These include the Abed Gateway, a reasonably compact hub, which is the focal point of the security network, and the 93-decibel siren to intimidate Bravet intruders. Two door / window communication sensors attached to the gateway, a motion camera and remote key fob to manually or disable the system by pushing a simple button.
The Abd Ad Starter Kit is interestingly packaged in steam and bluish cardboard, declaring itself the “future of home security”. At first glance, this is certainly not a typical habitat. The hardware itself is relatively well made but you don’t have to nail the premium completely with nest or august products. The whole, modernist aesthetic of the black and white residence gateway will divide the votes. We’re not huge fans of the device’s appearance, which looks like a basic, rectangular router since 2011 – without an antenna, thanks. We were concerned with the sharp edges of the skin and the angle of the device. Dazzling in fingerprints, smoothies and shiny acrylics reminiscent of comfort, the Abed Gateway may seem sharp (and literally feel) but it will feel a bit cheap.
The rest of the hardware included in the starter kit is in build quality. The door / window sensors look similarly sleek but the motion camera and dual-tone key fob are more visible, the answer feels better in the hand.
Perhaps another significant portion of building costs have been invested under the hood. The integrated gateway connects a wide array of sensors, smart power outlets and controllers with the help of integrated Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee and ABDRF (the next proprietary protocol for long-term connection). About 155 devices can be connected and now Google Assistant and Amazon Mazon Alexa are integrated, you can control some of your devices with your own voice. You can enable Alexa Guard to enable and disable the system effectively.
Works with many third party devices including Ned Cam, Nest Protect and Nest Learning Thermostat, Philips Hughes, Amazon Mazon Echo and IFTTT. In addition to the company’s own equipment, Gateway will play great with hardware from Ion, Enrive, Fibro, GE, QuickSet, Leviton, Slash and others.
In addition to that powerful — decibel siren, the Abed Gateway has a 10-hour battery backup that provides protection in the event of a power outage and provides an optional cellular network connection for a monthly 10-month fee.
AdWords is billed as a business security measure, so it is understandable that the company also offers a bundle of 24/7 business maintenance with cellular service backups every 30 years. This Connect + secure plan also includes a 90-day timeline and media storage, compared to the three-day storage available from the Basic Starter Kit. You can decide if you need professional maintenance for your home, but it’s a good idea to look at the different options available, and any plans are easy to understand without a fixed-period lock-in.
As you might expect, installing a reasonably detailed security system at home is not a two-minute task, but Abode is clearly trying to make the process as painless as possible. The gateway connects to your wireless router via an additional Ethernet port, and a quick button slide on the back of the device activates its backup batteries.
From there, you can configure the gateway for iOS and Android devices using the free Habit app. You need to create a residence account, then choose to continue setup on your mobile device or desktop web browser.
An activation code provided in the box identifies your gateway and you need to add a starter kit to your account. Once logged in, your residence gateway is quickly located on the Internet and is activated. It’s quick and easy.
Of course, after that you will have fun installing sensors and cameras around the house. Thankfully, Abode Sense guides you through device installation with hands-on tips on sensor placement and alignment. Depending on the size of your doors, windows, and windows, sensors will look a little too cold – adding protection will not improve aesthetics. But at least it’s easy to install, ensuring that no tools are needed with double-sided adhesive straps.
Installation guide for motion cameras was less successful. First, we were asked to remove the clean plastic tab to activate the battery but could not find the tab on the device. We then noticed that the batteries were in the box and not installed. Not a play but a little vague from the point of view of the user experience. Installing the battery was a quick task, but the screw driver had to remove the rear plate of the camera.
Once supported, you can try different locations for the motion camera, which snaps images even when the integrated PIR sensor is triggered. Preview the resulting images and you’re done.
A rear bracket is mounted on the device to mount the corner, with sticky straps attached to each wall to hold the camera firmly. Alternatively, you can apply a separate self-hes dive pad for the flat wall installation that is provided in the box. Although flat adhesive pads are certainly convenient and work well for holding tools, we would love to see wall anchors and screws provided as a more permanent option.
This year has seen a resurgence in smart home security solutions, with August, Nest, Ring and Samsung SmartThings all announcing lines. Of course, companies like Abbott sell smart security, gateways, sensors, remote keyfobs and motion-sensing cameras after a successful Kickstarter launch here.
With a 1080p security camera, door sensor and third-party device integration and compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Mazon Alex Lex, we thought this would be a great time to check out the company’s 199 $ starter kit (basically: 299). Find out how it works in our Housing Starter Kit review below.
The complete housing hardware range includes gateway alarm systems, door and window sensors, speed and occupancy detectors, security cameras, power outlets, smoke alarms, temperature sensors and more. Designed to introduce you to things that won’t break your bank.