iWow-U

by SRS Labs

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Nexia Home Intelligence

by Ingersoll Rand

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Iris Smart Kit

by Lowes

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DCS-5222L

by D-Link

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Price Best Price: $169.00
Best Price: $179.00
Pros
  • Schlage offers very good electronic entry locks
  • Devices can be managed from the video camera's user interface
  • Very good user interface, with broad platform support
  • Inexpensive and expandable
  • Very easy to set up and use
  • Cloud-based user interface
  • Remote access is easy to set up
  • Local storage on a MicroSD card
  • Relatively inexpensive, considering the resolution
Cons
  • Weak security: Central-office monitoring not available
  • Indoor cameras are mediocre and expensive
  • Paid subscription required to render system useful
  • Weak security; no central-office monitoring
  • Not very useful without the Premium service plan
  • Alerts and logs limited to alarm events
  • Exposed lens and pan/tilt mechanism
  • Small online video window isn't resizable
  • Has three wildly different user interfaces
At A Glance

Nexia Home Intelligence is a good home-control system, but consumers looking for home security should consider systems that are monitored by a central office.

Iris is an affordable good start for folks who want to dip their toes into home automation, but enthusiasts will chafe at its limitations.

Although the DCS-5222L is a good value among IP cameras, the footage it provides isn't as crisp as 720p video should be.