How to install the abode DIY Home Security & Automation System

How to Install abode

We recently took the “abode” security system out of its box for you, and now it’s time to detail the installation process. I’m quite impressed with how easy it was to get it up and running. The install took less than 30 minutes and there was no drilling involved.

In fact, the only tool I needed was a small Philips screwdriver to open the battery compartment on the wide-angle camera.

Installing abode

The first step is to take all the parts and paperwork out of the box. I suggest working in an area where you can lay everything out. There are several pieces to the “puzzle”, and you don’t want to misplace anything.

Once you’ve got your parts aligned in your workspace, plug the power cable into the back of the abode Hub and plug the charger into any standard outlet or power strip. You’ll want to position the Hub about 3-5 feet away from your router to avoid interference.

Plug the Ethernet cable into the Hub and plug the other end into your router. Flip the battery switch on the back of the Hub into the ‘On’ position, and that’s basically it for the Hub setup.

Download the abode app from Google Play (or iTunes, if you’re using iOS.)

Here’s a link to the Android version.

Price: Free
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Enter your activation code

You’ll find this code on the large card in the abode box. Enter it here to connect the abode Gateway to the abode account you have to create to begin setup.

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You can set your devices up in any order, but I’ll start with the door and window sensors for the sake of this guide.

First, select the corresponding sensor and remove the plastic tab to activate it. Use one of the adhesives sheets that come with the kit to mount the sensor to your door or window. (It’s shaped like the sensor.)

abode Setup DevicesAbode Pull Sensor Tab

Install door/window sensors

The next two diagrams show how to align and install your door and window sensors. Make sure to line up the dots and that the sensors are placed within 1″ of each other.

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Label the sensors

You have to install both sensors to set the system up. In my case, I live in an apartment on the third floor with inaccessible windows. As such, I set one sensor up on the front door and the other on the master bedroom door.

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abode Door Sensor

Install motion sensor batteries

For this next step, decide where you want to place the motion camera and install the batteries. You’ll need a small Philips screwdriver to do so.

If you go with a corner, use the corner mount that comes with the kit. Peel the adhesive protector off from the mount and press firmly on it to secure it to the wall. If you decide on a flat surface, skip the corner mount and use the large adhesive pad directly on the back of the camera.

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abode Motion Camera and Door Sensor

Now, take a test picture using the abode app on your smartphone.

abode Sample PhotoSelect a plan and add users

Choose your level of protection. The Basic Plan is free, which is what I’m using. You can add 1 additional user to the basic plan at no cost.

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What you get with the Basic Plan

Arming your new security system

To arm and disarm the abode, tap the green button in the upper left-hand corner of the app and select either Standby, Home, or Away.

  • Standby – The system is online and waiting for commands
  • Home – Secures the perimeter of your home by activating door/window sensors. Interior motion detection is disabled.
  • Away – Fully arms and secures the perimeter and interior by enabling door/window sensors and motion detection.

abode Activate SystemYou’re all set now. Your home is safe and secure – thanks to abode!

If you’d like to pick up one of these systems, head over to the abode website. The Basic Starter Kit runs $359, but it’s on sale right now for $299. There are pricier options available to suit your needs and budget, as well.

Stay tuned for our full review of the abode DIY Home Security & Automation System!