We are big fans of the Abode Security system. It is has been a staple of our home for around 3 years. Not only is abode security it our home security system but it is also our home automation hub. And with the advancements of the Abode Cue automation engine there is even more reason to choose abobe. So in the interests of community support the following list is the most commonly asked (fan) questions about the abode diy home security system.

There are two systems available in the Abode Security Family
The Abode Gen 2 Hub: https://amzn.to/2Yl3JeW
The Abode Iota: https://amzn.to/2HOeGzX

Abode FAQ

In no particular order :

What options are there with the Abode Security System

The abode security system launched ~3 years ago with what is now called the Abode Hub. Since then a second generation Hub and a new all in one device called the Iota is available. The Iota has a built in HD camera.

Is Abode Security available in Canada

At the time of posting Abode security does support professional monitoring in Canada BUT, all other features and functions in the system work in Canada (and internationally).

The power supply is, of course, compatible at 110v and the online services do work. The Abode RF frequency, Z-Wave frequency and Zigbee are all compatible in Canada and North America.

Where to buy Abode Security system

The Abode Security system including the Gen 2 Hub and Iota are available at Amazon below.
Abode Iota: https://amzn.to/2UXgWbE
Generation 2 Hub: https://amzn.to/2YlyOPz

Who owns Abode Security

Abode security was originally privately funded and developed by a former ADT senior staffer called Christopher Carney with a collection of other telented entrepreuners. After initial development they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it’s first round of development.

More recently Abode was purchased by an Italian company called Nice S.p.A. Nice S.p.A is already a heavily engaged home tech company, so it makes sense they bought a major holding in Abode.

Who monitors Abode Security

Abode security is centrally monitored and, depending on the alarm event, it calls on various services to complete monitoring tasks. This includes police, fire, security.

How to install Abode Security system

The Abode security system is a DIY system that requires very little manual effort. The start kit, or any accessories, come preinstalled with dbl sided tape on the back. A little careful placement to ensure the door and window magnets are connected correctly and voila – it’s really that easy.

The sign-up process is included in an easy quick start step by step on the card in the box when you buy it. It includes the unique sign up code you need.

How does abode security work

The Abode Hub and iota are both enabled with ZWave Plus, Zigbee and a proprietary Abode RF (Radio frequency). These three types of communication allow the Abode system to communicate effectively between its own devices (door, window, motion sensors etc) and other third party devices including Philip Hue light bulbs, Yale and Schlage locks, August Pro and other devices.

The hub connects via Ethernet (& Wifi) to the internet but it also has a cellular SIM card backup if internet connection is lost. It also has a battery back up if there a power cut. These two features make it a great security choice.

Other Abode accessories include water sensors, visual alarm sensors, keypads and remote units (for your car keys etc)

Can abode security be used with two properties

Not currently. Abode have indicated this might be possible in the future to have two properties linked in to a single account for monitoring but this is not yet possible.

What we like Abode Security

  • It has ZWave, Zigbee and Abode RF
  • It has battery back up
  • It has a cellular back up built-in
  • It works – ours has run great for over 3 years
  • It’s IFTTT compatible
  • It’s Alexa compatible
  • It’s google home compatible
  • It has a powerful home automation engine (called CUE automation)

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