Korner Home Security Systemstars4Rating: 4.0 Reviewed by Paul
The Korner Home Security System promises to bring home security for those on a tight budget and often their homes are the most vulnerable to break ins (according to the company). In our review we check out whether this system can be an affordable effective home security system or does it make too many compromises to keep the price low? It is a simple and elegant design with a small triangle device that is the door/window sensor and a small flash drive like device acting as the controller which is plugged into your router.

This set up gives you the ability to cover entries to your property and to be notified when someone opens them and the alarm to be sounded.

They are currently still completing the manufacture of the system and is expected to be delivered to investors in March and then released thereafter to everyone else. At present no one has used it in the real world, so this review is based on what we have been told but we are looking forward to see how it works. However, we do have enough details to give our opinion on what we think works and the areas that concern us, what available alternatives there are and who this system might be a good security option for securing their home.
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Installation

Installation and set up is easy. It should only take a few minutes to get it all set up and running. You need an internet connection, router and a smartphone.  You plug the fob (controller) into your router, download the app on to your phone, set up your account and stick the tags (window/door contacts) on to the doors and windows you want covered and you are ready to go.

The tags stick to the door or window in the corner on the opposite side to the hinge. They are in one piece so there is none of the lining up you have to do with the 2 piece contacts that are the normal set up used by security systems to detect a door and window being opened. As you set each one up you can name them to help you know which one has been triggered during a security incident.

As part of the set up process the tags are automatically paired with the fob, so there is no need to manually do this and it should mean you won’t have interference problems if your neighbor has one as well.

Contract

There is no contract needed to be signed. As part of the funding campaign the smallest package you could get 3 door/window contacts and a fob (controller) for $99 with no ongoing fees.

Going forward the smallest package is set to cost $78 and then have an annual ongoing fee of $39 per annum to receive notifications. Other packages are available with a price of $98 set currently. The first year fee is included in the packages.

Support

Korner Home Security System priceCurrently the company does not have a website where you can contact them for further information. You can check out there indiegogo page and leave a comment and mark it private to get a response to a question. I’ve asked some questions there and await their reply.

There have been production delays from the original December date. The company does seem to be making an effort to keep its customers informed of the delays in supplying the product. It is unfortunate they are experiencing delays in delivery but it seems to be common place with these new home security system launches.

Cameras

There are no cameras with the system.

Video Storage

This does not apply to this system.

Alarms

The siren is internal and it is stored within the fob (controller) that sticks into an Ethernet port of your router. The siren is described as a piercing scream sound. I’ve not seen anything that says how loud it is in terms of dbs yet.

This will let you know if a door/window has been opened if you are at home and/or may be enough to scare the intruder away as criminals like to operate without anyone noticing them, they may be concerned it will get the attention of your neighbors, but this depends on how loud it is and how thin your walls are if you are living in an apartment. It is unlikely to carry to your neighbors if you live in a house.

Also, the alarm by being in  the fob has the problem that it draws the attention to the controller and the criminal can turn off the alarm by unplugging it and standing on it.

Notification

When a door/window opening is detected the system it sends a push notification to your app to let you know there is an event occurring and which sensor has detected the opening.   You are then given a choice of do nothing, notify the police or notify someone in your security circle to investigate further.

Remote Monitoring

Korner Home Security System AppYou receive notifications and arm/disarm the system with the App from anywhere in the world you can get the internet or have data coverage even from a cafe in Paris if you so wish.

The security circle, who you can forward these notifications on to, looks a good way to get someone to investigate a security incident when you are away or you are at work or otherwise detained.

Battery

The tag uses a CR2032 battery – a button style battery that can be easily found at stores locally and online. It should last 3 years before needing replacement. The replacement is straightforward. The battery is accessed by sliding the cover off the tag. The App lets you know when it needs replacing.

The fob is powered by a standard USB charger and does not have back up batteries, so when there is a power outage the system is down too.

Sensors/Detection

This system does not have motion sensors. It just has door/window contacts that detect when a door is being opened. Therefore if a burglar bypasses the entryways covered by the contacts he/she will go undetected.  Pets won’t cause false alarms as there are no motion sensors to detect them moving around.

Door/Window Contacts

Korner Home Security System tagsThese are known as tags. They work in a different way to standard security system contacts. They sense when the door or window is opening in a way similar to a vibration sensor but according to the company it can tell the difference between a vibration and when a door is actually being opened by force or otherwise and reduce false alarms.

They look good and fit snugly on the corner of the door or window. They are attached by using the adhesive on the back of the tag. They can be simply removed by “popping them off” when you leave. It does mean there is less installation required and you don’t have to worry about curved moldings as there is no requirement to install a piece on the frame and line it up with the piece on the door or window.

Panic Button/Duress Codes

As far as I have ascertained you do not have a panic button to push or duress code to enter  with this system in case of emergencies and/or you are being forced to disarm the system.  A duress code is so  you can enter a code that disarms the system but lets people monitoring know you have been forced to do so.

Korner Home Security System Setting The Alarm

The alarm can be armed and disarmed with the App or by computer. So if you lose your phone you can arm/disarm the system using your computer. Also anyone staying at your place will need the App if you want them to be able to arm/disarm the system too. This can be done remotely when your phone has internet access through wifi or cell coverage.

Another good feature is that you can schedule when the system is armed or disarmed which can come in handy for when you have kids coming home from school as you can set it to disarm a few minutes before you expect them to arrive.

If you want you can have everyone who lives at your home download the app so they can control the arming and disarming and in this way they can come and go as they need to. They can also respond to incidents giving more monitoring coverage.

Control Panel

Korner Home Security System stickThe alarm can be armed and disarmed with the App or by computer. So if you lose your phone you can arm/disarm the system using your computer. Also anyone staying at your place will need the App if you want them to be able to arm/disarm the system too. This can be done remotely when your phone has internet access through wifi or cell coverage.

Another good feature is that you can schedule when the system is armed or disarmed which can come in handy for when you have kids coming home from school as you can set it to disarm a few minutes before you expect them to arrive.

If you want you can have everyone who lives at your home download the app so they can control the arming and disarming and in this way they can come and go as they need to. They can also respond to incidents giving more monitoring coverage.

Timers

There does not appear to be the functionality to delay arming so you can leave or to have a delay on entry before the siren sounds. This may not be critical as you can only do this with your App so it can be done remotely.

Protection against it being switched off

When there is a power outage or the internet is down the system does not work. Unfortunately, there is no back up if this happens and you are left in the dark if there is break in during this time.

Coverage

The tags and fob have enough range to communicate up to a 100 ft but if you do need a bigger range there is a plug-in wireless repeater you can use to increase this range. On their indiegogo page the repeater was included in packages for larger homes.

Wireless or Wired

This is a wireless system. It works using Zigbee wireless protocol which works on 2.4 Ghz frequency.
The fob does plug into your router to communicate with your phone but communicates wirelessly with the tags.

Zones

This is a wireless system. It works using Zigbee wireless protocol which works on 2.4 Ghz frequency.
The fob does plug into your router to communicate with your phone but communicates wirelessly with the tags.

Dimensions

Tag (door/window contact) – 64.22 by 31.97 by 6.32 mm

Fob (controller) – 75.87 by 23 by 13.21 mm

Features

There are 2 pieces to the system:

Fob – this is the controller and plugs into the router and communicates with the tags wirelessly and the user via the internet. The fob also houses the siren.

3 Tags – detects when a door or window it is attached to is opened and sends signal to fob.

Accessories

You can control up to 25 tags (window/door contacts) with one fob (controller) although the company will look to increase that in the future. Additional tags can be bought separately.

There are no other accessories for this system. It may be possible in the future to add home automation devices to the system as it is compatible with Zigbee home automation devices and the company implies it will be looking to bring out compatible devices in the future.

Pros

Quick and simple to install set up

Costs less than $100

You can receive a notification where ever you can access internet with your smartphone

Portable – very easy to take with you

It is compatible with Zigbee (home automation protocol) so may in the future be able to work with other home automation devices and controllers for controlling lights, appliances and so on

Able to arm/disarm remotely for when you have visitors or workers in your house and schedule when system arms and disarms

It can be controlled by iOS or Android devices or by computer

Cons

It is not a complete home security system as it does not include motion sensors or have add-ons for smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detection but these maybe added at a later stage

Does not work with Windows or Blackberry

You are reliant on your internet connection and company’s servers being up for the system to be able to contact you and work

This is a startup company so there is no track record to rely on to gauge how they are going to perform

You must have the App set up on your phone to be able to arm/disarm system or log into your account using a computer

No duress code or panic button

Korner Home Security System Consumer Ratings

Korner Home Security System ReviewAs this product has not yet been released there are no consumer reviews available yet to see how it works in practice.
Various blogs that have reviews about it like the price and the simplicity of the system. They feel it does not give complete coverage for a home but it gives some coverage for people who don’t want to pay for a full system or can’t afford anything more.

Korner Home Security System Price

The upfront cost of the system is very low priced and the annual fee for notifications is low too (although some systems like the iSmartAlarm do not charge for this but they do have a higher upfront cost).

Currently there are no prices published for anything larger than the home security starter kit of 3 sensors and 1 fob which is designed for apartments. There are prices quoted on the indiegogo page for larger homes but these are no longer available.

The pricing on their site for 3 tags and 1 fob is currently $98 up front and $39 annual fee ongoing (first year fee incldued in price). This is probably affordable for most people. This gives you access to get notifications, forwarding them to your security circle and to remotely arm/disable your system and turn the siren off.

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Review Summary

This is an affordable option for many people who live in apartments, for students, small vacation homes, or you can take with you on holiday and other smaller homes.  You don’t get motion sensors with it which can play a significant role in detecting an intruder in your home.

There are other options available that are also designed for smaller homes and provide a more comprehensive cover or a different type of cover. They are more expensive but can give you a much greater level of coverage and peace of mind.

If you want a more comprenhensive system and have a landline or VOIP (or can get one) the Fortress Security Store S02-B Kit with 10 window/door contacts and 3 motion sensors provides good coverage for homes and apartments. You get a call from the system but can’t control it with a smartphone app. It is available for less than $200 with no ongoing fees. It is an old style system that can provide good peace of mind.

For more modern solutions with a camera as well motion and window/door contacts which are more expensive upfront but without ongoing fees then Piper or iSmartalarm are worth considering if you can afford something more comprehensive.

If you don’t want a comprehensive system or you are on a tight budget then korner can give you a basic level of security. It covers entry points, sounds the alarm and notifies you when a door is opened. It is great idea for those with a small place to protect but probably won’t give enough coverage for those in larger homes or those requiring comprehensive coverage.

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