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Top home security camera systems from Nest, SkyBell, more

The SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell features integration

The SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell features integration with Amazon's Alexa and Google Nest. Credit: CBS Interactive

There’s no place like home for feeling safe and secure. It also helps when you have some sort of security system in place. If you’d like to keep an eye on your home and belongings no matter where you are, these four connected security cams can do the job and give you peace of mind.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: senior associate editor Megan Wollerton and senior editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

Icontrol Networks Piper NV

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD From setup to shutdown, this all-in-one security device was an absolute delight to use.

THE BAD You’ll spend more upfront than some other stand-alone security options. It doesn’t have an IFTTT channel or offer partnerships with third-party brands beyond its basic Z-Wave integrations.

THE COST $279.99 to $377.99

BOTTOM LINE Hands down, this is the best choice for easy, seamless do-it-yourself home security and automation integration.

Nest Cam Indoor

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD Nest Cam’s high-resolution video (1080p), magnetic base, pivoting stand and updated app make this device an improvement over Dropcam Pro — and many other DIY cameras.

THE BAD While it does offer security features like opt-in motion and sound alerts, they aren’t especially useful since you can receive only one notification every 30 minutes.

THE COST $174.82 to $199.99

BOTTOM LINE An unbeatable option for budding DIYers searching for a high-resolution livestreaming camera.

Canary Flex

CNET rating (out of 5)

4 stars (excellent)

THE GOOD The Flex installs fast, is well designed and has an easy-to-navigate app. It’s also a highly versatile camera that can watch over your house from almost anywhere.

THE BAD It’s limited to 720p HD livestreaming, has a smaller, 116-degree field of view and works only with Wink for smart-home integrations.

THE COST $169.98 to $199.99

BOTTOM LINE The Flex’s adaptability, simple app interface and excellent design make it a great choice for anyone looking for flexibility in their home security setup.

SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

CNET rating (out of 5)

4 stars (excellent)

THE GOOD The product has a 1080p high-definition resolution, on-demand clip recording and free video storage. It also boasts an IFTTT channel and integration with Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit and Google/Alphabet’s Nest.

THE BAD There’s no Web interface, it doesn’t work directly with Samsung’s SmartThings or Wink, and you can’t tweak push alert settings or the quality of the video resolution in the app.


BOTTOM LINE The sharp resolution and an array of third-party integrations set it apart from the pack.

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