DIY Home Security: What You Need to Make It Happen
The 1990s saw the emergence of the DIY homeowner who believed he/she could handle just about any project without the help of professionals. Today the concept of doing things yourself has also given rise to a new kind of project: DIY home security. More reliable equipment and wireless technology have combined to make it possible for any property owner or renter to install a security system at a fraction of what it used to cost with full-service providers.
If you think you have the aptitude for DIY home security, you might want to consider the benefits of installing a monitored security system to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Home security is one of several tools you can use to your advantage.
Here’s what you will need to make it happen:
A Home Security Plan
Before you even think about investing in equipment and monitoring, sit down and come up with a home security plan. Take a look at everything from burglary to fire to carbon monoxide monitoring. Consider the size of your home and what it will take to provide the best possible protection without exceeding your budget. The better your plan, the better your chances of finding an appropriate security system that meets your needs.
A Mobile Device
DIY home security relies entirely on homeowners to set up their own equipment. The best way to do this is with a mobile device that places the power of the system in your hands with an easy-to-use mobile app. Furthermore, you are going to need a mobile device if you intend to self-monitor your system. Most DIY home security customers simply use their Android or Apple smartphones. A tablet would work just as well.
A Basic Understanding of Networks
Your average DIY home security system relies on wireless technology so as to avoid major home construction. Therefore, you will need at least a basic understanding of how wireless networks work. If you don’t even know how to make changes to your wireless router, you might want to study up on networks before purchasing your security system.
Don’t misunderstand; setting up wireless security equipment is not particularly difficult if you understand the basics. But without that basic understanding, you could drive yourself crazy trying to get all of your devices to communicate with one another without compromising network security.
A Basic Set of Hand Tools
It is true that DIY home security equipment can be set up without the use of hand tools. Most devices that would be mounted on a door, window, or wall are affixed with high-strength adhesive. But even the strongest adhesive will not last forever. Any plans to make your security system permanent suggests affixing devices with traditional screws.
Again, this isn’t a big deal. If you can use basic hand tools to hang a picture or install a door handle, you will have no trouble with your home security devices.
A Willingness to Learn
Lastly, having a willingness to learn new things is very helpful in the arena of DIY home security. You’ll want to learn how to strategically place motion sensors and video cameras for the best possible protection. You will want to learn how to access and manage your system remotely. And you’ll definitely need to learn how to expand your system when the time comes to add new devices.
DIY home security makes it possible for just about every property owner and renter to make whatever he or she calls home safer. If you have what it takes to make it happen, you might just as well go for it.