Alder Home Security Review
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What We Like
- 15-Minute Installation — The system was as easy to install as advertised. Although Alder offered to provide a technician for professional installation, we're glad we chose to self-install as it only took us about 15 minutes to get the system set up.
- Touchscreen and App Controls — While we were home, we used the touchscreen panel to control our Alder system. Whenever we were outside, the Alder app provided us a means to control and monitor our security system.
- Free Base Equipment Package — You read that right! We didn't pay for the base package, which included a control panel and some sensors. The catch? Well, we had to sign a three-year contract. That said, Alder is a great option if you have a limited budget to work with.
What We Don't Like
- Unclear Pricing — We didn't find any pricing information on Alder's website, so we had to phone their sales department to request a quote. On the bright side, the sales rep helped us work out a good deal.
- Long-Term Contract — A long-term contract was required, especially since Alder doesn't require upfront equipment payments for base systems. Still, three years is a long time to be locked into a service.
- Limited Equipment Options — On one hand, we were glad to see life safety and medical emergency components in Alder's lineup. However, its smart home game was quite limited. Alder didn't offer as many security components as Vivint, a system with a dedicated Vivint Doorbell Camera and Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro. Also, Vivint’s prices are higher than Alder’s, for the most part.
Bottom LineFrom installing it in 15 minutes to using the touchscreen panel or app to control it remotely, we had a lot of fun testing out and using our security system from Alder. The 30-day money-back guarantee didn't hurt, either!
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