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Best DIY security of 2017

Sprucing up your home security? Here are some of our favorite smart solutions.

  • $179.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 8.5 Design
    • 7.5 Performance
    Kuna Light Fixture

    Best integrated light/security camera

    The $199 Kuna smartly combines an outdoor porch light with a 720p high-definition security camera, complete with motion-related push alerts, live streaming, and two-way talk.

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  • SimpliSafe Home Security

    Best contract-free monitoring

    If you're looking for the features of a professional security firm without the contract, SimpliSafe is the best option around. Complete with a base station, various sensors, and a siren, SimpliSafe has a ton of appeal.

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    $499.99 at Amazon Marketplace See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 10 Usability
    • 7 Design
    • 10 Performance
  • $249.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Icontrol Networks Piper NV

    Best for apartment dwellers

    Icontrol packs a whole suite of home security features into Piper NV, a 180-degree, night-vision-enabled camera, with a siren, a Z-Wave hub and an assortment of security and environmental sensors.

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  • Nest Cam

    Best streaming quality

    Nest Cam's live stream and recorded clips deliver a crisp 1080p HD resolution. Whether you're using it as a webcam to check in on a pet or to catch potential intruders in action, Nest Cam is a master of small-detail-detection.

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    $199.00 at Dell Home See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8.5 Design
    • 9 Performance
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Setup
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Interface
    • 9 Performance
    Salient Eye (Android)

    Best home security app

    Android users will delight in this simple, free app that converts spare phones and tablets into instant security cameras. Arm it when you leave the house and it will sound an alarm when it detects motion activity.

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