Abode’s security-focused smart home system has been on the market for barely a year. When reviewed in March 2017, we found it to be a surprisingly capable system that covered the basics; one that beginning users could get their arms around. The system wasn’t perfect, but it did display a maturity that we seldom find in crowd-funded projects.
Abode has made several changes to its starter kit offerings since coming to market, although its core hardware—a chunky gateway that’s wired to your router—hasn’t changed. Earlier this year, Abode dropped its lackluster integrated camera/motion sensor in favor of a standard motion sensor with no camera. The company dropped one of the door/window sensors in its bundle, but kept the remote-control key fob, a godsend that simplifies the process of arming and disarming the system.