The $100 Intrusion System Korner Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 18, 2015

Multi-year contracts at $30 per month are the norm.

Now a startup is offering an intrusion system for $59 up front and just ~$3 monthly.

The company, Korner, has billed itself as the "Home Security Anyone Can Use and Everyone Can Afford" and raised more than $400,000. It is even less expensive than mega VC funded intrusion company Simplisafe (who we tested here).

We ordered Korner last year, and it finally arrived, shown below:

We tested it, looking at the quality of the app, the range of the sensors provided, the system's hardware quality, and alerting capabilities.

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