The Abode Home Security Starter Kit is another option when looking to find the combination between a simple self-monitored DIY security system and a professionally installed system. The Adobe Home Security system is fairly easy to install and offers a variety of popular integratable systems such as Z-Wave and ZigBee. It is also available to pair with a smart home that will access door locks, lights, and smart switches. It is even able to support Amazon Alexa voice commands. For $300, Adobe offers a competitive product



Adobe offers customers a fairly standard system with their Starter Kit in terms of a DIY security system. It comes with a gateway hub, two door and window sensors, a keychain fob, and a motion camera combo sensor. The door and window sensors are surprisingly bulky at 1.2 by 3.2 by 0.8 inches. The hub as well is unfortunately bulky at 7.7 by 1.7 by 5.7 inches. It is fixed with an LED light on the front to confirm its status to the user. If the system is running operational, the light is off. If there is a connection problem however, the light is yellow and if the system has been triggered, the light turns red. The hub remains plugged into an outlet but in case of a power outage, it offers a rechargeable battery to provide 12 additional hours.

Installation and Fees

Like most DIY home security systems, Adobe offers a user-friendly interface and installation process. By connecting the gateway hub to a router using the included Ethernet cable, set-up is fairly simple. Once the app is downloaded, you just follow the instructions. It will take you step-by-step to pair all of the sensors and ask basic questions to get a better understanding of the layout.

Unlike most DIY security systems, Adobe offers the options for professional monitoring but does not require it. Similar to its competition, Adobe does not require any monthly fees, just the upfront cost. For $30 extra a month, you can have 24 x 7 professionally monitoring through their UL-Listed monitoring center and 90 days of timeline and media storage. For $10 a month, you get a 3G cellular backup connection that will keep you online if your home broadband connection is down. If you choose to just pay the upfront cost and avoid monthly fees, you will be able to check the status of your security system through the app like any other security company offers.

Professionally Monitored vs Unmonitored

DIY home security systems offer plenty of benefits such as avoiding the scheduling hassle and over-paying for “professional” installers. The reality is that with modern technology used in home security today, most systems installation is as difficult as peel-and-stick. That being said, an unmonitored security system can be severely troublesome. To be successful, you are required to be looking at your phone when something occurs because most companies, like Adobe, charge monthly fees for media storage.



The Adobe Home Security System Starter Kit is definitely a competitive system when compared to its competition. The main issue however is the thin line Adobe attempts to balance between a DIY and professionally monitored system while still offering a high standard for their customers.

If you are interested in a professionally monitored home security company that has been in business for 26 years with a modern DIY installation system, contact Protect America for an obligation-free quote.