Amazon is now selling home security systems through a new online portal, offering a number of varying equipment packages, all of which include an in-home visit and expert installation.
The new Amazon home security webpage was spotted by TechCrunch. Prospective customers currently have five options for installation, all with different prices. The security systems do not feature any service contracts.
There are two outdoor-only options which cost $240 or $490 with installation included. Two home options — “smart” and “smartest” — cost $575 and $840, respectively, while an indoor option geared toward renters costs $320.
Amazon gives a few more details about what’s included in each package. Four of the packages include an Amazon Echo Dot — a device that all users may not want to feature in their home security systems.
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Notably, Amazon is not entirely forthcoming with the brands of which products are included in these systems. But by looking at the photos, it appears the company will be using Ring for its video doorbell — not a surprise considering Amazon’s recent acquisition of Ring.
Based on the photos, it also appears that Amazon will be using Winx for its smart home hub, and will give users of its “Outdoor Plus” package an Oontz bluetooth speaker. It’s basically left up to the user to figure out what brands are included in the packages without contacting Amazon — and it’s unclear if the products featured in the promo shots could change in the actual installation. (Amazon also acquired Blink not long ago, so it’s possible some Blink products would be included in some of these packages.)
Amazon’s involvement in the home security sphere is certainly worth considering, but we do have some questions about the actual products being used in these packages, and the level of customization offered to customers. You may be better off putting your own system together for your own needs. But Amazon’s no-contract, installation-included options should offer an added degree of convenience.