Cheap DIY Device Purveyor Wyze Unveils $5/Month Pro Security Monitoring
The pro monitoring service is seemingly the most affordable option currently available, and is said to be powered by Noonlight and a TMA 5-Diamond certified monitoring company.
SEATTLE — Wyze, which has quickly become known for its affordable DIY security cameras, is the latest DIY provider to offer a pro monitoring option.
The Wyze Home Monitoring solution consists of professional monitoring powered by Noonlight and a TMA Five-Diamond certified monitoring company, unidentified by Wyze, that routes vital information to 911 dispatchers, according to the company.
The solution also includes contact and motion sensors, as well as a hub and keypad. The sensors are updated versions of the ones that appeared in last year’s $50 kit, which consisted of a PIR motion sensor, two contact sensors and the Wyze Bridge that plugged directly into the back of the Wyze Cam.
The new package does not come with any of Wyze’s growing range of security cameras, however, they all will integrate with the home monitoring solution.
The most notable aspect of this solution that Wyze is touting, is the price of monitoring, which is $5 per month or $60 for a year. Users can get the hardware for free when signing up for a year, otherwise they will have to shell out another $50 for it.
Based on Wyze’s comparison chart, this is much cheaper than leading DIY systems, including Ring, which offers a monitoring rate of $10 a month. SimpliSafe’s cheapest plan comes in at $15 a month.
While the price of monitoring may be appealing, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the hardware. The hub has a battery backup but only runs on WiFi — no cellular backup.
Since launching its first security camera, Wyze has branched out and released a variety of smart home products, including a robot vacuum, sprinkler controller, scale and smartwatch among other devices — all at super affordable prices.
Should this low monitoring rate worry professional security integrators, or could it drive Wyze customer’s to seek out more advanced, professional solutions?
You can take a closer look at the new Wyze Home Monitoring solution in the video below.
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