Scout is a great choice for those wanting a simple DIY security system with high-quality, aesthetic equipment. (Seriously—these are some of the prettiest security system devices on the market. Definitely a yes for the discerning eye.)
Scout offers an affordable no-contract monitoring plan which also gives access to third-party equipment. That’s a big perk since Scout’s proprietary equipment selection is a bit limited. Scout also has a $9.99 self-monitoring plan if you want to cut costs. With a self-monitoring plan, though, you’re responsible for calling the authorities—Scout’s monitoring center can’t help you out in an emergency.
Scout’s equipment packs range from $229 to $549. For what you get, that’s not terrible. Although you can get packages with more equipment, you mostly get repeats of items already found in the smaller packages rather than added, higher-tech items.
As we mentioned, Scout’s array of equipment isn’t as good compared to other brands. You can get indoor security cameras, window sensors, glass break sensors, flood sensors, motion sensors, and smoke detectors through Scout, but there are no branded key fobs, range extenders, video doorbells, outdoor security cameras, or medical buttons available.
But like Nest Secure, Scout’s alarm system works with multiple third-party smart home devices. It’s compatible with Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Hue, LIFX, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
Like Nest, Scout offers color options. Two of them, to be exact: white with black accents or black with white accents. Not as fun as Nest’s colors, but it’s nice to have a choice.
ASecureLife’s recommendation: If you want a relatively simple DIY home security system with clean, modern aesthetics, opt for Scout.
>>Learn more: Read our Scout review.