LiveWatch Security Low Cost, DIY Security System! Simplisafe Alternative (Two Months Free Inside)

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Looking for a simple DIY, easy to install system?  LiveWatch is that system!!!

Pros
1.) No Pressure Sales – Their sales department is no pressure and will even tell you to shop around! I shopped around, got a price by simplisafe, and they beat it! How?  Well they gave me a few free months on service which brought my all in cost well below Simplisafe!

2.) Willing to work with you on packages – They know everyone has different needs.  They took their base package ($49 at the time of my purchase) and substituted parts in the package so that it met my needs! I was able to get a package with two remotes, 5 door/window sensors, built in glass break sensor for $49! They gave me a discount and substituted parts from the base system to meet my needs without increasing price

3.) Easy install! – No tools required!

4.) They setup an appointment to verify your install and walk you through using your system.  They do this over the phone but confirm your system is installed correctly AND help you learn how to use your system

5.) Plenty of monthly plans to meet EVERYONES needs!! Just keep in mind, any plan under $34 will require you to pay more for your system

6.) No contracts! Yes, you are required to agree to a 12 month term BUT if you don’t want to finish the term, just return your system and they will cancel without any fees!!  If you want until after your 12 months to cancel, you get to keep the system!  This is very fair because at $49, I received a GREAT deal on the system so they need me to stick around to actually make money on me.

7.) Equipment – NOW with VERY MODERN equipment by Quality of Life (QOL).  This equipment will work with most modern smart home products and not just home security products.  The equipment looks nice in your home, is very high quality, and comes with a great warranty!

8.) Lifetime Warranty (HINT): Just ask for it and ask if you can have it for free.. They will gladly say yes!!

9.) Customer Service is TOP NOTCH.. Not pushy!! They checkup on you via follow-up calls and emails.. They don’t push you to buy more services or higher plans.  They never even ask! They simply want to help

10.) SYSTEM PRICE IS GREAT! As long as you keep the system for a year, you it’s yours to own after that year!!  If you cancel service before 1 year you can pay for the “Discount” they offered or send it back.  The choice is yours.

11.) Alarm.com service – They are an alarm.com service meaning the monitoring and smart functions use the alarm.com app.  Alarm.com has millions upon millions of users so there is no worrying about the monitoring service going under.

12.) Mobile apps for arming your home works GREAT (Requires $34 plan or higher)

Tips

1.) Just talk to them! They will make you a system that works for your needs and do their best to keep it around the $50 price!!  They had to offer me discounts to do that but they had no issues offering those discounts

2.) Mention other services you are considering!  They will do everything in their power to meet or beat the prices of those services!!

Overall: I am very happy with the sales, customer service, and monitoring service in general offered by LiveWatch!  I feel safe, my home feels more secure, and the price is very affordable without any contracts!

BabyCam HD Cute Smart WiFi Home Security Video Camera with Two-Way Audio to Monitor Baby, Pet, or Elderly with Apple and Android Apps by brobot

Short Review:  Easy to setup, secure (As long as your WiFi is secure) and overall a decent little camera.  It is an excellent camera for the price!  Video is crystal clear and video has a great large viewing area.  As a little background, I work for a security company and install these things and they are great!

Pros:
1.) Quality – This camera is excellent quality.  The camera is built well, the software is very well done, and overall the camera is a top quality product!

2.) Videos Quality – Video quality is clear and bright.  No matter what your use might be, a buyer should be very happy with the video quality.  Even used as a security camera, the quality is AMAZING

3.) Viewing Area –  Along with the video quality, one of the best aspects of video quality is a large viewing area

4.) Super easy setup!!

5.) Wonderful APP – A lot of these cameras might be nice but their apps are lacking.  Not with the brobot.. With the brobot, the app is beautifully done and very easy to use!

6.) Secure – This camera is secure, just make sure you have a secure wireless network and you will be fine.

7.) Value – Under $50

8.) Works with Android & IOS – Also works with Android tablets and Ipads

9.) Includes everything needed.  Mounts, Cat5 Cable (If you want a wired connection) and more.

Overall:  There are a lot of this style camera on the market so which camera is best?  Well, a lot of them are!! The goal is to find one that meets your budget, one that is secure, and one that offers the features you need.  Some of the features of this camera are below and this is a camera that I recommend!

Features
1.) Wireless
2.) Secure
3.) Easy Setup
4.) Works with Android and IOS
5.) High Def
6.) Offers two way sound

LaView Wireless Security Camera, 1080P HD Indoor Outdoor Home Surveillance WiFi IP Camera IP65 Waterproof Two-way Audio Night Vision Motion Alarm Baby Monitor Nanny Cam with 16GB MicroSD Card – White

Short Review: There are a few things I look for when buying these cameras for myself or suggesting them to a friend to buy (I used to install CCTV systems so I get asked for advice all the time)

1.) Does it take a micro SD card – The answer has to be yes for me to recommend a camera and this camera DOES take a SD card. This is important because not all of these cameras save video locally, and that’s because not all of these cameras allow SD cards. This camera allows the card plus saves video locally.

2.) Does the camera have a decent app – The app doesn’t have to be the best but before I recommend a camera like this, it does need a decent app. This camera has a great app

3.) is it reliable? This is another question I ask before recommended cameras. You are protecting something with this camera, possibly your family! it has to be very reliable and this is reliable

4.) Is the camera safe and secure? A lot of folks don’t trust these cameras but if you set them up correctly, with good passwords and whatnot, they are VERY safe and secure!!!

This camera passes all 4 of those questions, is very easy to setup, and offered at a good value! Thats why I recommend this camera!

Pros
1.) Easy Setup – Follow in app instructions

2.) Saves video locally – no need to purchase a cloud plan. (Why spend more money?)

3.) Notifications work GREAT – All these cameras have basic issues with notifications.. Like bugs landing on them usually set off a notification. But for the most part, notifications work great and I had no issues or no false notifications (A bug landing on the camera isn’t a false notification because it DOES detect movement)

4.) Wonderful Quality!

5.) Excellent Price

6.) Works on both Android and IOS

7.) Night vision works well

8.) Offers two way communication! Talk to your family through your phone or even the intruder! Let them know you are watching

9.) Wide field of view – this camera sees a lot!

Cons
1.) No 5GHZ

Overall: Excellent Camera!! Easy to install and full of features!

YI Outdoor Security Camera, Cloud Cam Wireless IP Waterproof Night Vision Security Surveillance System White


Short Review (Summary): This is a wonderful camera! I used to work security so I will also try to answer some of the design questions with this camera.. Overall, the camera is very easy to setup, it integrates very well and easily into the other home cameras Yi makes, and a cloud subscription IS NOT Required!

First let’s mix things up and do the cons

1.) Echo Show – While Yi finally released an Alexa skill, that skill is pretty much useless.. Sorry Yi, but it is! Basically all it does is turn on/off the camera.. you can say “Alexa turn on/off the porch camera” and it will! I really hope they update the skill so we can see vidoe on the Echo Show or the upcoming Echo Spot.

Aside from that, I can’t really name any other cons at the moment!

Pros

1.) Local Storage – No need for cloud plan.. The local storage works great! Cloud might be nice if you’re afraid someone will steal your camera but remember your camera will send “Alerts” to your phone that can be saved! Save the alert and if they steal your camera you will still have proof. Yes the SD card slot is protected meaning it would take a crook several mins to get the SD card out if they tried.. Yi did a great job designing this camera

2.) Easy to install and setup – Just follow prompts in the app

3.) Includes everything needed for setup (might require a USB extension cord if not around a power outlet)

4.) Wonderful picture and video quality

5.) Alerts work Very Very well! I have been using alerts from Yi cameras for years and never had any issues

6.) Easy to setup with other cameras of the same brand and works well with other models of the same brand

7.) Powered via USB so if worse comes to worse, very easy to setup a portable battery pack to power this camera.. and you can even grab a nice quality solar panel such as GoalZero or any other brand and charge the battery pack with it! I’d suggest a 20 watt panel or higher and a fairly robust battery pack 50,000 plus mAh and it might still die at night

8.) Cloud is optional.. some makers force you to subscribe to cloud just for alerts. They do not! I have never paid a dime for the cloud and get all my alerts

9.) Auto upgrade – Cameras upgrade on their own

10.) Speakers and mics work great so can be used as an intercom to speak with guest outside

11.) Saves packages! I installed an indoor version looking out the window beside my door after I had packages stolen for 5 straight days. I made sure the camera was able to be seen by the guys stealing packages.. day after I hooked it up, a shady character shows up on my patio and then runs off because he saw the camera.. I have yet to have another package stolen! That camera is now replaced by a real outdoor one so it can be seen even clearer!

Design Choices

1.) Cable coming out of the bottom – This helps with waterproofing the camera and if you are really worried about someone cutting the cable, sign of for alerts or even cloud storage.. I installed cameras for a security company and the cable location doesn’t matter.. most criminals just smash the cameras anyways so if the cable is in the back, they would just hit it with a hammer or bat.. I have seen it happen hundreds of times. Remember water runs down cables so if the cable was stretched up, through the back of the camera, water could pool and then finally work it’s way into the camera. I have seen that cause cameras to fail before, expensive real security cameras

Overall this is a great option for those wanting an outdoor camera and one that is Waterproof!

Amcrest UltraHD Shield 2K Dual-Band WiFi Video Security IP Camera

Amcrest Cloud Storage Options Here

Use:  I use this style camera to protect several seasonal stores..  This is a GREAT alternative to cams like Nest or Dropcam.. I received this camera early this week and installed it Wednesday… So far, it is well exceeding my expectations!

Short Review:  Very easy to install and use!! Save recordings locally (Saving Data Cost) onto a Micro SD card or save them via the cloud using several different third party software options!! Video quality from this camera is wonderful and the notifications it sends are top notch!!  Easily keep track of your vacation home, stores, or even home while you are gone!!  Amcrest even offers a free 4 hours of rolling cloud recording if you use their service!!

Pros
1.) Several Mounting Options – You can mount either direction (Upside down or right side up)!  Hang, sit, or place.. It’s up to you!

2.) Free Cloud Storage –  It’s only a 4 hour rolling window BUT if you have notifications turned on 4 hours should be plenty of time to see what happened!! BUT they do offer pay plans that allow more storage

3.) Low priced storage options – Free (4 hours of storage), $6/month (7 Day Storage), $10/month (14 Day Storage), $15 (30 Day Storage).. These are some of the lowest priced storage options on the market!!

4.) Cloud Storage offers GREAT features – Plug & Play Setup, Unlimited Live Streaming (Only 2 hours on free plan), Mobile Alerts and Email Alerts (Even on free plan), Motion Activation Storage (Saves Data Cost), and more!

5.) Motion Activated Recording – Works on both the cloud storage options and the local storage options.. Save data cost (If you are like me, some of my stores have to use cellular MiFis due to their location) or save storage space on the internal SD card)

6.) Mobile and Email Alerts – All work GREAT!! You can set the alert areas, alert times, and alert sensitivity!  The alerts work wonderfully well

7.) Snapshots – Get snapshots of whatever is happening directly on your phone or email

8.) Email Alerts – Not everyone is allowed to carry phones at work.. While I would much rather use Mobile Alerts, email alerts work GREAT if you are stuck around a computer all day

9.) Great photo and video quality

10.) GREAT Night Vision

11.) Super Easy Setup – NO COMPUTER required!!

12.) Several cameras can be setup in the same app! I have 4 and all are working fine!!  They work GREAT together!! Several cameras can be setup on your cloud plan (Only 1 Camera for the free plan though)

13.) One of the largest fields of view i have seen!

14.) Two Way Audio works GREAT

15.) Dual-Band works wonderfully well for streaming!!  Not all cameras like this offer dual band!

16.) Sound Quality is EXCELLENT

Overall:  Excellent camera that works perfectly for my needs!  It is very easy to setup and offers plenty of storage options.. Quality is outstanding!

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