You might be starting to wonder how many DIY home security options there on the market. A lot.
The options are nearly endless. Different quirks and gadgets are available for just about every potential demographic. The SkyLinkNet Home security is no exception.
The company has operated out of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong for the past 25 years. They’re home-security product is a DIY, unmonitored, and camera-less package. (Some future packages will come equipped with cameras, and you can purchase them separately to connect with your unit.)
So what’s the draw to the product? Is it worth it?
It Gets the Job Done
The SkylinkHome offering is simple, easy to setup, and affordable. The biggest appeal is that it’s good at what it does and attracts people with modest needs. It doesn’t come with monthly fees or long term contracts. You pay the price up front and you’re all set up.
It’s priced at $150 and the standard package comes with two open and close sensors, one motion sensor, a key chain remote that turns the system on/off or disarms/arms, and a central modem that plugs into routers. But you might feel slightly limited since you always have to be plugged into a router, and you operate via Ethernet cable.
It works similar to most other home security and automated setups. Customers download an app that will send push notifications to users in case of an event. Users can also add “telephone dialers” to their systems. These are up to nine numbers of friends or family if the alarm system goes off during a power failure or loss of internet connection.
Alarms will go off if there’s a break-in, and the 110 decibel sirens are sure to make some noise. If there’s a break-in, sensors will trigger alarm and the siren will sound.
The product comes with a key chain remote to turn the system on and off, or to arm and disarm from smart phone app. It can be customized to setup when sensors will trigger certain alarms or send push notifications. Battery life for each sensor is as long as two years and sends notifications when running low.
An event log is available to let users keep track of recent sensor activation and who is arming or disarming the app, and up to six users can connect to the device.
You will have to install it via sticky tabs or screws. A mounting unit is included.
If the electric grid ever falls, the backup battery hub will maintain security. It will work as a local alarm system and activate sirens during a break in.
Skylink’s simplicity is likely its downfall. It doesn’t integrate with larger, connected home security setups, and in general the product isn’t very good for big homes. The two open/close sensors and one motion sensor the standard package comes with is pretty limiting. Extra sensors can be added for $20 each, and motion detectors and key chain remotes can be added for $25 each.
SkylinkHome does offer various other home products that can be added, including cameras and leak detectors. These are more expensive and package offerings with cameras included are not available yet. But the system can host up to 10 cameras.
The SkylinkNet Home Security system is minimal coverage at best. Customers have given it positive reviews, and customers haven’t ran into false alarms, but it isn’t ideal for anyone with a large home, or who is looking for all-inclusive and monitored home security. (Not to mention people who would like to have cameras!)
The biggest downside though: SkyLink is unmonitored and its base package doesn’t have a live video feed.
This means that the system won’t call police or emergency officials for you during an event, you’ll have to make that call yourself. And since the standard packages don’t come with cameras, you won’t have a live video feed to show you what’s actually going on inside.
Don’t be swayed by the low-price offering. Cameras and professional monitoring are an absolutely necessary part of home security.