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This is particularly convenient when you can't monitor the system on your own during vacations. To install abode, you need to connect the base station to your router using an Ethernet cable and set up the sensors with the mobile app. It takes about 10 minutes to set up. When we tested the built in siren, it was one of the loudest, making it hard for intruders to ignore. There's a 10 hour backup battery that keeps your system functional when the power goes out. Another thing that makes abode so easy to use is its ability to talk to devices from Nest and Amazon, as well as Z Wave and ZigBee devices. You can also link your abode system to other smart home devices via the IFTTT online task automation service. abode's one year warranty isn't robust, but it’s typical of DIY smart home systems. Read the full reviewBest Premium SystemNest Secure$199 View at The Home Depot$227View at AmazonRecommended Retailer$299View at Best Buy?While it’s not as easy to install and use as Scout Alarm, Nest Secure has an intuitive setup process and is one of the best DIY security systems if you already have more than a few of Nest’s smart home devices in your home. Likewise, we found that using the system wasn’t as simple as abode, but is still better than the majority of systems we tested. Nest’s two year warranty is one of the best in our comparison.

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That is the single biggest reason we outgrow the companies we compete with. ”Boyce, a former executive with publicly traded Convergys Corp. and Procter and Gamble, said of Defenders: “I’ve never been anywhere where the commitment to grow talent personally and professionally has been so high. It’s real and tangible. ”To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the company rolled out generous employee perks: It is awarding $20,000 each month this year to one employee who exemplifies the company’s passion or core values. Additionally, it is each month choosing two employees involved in a charitable cause and rewarding them with $20,000 apiece to donate to the charity of their choice. Defenders also created the Super Service Challenge, encouraging employees to submit videos of their service to a not for profit. Each quarter, the company donates $20,000 to the charity whose video gets the most votes. The second reason for Defenders’ growth, Boyce said, is the company’s focus. The third is its tested systems, which create consistent high quality and predictable service, he said. And the fourth reason, he added, is the company’s effort to build relationships.