So, you have your Apple HomeKit! You are living your best life with top-notch control of your home at just the touch of a button or voice command. Or maybe you’re looking into the idea of getting a HomeKit. Either way, the luxury of the HomeKit isn’t the only benefit. While HomeKit’s make it very easy and possible to live a luxurious care-free life, they also make it easy to keep an eye on your home.
So what are the best options for defending your home with Apple HomeKit? Well, according to SafeHome.org the top five home security systems that are compatible with Apple devices, as of 2019, are:
- Protect America
Unfortunately, none of these are compatible with Apple HomeKit yet. While they still work well with Apple Users and IOS users, HomeKit cannot yet integrate with these companies.
While there may not be any systems that are compatible with the HomeKit it has some of the best quality devices and power when compared to other security systems.
About Apple HomeKit
What is HomeKit? It is essentially an app and a collection of smart devices that can be added to your home, creating your own personal smart home.
Other smart home systems have a scattering of apps that don’t communicate with each other, but Apple HomeKit solves this by allowing them to communicate through the HomeKit and Home app.
Devices all can be controlled from this Home app on Apple devices. In order control remotely you will need a third or fourth generation Apple TV or an iPad that runs IOS 10 or later.
The great thing about the HomeKit is it can all happen at your own desired rate. The HomeKit’s simple language allows it to be compatible with many devices and commands, making taking control of your home easier than ever.
HomeKit’s available systems and appliances vary from many different brands and companies. Despite this everything connects and works together smoothly.
There are a wide range of devices that can be connected to HomeKit, but to get an idea there are things such as smart bulbs, plugs, cameras, switches, appliances and more!
According to Protect America, these are some of the devices that will help to improve the security and carefree life in a smart home using HomeKit.
- Logitech Smart Button Kit
- Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat
- Yale Assure Lock SL with iM1
- Fibaro Flood Sensor
- Philips Hue White Starter Kit A 19 E 26
- August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
- iHome Smart Plug
- Eve Door and Window Wireless Sensor
Other Options for Security Using your HomeKit
Although there are no security companies that are compatible with HomeKit as of now, there are still so many security features and devices that you can use with your HomeKit.
While security systems provide professional monitoring 24/7, the HomeKit can come pretty close to the same comfort without having to
There are many companies and different technologies that Apple HomeKit works with. They have many different cameras, bulbs, sensors, and switches from companies such as Logitech, Netgear, D-Link, Arlo, Yale and more. They bring together the utmost high-tech devices and bring them together in the seamless format of the Home app.
Apple HomeKit has four different camera options, and each offers its own benefits and perspectives. Literally!
- Logitech Circle 2 Window Mount for Circle 2 Wired Security Camera – $39.99
- This discreet option allows you to stick it on the inside of a window, and it watches the outdoors from the inside.
- D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Camera – $129.95
- This is an elegant camera that can sit in your home, and gets a 180-degree view of your home, two-way audio, and night vision.
- Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Wired Security Camera – $179.95
- This camera allows you to keep an eye on the home while your away. It provides two-way audio, unlimited live streaming, and smart recorded video for the past 24 hours, at no extra cost.
- Arlo Baby 1080p HD Monitoring Camera by NETGEAR – $189.95
- This camera is an all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera. IT allows you to never miss a moment of your baby with two way audio, 1080p HD live streams, and night vision.
Apple HomeKit has four options for locks, with brands including August, Yale, and Schlage.
- Yale Assure Lock SL with iM1 – $199.95
- Manage pin codes, see current lock status, lock/unlock, and customize automation. Absolutely keyless, and never have to worry about a dead battery with the battery back-up.
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Century Trim – $229.95
- This lock meets the highest standard for security and dependability. It has a built-in alarm and can hold up to 30 access codes at a time. It has a classy modern square trim.
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Camelot Trim – $229.95
- This lock meets the highest standard for security and dependability. It has a built-in alarm and can hold up to 30 access codes at a time. It has a fancy vintage trim.
- August Smart Lock Pro + Connect – $279.95
- This keyless lock makes fearing you left the door to unlock a worry of the past. You can control who has access and for how long. You can also keep track of any activity going on at your door 24/7 with the Activity Feed.
Apple-Friendly Security Companies
Although no security companies are directly working with HomeKit quite yet, almost all of them are still very useful and compatible with Apple products. This means that you can still use these companies and still have a lot of control from your iOS devices.
They each have their own apps available on IOS devices. While this isn’t as useful as having all control in one place like Apple HomeKit allows you to do, it is still a good option if you want professionals keeping an eye on your home.
Considering that, these five companies are the most user-friendly as well as Apple-friendly.
The HomeKit is a very useful tool for when you want simple, easy and affordable control of your home. With the devices listed earlier, you have all the control and in one place as well. But these home-security systems can provide that third eye.
They make watching your home their top priority, which makes your home even safer. It can give you peace of mind knowing that there are professional security officials watching your house for anything sketchy such as robbers, floods, fires, etc.
Usability for Apple Users
Front point offers an IOS app that Apple Users can use. While it doesn’t connect directly with HomeKit, it is still very usable and functional with IOS devices.
Their app gives the user a lot of control over managing their house and the system. They can remotely arm or disarm the alarm, and receive notifications for events happening in their home. These notifications can be personalized and selected.
Frontpoint has amazing ratings and reviews. The Better Business Bureau gave them an A+ and their user rating is a stellar 9.5/10 according to SafeHome.org.
This is very promising. It is always beneficial to hear from the community especially considering something as important as a security system. These companies have access to your home and your privacy. These high reviews are a source of comfort for their customers and clients.
They have also recieved several awards and titles including Best Overall Value, Best Customer Service and Best Monitoring and Response.
One thing about Frontpoint is that it is a DIY security system, which is just a pretty way of saying that they don’t offer professional installation. This can be a con or pro depending on who you are and your needs.
Safehome.org states that it only takes about thirty minutes to set up. For someone who doesn’t want to deal with someone coming in and setting things up in their house, or doesn’t want to deal with an installation fee, this is a great option.
On the other hand, if you’re elderly or busy and you can’t manage to set it up on your own, a company with a professional installation feature might be better. Specifically for elderly customers, the security system ADT is actually recommended, which we’ll discuss later. They offer this installation as well as several other useful features for the elderly.
Frontpoint, on the other hand, is a great option for many people. This includes renters, homeowners, techies (because of the lack of professional installation services), military families, and those who have that need to set it up themselves (DIY).
Now, down to the nitty-gritty of the thing. The system features that Frontpoint offers. One feature that they offer is that they are wireless and cellular. This means that ordering the security package, or keeping up with the security can be done both online or over the phone.
Another is tamper-proof control panels which are quite beneficial and is a part of the intrusion protection benefit. This ensures that no one invades your home. Also, there is also a remote control that controls the lights, and night-vision surveillance video. Along with intrusion protection, they offer environmental protection.
Lastly, there are a couple more cons associated with Frontpoint. First, with Frontpoint, you are stuck in a long-term contract. So, if you end up being less than satisfied, this can be tricky.
Prices also depend on credit checks, and a bad credit check can extremely raise prices. This is unlike some other companies we will look at, where they have fixed prices.
With Frontpoint, the equipment you buy can be personalized and arranged so that they best fit your needs. This means that no matter the plan, a large chunk of costs are going to go towards
|Monitoring Plans||Activation Cost||Equipment Price||Monthly Price|
|Protection||$0||Starts at $130.95||$34.99|
|Interactive||$0||Starts at $130.95||$44.99|
|Ultimate||$0||Starts at $534.88||$49.99|
Usability for Apple Users
While this system isn’t compatible with HomeKit, it is still very functional and useful for owners and users of Apple IOS devices. They have an app called ADT Pulse. It works on IOS 10.0 and later, and works with Apple phones, watches,
ADT wasn’t rated quite as impressively as Frontpoint, but their rating is still impressive nonetheless. Their users rated them an average of 8.7/10. They also have their number of awards.
These include Best Professional Install, Best Money-Back Guarantee, and Best Known Brand. Along with this, ADT has been here for the long haul. ADT actually stands for American District Telegraph, and they started out by sending security codes via morse code 140 years ago.
In modern day, ADT is great for renters, homeowners, techies (for upkeep and basic knowledge of security equipment), elderly and those living in rural areas. They make their customers their priority, as they have 6 monitoring stations nationwide, and are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Some of their best features that customers are most happy about are the fact that their systems can be wireless or hardwired, depending on what the customer wants.
Another feature that they have is they have a professional come and install the system. This is nice for those who don’t have the knowledge to set it up, don’t have the time to set it up, or just plain can’t physically do it.
It also has a medical response, which means that those who need medical attention (especially those elderly people who are living alone and can’t reach a phone).
The system will alert the police or paramedics, which has the potential of saving a lot of lives. This same system can also protect against intrusion or break-in.
There were many pros about ADT that people noted. One of those was the fact that compared to other companies, they have a very competitive monthly rate. Along with that, on the money side of things, they have 6-month money back guarantee!
That means for 6 whole months, you can try the system out, and if you’re not a fan you get your money back. They also provide indoor cameras. Also, the devices connected to the system work while they’re at home, or even while they’re out of the home.
Of course, pros always come with cons. One of those cons that people mentioned is the fact that with ADT you are stuck in a long-term contract. While you may have 6 months to test the waters, after that you’re sunk if you change your mind, because of the long-term contract.
Another con is that with the professional installation comes a technician. They have to come into your home and set it all up. This can be dangerous and risky but can be countered with research and caution.
With ADT there are three different plans you can purchase. Each has their different uses, functions and focuses. Do research to decide which plan best fits you and your needs.
|ADT Plans||Upfront Cost||Monthly Cost|
Usability for Apple Users
Vivint is not yet compatible with HomeKit, but is very usable for Apple Owners. They have an app called Vivint Smart Home. This app is nice because it is a one and only app you need for the system. You just need one app on one phone, watch or iPad. And all the function and control can be done through there.
With this one app, users can see who is at their door, control the temperature, track humidity in home and lock and unlock doors. Along with this they can keep aware of carbon dioxide levels, and the smoke alarm through the app.
The ratings for Vivint are pretty stellar. Users and reviewers gave them a 9/10. Three of the awards that they have received for their safety system are Best Technology, Best Home Automation and Best for Large Homes.
This system is best for homeowners, pet owners, techies, travelers and the elderly. The system features are extensive as well. You can manage the system using wireless or cellular, depending on what you want as a customer.
They also provide professional installation. This can be sketchy at times but, Vivint makes sure to take a close look at their employees.
They also protect from intrusion and environmental hazards or invaders. This means that the security system can alert when people break in, or they can alert when there are environment invaders such as carbon monoxide, smoke, fire or water.
Some pros of Vivint are the fact that it can be accessed wirelessly. You have constant access and control over your security system at home or away with the SkyControl panel that they instal. They also provide an outdoor camera that uses motion detection.
They also provide 24/7 professional monitoring over your home. This means that it is being watched and protected in the day when you’re gone and protected at night when you’re sleeping. You can rest easy knowing they’re watching over the home and affairs.
The cons are that the monthly monitoring plans can be quite pricey, and the monitoring is required in order for the system to be functional.
Each package or bundle has different benefits and drawbacks, as well as include different aspects of the system and different equipment.
It is important to do your research and discover which one is the best option for you and your home.
4. Protect America
Usability for Apple Users
This is a great option for Apple users, as Protect America is compatible with IOS devices, even if it isn’t yet compatible with HomeKit. The app that they provide allows Apple users to have full control and functionality accessible at their fingertips.
It allows users to check camera footage, arm the system, disarm the system, adjust thermostats, open/close the garage door, unlock/lock the door, or even turn off and on the lights.
About Protect America
Protect America is a great security system for those who want thorough protection but need more affordable protection. It’s an affordable option that is easy to both set-up and use.
Protect America offers are complete perimeter security protection among other things. This allows you to keep an eye on anything going on around your home. This is a benefit and
They also provide live video surveillance of your home, a locked-in-rate (no surprise fees!) and a price-match guarantee. No other system can match their reliability and affordability concerning price.
One con of the system is that their monthly monitoring cost can be expensive, but because everything else is way cheaper, this all balances out. Their equipment can be quite expensive as well, but the bonus is that there is a 1-year warranty on all of their equipment.
|Package||Upfront Package Cost||Monthly Plan Cost|
Usability for Apple Users
While Scout is not compatible with HomeKit, they provide an app for IOS users that makes managing their system very simple. With their app, you can unlock doors remotely, respond to security events or alerts concerning your home, view live video and manage locks.
Another benefit of the IOS app is the fact that the user can customize what events they want notifications for, such as floods, carbon dioxide levels and much more.
Scout is a relatively new security system on the market. While they may not be as established as companies like ADT, they are still one to pay attention to. They are an affordable, functional and user-friendly DIY security system.
Their system is fully customizable and portable. The equipment you get is your choice as well as able to go from place to place.
Although their system is relatively new, people have a lot to say about it. Scout doesn’t require any annual contracts, which makes it risk-free compared to some of the other systems. Along with this, there is a 1-year warranty on all of the equipment, which means that there’s decreased with that price as well.
Along with this, Scout offers 24/7 professional monitoring which allows you to not worry about the safety of your home when you’re asleep or gone. Their customer support is also very friendly and helpful.
|Scout Package||Package Cost||Monthly Plan Cost|
|Scout Small Pack||$299||$9.99-$19.99|
|Scout Large Pack||$499||$9.99-$19.99|
|Scout Elements Pack||$599||$9.99-$19.99|
|Scout Architect Pack||$799||$9.99-$19.99|
Is Nest thermostat Apple HomeKit compatible? While HomeKit is compatible with many thermostats such as Ecobe, Honeywell and Tado, Nest is not one of these thermostats. Nest works closely with Google’s smart home team, and so it doesn’t seem Apple will get them on their side any time soon.
Does Apple HomeKit require a hub? No, HomeKit doesn’t require you to configure any kind of hub. Even if you have ten Apple devices, all that is required for the HomeKit is an iOS device, the Home app and whatever and however many HomeKit-compatible devices that you have.