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DIY home security means you customize your device kit, self install, and then monitor alerts from your sensors and video feed. Self monitoring is the common difference between DIY and traditional security, but there are plenty of companies that strike a happy medium between both. We looked at providers offering pure DIY as well as those offering professional monitoring, either de facto or as an upgrade. We required all systems to have Z Wave Support — the most universal mesh network for communicating appliance to appliance. One of the biggest draws of a DIY system is the opportunity to add in third party equipment like Philips Hue lights or a Nest Thermostat at any point. Z Wave is available in over 2,400 home security and automation devices from more than 700 companies.

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Reasons to BuyExcellent 4K videoOptional color night vision videosComprehensive, easy to use softwareGood audioReasons to AvoidCan log in from only one device at a timeWeb portal requires Adobe Flash:Expensive$429. 96 View at QVC. comCheck WalmartCheck Amazon?Not only do the Arlo Ultra’s 4K cameras deliver the best quality we’ve seen from a wireless security camera, but it also uses that extra resolution to enable digital track and zoom, which makes it easier to follow and ID a person as they move across the frame. A built in spotlight also enables color recording at night, and it has dual microphones for better audio. Plus, the Arlo Ultra’s base station will be compatible with the company’s smart home security kit, due out later this year. All of this will cost you, though: A single camera with the hub is $399, and extra cameras are $299 each. And if you want to save 4K videos, it’s an extra $1. 99 per camera per month, on top of the $9. 99 monthly plan, the latter of which is waived for the first year. Read our full Arlo Ultra Review. 49 View at Amazon$431.