Not to be confused as an Apple product, the iSmart Alarm is a separate brand, and they offer a DIY home security system. Like many of their counterparts on the market, the company began as an Indiegogo campaign. They successfully reached over 450% of their initial goal with over 1,500 contributors.
No contracts, no subscription fees, and with a decently priced starting package of $199, the iSmart system is reasonable considering many of the other options on the market today. But with so many products to choose from, is iSmart capable of protecting your home?
The first package for iSmart starts at $199 and comes with the CubeOne, which is the main hub for the system that connects to the router and brings together all the other iSmart devices. It also holds the units 110dB panic siren.
The package also comes with one motion detector that works up to 30 feet, two remote keychain tags to control the system, and two contact sensors.
This first package, however, does not come with a camera. The iCamera is an add-on that costs $150. The iCamera can zoom, pan and tilt via the app, has night vision, and 2-way audio. A premium package option is available, which is the same as the standard package but includes the iCamera. This package runs for $349.
The system works similar to others on the market. It connects to a smartphone app that sends push notifications via e-mail, text, or phone call to alert users if a break-in ever occurs.
All the tools are wireless and iSmart does have some basic home automation components. It can turn appliances and lights on or off.
The iSmart system can be expanded to add more sensors as well, and has another video camera offerings called Spot, which includes local video storage (up to 64 GB MicroSD and free cloud video storage).
You can set up Spot by itself, with multiple Spots, or as a part of an inclusive setup with the whole iSmart system.
Overall, the iSmart system is reasonably affordable. There’s been a few complaints of issues with the camera and sensors going offline, but the majority of people seem to have had success with the product.
iSmart doesn’t connect with Z-Wave or Zigbee channels but does have basic home automation capabilities.
The other major appeal with iSmart is that the product doesn’t charge any subscription fee, requires no contracts, and offers free cloud storage. It’s only charge will be the upfront fee that you pay during purchase.
The system however, is not monitored, and you’ll be left on your own to receive notifications and contact authorities if you think an alarm is worth informing them. This could prevent false alarms, but you won’t have the peace of mind of knowing that your system is always connected to professionals that can respond to an emergency at a moment’s notice.
Other tools that are necessary for the home, like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors aren’t available with iSmart. You’ll have to look elsewhere and make separate purchases if you want those tools in your home.
Overall, iSmart is a decent product that has had positive reviews from users, but we think it’s best suited for those that have very modest home security needs and are looking for minimal coverage. If you need all-inclusive home security or want a system that will truly keep you and your family safe, we suggest you look elsewhere.