Nexia Home Security Bundle review: The future of iPhone home automation is now

Nexia Home Security Bundle review: The future of iPhone home automation is now

Nexia Home Intelligences lets you control entry to your home, and monitor it remotely from your iPhone, from anywhere

The Nexia Home Intelligence system isn't just a smart way to manage your home security but it's literally the future of home automation, in your hand, today. It lets you control your house locks, your lights, your security cameras, from wherever you are, right from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or the web, from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Formerly known as Schlage Link, now known as Nexia, they've been in the home automation business for years and their focus and experience really shows. I tested out the Nexia Home Security Bundle, which is a great way to get started with the Nexia system. The Nexus Home Security Bundle includes the following products:

  • The Nexia Bridge, which is the command center, and the brain that connects all the other home intelligence components together.

  • Home Dimmer Module, which lets you control any plug-in light in your home remotely, over the internet.

  • Home Keypad Lever, which lets you secure your home with a deadbolt and one or multiple programmable keycodes, as well as open or lock your door remotely.

  • Home Indoor Camera, which lets you monitor the inside of your home, or watch your property out a window, right from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

The complete Nexia Home Intelligence lineup

Installation was simple and straight forward. If you're comfortable changing your front door lock, you'll be comfortable installing the Keypad Lever. Likewise, if you can install a home router, you can install the Nexia Bridge. (If not, buy a handy, savvy friend a pizza and beer and they'll help you get it done in no time.)

Once the hardware is in place, you'll need setup an account with Nexia (more on that later) and download the App Store app to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Once that's done, your home security is just a button tap away.

Nexia has separate apps for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad that let you control everything from locks to cameras to thermostats to lighting.

If the idea of controlling access to your home via a mobile device scares you, don't worry. Nexia lets you create a passcode for the app so if you lose your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you don't have to worry about random people suddenly popping into your door. (Which is more than can be said about losing tradition keys.)

Can't find your keys? Can't see the keycode? No problem, unlock any time, from any where, with your iPhone

If you've never experienced the power of home automation before, there are a lot of cool things that you can do with it.

  • If you forget to feed the cat or dog? You can call a neighbor and just unlock the door for them remotely. (And lock it again when they leave!)
  • Don't want to give your in-laws a key to your house? Just make them their very own passcode that doesn't work early in the morning, late at night, or any other time surprise guests would be unwelcome. (You can even make one-time or limited duration access codes!)
  • Hate coming home to a dark house? Have your lights turn on whenever you open the door. (Or log in from your iPhone and turn them on any time!)
  • Worried about your teenagers throwing a party when you're away from home? Keep an eye on things remotely with the Security Cameras. (And rush home if needed!)

If you don't have your iOS device handy, you can log into your Nexia Home Intelligence system from anywhere with a web browser

The great thing about Nexia is that it's an expandable system. If you want another Dimmer Module, just buy it and add it right in. Want another deadbolt for the garage door? Same thing. It really does "just work".

Now there is one catch -- you do need a Nexia subscription for all the really cool stuff to work. It's not like an alarm company where you're paying for monitoring, with Nexia you're paying for the system itself to work. For example, neither the multiple keycodes nor the remote video cameras will work unless you're subscribed to Nexia's service. (It would be nice if you could run the cameras over your own home network if you so chose.)

The Nexia Bridge is the brains of the system, but you need an Nexia subscription to get the full set of features.

At $8.99 a month, the Nexia service isn't expensive, however, and it's well worth the functionality you get. There are no hidden fees and cancellation is an easy, painless process. There are no contracts, no risks, and Nexia offers a one month trial subscription to make sure you like the service before you start paying for it. That's excellent.

Nexia doesn't do everything yet -- you can't control all aspects of your home. There is a thermostat component, for example, so you can set your temperature remotely, but it would be great to support everything from the living room to the kitchen to the garden. One day, perhaps?

The good

  • Easy to install
  • Provides powerful remote access
  • Expandable to suit your needs
  • Reasonably priced

The bad

  • Can't be run on your own network
  • Needs more/different types of components

The bottom line

Nexia Home Intelligences lets you control entry to your home, and monitor it remotely from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, from anywhere. It's a great way to get started with home automation, and the Security Bundle is a great way to get started with Nexia. If you've always dreamed about controlling your house from your iPhone, stop dreaming -- it's a reality!

$489.99 - Security Bundle - Buy now

Variable - Nexia on Amazon - Buy now

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Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector, Review, and Isometric podcasts, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Dow.

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Quick question...is this an alarm service? Can this replace my ADT service. I understand the home automation aspect, but what about security monitoring?

No it can't call the police so it doesn't take the place of your alarm. It is home automation not home security.

I own a security and home automation company. You should do a piece on www.alarm.com. We have been doing this for years and it cMbines security as well.

This isn't a new service time warner car has ha it for years for iPhone. I love it cause I control my house and my car with the iPhone. Dronemobile for the jeep and intelligent home rules!!

How does the door lock module get power? Doesn't sound like a simple swap out to me...Same with some of the other components.

The door has batteries and it tells you on the site and app the power levels for it so you always know. It is just simply swap out the batteries.

Vera works as well, or better, and you run it on your own network! It's accessible from the internet, all for FREE. After buying Vera of course.

Yes I have this they Vivint Home Security. I have
IOS controlled thermostat
IOS controlled Locks
IOS Controlled Camara
IOS Controlled Lights
IOS Controlled Alarm Panel.
I have the full home automation

System looks cool however is a little flawed, the schlage door locks will not lock on their own or the system. The locks have to be manually thrown with turn piece. The system gives you the ability unlock and lock the locks but still have to manually turned. Look at at a kwikset or Weiser smart code, that will do the job.

You can use the same equipment, but replace the Nexia Bridge with Vera Lite (or Vera 3) and you can do all the cool stuff, including local and remote access without paying a subscription fee. Works flawless.

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I bought the Nexia system in May of 2013, with the bridge to control the keyless entry from another home for my rental property. I got it all set up; everything was working great. I got to my other home, which is in a different state, and everything was good until this week (a month later) and now I can't see any of my codes, I can't see any of the entries and when I called Nexia customer service, I got very little. What I did get was arrogance and someone reading a script, who clearly could not help me in the least. I've called there twice and both times have had very little help, a lot of arrogance and no information that was of any help. I am very tired of the customer service and will look for other options. I would not recommend.