List of Companies Offering DIY Home Security Systems
In order to complete this request, we did a thorough search of lists of home security systems. Then we passed this list through a filter. We wanted only US based companies that were DIY, that is, they were self-monitored. We were also careful to exclude any companies did not have a camera system.
Six additional companies to add to the spread sheet. Of these, five are strictly US companies. The sixth company SkyLinkNet is based in China, but we chose to include them in this list because they have a US office where they run a distribution service.
We have updated the spreadsheet with the names of these companies and their websites. The updated list can be found here.
Here is a list of companies offering DIY systems which we added to the list:
The Insteon Hub, billed as "home control for the rest of us," is a device that allows homeowners to connect their home from any "smartphone or tablet, anywhere in the world." This includes cameras, light bulbs, outlets, wall switches, and thermostats. It is entirely self-installed, as homeowners decide where sensors should be placed.
This company offers connected video as part of its home monitoring solutions. It allows customers to "monitor [their] home from a distance directly on [their] phone with the HD camera." The camera is compatible with any WiFi home network and is entirely installed and controlled by the homeowner.
Novi offers a 4-in-1 home security system that requires no contracts and no monthly fees. It is installed by the homeowner and includes a 170-degree camera, smoke detector, motion sensor, and a 90dB siren. Using the Novi app, homeowners can see exactly what is happening in their homes at any time. Novi says its product costs 1/5 the price of "traditional security, so [homeowners] can protect [their] home permanently for the same price as the installation cost of other options."
4. Salient Eye
The Salient Eye believes that "home security is a right, not a privilege," which is why it has developed a product that allows homeowners to "turn any smartphone or tablet into a portable burglar alarm system." There is no installation required for this product because it turns a "spare smartphone or tablet into a motion detector burglar alarm system." The phone automatically captures "photos of intruders moving in front of the camera" and sends them to the homeowner's smartphone. The app is free on Android devices and less than $2.00 on iOS devices.
SkyLinkNet offers a two cameras that homeowners can self-install to protect various aspects of their lives. There's the Wireless IP-Camera that allows people to keep an eye on individual rooms in their home and there's the Wireless Pan and Tilt Camera that is appropriate for larger areas and can be installed indoors or outdoors. This second camera also includes night vision for protection against intruders. Both cameras can send notifications to mobile devices.
Five companies that offer self-installed and self-monitored security devices with cameras are Insteon, eTiger, Novi, Salient Eye, and SkyLinkNet. The information has been compiled on the attached spreadsheet.