The security system is one thing you should definitely consider if you are planning
on home improvements.
Whether you choose a professionally installed security system or a DIY IP Camera, both
will come with
pros and cons. Therefore,
your choice will be based on what fits your circumstances & pocket best. If
you choose the DIY route, it may be because you may be renting a home or maybe
you just don't feel like investing in to product or contracts, professionals
have to offer.
DIY home security systems are these days easier than ever, and they can even help to conserve your budget when you choose the right pick. Changing technologies has made most of security system into mobile apps, just Plug & Play
Here are some tips on how you can go about setting up the security system in your home.
1. Re-purpose Old Gadgets
Your previous phone, tablet, webcam can be used as a security camera at your home. Keep in mind, the amount of surveillance will be limited to the ability of re-purposed devices. The first thing to do is to choose the location which you want to have under surveillance (Outdoor surveillance can’t be done)
Next, you need to position the device so that it covers the right areas. Make sure that there is a plug source close to the device to ensure that it will be powered 24/7. A good wi-fi connection is must, if you want surveillance around the clock. Make sure to connect your device to the wi-fi for video streaming.
Your dedicated surveillance will be ready to use as soon as you install a program that allows you to transmit a live-feed stream on the web. Examples of an app that allows motion detection and live streaming from anywhere through the web for free
If you choose to set up your computer's webcam, you can use free software like iSpy, and even a new Skype account can be created for surveillance purposes only.
2. Invest In An Off The Shelf Camera
Most of the latest security comes with great features and are easy to setup and operate. Some of these features may include motion alerts, built-in speakers, microphones, night vision and some might even have smart intelligent motion tracking. Examples of web-connected security cameras with all of the above features are The Nest Cam, Arlo, FOSCAM.
Another great system is the FOSCAM E1 which works indoors and outside. This camera does not need cables as it works with batteries. What is excellent is that comes with a lowest cost cloud plan which can record up to seven days’ worth of recordings in the cloud.
3. DIY Vs. All-around Security Solution
If you feel you want more than just an eye on your home, there are many all-around systems on the market which you can set up yourself or Agencies that offer such services. This kind of devices will allow you to see and hear what is happening in your home at anytime from anywhere. These systems are smart systems that come with motion detection that will alert you. If services are taken up they also alert law enforcement authorities when something suspicious is going on.
Choose all-around security system which offers an HD live stream, motion detection, intrusion alarms, smoke/gas alarm and even few has temperature, humidity, and air quality sensors (based on area of living these can be integrated). The integrated alarms will scare any intruder away, which makes it a self-contained home security system. Systems that work with Amazon, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Wink are a plus
The best thing about the latest security system is that you do not have to pay loads of money for installation as most of them are designed to have a simple setup.
It comes down to what kind of area you live in, and what kind of security/monitoring needs you requires, a regular monitoring when you are at work/vacation then DIY installation might be good sufficient.
However, if you think you need more coverage, to protect your luxury home and valuable at home. Working families with kids with special needs or elderly parents then a simple phone security may not be sufficient. It is best to invest in an all-around security system that will alert you when something is not right in multiple channels as well can look at enrolled services that alert relevant authorities like law enforcement agencies or ambulance service based on the alert they receive (such service do come at capital cost and well as annual maintenance contract costs)
Mattea Jacobs is a freelance writer who mostly writes about both interior and exterior home design, and environmentally-friendly ways to improve homes. She is also a green activist and a mother of two beautiful sons.
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