The Ooma Home Monitoring System is a smart home security solution for do-it-yourselfers. Ooma, known for Ooma Telo and their recently announced Ooma Internet Security, has come out with an easy-to-install home security system that is not only for homeowners, but for renters as well. Three types of sensors make up the system, giving a holistic overview of what is happening in your home, whether you are at home or away. If you’re already an Ooma Telo user, you’ll be able to integrate the security system with ease – if not, adding the Ooma Telo and Ooma Home Monitoring System to your home is inexpensive and comes with some great features.
The Ooma Home Monitoring System includes three sensors (sold separately): a motion sensor, a door/window sensor, and a water sensor. Wireless and easy to install, these sensors are a fantastic choice for renters who cannot install wired security solutions, and a simple choice for homeowners who prefer DIY installation over hiring a professional. Play handyman for a day and save some money while you’re at it.
The sensitive Motion Sensor can be fit into any 90 degree corner of the home. Place it in a location where it can sense the whole scope of the room for best results. The Door/Window Sensor will notify you (via the app) when a door or window is opened while you’re away, so you will know if there is a burglary threat. The Water Sensor can help you to protect your home against against water damage, such as a burst pipe, a broken washing machine, or flood, by alerting you by phone to the issue when it happens. These instant alerts allow you to take care of your home when you’re away – but it’s more than the notifications that make the Ooma Home Monitoring System a good buy.
Perhaps the best feature is Ooma’s Remote 911. With this feature, you can trigger Ooma to call 911 from your home and be conferenced in via your cell phone so that you can speak to the emergency dispatcher on the other line. This allows you to call 911 from anywhere and be connected to the 911 that is local to your home. The Remote 911 feature immediately provides the dispatcher with your home address to speed up the response time.
How does Remote 911 work? When one of these sensors are triggered, you will have the option to press “1” on your phone to trigger the remote 911 call, or to decline to trigger the call if the threat is not an emergency. With the Remote 911 feature, you’d be able to call your home’s local 911 to address the threat, even when you’re halfway across the world.
The Ooma Home Monitoring System can monitor the status of each individual sensor via the app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. The app allows for real-time home monitoring alerts, and you can even choose how you would like to receive them. Ooma offers notifications via text, phone call, email, or app notifications, which gives flexibility in how you are updated on your home’s security. With classic “home” and “away” modes, you’ll never be out of the loop when it comes to the security of your home. You can create a whole-home security solution by connecting up to one hundred sensors with the latest version of Ooma Telo. The devices use DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology to communicate, which is the same technology used in wireless headsets worldwide.
Pricing and Availability
Ooma Home Security System requires a subscription to use. It’s free for the first sensor (motion, door/window, water), then $5.99 per month for additional sensors on their Basic plan. The Premiere plan allows customers to use the service at no additional cost.
The Ooma Motion Sensor retails for $34.99, the Window/Door Sensor for $24.99, and the Water Sensor sells for $29.99. They’re available for pre-order now on Amazon.com. We found a starter kit available on Amazon for $129.99, which includes an Ooma Telo device, the Motion Sensor, ethernet cable, AC adapter, peel and stick mounting tape, standing attachment and a lithium battery. Additionally, the starter kit comes with free home monitoring and phone service with unlimited nationwide calling, caller-ID, 911, call-waiting and voicemail. Amazon says the product ships within 1-3 months.
For more information, visit the Ooma Website.