Home & Office
Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Roku launches an affordable new smart home security system

The essential kit is focused on simplicity and affordability, priced at $99, and is being released alongside a new Roku Smart Light Strip+.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer
Roku Smart Home Monitoring System SE on a table

The DIY trend in home security has reached Roku, as the company delves deeper into the smart home market with the launch of its new Roku Home Monitoring System SE. A Roku Smart Light Strip+ SE and Solar Panel share the spotlight, as other new products debuting for the Roku Smart Home line.

Created in partnership with Wyze Labs, the five-piece security system is priced at an affordable $99 and includes two entry sensors, a motion sensor, a hub with a built-in siren, and a keypad to arm and disarm it.

Also: I tried Roku's new line of low-cost smart home products. There's only one minor drawback

Roku Smart Home is also adding a Roku Smart Light Strip+ SE to the market today, as well as a Roku Solar Panel to power the Roku Outdoor Camera SE. The new light strip features 16 segments that can display different colors at once, and will work seamlessly with integrations in the Roku Smart Home app. It's available in 16 ft and 32 ft lengths, at $35 and $50, respectively. 

Roku Smart Home Monitoring Keypad

The keypad can be used to arm and disarm the alarm system.


With this new security system, Roku, well known for its streaming devices and smart TVs, has created an easy-to-install home security system that requires no tools or drilling and will give users the option to monitor their homes independently or using a subscription service.

Also: The best home security cameras to protect your home

The Roku security system's subscription service, powered by Noonlight, will provide professional monitoring and 24/7 emergency assistance and will cost $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, though yearly subscribers get 50% off their first year.

This most recent launch arrives as part of the Roku Smart Home line, a series of budget-friendly smart home products released in the fall of 2022.

Roku Smart Home OS Integration  - light color

A Roku home ecosystem?


The vice president of Roku Smart Home, Mark Robins, stated the kit is as an easy-to-use system that can give users the peace of mind they need. "We are proud to further extend Roku's Smart Home lineup with affordable, simple ways to secure the safety of any home," he added.

Also: The best wireless doorbells you can buy: Google, Ring, and Nest compared

These new smart home devices seem to be filling out what could be considered a Roku smart home ecosystem, as Roku TV users will be able to see alerts from the alarm system on their televisions, as well as camera feeds, and be able to control the rest of the Roku Smart Home devices, like smart lights.

The new products will be available for sale from Roku as of today and will be also exclusively sold at Walmart after May 15. 

Editorial standards