A Comprehensive Scout Home Security System Review

The Scout Home Security System requires a hub, but the connected device choices are up to the consumer. When the system first became available in 2013, the options are limited to movement and motion sensors. Today, it works with the IFTTT web-based service, which is compatible with Amazon Alexa and an array of third-party interconnected devices.

The system is available in white, but a black version will be available beginning March 31, 2017.

Scout Hub

Consumers will need to start building their home automation system, by selecting the Scout Hub. The hub features a ZigBee and Z-Wave radio, 105dB audible alarm, backup battery and LTE cellular chip. The cellular chip allows the system to continue working, in the event the Internet connection is lost. However, this feature will only work with a monitoring subscription that begins at $10 per month. So, if you reside in an area that is prone to Internet outages, you may want to consider live monitoring services, with cellular backup. Just note that the cellular backup is offered as an add-on service.

Scout Door Panel

The RFID-compatible Door Panel mounts to any entranceway and will alert you every time a family member or visitor enters or exits the home. The additional RFID sticker and 2 key fobs that are included with the Door Panel will arm and disarm the system accordingly. The Door Panel also features a 106 dB audible alarm.

Scout Access Sensor

The Access Sensor can be installed on virtually any item with an open and close design, such as a cabinet, door, drawer and window. If an unauthorized individual attempts to access the window, the motion will trigger the sensor, so you are alerted of the event. The Access Sensor is similar to the Door Panel, but much smaller and without RFID capabilities.

Scout Motion Sensor

The Motion Sensor is capable of detecting movement up to 25 feet away. This is a wireless unit that can be placed just about anywhere. You can discretely hide it behind a photo frame or book, so potential burglars will not even be aware of its presence. The Motion Sensor will work in low light conditions, so it will work at night.

Easy Installation

Scout offers a DIY installation and setup, utilizing the instructions from the company’s official website or the companion app. The Scout Security System allows homeowners to create a mesh network, where each connected device is capable of communicating with each other and the hub. Since it operates on a mesh network, each connected device will extend the range, just like a range extender. This is why you should start the installation near the hub and continue working outwards.

The hub has a 100-feet signal range, with an electrical and Ethernet cable. Just plug it into the existing Internet router and wait for the LED to turn solid green, which means the hub is now connected.

As mentioned above, it is highly recommended to install the first device about 10 to 15-feet away, the second device 35 to 45-feet away and so forth. You will have the option of installing the devices on a wall or place them in the upright position on a cabinet or shelf.

Customization Options

Once the installation process is complete, you will be able to set the rules on how you want the devices perform. There are three built-in modes to select from, including Sleep, Home, Vacation and Away, with the option of editing and adding more.

Final Word

The Scout Home Security System is a little limited as far as functionality goes, but with the IFTTT interface, you will have the option of integrating with hundreds third-party devices. With a subscription, you will receive 24/7 live monitoring, but you will need to upgrade the plan to $19.99 per month to get the whole package, which includes SMS alerts, cellular backup and email and push notifications.

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