DIY Home Security System


The technology is here. Set up your own low-cost DIY home security system.


On this page, we list all of "the best" DIY home security devices on the market today.

In case you missed it, we recommend that you please go to our Home Security Guide first, which explains how the various devices and components work together to provide maximum security for your home. For the least amount of money.

Then c'mon back for more information, specs, honest reviews and pricing, most via Amazon affiliate links below.

Here you go:

Best Outdoor Wired Camera
Best Outdoor Floodlight Camera
Best Outdoor Camera (Battery op)
Best Indoor surveillance camera
Best Indoor (hidden) Spy Camera
Best Video Doorbell (wired)
Best Video Doorbell (battery op)
Best Smart Door Locks
Best Smart Garage Door Opener
Best Home Fireproof Safe
Best Travel Door Alarm

DIY Home Security System
Best Outdoor Wired Camera


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Nest Cam Outdoor
Security Camera

PROS

  • Excellent video quality
  • Good night vision
  • Access live video streaming (free)
  • Motion and loud sound triggers
  • Two-way audio; speak with visitor
  • Push (cell) and Email (web) alerts
  • Integration: Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, "works with Nest" devices.
  • Stores still photos of events for 3 hours (free).

 
CONS

  • Pricey
  • Nest Aware subscription plan is required to view any stored video footage; in the Cloud. Currently $10 a month or $100 a year for the privilege.
  • Requires wired outdoor power/installation.

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Best Outoor Floodlight Camera


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Ring Floodlight Camera

Motion-activated floodlight with a camera attached!
See a great video about this product here

PROS

  • Two-way talk
  • Flash the lights, sound siren alarm, or zoom-in remotely via app.
  • Push (cell) and Email (web) alerts
  • Motion-activated; wide-angle motion sensors
  • Access live video streaming (free).
  • Compatible with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa.


CONS

  • $3 per month or $30 per year subscription fee to access recorded video footage.
  • Requires wired outdoor power and installation.

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Best Outdoor Camera (Battery Op)


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Netgear Arlo Pro
Security Camera

PROS

  • Integrates with SmartThings Hub, IFTTT.
  • Sharp picture/good night vision
  • Wireless; easy to install
  • Rechargeable batteries last 6 months on a charge.
  • Weatherproof
  • Two-way talk
  • Live video feed
  • Motion and sound triggers
  • Push (cell) and Email (web) alerts
  • Loud siren
  • Free basic service includes 7 days of cloud video storage, for up to five cameras. [Only outside camera we recommend that doesn't require a monthly fee.]

CONS

  • Pricey
  • Requires a hub (included) which you attach to your router.


This one has 2-pack cameras:



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D-Link HD Wi-Fi
Indoor Camera

PROS

  • Great price
  • Compact, discreet
  • Good camera resolution
  • IR night vision
  • Motion and sound triggers
  • Remote viewing and access with free phone app and also on web.
  • Push (cell) and Email (web) alerts
  • Integrates with IFTTT, Google Assistant and Google Chromecast.
  • No recurring fees
  • On-board video storage with microSDXC card slot (128 GB capacity)


CONS

  • Micro SD card not included; they cost about $20 if you shop around.
  • No speaker (you can hear and record audio, but you can't talk back.)

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Best Indoor (hidden) Spy Camera


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Spy Vision- Hidden Nanny Cam

  • Hidden/discrete; looks like a USB charger and does perform that function.
  • 1080P HD USB Wall Charger/Video Camera
  • Records to a 32gb MicroSD card (not included; costs under $10).
  • Motion detection triggers it to start recording.
  • No remote access to live streaming video; records only to SD card.

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Best Video Doorbell (wired)


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SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

PROS

  • Easy to install using existing doorbell wires.
  • Sharp 1080p video; 5x zoom
  • Color night video
  • Live streaming; on demand access and clip recording
  • You can snap a still photo from your phone.
  • Push notifications; mobile app
  • 2-way audio
  • Motion detection 
  • Free cloud storage for video clips (exclusive in it's class)
  • Integrates with IFTTT, Google, Nest and Alexa.


CONS

  • No web app
  • Not compatible with some smartphones (read before you buy).
  • Do not buy a SkyBell either used, in an unsealed box or from Alarm.com. That company requires a monthly fee.

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Best Video Doorbell (battery op)


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Ring Video Doorbell 2

PROS

  • 1080p sharp video
  • Night vision
  • Rechargeable battery (or wired power)
  • Easy to install
  • Push notifications; mobile app; email (web) notification
  • Motion detection with triggered recording
  • Live streaming
  • 2-way audio
  • Integrates with Alexa, Wink and IFTTT


CONS

  • Bulky, large; not a sleek look
  • Requires subscription to view recorded video (stored in cloud).
  • $3 per month or $30/year

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Best Smart Door Locks


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August Smart Lock Pro
+ Connect

PROS

  • Easy to install.
  • Door sensor
  • Supports Bluetooth, Wi-fi, Apple HomeKit and Z-wave.
  • Works with Alexa, Google, Siri and IFTTT; Wink 2 or Samsung SmartThings Hub.
  • Lock and unlock your door, control keyless access, activity tracker, all from your phone.
  • Keep your existing deadbolt; use your existing keys at any time.
  • Locks automatically behind you, and unlocks as you approach.
  • This is the Cadillac of Smart Door Locks.


CONS

  • Expensive

We relied on published information and reviews to recommend this item.

Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Lock

  • 5-in-1 Keyless Entry Smart Lock: Fingerprint or Code or Smartphone or Knock/Shake Phone to Open or use Key
  • Advanced Fingerprint Identification
  • View Logs via Ultraloq App
  • Reversible Handle, Weatherproof
  • Long Battery Life, Low Battery Alarm

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Best Smart Garage Door Opener


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NEXX Smart Garage Door Opener

  • Open & close your garage door by tapping Nexx mobile app OR
  • Voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Multi-user access can be set up
  • World-class security encryption
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Compatible with almost all garage door openers

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Best Home Fireproof Safe


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First Alert Waterproof
Fire Chest Safe

  • Digital safe protects valuables from fire, water, and theft.
  • Waterproof seal protects even if submerged.
  • Programmable digital lock with 2 emergency override keys.
  • Big enough to hold standard letter-size papers flat.

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Best Travel Door Alarm


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FEENM Upgraded Door Stop Alarm

  • Adjustable sensitivity Levels
  • Very loud shrill alarm to scare off would-be intruder
  • You can use it as common door stop by turning off alarm.
  • No installation required. 


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