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There's a 10 hour backup battery that keeps your system functional when the power goes out. Another thing that makes abode so easy to use is its ability to talk to devices from Nest and Amazon, as well as Z Wave and ZigBee devices. You can also link your abode system to other smart home devices via the IFTTT online task automation service. abode's one year warranty isn't robust, but it’s typical of DIY smart home systems. Read the full reviewBest Premium SystemNest Secure$199 View at The Home Depot$227View at AmazonRecommended Retailer$299View at Best Buy?While it’s not as easy to install and use as Scout Alarm, Nest Secure has an intuitive setup process and is one of the best DIY security systems if you already have more than a few of Nest’s smart home devices in your home. Likewise, we found that using the system wasn’t as simple as abode, but is still better than the majority of systems we tested.

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A simple self installation process allows you to have your home monitoring system up and running in just a few minutes.

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Bottom Line: The Wink Lookout starter kit gives you everything you need to start monitoring your home using your smartphone.

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