Scout DIY Home Security Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 11, 2015

This hipster startup claimed it would crush cavemen alarm companies, with a DIY disruptive offering.

Now in production, we bought a Scout Alarm system to see just how well it delivered.

The DIY alarm market has been getting a lot of attention, with mega funded Simplisafe making the most noise (see our Simplisafe Test Results).

We tested Scout, looking at the quality of the app, the range of the sensors provided, the system's hardware quality, and alerting capabilities, compared to Simplisafe and conventional intrusion systems.

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Wireless ***********

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Market **********

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Comments (7)

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