Upgrading existing home security systems may feel trickier than it actually is. Whether using existing components or going an entirely different route, staying safe through modernizing the entire security system is always the best plan of action.
Reasons to Upgrade & Update Existing Home Security System
- The ability to control and customize settings remotely via smart devices.
- The need for an evolving system to add to home automation.
- Older systems require landline phone connections. With a new system, the extra cost of losing the landline is free to enjoy.
- Take advantage of discounted UL central station monitoring saving money
- The need for video surveillance because of elder care, childcare, or checking on pets.
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Transitioning Security to SmartHub
Transitioning an older home security system to a smart home security system is simple that you may think.
- New Smart Hub
- Male-to-Male Jumper Wires
- USB Cable
- Wire Nuts
- Scissors or box cutter
Examine The Current System
The old home security system likely worked off of the assigned zones. When updated, the user can make each individual camera work on its own, or even keep the current zone programming. The choice will likely depend on how many cameras there are.
An older home security system will likely limit the power to the system which loops around each circuit. The homeowner can either keep or remove them with the upgraded network.
A lot of testing goes into learning about the makeup of the wires inside of the panel. The trial and error may have the homeowner pulling Zone 1 to Pin 7 to find the correct correlation between the panel and sensors.
Connecting the New System to Existing System
“Take a jumper cable and use your scissors or box cutter to clip one male end and strip it to expose part of the wire. Take one wire from the Front Door and use a small wire nut (or if you want to go full permanent, use a soldering iron) to tie the two wires together. Take the other male end of the jumper wire and plug it into the proper Pin on the new smart hub. Continue doing that with every component.”
Be sure to close the circuit with a grounded wire. Tie one jumper wire around all of the wires and tie the end with a wire nut. Take the other male end and simply plug it in.
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