Walmart is considered the world’s leading retailer.
Since our last major round of testing, several new companies have debuted devices that, when combined, might provide protection comparable to a home security system.
We’ve tested many (but not all) of them as what they are for our smart-home coverage, but we haven’t had a chance to try them out as a true replacement for the systems we discuss here, and most don’t have the proven track records of our current picks.
Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future.
So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off.
I put in more than 20 hours of research before even touching one contact sensor, and then my family and I lived for more than a month with the six systems I decided to evaluate firsthand.
As the former editor of Dealerscope, E-Gear, and Custom Retailer magazines, and as technology editor for Electronic House, I’ve reported on wireless security systems and installers for more than 10 years.After spending more than 20 hours on research and a month to test six home security systems, we were most impressed by Live Watch Total Home Video, which proved to be simple to set up and dependable in operation.Its touchscreen control panel and smartphone app are easy to use, and the Live Watch system can be expanded to include security cameras, smart locks, garage door openers, and other Z-Wave devices.If you already have a security system, and especially if you’re locked into a contract, there’s little incentive to change to a new one.They all work similarly, though newer systems have better control panels and have smartphone apps for remote control.For now, we’ve added some information on these newer offerings to our What to look forward to section.