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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RealNeal says:

Oooh! That looks pretty sweet!

AndyS_OSU says:

I dream of home automation

TosaDeac says:

Great addition to my MiCasaVerde system! Might have to buy it even if I don't win.

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Bill_Johnson says:

I'd LOVE to win this starter bundle! Thanks for the chance!

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Well this would be handy :)

jesselperry says:

Thanks in advance for picking me as your winner.

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asfrank16 says:

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I have been searching for something like this. This might be a good start

sscott607 says:

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arp7 says:

i have been looking at this product for my home for a long time now... wish i could win and have this installed in puerto rico and maybe be the first winner of an imore contest that's not in the continental states :)

gjv003 says:

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cgambill says:

Sounds great. Would love to use a system like this in my home.

DVDBob says:

Was looking at this when it was Schlage. Not sure why they need the subscription as it looks like just a bunch of Z-wave devices.

Naivian says:

I would love the opportunity to try this system out. Thanks Imore for anouther great contest.

tracydanger says:

What a cool contest. I control my HTPC and my Nest with my iPhone. I'd love to add more home automation.

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Please throw my name in the hat. Would love to win this!

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I have always wanted to install a system like this!

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This would be very useful where I am...

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... we've traced the call, and it's coming from inside --

infiniti says:

how do I join the winner circle?

BillJude56 says:

A very nice offer-seems like a sweet system that even I could setup/install. Thanks for the chance.

Ginbill says:

This looks so badass. iWant.

rdbecker says:

I already won. No new comments are necessary.

(Do you think that worked?)

emjayess says:

An awesome prize! Would really help us sleep better at night--home and away! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kissel says:

Sounds like quality products. Would love to have the keypad deadbolt on my door.

tizocman says:

been looking to find me ways to my new house a smart home since im about to move

Chirogreg says:

Another way To use the iPhone to make my life awesome!

Fawicted says:

Hope I win its a nice bundle really!! Cheers guys

think1 says:

awesome... security first. hoping to win this.

thegingermonkey says:

I would love one of these

fish fingers crossed !!

cjshag says:

This looks really useful.

huntersworld says:

I would be happy to have one....

Stanski1 says:

Would love to win. Thanks!!!

jburnham says:

Moving into a new home next month and it would be great to "wire" it with the Nexia system. Thanks!

traveling2 says:

Love the site! Thanks for the giveaway.

JBoen says:

Definitely getting this!

lmbrrt says:

looks cool. please pick me!

harshkey says:

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Great giveaway. Wish me luck and thanks. :)

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skeets000 says:

Having this would give me some peace of mind, since my home was recently burglarized.

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I'm buying a new house so this would be perfect. Thanks!

richard_rsp says:

Wow, I hadn't even see this! This is awesome for those of us who rent that cant install permanent security measures! I'd love to win this! :)

Addinsx says:

I think a set of locks would be good for my house ever since I found that hobo on my couch when I got home from work....

Pre4Michael says:

That would be extremely useful!!!

TX Mike says:

I have the Verizon FiOS home monitoring and control system which uses the same components. I'll just add this to my system.

NakedBear says:

this would add some nice components to my current home automation

nglayton says:

I've been looking at the iLink system for over a year and was disappointed to hear of the sale/name change etc. But now I will take another look

dayspringxo says:

Always grateful for any chance.

asggold says:

This is really cool. I have been looking for something like this outside of trying to build myself.

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Yes please! Count me in for this contest!

chrishull says:

This would be great for our home. I've been looking at making some upgrades.

jkenny34 says:

I'd like to try and win please.

looks interesting.

phbalanced says:

Home Automation is awesome! Winning the starter kit would be awesome as well!! :)

Mthomas184 says:

This would be an awesome addition to my new home!!

frhone says:

Count me in please. Thanks!

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This would be awesome. Been more thefts in our neighborhood since the economy tanked than ever! Thanks iMore!

airjmr says:

Looking forward to creating a nicer iHome!

manneo says:

Great! an in-depth review with video will be better.

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dasupaman23 says:

I would love to win and try this out. I currently use Time Warner's Intelligent Home. Could this be better?!?! Hopefully I can win and find out

Hakala says:

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've really commented on the articles. (I'm just a fly on the wall usually...) But, I have to say, I've heard many good things about this system!

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I like this contest and would like to win even more.

Usamerican says:

I'm all about home security. Yes, me.

heartlessdevil says:

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Atlgatorfan says:

I'm game. Would love to win one.

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Chromonologist says:

Huge follower of your show and all of your webite and I love georgia. She should be in all the podcasts. Home automation is a huge asperation of mine and it would really help out my new home and family. Thanks for letting me enter.

tayswg20 says:

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sherlock says:

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I am amazed that with a contest this epic and only one day left to enter there are only 368 entries.

Thanks, iMore, for the opportunity to win this great system, for peace of mind and security.

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zmalexander says:

Have been looking for an Ipad friendly home automation system. Hope I win!

NAllen22 says:

I love the posts, products, and contests. But, I have never been able to enter the contests, links loop or none at all. Anyone else have this problem?