iSmartAlarm is a multi-piece home security system that's affordable for the average homeowner. It equips the user with all the necessary tools to keep them aware of who comes in and out of their home or business space. The packages include a camera, motion detector, contact sensors, and other pieces of equipment to monitor and control one's home security.
The iSmartAlarm pieces are all wireless and communicate effortlessly with each other. Communication between the system and the partnered Smartphone app is also simple and gives a good deal of control over the system from wherever you may be. The packages also come with a series of "remote tags" with large buttons that make control over the system easier for younger users. The system's alerts are useful for certain events, like when the motion detectors or contact sensors are triggered while you're away.
Considering all of the pieces of equipment that come in a given package, the system is relatively cheap. Whether you choose either the $200 system or the $350 system, most families can stand to make the investment after a few months of saving. The only difference between the packages is the actual camera, but the fact that you can still afford a bundle of motion and contact sensors for only $200 makes it a good deal.
The contact sensors are fairly unique to this system. They come as separate pieces and can be easily placed on doors and windows. They send alerts and notifications when they are opened while your system is set to "away." The motion detector is also a great tool to have, as well as the CubeOne that controls it all and emits a built-in alarm when triggered. All the pieces together equate to an effective home monitoring system.
The camera, though ticketed at an additional $150 alone, is not reliable to provide a high-quality image. The camera itself is fairly flimsy with a plastic lens. It can't shoot in HD and only has a 90-degree field of view. The images themselves cannot be blown up without sacrificing a good deal of image quality, so pinpointing fine details can be tricky with this camera.
The company doesn't offer much cloud storage for stills and video clips. While most companies offer up to a series of days worth of storage, iSmartAlarm only enables you to upload ten second clips at a limited quantity. Though the storage service is free, it isn't very helpful when you'd like to survey a period where no known "events" (triggered detections) occurred.
The company itself is almost brand new and hasn't had much experience on the market. They were funded originally via Kickstarter and, while they certainly have piqued the public's interest so far, they haven't earned their trust yet. It will still take some time to see whether or not the product or the company itself holds up in the competitive home security market.
NYLE LAGRANGE North Branch, MN
4 years ago