Hex Security Package Review: DIY Home Security at the Forefront

You are undoubtedly familiar with Wi-Fi as a data transmission medium. It is the most common means of connecting home devices to the Internet, be it smartphones, televisions, or any number of smart home devices. Origin Wireless says it has identified an entirely new use for wireless technology: motion detection so accurate it can monitor a person’s breathing, even through walls.

Initially debuted as a feature on Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi systems, Origin is now offering the technology in a DIY home security system called Hexadecimal security. Origin says Hex Security can replace a traditional system based on myriad door, window and wall mounted sensors with a single hub, the Hex Command module, and one or more secondary devices it calls Hex Sense. The company sent its midsize kit that has one Hex Command and two Hex Sense units for this review. The $ 220 kit is designed to monitor up to 1,500 square feet on a single level. Additional Hex Sense units that increase the range of the system cost $ 45 each.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart home systems, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Hex Security is not a Wi-Fi router; you will need to provide it or use the router you already have. However, the system will create a mesh Wi-Fi network with your Command and Sense units in your home, and will monitor disturbances in those radio waves as people move within it. Origin says its AI can distinguish between people, pets, and moving objects, like a robot vacuum cleaner.

home wireless hexagonal home security package Wes Davis / IDG

This Origin Wireless Hex home security package can detect motion anywhere on a single level of a 1,500 square foot home.

Hex safety components

The Hex Command resembles a partially deflated Google Nest Mini, while the Hex Sense, with a glowing ring of status LEDs around its center, is reminiscent of a macaron. The Hex Command works with a wall wart and the Hex Sense plugs directly into wall outlets. Origin recommends that each of these components be placed two to four feet above the floor. I was able to do that with the Command and one of the Senses, but the best lift I could get for the other Sense was 16 inches, which is a relatively typical height for electrical outlets in most American homes. If there was a negative performance impact as a result, I didn’t see it.

live graph while walking Wes Davis / IDG

Hex Home Security proved to be extremely accurate not only in detecting movement, but also in identifying the room where the movement occurred.

Configuring the devices involves connecting the Hex Command to your network and then adding each Sense to the Command network. All of this is accomplished through the uncluttered and mostly easy-to-navigate app.

On my first try, however, I found the setup to be frustratingly meticulous. A later attempt, trying system wipe, factory reset, and reboot was much faster, with only one failure to connect to my home network.

For the record, the factory reset procedure is pleasantly easy, just engage a paper clip in a hole in each device for 10 seconds.

Origin recommends deploying Sense modules on opposite sides of the Command module on the same floor, ensuring there is at least one room or 15 to 30 feet between each device, to avoid overlaps. In my case, the location generally led to the system reporting movement in the correct rooms, except when we were sitting at the dining room table, where I regularly received notifications about movement in my living room.


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