Wyze Monitored Alarm System

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8Muddypaws

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I'm fed up with ADT. They're charging me $900 a year ($75 a month) to monitor my home alarm system. I have not been pleased overall by ADT app and how I am locked out of making any changes to the way it's set up. For instance, I'm not even supposed to change my own batteries. I do it anyway

I've had Wyze cams for several years and have been more or less happy with how they work. I recently added their newest cam to my driveway and am totally impressed with the images it delivers, even in darkness.

They also offer all kinds of security sensors at very reasonable prices and live monitoring starting at $10 a month. Plus I can add sensors, name them whatever I want, link the system to my lights or whatever else I want.

So here's the question, Anybody on here using Wyze for home security? If so please share your experience.
 

SeilerBird

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I have been using Wyze for years. I have four cameras (cost = $100) and I have two unpaid monitors. My sister Sue and friend Linda. I would not pay for a monitoring service, that is wasted money in my book. I have two unpaid monitors since my biggest fear is dying inside my house and no one discovering my body for weeks or months. They both check my cameras frequently and make sure I am still alive.
 

Skookum

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A long time ago we got a bid from ADT and it was ridiculous. So we went with a private local company for monitoring and hardware and the experience was very good.

We put up a few outdoor wireless cameras from a popular doorbell company while we were on travels this year. I'm not sure it was worth it other than it provided peace of mind that no trees had struck the house during a windstorm.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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The home I bought recently already had Ring doorbell camera in front and another Ring camera in the rear patio & entrance, so I didn't install the brand x cameras I brought from the previous house. The Ring video and alerts work fine and alerts go our phones (mine & my live-in daughter's), so I don't pay for live monitoring. Whether you need some sort of monitoring depends on your situation, so a rather personal choice thing.
 

8Muddypaws

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We're planning on taking some extended trips soon and having a monitored system gives us a little peace of mind.

The other thing is that when we're heading home I always worry about finding cars parked in front of the house. It's happened a couple of times and it makes unloading quite difficult.
 

Chef Duane

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Wow. I pay $51 for a monitored ADT system in my 3000 Sq/ft home. I also get a percentage off my home owners insurance if I have a monitored home security system. Don't know why others are paying so much.
I'm in Plano, TX. a relatively safe suburb of Dallas so maybe that's it.
 

Larry N.

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We picked up a Blink system at Costco. This is completely wireless (even the cameras run on batteries), and the cams talk to a sync module, on which (with thumb drive) I can store lots of video. It came with 30 days of free video service from their servers, but since I didn't get their paid monitoring service I have to look at the "clips" function, which downloads the video to me via a USB link, then through WiFi to my phone on their app.

So 4 outdoor cameras (one being a doorbell, too), one indoor camera (it's in my garage) and the sync module for $239 (a Costco special last Aug) and no additional fees. AND I can access it from anywhere over the web, including two way (with a tad of delay) communication through each camera individually.

Being on batteries, recording is motion activated (you can arm or disarm this from the app) for adjustable length clips (I use 10 seconds for most, longer for the doorbell). The recording has triggered from rabbits and squirrels, as well as coyotes and foxes, besides vehicles and people. It's HiDef (quality adjustable) and uses infrared for night vision.

I like it.
 
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