The best DIY home security systems bring user-friendliness, easy installation and practical features into a single package. During our testing, we found that Scout Alarm meets most of these expectations and exceeds others. It doesn’t clutter your home with tons of equipment but sticks to the basics such as entry sensors and optional professional monitoring. While Scout Alarm requires a monthly fee to help pay for server maintenance and customer support, there’s no contract commitment so you only pay for service when you need it.
- Easiest installation of systems we tested
- Affordable professional monitoring
- Easy to use
- Requires a fee for self-monitoring
- Limited equipment selection
- One-year warranty