If a homeowner is really into tech, there are some options to consider when they want to build their own security or home automation system. The best home security system is one that’s a part of an automated house, and one that the homeowner knows all about. What better way to get that than to create it themselves? But it’s not the easiest thing to do, and it’s only for a geek who wants to take on some seriously hardcore projects. These aren’t for the faint of heart and they may become extremely frustrating, but getting them right could offer a lot of success to enjoy and be proud of, too.

Geeks that take home automation seriously usually work with Raspberry Pi, an Arduino, and various types of open source software. Some of the biggest projects they can take on include:

  • building a system that isn’t tied to one vendor
  • creating Jarvis
  • controlling appliances, including larger ones
  • hacking the stuff they’ve already got

While these really aren’t easy, they’re doable — especially for people with a lot of tech savvy knowledge and some patience and willpower. To get involved in all of that, though, understanding the risks and the problems that could arise is also important.

Taking Home Automation Seriously

The first thing anyone who wants to tackle these projects should do is take them seriously. While it’s not necessary to be a genius to complete these kinds of projects, there’s often more to them than first meets the eye. Because of that, it’s not something that can be cobbled together in an afternoon while watching reruns on TV. It’s something that’s going to take a lot of hours and some quiet and concentration. That’s the easiest way to get anything done, and it’s among the best ways to move toward a higher level of home automation that will work well for a long time.

It’s vital to have a clear understanding of what home automation means when working on these kinds of projects, because it can mean different things to different people.

When someone wants to turn their lights off with a smart phone, that’s quite a different thing than when someone wants to essentially automate their entire house. Taking the time to decide what the ultimate goal really is can be very important to any homeowner.

Getting in Over the Head is Entirely Possible

With the right security system, everything will work smoothly. That’s the goal, no matter the level of home automation the homeowner is going for. But in the meantime there may be some areas where things aren’t as smooth as would be hoped. That’s to be expected, but it can still be very frustrating. The important thing is not to give up, because it’s very possible to get in over the head and have to find a way to dig back out again. Perseverance can help with that.

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Don’t be Afraid to Go for Greatness

The worst that will happen is that something won’t work — and the homeowner might accidentally trip a breaker or cause some other minor problem in the process. But those are minor issues that can be fixed. To have the glory of creating a truly wonderful home automation system, any homeowner will need to be sure they’re working toward the level of greatness they want. These kinds of systems can be very complex, but they can also be a source of pride when they’re done. That makes them worth the effort.

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