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Make home automation simple with Nexia Home and your iPhone - Enter to win a Starter Bundle!

Nexia Home (formerly Schalge LiNK) has been my go-to system for home automation for quite some time. I first checked it out quite a while ago, and more recently, Georgia got to test the setup for herself. While the Nexia system gave us an indoor camera (both wired and wireless), thermostat, lamp module and door locks -- it was still lacking in the sensor department. All that has changed now however as Nexia has recently released both a door/window sensor and an indoor motion sensor. Both of these really add some great versatility to the whole setup, and with the addition of an outdoor wireless camera, Nexia is staying on top of their game.

No matter if you already have a Nexia system or you're just starting out, adding the new devices to your setup couldn't be simpler. I won't dive into setting up the entire system since we've been down that road already, but we'll check out how adding the new sensors makes the Nexia system even more awesome.

You will obviously need to choose where you want to use your new sensors before you get going. Depending on your system you may have more than one door, window or room that you want to monitor. If you're already using a camera or lamp module inside, you can create scenes that will record video or turn on your lights when the corresponding sensor is triggered. Any time something is triggered, you can also choose to receive an email or SMS. There are a load of combinations and triggers with which to setup your Nexia system. I've wasted hours tweaking my scenes to get them just right, but I still find myself rearranging them constantly.

From UPS drop-off to "up and running" was only about 15 minutes for the new sensors (setting up a new system is a much longer task). For the motion sensor you just need to pop off the outer cover and install the battery. From there, enroll the sensor with your bridge using the provided instructions. Once it's enrolled it will show in your dashboard and it's ready for mounting using the included double sided tape or screws.

The door/window sensor works in the same manner -- tap the button to enroll the sensor, wait for it to be accepted then find a door or window you want to monitor and install both parts of the sensor. Done and done.

For my setup I chose to use the door/window sensor on my patio door and the motion sensor in my foyer. I setup a scene through my Nexia dashboard so that when the motion sensor is triggered my lamp module turns on and my camera records for two minutes. I also get a text message sent to my phone letting me know that my scene was triggered. This is all setup for late-night hours so I don't get constant triggers all day long.

The patio door sensor is just a great way to let me know if my patio door is opened without my knowledge when I'm away. I'm sure it will come in handy when my daughter starts romping around a bit more as well.

Of course all of this can be viewed and controlled from your iPhone with the free Nexia app. The app lets you see the status of your sensors, activate your door lock, view your camera, turn on your lamp modules, setup scenes and much more. The patio door sensor is just a great way to let me know if my patio door is opened without my knowledge when I'm away. I'm sure it will come in handy when my daughter starts romping around a bit more as well.

The new outdoor wireless camera is also a welcome addition to the Nexia line. It's simple to hook up providing you have a good mounting spot outside (or inside depending on your needs). You'll just need to make sure you have somewhere to plug it in and also that it's within range of your home wifi. Too far away and you obviously won't have a working camera. Again, setup for this is as simple as enrolling it with your bridge and getting it mounted.

The camera works great in the daytime and also has a low-light feature for night viewing. There is a built-in motion sensor, however it currently is disabled but is said to be working with a firmware update in the coming weeks.

The door and window sensor is available for $49.99 while the motion sensor will run you $69.99.

Contest: If you're not ready to spring for a Nexia system just yet, you're in luck - we have one to give away. Just leave a comment here and you'll be entered to win a Nexia Home Starter Bundle that includes your choice of lock (deadbolt or lever), lamp module and bridge. You'll also get a new door/window sensor and motion sensor. The contest ends Monday at midnight.  Good luck!


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There are 382 comments. Add yours.

Rgarza70 says:

NICE. Love that system and hope i win =)
cheers guys.

michael169 says:

Getting new house this will work out good for it

jlake02 says:

Nice! I have two young children and have been shopping for a system exactly like this. Sadly I can't afford one. :(

Thanks for another great contest! :)

jaBBu says:

This would be nice to have. Thanks for the contest... says:

This would be awesome, Please let me win

cgthomas27 says:

would definitely make the wife more comfortable since the newborn has come

Stupifiery says:

Ooooh ooooh. I've been wanting one of these!! Is this one that requires a monthly subscription?

troypolla says:

Sweet. I would love to try one of these.

bebass says:

I love this system - and hope to win it!
Thanks for the contest.

ct_mike says:

This would be a nice addition to the house now that my daughter is getting older.

justinplett says:

this is an awesome prize. I would love to win.

tekkshaman says:

Would love to have the opportunity to try this!

knowlivelove516 says:

I'm getting ready to move into a new house and would love to win this instead of buying a dog!!! (I still want to get a dog but would like to enjoy the newness of my house for a few months before having a dog :)

RaGe420 says:

This would be great to test out

mikehammons says:

Looks like a pretty cool system. Sign me up.

arkaroola2 says:

looks cool - would love to win

TRKelly says:

I've been looking into one of these since my wife and I just bought our first house. This would be awesome to win, thanks for the opportunity!

gatortone says:

iMore has the coolests contests! Thanks for the opportunity!

mungera says:

Oh fanciness. Now i can spy on the pesky raccoon that roams my backyard.

Ekuar says:

Woud love to try this system. Love the fact you can add sensors piece by piece.

pyramid38 says:

Another great giveaway. Thank you

TulioAdriano says:

This is very nice. Its just what technology lovers need, and gives an extra piece of mind when out in long trips.

If I win this I'll be sure to try to integrate it with the Lego robot, I think very interesting things can come out of this combination! ^^

rpol86 says:

NICE!!! This would be great to have! :)

artiss says:

This is awesome! I'd love to win - thanks :)

traditionaliq says:

Home automation.......been on my wish list for some time.......this would be a great jump start. Thanks iMore!!

rschlameuss says:

Sounds great. I'd like to try it!

hls811 says:

Very cool.. I really like these type of home automation systems!

mysimba97 says:

I would love to use the Nexia system. I had looked at the Schlage stuff in the past and found it to be amazing.

Moesessoms says:

choose me:) thanks for the great giveaways

rabenjamin says:

Are you reviewing the comp unit sent by Nexia to media outlets for free? If so, two comments. First, you are supposed to disclose that. Second, you fail to mention that all of this requires a very expensive monthly membership.

kountryranger says:

Really? Since when did $8.99 a month become a "very expensive" monthly membership. I've had this system for over a year now and $8.99 is a great price point for the amount of things I can do and monitor remotely when I'm not home.

SeanRoto says:

would love to win that starter bundle. esepcially since this is already on my honey do list

critic81 says:

I would love to win! Thanks!

Vox says:

I do want one of these of the things I've wanted to try out and haven't had the cash...but gifts are always welcome! :D

johndhynes says:

I was actually thinking of something like this.

dougdog says:

I love this kind of products. I hope I win...!!!

mlbaker says:

This would be a really nice thing to have

pilotboy72 says:

I wonder how this stack up to the GE IRIS system?

rengle02 says:

I could really use this to secure my house.....

Unchewable says:

been looking at this system for a while hope i win love your site

audit says:

Would love to win this, since my wife died I don't have anyone at home to help the kids and keep an eye on them while I'm at work. So far I haven't found a way to monitor their safety while I'm gone other then calling them every 1/2hr to make sure everything is good and the doors are locked still.

Bedetermine says:

This would be nice to start my home automation. Been looking for months but couldn't figure out what is the best systems and components on the market.

cjhpe says:

This sounds really cool. I have started considering adding some home automation. I will have to take a look at this system. Hopefully, I will win and can then try it out.

m0dmyeye says:

i've been looking for a good home automation system that has ios support...thanks for the heads up!

akreischer says:

This would be really nice!

jwsnj3rd says:

This would be awesome to have. There's been quite a few break ins around my area so this would help out alot.

thechucklingcod says:

This would be really cool to have. Please pick me!

cms365 says:

I want to live in the future!

jake.orlan says:


orvino says:

Awesome system. Need one for my new house.

SamuraiGhost says:

This device is pretty cool. I hope I win!

curtis206 says:

I would love to install this in my house.

BillydIII says:

I've longed for a system such as this since my days as a young boy. Turning my lights on and off manually has been the bane of my existence. Oh, to finally fulfill a dream such as this!!! The best of wishes to me! ; P

rgreenpc says:

I would love to win this.

SpasticPat says:

Yes please, love you iMore!

pleighkemp says:

Would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity, it's greatly appreciated!

DamienTyler says:

Awesome, one lest thing to carry in my pocket....a house key!

Hope I win!

pleighkemp says:

Would love to win this to use with my iPhone. Thanks for the opportunity. It's greatly appreciated

jediwatson says:

Nice. That'd be way better than the cheapo baby monitor we've got... :)

iNitvizn says:

Wow - awesome give away. I'd love to try one out. I can't wait until the home automation stuff really takes off.

SDBB_kick says:

I would be honored to be the lucky guys (and gals) at imore are so nice to me :)

pivale says:

I had a house fully automated by centralcasa, but I recently moved out.
Looking for a way to replace that in my new apartment.

ddeming says:

I would love to have this. Seems like it can get very expensive, very quickly though

volzalum says:

Looks like a good system o consider. Wold test I out well if I win.

mizzourahslim says:

very generous with the technologicals ;)

djf_jeff says:

I would like to win the bundle as I love Home Automation! Thank you!

alfinky says:

This sounds awesome. I want to check it out some more.

jrephoto_op says:

This is a great idea, can"t wait to win.

Gsarfin says:

I could really use this system! It sounds awesome!

shutterrelease says:

Nice! I will tell you all about it when I win!!! :)

jovy00 says:

just in time...move to a new apartment. hope i win. more power to you guys. thanks...

mv rob says:

Home automation has been on my home todo/wish list for years now.....I would love to win this!

baloghjz says:

Oh, this is so sweet! It would be a great way to get my house into the modern era!!

ripsen643 says:

Looks like an great solution. Can't wait to get one.

linuxdaemon says:

I've wanted one of these for a while. As always, can never afford the up-front cost. Here's hoping I don't have to :)

peterb77 says:

Always wanted to get a home automation system

pink2 says:

This sounds great, would love to try it out!! Not lucky enough to have the money to buy it so I hope I can win.

ohknoo says:

That system looks awesome!!

Darkchild1 says:

Awesome! This would be great for me and the kids.

screech297 says:

Looks awesome. Here's to hoping I win!

michaelrry says:

I would like one, moving into a new house soon and would be nice.

Mark_Venture says:

Moving into a new house... would love to replace my old X10 kit

aspenboy says:

cool. would be a great addition to our home.

jasonprice says:

Sure why not, would be fun to play with

Craftytony says:

Very cool, when can I expect to receive it? ;)

bluesmax07 says:

I've been looking at security systems recently anyway...

jlamb30#IM says:

With three kids, I'd love to win this system.

GreenyGreenwood says:

I've wanted something like this for a LONG time...

mark_g1 says:

Very Nice! I'd love to have this security system for my house.

GolpherZX says:

Home automation is the way to go. I've already started w/ Nest, but that can all go away for Nexia.

Calbrecht90 says:

This sounds awesome!!! Pick me!

Derek_B says:

Enter me in the contest, please. Thank you.

aboveaverage12 says:

Thanks for the giveaway. You're more than welcome to pick me!

jsknee says:

I love this type of stuff.

jlc says:

Looks interesting. Be great to win.

Escher0 says:

I'd love to try this out!

iMonty says:

This seems like a very cool system. Thanks for the info.! Now, lets give it a try...

mlawrnce says:

SWEET! I'm using three wemos now and would love to include locks and door/window sensors

merlynmac says:

That's awesome! I really haven't looked at home automation since I played with XTension and X-10. I'm just finishing up an addition and would love to automate it.

NickFL2011 says:

Used to install custom home automation systems and theaters years ago when they were complex, expensive, and required a lot of programming. Not in that field anymore but it's been cool to see these products change and become easier to use with the popularity of smart phones and tablets. Would certainly like to play around with a system at home.

wphenry says:

Oooh, ooooh, oooooh. I want one.

mmalex says:

I like imore too much I can not depend one day without visit the site at lease once ,I hope win
Thank you for your contests says:

You can never have too much security.

zee921 says:

I could use some peace of mind in my life!

chargerdan says:

I've been looking for something like this for awhile. The X-10 route seems so expensive. It's nice to have a solution at a lower cost.

Jbbarrette says:

This would be great for my condo, let's hope!

yzzilyzzid says:

Awesome system. Hope I win!

ajrietveld says:

I love free stuff. Contest entered.

indie-android says:

Free? Yup, send one my way.

mangumb says:

I have an old X10 system that is in a serious need for an update!

codyg says:

Here's to me winning!

claustin says:

Just about to move into a new house so winning this would be great

imore_texteen13 says:

looks like a great thing :D

D.Anderson says:

What a great idea! I need this.

rsbranch says:

This would be great beause I am think of purchasing one! an iMore give away is better

JayDJr says:

Thanks for this offer...

MovinFr8 says:

I have been wanting this - Thanks in advance

gblaiser says:

this is a great product

Smh5108 says:

I wish I had that system! Please pick me!

lostsos says:

I could really use this! Awesome contest!!!

awbishop says:

Great article. Love seeing new products/reviews on iMore!

budgeuk says:

would love to give it a go! but with two kids money is always tight!

Darth Rich says:

Would like to use this to keep an eye on the Pup and the Kids when I am not at home, Thanks!

onlineaddy says:

I'm so ready for home automation. Thx, imore!

Sph33r says:

Looks pretty cool, thanks for the chance to win.

indymeh says:

I would love to try it out

dloveprod says:

Sounds nice, not a bad price either.

lumpkin_omal says:

That's rad! Pick this guy!

nate8it says:

I would love to win this!

jkeitz says:

Looks awesome, sign me up!

Jrres says:

Sweet I would love to win.

Altimate says:

This would be such a big help in Wisconsin winter weather and getting our newborn in and out of the house.

greentj says:

Sounds awesome! I need this now in my life.

buckyb303 says:

I need this. I want this...

skitch says:

Would love to have home automation. Pick me!

markmancao says:

Looks pretty cool! Would love to try this out.

dowdyrich says:

I have become such a security freak since the birth of my first son. This would be an awesome system to have so that I would stop speeding home when I am away and no one answers the phone. Pick me please!!!!! Lol

diamondguy37 says:

sounds like something I would love to try.

clearrants says:

Hope I win! This sounds awesome.

Smitty_8866 says:

i would love to win this for the homestead :)

aaronw112358 says:

I can definitely make use of these items for my z-wave buildout.

rchartier says:

Would love to win this! Free stuff from iMore rocks.

arin.failing says:

Winning this system would be perfect for me and my family! I am a first time homeowner (I guess home-buyer at this point), and I have a tentative move in date of November 20 (new construction). This would be a great addition for home security. I have recently been looking into ADT and other home security options, as we approach that move in date. Please please PLEASE pick me! :)

vasaribm says:

Another great giveaway!


I live in Memphis! Enough said! Please pick me before it's too late :-(

zetacool says:

Would love to set this up in my apt! Hope I get it :)

fil0727 says:

Sounds awesome.. Been lookin for something like this for a long time.

kungfuey says:

Would love the added security and function for our home!

trickedoutdavid says:

pick me cause i love #winning

rbarrera8915 says:

I travel a lot. Nexia home automation would give me peace of mind. Thank you..

woodwardt says:

Way cool. Sure would like to bring my house into the 21st century.

Quikslvr_ says:

Love the concept, iffy on the price

jimmers says:

It would awesome to win this. I have two dogs and sometimes when I'm away I come home to a "surprise". I'd like to be able to catch them in the act to see which one is the trouble maker :)

gregg37 says:

My apartment was built by cavemen right after the dinosaurs died out. This would be a great way to bring it around! Thanks for the contest!

junovela says:

This is the kind of home automation I am currently missing. Consider me entered, and thanks for the amazing giveaway chances!

bookimdanno says:

This would really come in handy right after I dump ADT.

NickA says:

Looks like a great system, thanks for the contest!

DamnSkippy says:

Wow really great give away, count me in!

07eclipsegt says:

What an interesting giveaway. Would love to setup one of these in my house.

sawinter says:

iMore at it again with another huge giveaway. I hope I win this time.

Moose1331 says:

Very cool, thanks for the opportunity.

jmjohn says:

I would love to replace my old system. Hope I win!

Elmstreetwest says:

Great idea. I'd like the deadbolt unit.

Vorian says:

I've always wanted to do a home automation / security project. This may be just what I should try out.

wameixner says:

Sounds good to me ... I'll take it.

TumnusMr says:

Deadbolt version please :)

bbenj10 says:

Looks awesome, I've always wanted to set something like this up. Hope I can take the prize!

Jonezed7 says:

Been doing some research. Pretty damn awesome

JoeBlow08 says:

Sounds like a new and exciting system, I'd like to get my hands on something like this.

keiffer6 says:

This sounds like a neat system. Would love to have one.

Zlannie says:

I'm looking for a new security system. Would love to give this a try!

Roadrunner3429 says:

I would love a security system. Need to keep my girls safe.

Xanaduto says:

Cool new features and devices. Hope I win

takiv says:

awesome looking system, would love to put it to work.

vitaminc18 says:

Would loved the opp to try out this kit.

silvaalf says:

I would love to use this in my house. Hope i get picked!!! :)

bbreckling says:

You people are great


ericsmcdonald says:

I would love to give this a try. I am definitely interested in installing this system once I buy a house, but it'd be great to give a warm-up run in my current apartment. I'll write a full-on review to rival your iPhone 5 review if that helps my chances :)

ali.9 says:

Would be awesome to have something like this at home and not have to worry about so many things.

agent006 says:

I love this kind of stuff, pick me ;)

gentlespiritinpa says:

I love it. Sure hope I win!!!

bporterrn says:

Wow could really use this system. Hope to win!

seanmac30 says:

Golly Gosh. I've fallen in love with a security system. I am desperate to have you! Choose me x

nofxmatt1 says:

This is really cool! I love using my iPhone to make life easier or more fun!

arkansasindian says:

I am definitely interested..

rmontyq says:

Sounds like fun! Count me in.

sandman369 says:

Love to try this in my house! Very cool!

tmjones says:

First time caller....... Long time listener!

Rkeclipse says:

This is an absolutely phenomenal use of technology. Combined with energywise and green network technologies this makes the future now. I would love to try and build an integrated system with this!

isaac65 says:

I could use this in my new house!

afrye says:

This sounds perfect since I'm doing some house shopping at the moment.