If you’re in the market for a home security system and think a DIY alarm kit may be right for you, consider Skylinknet. Skylinknet is a smart alarm system that you run from your smartphone. It’s user-friendly and highly customizable. Skylinknet stands alone or connects with other devices already installed in your smart home. And, especially compared to other similar systems, the price is right.

When it comes to the safety and security of your family, cutting corners is unacceptable. The right system for you should fit your needs and be budget-friendly, too. All systems have pros and cons, knowing those is half the battle. Is the Skylinknet wireless alarm system right for you?

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In the past, there were two main kinds of home security systems. First, there was the simple burglar alarm, which set off noise and lights when it detected an intruder. Then, there was the home monitoring system. In this case, homeowners pay a subscription fee to a monitoring company. In the event of an intruder, the monitoring company either contacts law enforcement or sends a response team.

DIY alarm systems like Skylinknet combine the best of both. A smart alarm system works with your other smart devices to trigger lights and sounds that can scare an intruder away. Then, it gets better, sending you notifications — and video — so you control the response to any situation. And that can save you a lot of money and hassle.

Why a DIY Alarm Kit?

DIY alarm systems are part of a larger DIY trend. Technology is simplifying the way we do things, so taking charge of more aspects of our lives is possible. A smart car maintenance tracker, for example, tells you why the check engine light went on. So you tell the mechanic what work the car is seeing, no more guessing about whether or not your mechanic is honest.

A DIY alarm kit saves you money in a couple of ways. First, you monitor the system, instead of paying a company to do it. Then, you, not a machine, decides whether contacting the authorities is necessary. False alarms cost the police time and money. And they pass this cost on to you — to the tune of up to $400 in some places.

Finally, you set up your DIY alarm system kit the way you want it. And the simple, user-friendly IFTT protocol links your smart alarm to your other smart devices, as you desire, for a personalized experience.

Skylink wireless starter kit

There are a number of different Skylinknet wireless starter kit packages. Each comes with a base unit, a door/window sensor, at least one motion sensor, and a keychain remote. The top of the line package includes a wireless camera and a plug-in receiver. You can download the free app from either the Google Play Store or the iPhone app store.

Skylinknet Smart Alarm System Features

What’s so great about this wireless alarm? A lot of things. Here are just a few:

Control

First, Skylinknet puts the command center in the palm of your hand. The app is intuitive and easy to use. The wireless alarm itself is also highly customizable. You can also add other Skylinknet products to your packages, like cameras or a garage door opener. On top of that, you can quickly integrate your wireless alarm system into your existing smart home family of devices. Check out this video from the company for some simple but powerful ideas.

Easy to set up and run

The Skylinknet wireless smart alarm system is easy to set up right out of the box. Just plug the hub into your ethernet router, set up your monitors, install the app, and go. If you want to get fancy, you can use the user-friendly IFTT protocol to design routines that integrate your smart alarm system into your existing suite of smart devices. But you don’t have to. The app allows you to receive notifications, as well as video. In addition, the app has an activity log and a panic button to help you take control of your home security, even when you’re away from home.

Powerfully customizable

The Skylinknet wireless alarm system works with Alexa devices. What’s more, you can use it with over 100 other devices and appliances and up to 10 cameras. The IFTT protocol will help you to make your home security an integrated part of your smart home setup.

New and improved

The home screen for the Skylinknet smart alarm system smart phone app.

Image via Skylinkhome.net

Just a few years ago, Skylinknet had no Android support. We’re happy to report that this is no longer the case. You can now run Skylinknet from either your Android phone or your iPhone. The app is free, user-friendly and intuitive.

Price

The price of a Skylinknet starter kit is a definite plus. The simplest starter kit goes for $99, which is below average for a burglar alarm system. The highest-end kit is around $450 but includes a lot of extras, like a camera and three plug-in receivers. Not to mention, you will save a lot of money on monitoring — some $45 a month or even more.

Some Potential Drawbacks

No system is perfect. And Skylinknet, too, has its drawbacks. For one thing, the hub needs to connect to your wireless router through an ethernet cord. This limits the places where you can mount the hub. The cord that comes with the starter kit is a bit short, though you could easily remedy the problem by buying a longer cord.

Another drawback is that the present version has no internet backup. This means that if your internet goes out, you won’t know if someone has broken into your house until it’s too late. This article from Peace of House can tell you a bit more about this problem. It also suggests some possible solutions.

Is This the Smart Alarm System for You?

If you’re an experienced smart homeowner and IFTT developer, you could have a lot of fun with this system. Developing different routines for notifications, security settings, and incident responses is possible. But even if you’re just starting out in smart home technology, a Skylinknet alarm could be a great introduction. You can make your system as simple or as complex as you want it to be. And, in the unlikely event that it doesn’t work for you, the initial investment is low.

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SK-200 SkylinkNet Connected Wireless Alarm System, Security & Home...
  • Arm & disarm the system and see the sensor status with the Skylink Smartphone App.
  • Receive push notifications anytime a new activity takes place
  • No Monthly Fees or Contract.If motion is detected, a red led light inside the sensor will flash.Sensor will not be triggered by new motion unless no motion has been detached for 15 second

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