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It definitely is a little techier than other hubs as well, it’s not as easy to set up. Best,Amy Hey there, I’d start with contacting the system you have to see what wireless options they’re compatible with – especially if you’re looking to keep your wired sensors but are looking to add wireless features. After that, you can start looking at adding in wireless options. If they aren’t compatible with wireless features, it might be worth looking into a different security system. Another option could also be looking into our Home Security Package Selector Tool, where you can customize what you’re looking for in a home security system. It’s a little broader than what you might be looking for, but can definitely help as a starting tool for what companies to look into.
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Although Abode doesn't offer a full on control panel like the ones that you get with Frontpoint, LiveWatch, and Vivint, it does offer a Wireless Keypad $79 you can mount on a wall and use to arm and disarm the system without the need for your mobile device. You can control dozens of Z Wave and ZigBee components with Abode including door locks and garage door openers, water and flood sensors, glass break sensors, light bulbs, and dimmer switches. Add on component prices are comparable with what we've seen with other security systems. Abode charges $27 for a spare key fob compared with SimpliSafe's $24. 99, Protect America charges $49. 95, and Smanos offers pair of fobs for $49. 95. The Abode Indoor Streaming Camera $149, which the company sent along for testing, is around $50 more than the one you get from Simplisafe, but it's $40 cheaper than the one from Protect America. The Abode system also supports Nest devices, allowing you to view video from a Nest Cam when a sensor is triggered, integrate with the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and control heating with the Nest Learning Thermostat. If you own an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, you can use Alexa voice commands to call the police or fire department, arm and disarm the system, get the status of doors and windows, lock and unlock doors, open the garage door, and more. You can also use IFTTT recipes to have the Abode interact with other IFTTT compatible devices to do things like turn on lights at a certain time, send an email when an alarm is triggered, and record video.