Not long ago, legit, full-featured home security systems were for the rich. They were complicated, costly to install and subscribe to, and only worth it for someone with an art collection or basement full of gold bullion to protect. However, the game has changed in the last three years alone.
Now, anyone with a decent Wi-Fi connection and a healthy fear of strangers can set one up. For anyone who travels, it’s easier than ever to keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. Here are three of the best DIY home security systems.
Amazon Cloud Cam – $119
Amazon’s foray into the security camera game is a solid one. The Amazon Cloud Camis utilitarian, easy to setup, and provides some of the same features of its competition at half the price. The indoor camera offers a 120-degree field of view. The most basic setup — monitoring a front and a back door — should only require two cameras. With sufficient light, the camera operates in color; in dimmer situations, it switches to black-and-white using eight infrared LED lights.
If you’re keen on the most basic setup without a subscription plan, the Cloud Cam streams 24 hours a day with the live feed available to view online. When motion is detected, it will automatically store the relevant video clips for up to 24 hours. However, paid subscribers (plans range from $7-20) get access to the best features, including being able to store clips for up 30 days and setting zones where the camera will ignore motion and not trigger an alert.