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Which gateway is right for me?

We get this question quite a bit from our customers and have found that the best way to answer it is describe the difference between the two gateways.

Both iota and the Smart Security Kit act as the hub of your system and come with built-in 93-decibel sirens and smash and grab protection. The primary difference is that iota is a security device capable of triggering your alarm in & of itself with built-in motion detection and security camera whereas the Smart Security Kit acts solely as the hub of your system. Plus, iota can be placed almost anywhere thanks to WiFi connectivity compared to the wired internet connection the Smart Security Kit requires.

For these reasons, we typically recommend iota for apartments and smaller areas as you have almost everything that you need in a security system in one movable device. By no means does this mean that you can't use iota in a larger home. You can deploy either gateway with great success -- it is simply a matter of personal preference.


Take a look at the list of features below to help determine which gateway better suits your needs.
Smart Home Hub
The ability to communicate with and control your abode and compatible smart home devices.
Built-in Motion Detector
iota features a built-in motion sensor while the gateway connects to separate abode motion sensors
Wi-Fi enabled
Wi-Fi allows you to place the device anywhere you see fit.
Compatible with Z-Wave and Zigbee devices
Control your smart home devices with powerful integrations.
Built-in Streaming Camera
1080p camera captures video when alarms are triggered or whenever you request.
Compatible with Apple HomeKit
Control your smart home devices from your Apple device.
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant
Control your smart home devices all with your voice.
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Two-way voice enabled
  • Flexible placement
  • Built-in camera
  • Built-in motion sensor
iota is our most powerful gateway and is an all-in-one security device. It includes an HD streaming camera that will automatically record in the event of an alarm. iota also supports CUE, abode’s home automation solution.
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  • Easy to hide
  • Ethernet connection
  • Simple to use
The abode gateway, included in the Smart Security Kit, has many of the same professional-grade features via connections as opposed to having them built-in like iota. It is a central hub that connects to add-on devices to protect your home. It also supports CUE, abode’s home automation solution.
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Step 1

What are you looking for?

abode is a great fit for a lot of scenarios. What are your requirements?

A Security System
Security Cameras

What are you protecting?

abode is a great fit for a lot of scenarios. Which are you looking to protect?


How many doors are accessible from outside?

Let's make sure your most vulnerable entryways are protected.


How many windows on the ground floor?

These are the 2nd most common entry point for burglars.


Would you like to connect your hub to Wi-Fi or Ethernet?

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How many cameras would you like outside?


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Smart Security Kit

Gen 2 Gateway With 1 Mini Door/Window Sensor, 1 Key Fob, 1 Motion Sensor, and 1 Sticker

$219.99 Add to cart
iota All-In-One Security Kit

iota All-In-One Gateway With 1 Mini Door/Window Sensor and 1 Key Fob

$269.99 Add to cart