The profitability in the production of home security systems has never been more apparent. New industry entrants such as Ring already have their products on the market. Industry veterans such as Dropcam and Nest are diversifying their products, while telecoms such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast have come up with home security solutions alongside their cable and internet services. With more and more people preferring DIYs over professional installations, it is only right that these companies shift to the production of DIY security models to satisfy the demand.
The key benefit of a DIY security system over a professionally installed one is the installation ease and the ability to configure it yourself. Besides saving some money on the installation, you own the equipment and you will be able to uninstall it should you need to move. Though DIY security systems’ initial costs might be significantly high, they are cheaper in the long-run especially because you do not have to pay the professional monitoring fees.
Here’s what you need to know about DIY security systems:
- DIY security systems are more than the standard alarm
Perhaps one of the major technological advancements in home security systems is the advent of the smart home ecosystem. Nowadays, a comprehensive DIY home security system includes such things as smart cameras, smart doorbells, motion sensors, thermostats, smart lights, smart smoke alarms, and so on, all of which make up the smart home ecosystem. DIY security systems can also be connected to mobile apps so that you get a remote notification should they be triggered.
- The technology used in a DIY security system is much the same as that of professionally installed systems
So you think that a plug-and-play DIY security system like the one offered by Protect America is cheaper but their professional systems are better? Well, you’re not alone. The only major difference between professional and DIY systems is that the latter uses wireless technology to communicate with each other. While their effectiveness will differ depending on the protocols used by the various companies that manufacture them, their functionality is mostly the same. The reliability of a security system is not dependent on it being wired or unwired.
There are wired DIY systems, but the difficulty in running them during the installation makes the wireless systems the better choice.
- Self-monitoring systems are more ideal, but there’s more
As is evident in the influx of the production of self-monitoring DIY systems, people prefer such systems. Self-monitoring implies that should your home be broken into, you will receive a text message through your phone or e-mail. This enables you to decide on the best option; either remotely switch on a false alarm to scare them off or contact the local authorities. Home tech companies such as Nest and canary are the leading self-monitoring system producers.
While this might seem appealing, what happens should you forget to carry your phone with you? Or if your phone is on silence due to a meeting?
DIY home security systems can be integrated into a central monitoring system. This means that the company from which you got the system from has its staff around the clock monitoring your system. Should you choose such a system, ascertain that it is Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) certified. CSAA have the strictest industry standards with operators responding to your emergency alarm promptly and efficiently.
Although more companies are engaging in the production of the DIY security systems, for them to be compatible with each other you might need to install the same brand products. According to a Consumer Reports Market analyst Mark Allwood, “These companies are using DIY security systems as a beachhead for their other smart-home products. If you buy a Nest security system, you might be compelled to buy a Nest thermostat.”
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