Our Ratings
Easy to Install 4.7/5
Motion Detection 4.5/5
Easy to Use 4.3/5

Reviewer

Editors Overall Rating

4.5/5

Detailed Review

The Scout Alarm is a home security system with sensors that communicate with each other to ensure protection for your home. The product is very good as an alarm because it has both automation and self-monitoring features. The overall focus of this product is easy usage and simple installation making the overall home security system attractive to first-time buyers.

Scout alarm was formed in 2013, in new south wales, Australia. The product integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Kwikset Z-wave locks, LIFX, Nest, IFTTT, and the Philips Hue, having 1080p HD resolution. The cost of equipment is $229 to $549, whereas monitoring will cost $9.99 or $19.99 a month. 

Scout Alarm’s product components come in four starter packs, each including a motion sensor, a hub, a door panel, two-door sensors, and two key fobs respectively. The most important component is its hub, which attaches to the router through an Ethernet cable. 

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • ‎9 Piece Kit
  • Door Panel with key fobs
  • 5 Access Sensors
  • 2 Motion Sensor
  • 2 Window Stickers
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring
  • Yard Sign

Things We Liked​

  • Easy installation procedure which can be done by yourself
  • Integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Kwikset Z-wave locks, LIFX, Nest, IFTTT, and the Philips Hue
  • A good HD video resolution of 1080p
  • No long-term contracts

Things We Didn’t Like​

  • The range of hubs and sensors is comparatively short
  • Features like storage, two-way audio, and wide view angle are missing
  • Power back and 24×7 monitoring in only included with paid plans

Features and Specifications

A stand-out feature of the Scout Alarm is to monitor numerous sensors when plugged into a router through Ethernet.  The application connected to this product is user-friendly and designed with comfort and ease of use.

We Highlight the features and benefits below.

App Notifications

The Scout Alarm allows users to receive notifications on both iPhone and Android devices. This product allows you to use any kind of smartphone and tablet to control the activities on the system. It notifies you by sending text alerts, emails, and push notifications.

Backup of Battery

The connection of the Scout Alarm uses home Wi-Fi to direct security alerts. This product has the power of 4G cellular chips to ensure backup in case of any power disasters, the device can work for 24 hours without a power supply.

Special Monitoring 

The monitoring is constructed in a way to carry signals with several stations, which helps the calls to begin quickly.

RFID Stickers

Panels that come with the Scout System are already packed with RFID stickers and two key fobs. For security purposes, these stickers work through radio waves. (1)

Access Sensors 

These sensors are typically built to safeguard windows but can be kept on table drawers, cabinets, or any other object ensuring security and privacy.

Working and Installing of the Scout Alarm 

This product works on a mobile application to ensure security by checking recent activities and monitoring all the linked components. The arming and disarming of the front door where the panel is installed are done through a phone. Due to any reason, if disarming through the phone cannot be used, key fobs are used as an alternative.

Moving along with the installation procedure, before setting up the application, we plug in the Ethernet cable and power adaptor. After this, it is connected with the access sensor door panel and movement device. For the indoor camera, an effort is required to plug the power adaptor at the backside of the camera moving the lens in different directions. This one component can easily take up to 15 -20 minutes. 

Components of Scout Alarm System

Starting with the unboxing of the product is simple and smooth. The package of components includes;

Hub

This feature is the major part of the security system as it is connected to an Ethernet cable. The component ensures that wireless communication is never interrupted using its sensors. It has a 4G cellular backup for the data in case of the power supply or telephone ever goes out; I really value this feature.

Door Panel

This feature confirms the ease to enter and exit from our homes. The mounting tap allows the door panel to stick without drilling, making it easy to install. The pack has two RFID stickers and two key fobs which are used to get registered on the mobile app. A key fob can be used as an alternative if our phone battery dies.

Access Sensor

This component also does not require any drilling or hammering for installation. It is a wireless component that can monitor anything that opens and closes. A little movement of cabinets and wardrobes is also sensed through the device. This device is also essential to monitor the temperature of the area or room.

Motion Sensor

A bulb is present on the sensor that projects from the rest of the components. We usually use tape or screw the sensor in. this feature helps us with the view from a 90-degree field range and 25-foot range. This feature will not be effective when using it in a larger field thus you’ll be needing more than one monitor sensor. Otherwise, it is a perfect choice for small rooms and apartments. Mainly the device is placed in the corner. 

Glass Break Sensor 

To ensure more protection, a glass break sensor is put in over the windows. Breaking it will immediately notify you on your mobile.

Door Lock 

This feature has a steel finish with a variance- the door lock is easily controlled through the mobile app. The best feature is that it is tamper-resistant, meaning anyone removing the lock, would have us notified immediately. Thus making it easy for us to control our lock through our phone.

Indoor Camera

A great feature is the 1080p HD resolution of the indoor camera. The advanced feature of zooming allows us to get a closer look at even small textbooks or journals. It has a 115-degree field of view which covers a good amount of portion in a room. This feature can be used to 130-degrees. The camera originally has only one infrared LED sensor, but we can still have a clear view in the dark. An additional amount can be paid to have higher storage than the 14 days’ cloud storage, which is provided. It gives us the option to download footage from the cloud and back it up on a hard drive. These cameras have a one-way only audio structure so we cannot communicate with the person inside the room, though we can hear their voices.  

Social Proof

Scouring the internet, I found reviews that helped me know the best use of this device. The product has a warranty of 3 years and its advantages like 60-day free returns have left me to spell bounded. At the same time, it is compatible with multiple voice assistants. (2)

9-Piece

Kit

AC

Power Source

Yes

Alexa Compatible

3-Year

Warranty

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Final Thoughts

Scout Alarm can give you a variety of solutions to your problems.  Reiterating to the problems again. You can use your scout with your smart thermostat, it will allow you to control the temperature. Similarly, you can use scout with your smart door lock. Any other door lock that works on the Z-wave network can also work with Scout Alarm Systems.  These have easily replaced the typical deadbolt on doors, this system works with automation. Scout being a wireless device is also a useful key element for people who live on rent. Moreover, the alarm system is not set off from pets that are under 40 pounds. If your pets are heavier you can use windows sensors or glass break sensors, instead of motion sensors. A highly beneficial feature is that the battery goes on even if the power goes off as it has a good backup.

Scout Alarm when compared to other home security options is a bit new to the industry. It surely does not offer the best from all but it truly confides with the fact of a simple and affordable approach. Overall scour alarm offers customer-friendly features which look good and is compatible with the industry. It undoubtedly, standouts its functions as a home security system. 

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References

(1) RFID – https://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/RFID-radio-frequency-identification (2) multiple voice assistants – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/audio/voice-activation-mva
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