A home security system is only as strong as its functionality. You can have the most visible cameras, the loudest alarms, and the most intimidating signs indicating that your home is protected—but if your cameras aren’t reliable, or if your security system isn’t integrated in a way that will prevent it from being easily disabled, then you may not be as protected as you think.

The internet makes monitoring your home easier than ever. Many home security agencies advertise the ease and simplicity with which you can monitor your home’s entrance or your driveway from your smartphone or office computer. Even while you are away from your home you can adjust the camera, zoom in on suspicious behavior, and make sure that your alarm is armed and ready to go.

But just sticking a camera up in the corner of your property isn’t enough to make that happen. You need to make sure that your cameras are properly hooked up to the network.

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Time to Get Connected

In the past, the idea of integrating a security network into your home security cameras sounded like something incredibly complicated—and expensive. Even a decade ago this may have sounded like something reserved for big corporations who had a lot of assets to protect. But thanks to the integration of multi-media devices, this really isn’t that complicated of a task.

For relatively low-cost and little effort, you can get a networkable security camera with all the bells and whistles—motion detection, low-light operation, even Wi-Fi connectivity—without even breaking a sweat, or putting a hole in your wallet.

Assembling the Right Materials

All you need to get going with putting your network security system together is a series of cameras, a wifi connection, and a little bit of technical know-how. Depending on how advanced you want this system to be, and how difficult you want to make it for the system to be disconnected, you can have a networked system up in running in no time at all.

The primary factor that you need to make sure you have working is that your cameras are hooked up to your internet connection. This can be done wirelessly via wifi or through hardwiring. Some people prefer hardwiring because it can be a bit more reliable than wifi, especially following a storm or network outage. However, there are drawbacks to having your entire home security system too dependent on hardwiring, as this can make it easy and old-school for crooks to cut your wires and have free range of your home without you being any the wiser.

Making the Network Secure

Once you have the cameras linked to your wifi, you can use a simple networking monitoring software to make it easy to view your cameras anywhere you like. Using existing software from security companies is going to be the most secure and pragmatic approach to this.

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There is danger in trying to work around using a security agency and hooking up your network without the support of a professional, and that is hackers. If you don’t have security imbedded into your digital feed, then you run the risk of hackers having access to your homes data, and sometimes that information can be used in malicious ways that is potentially damaging to your family.

There is no reason to attempt to take on setting up a networked security system on your own. Protect America can help you ensure that your home is safe and secure with talented professionals who won’t leave your safety to chance.