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Next, we looked for useful smartphone apps that show recordings, live streaming and basic settings on the first screen you see. The apps from Oco and D Link were the easiest to use. ConnectionOur final test evaluated the Wi Fi connection. To do this, we connected each camera to our Wi Fi network along with a video streaming service and a smartphone. If a camera had connection problems, while the other devices and the router still worked, we deducted points accordingly. Other Things to Consider When Buying a Security Camera Video Storage: Local or Cloud?There are two kinds of storage, local and cloud, neither of which had any effect on our scoring because it boils down to personal preference.

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The Abode Essentials Starter Kit $229 includes one door/window sensor, a battery powered security camera and motion detector, and a key fob. Photo by Abode Systems — The Washington PostAnother DIY option is the Abode Essentials Starter Kit $229, which includes one door/window sensor, a battery powered security camera and motion detector, and a key fob. The system integrates with Amazon Echo, Google Home and other home automations for voice enabled arming and disarming. 3 options for professional monitoring systems With its Nest Secure alarm system, Nest offers professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security for an additional monthly fee. Photo by Nest — The Washington PostMany self monitoring systems offer professional monitoring services for an additional monthly or annual fee. With its Nest Secure alarm system, Nest offers professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security; a three year agreement costs $19 monthly and a month to month contract that's $29 a month. Frontpoint is a highly rated monitoring provider, according to security system review websites SafeWise and A Secure Life. The price ranges from $34. 99 to $49. 99 monthly — a tad pricey, but the system runs on cellular technology, which means you don't have to worry about cut wires, loss of Internet connection or power outages. Depending on where you live, you could choose a local security company for a couple of reasons.

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7. Out of our top choices of wireless home security companies, three offer DIY installation. Professional installation does offer hands on help from a trained technician, but most wireless systems are intuitive enough that no special guidance is needed. For the most part, wireless systems are plug and play, so the most you will need is to consult a troubleshooting guide or call customer service with questions. The wire free, tool free installation for wireless systems makes it the top choice for renters, because it creates no unsightly holes and you can easily re install the system at your next home. When we say that wireless home security offers you options, we mean it.