to market.
 
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jockethebastard

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I have Aqara senors, smoke alarm and the hub acts as alarm with sound and light.
Very affordable and easy to set up. Everything is HomeKit except smoke detectors, next update will fix that though.
 
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MRISX

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Oct 2, 2016
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You installed the lyric like DIY or through a company? I am also looking a good system, but DIY and no subscription, although one with a good app should be enough not necessary HK. How much was your system?

Edit: any with SD support or HD, for local extended surveillance camera footage? I just check abode and seems great but only 3 days of backup on the basic (free) plan.
 
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macdragonfl

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You installed the lyric like DIY or through a company? I am also looking a good system, but DIY and no subscription, although one with a good app should be enough not necessary HK. How much was your system?

Edit: any with SD support or HD, for local extended surveillance camera footage? I just check abode and seems great but only 3 days of backup on the basic (free) plan.
I installed the Lyric myself. I bought a controller and sensors for $400 or so. Some of Lyric features require monitoring. I found a monitoring company that charges $18 per month. I did not use Lyric cams I used Logi Circle2 wired. Those would work as a simple system on their own. You have to buy some sort of cloud storage for them, as the free tier is 24 hour only of cloud storage. Those cameras do 1080, 720 and have motion sensors and 2 way intercom.
 

archer75

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with homebridge you can make anything work with HomeKit. I'm using all my nest stuff and smarthings switches on HomeKit.
 

MRISX

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Oct 2, 2016
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I have been seeing the Arlo Pro 2 ones, those provide local storage (limited to only sound or movement trigger clips) and 7 days cloud free. Those are nor like CVRs where you can save 24/7 unless you pay a fee (only cloud) but I think are the more equilibrated options I have seen until now. Any experience?