Abode has an all new model of its easy dwelling security system known as Abode Iota. Iota takes the Abode safety hub and teaches it some new methods, due to an built-in movement sensor and digicam, along with a built-in siren.

I’ll give Abode some deserved credit score right here: It has been relentless in releasing new merchandise and upgrades to current merchandise, and usually the corporate appears dedicated to the ideas of steady enchancment—that’s a rarity within the quickly commoditizing good dwelling world.

All-in-one safety hubs (loosely outlined as an alarm system that has a digicam constructed into it) aren’t a brand new factor, with choices from Canary and Honeywell Home among the many widespread do-it-all choices. But in contrast to most all-in-one safety techniques, Abode comes on the drawback from the safety facet of issues relatively than the digicam. Abode has constructed a sturdy infrastructure over the previous few years, and customers have loads of alternate options relating to designing a safety system for his or her dwelling round Abode, together with a variety of sensors, the choice (however not the requirement) to subscribe to skilled monitoring, a mobile backup possibility, and even the power to combine different forms of good dwelling units with the system.


A compact design makes it straightforward to discover a dwelling for the Abode Iota.

Don’t want the built-in digicam?

By including a built-in digicam to that blend, it expands the capabilities of the system even additional. If you don’t want the digicam, Abode continues to promote its original starter kit for $159.

The digicam options apart, Iota has a lot of the identical performance and have set as Abode’s commonplace providing. Setup includes creating an account with Abode (on-line or through its app) and utilizing a code that’s included within the field to tie your Iota unit to your id. The digicam and movement sensor constructed into the Iota are robotically related to your dashboard, and establishing the extra door/window sensor that comes within the equipment takes just a few seconds. (The solely different piece of {hardware} within the field, a distant management key fob, can be robotically configured to work with the system.)

Iota should be initially configured by connecting it to your router through an ethernet cable, however as soon as the preliminary setup is finished, it may be simply converted to work through Wi-Fi, which is important in supplying you with extra flexibility in the place you place the digicam. Since it’s constructed into the Iota field instantly, there are some limitations in how one can purpose the digicam, however due to its very wide-angle lens, it isn’t arduous to seize a big chunk of no matter space you wish to monitor.

The Abode app

The Abode app hasn’t modified considerably since our last review. The system affords three modes: dwelling, away, and standby, which work absolutely as anticipated. In standby mode, all sensors are disabled aside from door sensors, which chirp by default when a door is opened. Depending on the mode the system is in and your numerous settings, nearly the whole lot will get logged into the Abode app, together with sensor journeys and digicam exercise. It’s all conveniently catalogued within the app’s Timeline view, which is straightforward to scroll by way of searching for goings-on on the homestead.

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Abode’s timeline view is second to none on this market.

Iota’s alarm, as with the unique Abode, isn’t the loudest, however it’s shrill sufficient to advantage consideration and might simply be heard all through the house. Quite a lot of notifications may be pushed to the person when an alarm is tripped, although you’ll have to verify the app to view any video that’s captured. A built-in battery backup additionally ensures that an intruder can’t simply pull the plug to disable the alarm.

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