The Abode Essentials starter kit is designed to be an all-in-one security system for the home. This is one of those systems that is largely plug-and-play ready so there is little in the way of setting up other than positioning the included sensors in the desired locations and connecting the system to the internet. This all-in-one solution is typically priced at $279 in the US although Amazon is currently selling it for $229.
First up, this is not one of those systems which require you to have an active subscription or monthly contrast. Abode does offer these additional heightened options with plans starting at $10 per month, but there is no particular need for the user to sign up to a plan if they don't want to. With the baseline package allowing them a connected experience which lets them self-manage their home security. In terms of those additional paid-for benefits the $10 per month plan includes 3G cellular backup of the system to ensure it remains operational when the home internet fails, and the $30 per month option offers more of a professional grade monitoring service.
In the box, buyers can expect to find the main gateway unit, one sensor which can be attached to a door or to a window, an additional motion sensor, and a remote key fob. Once set up and running, the user will be able to use their smartphone to keep track of all of the sensors including receiving alerts as and when any of the sensors pick up something unusual. For added convenience and control, the Abode Essentials starter kit is also said to be compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home.