The Good LG's $200 Smart Security Wireless Camera offers optional professional monitoring courtesy of ADT's month-to-month Canopy service. Control it with your voice using the related Alexa Skill.
The Bad It's ADT or nothing with this camera -- there's no free cloud storage option. You have to build the alerts you want to receive in the app manually, including motion.
The Bottom Line The LG Smart Security suits a niche market -- renters interested in professional monitoring. Everyone else should keep looking.
Your DIY smart home now works with ADT
The once intense division between professional security firms like ADT and standalone DIY products is gone, and LG's Smart Security Wireless Camera is proof. LG's Smart Security is a $200 all-in-one security system with 1080p live streaming, an Alexa Skill, its own Z-Wave hub and optional ADT services.
If you're a renter who wants ADT's professional monitoring without being locked in to a contract, LG's Smart Security Wireless Camera is a reasonable choice. If access to ADT isn't a priority for you, Piper's $280 all-in-one NV system is a better bet. The NV has a wider field of view, a simpler app interface and, best of all, free video clip storage.
In the past, you had to pick between a professional firm or a DIY security setup for your home. There was absolutely no overlap between the two sides, and it fostered a lot of industry competition and innovation. Slowly, we began to see professional firms began to work with and offer accessories from other manufacturers, like when ADT integrated with Nest or Vivint partnered with Yale locks and Amazon Alexa. Select DIY systems like Scout and SimpliSafe began to offer their own professional monitoring services, too. You could install the systems yourself (if you wanted to), but you could also opt into advanced services for an added fee on a contract-free subscription plan.
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