Skylink's boring security system gets the job doneThis low-cost, DIY smart setup offers basic security without monthly fees
[MUSIC] Hey, I'm CNet's Ry Crist and this is the SkylinkNet Alarm System starter kit. This is a $150 kit that you can purchase to put up sensors around your home and monitor what's going on while you're away. If something is amiss, if someone comes in when they're not supposed to, the alarm will go off, the siren will sound. And you'll be notified via a smartphone push notification. Now the system doesn't offer live monitoring. It's not a system that'll call the police on your behalf like Simplisafe or ADT. If something goes wrong, if the alarm goes off you'll get that notification and it's up to you to decide whether or not to call the police. Of course that also means that the system costs a lot less. You won't have to pay any monthly fees and there're no long term contracts to sign. You just buy the system and use it as you see fit. The system itself consists of a centralized hub, this thing here. You'll plug that into your router, plug it into power, and that will be the brains of your system controlling all the sensors and monitoring everything. It's also got a 110 decibel siren built right in. So this is a thing that's going to make all the noise when things go wrong. You get two open close systems. You put these on the frame of a door or window and they'll let you know when that door or window gets opened. And you also get a motion sensor. You can stick this on a table or you could stick it up to the wall. Whatever you want. It will keep track of when people are coming and going and let you know when it detects motion. Finally you get a key chain remote that will let you turn system on and off right from your keys as you come and go. You can also arm and disarm the system from the smartphone app, where you'll also find controls for all the sensors. And you can dictate exactly when you want them to notify you if they give you push notifications only during an alarm or all the time. That's all up to you. That's a nice feature. I like that about this system. When I tested the system out in my apartment, it was snappy and responsive. All notifications came through as expected. They didn't take long to get to my phone. So I liked that quite a bit. For a small apartment, small home, I think this could be a good kit. However, testing it out in a bigger space, here at the CNet appliances offices, things were a little more sluggish. Everything still worked, I still have confidence in the system but it was slower. So maybe not the greatest system for a larger. To your home. You can also add extra sensors to your system a la carte style, including some of Skylink's existing hardware, which will turn lamps on and off, things like that. It's kinda dated though, so I'm not sure that I would go that route. All in all, Skylink net does the job perfectly well. It doesn't look that great doing it, but it does cost less than competitors like iSmart Alarm, and certainly less that competitors that charge you a monthly fee. So if you want minimum coverage I think this is a kit that merits consideration. Thanks for watching. Check out my full review at CNET.com. For CNET Appliances, I'm Ry Crist.