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iSmartAlarm expands its DIY security system

With a doorbell camera, glass-break sensor, and plug-in automation module joining the lineup, this fee-free DIY security system is set to get even smarter in 2014.


LAS VEGAS -- If you're interested in home security, but averse to paying monthly fees, then the Indiegogo-born iSmartAlarm is a system that already belongs at the top of your list. That's even truer today, as the company announced a system expansion that includes three intriguing new components: a glass-break sensor, a plug-in automation module, and the "Doorfront," a multifunctional doorbell camera with an integrated motion detector and intercom.

With its unique design, the sleek-looking Doorfront is the probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the bunch. Weather-resistant and flexible enough to be hard-wired into an existing doorbell or operated off of a battery, it has the look of a device with design strengths that extend beyond its appearance. iSmartAlarm claims that it's "theft-proof," too, and that's something that we look forward to putting to the test.

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It will also be interesting to see how well the Doorfront's camera performs, as iSmartAlarm's glitchy iCamera was a notable underperformer when I tested the system out last year. If the Doorfront integrates into the system more smoothly, it could be an attractive and helpful showcase component of iSmartAlarm's setup, allowing people to monitor activity at their door, keep an eye out for package deliveries, automatically snap photos when motion is detected, and communicate with visitors even while away from home.

The iSmartAlarm Smart Switch will allow users to automate anything with a plug on it. iSmartAlarm

iSmartAlarm's new Smart Switch is another interesting upgrade, making it possible to plug any appliance you like directly into the system, then monitor its status and energy usage, turn it on and off remotely, or schedule it to come on at a specific time. I'll be eager to see how it compares with the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, and whether it blocks adjacent outlets when plugged in, or keeps them accessible, as the promotional photo would suggest.

The final addition to the iSmartAlarm family is a glass-break sensor, a commonly requested component from consumers interested in DIY security. By monitoring sound levels, the sensor is able to detect the unique tone of breaking glass, then trigger an alarm. This offers obvious protection against smash-and-grab robbery attempts, and could also help monitor for non-burglary related concerns, like a fall in the kitchen.

iSmartAlarm users will now be able to add glass-break sensors to their setups. iSmartAlarm

All new components will integrate into existing iSmartAlarm setups via the CubeOne control hub, with no additional control devices necessary. There's no official word yet regarding pricing of the new components, when they'll be available, or if iSmartAlarm will incorporate any of them into new starter packages. When we know more, so will you.