Skylink Offers Home Security for the Do It Yourselfer

Skylink allowed me to try its SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit ($149.99). This is a compact, easily giftable solution for anyone looking for home security without the contract and monthly payments. Because it is mostly wireless and compact, it could be a great solution for apartment or dorm dwellers looking to add a little security without permanently installing a wired system.

I liked that the Skylink option is an affordable alternative to monthly service providers and that it is controlled by an elegant app called SkylinkNet. I also liked how expandable the kit is, with support for up to 10 Wireless-IP (Wi-Fi) cameras and 100 sensors. They offer sensors for motion detection, doors, windows, garage doors, and even water sensors.  It's nice that most of the sensors use AA and AAA batteries so you can place them just about anywhere.

The Skylink solution is quite robust, although it is not currently integrated with HomeKit (yet?) I expect that will change as Apple's HomeKit becomes more of a standard.



  • Affordable alternative to monthly service providers
  • Elegant app interface
  • Expandable with many options for sensors and cameras
  • Supports up to 10 cameras and 100 sensors!
  • AA and AAA powered for easy placement


  • Not integrated with HomeKit (yet?)

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a security camera and sensor system but don't want to get tied into a contract, the SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit from Skylink should meet your needs. 

iPhone Life Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.