The Good Oplink's security system installs in minutes, and thanks to a well-designed app, is easy to control. The night-vision cameras that come with the Oplink Security TripleShield package are especially impressive, and will send video to your smartphone automatically if the alarm is triggered.
The Bad Oplink charges a monthly fee to use its system, making it difficult to recommend over the fee-free competition.
The Bottom Line If you want a system with excellent cameras, Oplink Security's TripleShield package definitely merits consideration -- but we're not convinced it's worth $19.99 per month.
Fees make this solid security system a tough sell
As DIY security becomes more and more popular, we're seeing more and more options arrive on the market. The latest offerings come from Oplink Security: the $199.99 sensor-driven AlarmShield package, and the $349.99 TripleShield package, which adds a pair of wireless cameras for the surveillance-minded homeowner. With similar motion detectors, panic sirens, and contact sensors for doors and windows -- not to mention equivalent price levels for both the basic package and the camera-ready package -- Oplink seems ready to compete directly with
The big difference between the two systems is that, unlike iSmartAlarm, Oplink charges monthly fees to use its products. The TripleShield package starts at $19.99 per month. This is still a lot less than what you'll likely spend on an established home security brand requiring professional installation, and you won't need to commit to any long-term contracts, but it's still a bit tough to justify given how similar Oplink's packages are to what iSmartAlarm is offering.
That said, Oplink offers a few distinct advantages over iSmartAlarm that might help certain consumers stomach those monthly fees. First, we like Oplink's cameras a lot better, and Oplink's package gives you two of them as opposed to the single camera you'll get from iSmartAlarm. If you're a surveillance-minded homeowner who wants to keep an eye on things around the house, Oplink's fees might be worth it. Second, Oplink offers the option of backing your system up with a cellular connection that'll keep you online if your wireless network goes out. You'll need to purchase an $80 USB modem, then pay an additional $9.99 per month on top of what you're already paying, but all the same, I think that some consumers will be happy to have the extra peace of mind.