abode is a powerful home security and automation solution designed to connect and protect your home. abode offers a true security solution that is easy to use, without long term contracts. The abode system learns your habits as you use it, reminds you to enable your alarm system if you forget, and provides powerful home automation capabilities based on your location, schedule, or the status of a device in your home. The system was designed to offer real security by including all of the professional grade features needed to protect your house 24x7 including, battery and cellular backup, (optional) professional monitoring, passive infrared motion detection, night vision, and much more. abode sends immediate notifications directly to your iPhone in the event of an alarm allowing you to review what happened (including video footage leading up to the event) and easily take action by notifying the police, monitoring center, and/or your friends and family. With no required monthly fee, abode is perfect for both renters and home owners, and easily moves with you.
abode's starter kit can be easily installed in your home with our easy to use mobile application. With no tools required, long battery life (5+ years), and proactive notifications, abode has been designed for apartments and homes of all sizes. Additionally, our long range proprietary and encrypted wireless signal ensures your devices stay connected at all times.
POWERFUL SECURITY FEATURES
Free self-monitoring with optional on-demand professional monitoring available when you need it.
Expandable system that grows with you over time supporting over 150+ devices.
Live streaming camera with night vision and motion detection.
Battery backup built in to the gateway to provide 5+ hours of power in the event of a power outage.
Cellular backup to keep you connected in the event of a broadband outage.
No contracts or required monthly fees providing you free access and a solution that fits your needs.
Direct integration into a UL-Listed professional monitoring center to respond to alarms 24 x 7.
Loud 100+ dB audible siren to signal an alarm.
Redundancy built in throughout the solution to keep you safe and secure.
abode supports ZigBee, Z-wave, and popular internet connected devices.
Create rules based on your location, schedule, system status (i.e. alarm activated), an individual device status (i.e. door opened).
Powerful quick actions allow you to create scenes to simplify your life.
Fully encrypted from device to gateway, gateway to cloud, cloud to your iPhone.
Enterprise grade encryption
PLANS AND PRICING
abode is a free application to connect and protect your home. In addition to our free self-monitoring option, we offer optional, no-contract professional monitoring options in 3-day, 7-day, and monthly increments to assist you in the event your alarm is activated.
All plans can be turned on or off as needed, and use of the abode system with the iOS application will remain free.
CONNECTIVITY & POWER
110-240 volt power supply
Streaming Camera: WiFi (802.11b) + Ethernet
Broadband internet connection with an open Ethernet port on your Cable or DSL modem.
WiFi Access Point or Ethernet connection for the abode Streaming Camera.
iOS 10 or later
AC Power for Gateway and Streaming Camera
Batteries included in starter kit.
Registration is required in order to use the app and an account will need to be created using your preferred email address.
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Not quite there yet
Overall I am pleased with abode, but I think the price is a bit high for the quality of the app. I like the automation capabilities and ease of use. The unit also switches appropriately between WiFi and cellular in the event of service disruption. The camera I bought is HD, yet the quality is relatively low and you can’t maximize the view in the app. As far as I know the only way to capture video is during 30 second frames offloaded to a mini SD. For whatever reason when I press record, nothing happens. This worked previously but I may need to reset the base station? The “online” storage doesn’t continuously record and only keeps a record of events. Handy but not entirely clear in the advertising. I also have no ability to test the alarm to see if the connection actually works in the event of an emergency. With all the sensors, camera and subscription I’ve invested over 1k.
Great product, app could use some improvements
Overall I’ve been really happy with Abode. Installing the sensors was easy and they were all recognized by the app without any issues.
The app is responsive and changing the system status is a breeze. I often use it instead of the key fob since my phone is always on me. Getting notifications of the status change is great since it lets me and my wife know that we didn’t forget to arm the system.
I’ll echo two suggestions that have been mentioned: 1) battery life needs to be improved and 2) more settings should be available within the iOS app rather than the web app. The battery drain is the biggest issue for me. According to iOS, Abode is one of the biggest battery drains for me yet it’s active on the screen for only a few minutes in the past week. Most of the battery drain is in the background. I’ve disabled the feature to arm/disarm the system based on my location yet it’s still draining my battery.
Great Security System with Underwhelming App
Abode is a fantastic security system. I have over 25 slim sensors installed in all of our windows, recessed door sensors in all doors, two motion sensors and an extra indoor siren. I was able to fully customize the system exactly as I wanted and it has been working flawlessly. The geofencing is impressive and I love that it integrates with Nest and a lot of other products. The Nest integration is a bit lacking (no live feed or clips from Abode but the Nest app is fine for this) but it’s a minor complaint.
The app is lackluster and some functions can only be done through the web portal. In addition, some of these functions (like managing groups) don’t always work well on mobile. For general functionality like viewing alarm status and arming and disarming the system, the app works flawlessly. My complaints are primarily with access, usability and interface. For such a beautiful and modern system, the app doesn’t quite meet the high standard the security system has set.
- Abode Systems, Inc.
- 104 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2019 Abode Systems Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.