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Old 2019-07-29, 01:31 PM
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for some feedback on DIY security systems such as Abode, Wink of Simplisafe. With respect to these:

1) Any feedback on monitoring services?
2) Any feedback on setup and ease of use?

I am looking for the Canadian context as I have read lots of reviews on the US versions of these.

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Old 2019-07-29, 05:49 PM
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we have ring...we don't have the monitoring for it yet but it costs $150 CAD per year and no contract. this is my first security system so I don't know how it stacks up to others but the price is right.
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Old 2019-07-29, 08:57 PM
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A metal Beware of Dog sign from PetSmart is something we have. Do we have a dog ?,,,,,, you will never know
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Old 2019-07-30, 01:18 PM
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we have ring...we don't have the monitoring for it yet but it costs $150 CAD per year and no contract. this is my first security system so I don't know how it stacks up to others but the price is right.
We also use Ring and love it. We don't pay for the monitoring either (except we pay for our Doorbell camera and exterior camera that faces our driveway) but be warned that if you want to add to your insurance that you have a security system, you'll need to pay for central monitoring.
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Old 2019-07-31, 10:48 PM
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We also have Ring Pro and we got the subscription, totally worth it. you get the keep the video's and/or share them easily.
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Old 2019-08-01, 09:05 AM
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I used ebay to purchase a Nest Secure system from the US. Works very well for self monitoring. Super simple to set-up. Integrates very well with all of Nest's other products. Very sleek looking. You can't purchase professional monitoring or cell backup service in Canada yet. That said you can always add cell backup for your home internet separately.

I used to have Rogers home monitoring for ~$610 a year. It only saved me $25 a year on home insurance. The way most professional monitoring works though offers very little value. If something happens, they try contacting you and your backup contacts and only then do they call the police. The police put it on lower priority to most other things going on due to so many false alarms. From the monitoring company's standpoint though - their job is done. No crime is prevented - just the cops called after the fact.
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I like the idea of self monitoring as well. However, my only issue/concern with Ring is that it is a cloud based system and I am unclear how effective it will be for notifications if the wi-fi signal drops or if there is no Internet. I have searched high and low for a non-Internet dependent self monitored system but have yet to find a good solution. I don't mind paying for cell backup for notifications.
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So funny. Where I live, in the lovely town of Milton - I came home yesterday to find a notice on my door wondering why I / my address does not have a dog licence on file with the town.

I guess some bored by-law person saw my "Beware of Dog" sign lol.

Oh well, now you know. We don't have a dog and the notice from the town is in the recycling bin. I wonder if they will follow up haha.
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I like the idea of self monitoring as well. However, my only issue/concern with Ring is that it is a cloud based system and I am unclear how effective it will be for notifications if the wi-fi signal drops or if there is no Internet. I have searched high and low for a non-Internet dependent self monitored system but have yet to find a good solution. I don't mind paying for cell backup for notifications.
So keep in mind, in new neighbourhoods, they are no longer running copper for telephone. It's all fibre. So the old school alarm systems that depend on phone lines are still dependent on your fibre connection to be up & running (e.g. power to the box that receives & splits your connection to TV, phone and internet)

With internet systems there are 3 potential sources of outages

1. Your power goes out. Maybe 2-3 times a year here in Ottawa. You can buy a UPS (APC 1000VA is what I have). If all you plug in is your modem/wifi router, you will get 6-10 hours backup (since these devices use very little power).

2. Your internet goes out. Never has happened to me (Bell Fibe - 2017 neighbourhood). However you can buy something like this https://www.bell.ca/Business/Mobilit...ireless-Backup and get LTE backup for $10 a month. Nest Secure only uses 10mb of data a month. Of course if you want cameras still recording it uses a lot more data.

3. The provider of your security system goes down. With Nest it has gone down 2-3 times in the past year. The longest outage was ~30 minutes, but usually its no more than 5 minutes. I don't have Ring, but reading the Ring reddit - it looks like they have also had a few outages and people do complain of slow performance quite regularly. Unfortunately not much you can do to mitigate this.

If your house wasn't wired for multiple wifi hotspots (in some new houses phone lines are wired with the same cable used for network devices) get a Google Wifi kit or Netgear Orbi kit to make sure you have adequate wifi coverage.
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Old 2019-08-09, 10:26 PM
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I like the idea of self monitoring as well. However, my only issue/concern with Ring is that it is a cloud based system and I am unclear how effective it will be for notifications if the wi-fi signal drops or if there is no Internet. I have searched high and low for a non-Internet dependent self monitored system but have yet to find a good solution. I don't mind paying for cell backup for notifications.
Ring has cellular backup if you sign up for their service, I think.
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