Integrated Home Automation
Advanced home automation has given the option to connect the digital home security system to a Wi-Fi network that enables its user to monitor and control the security device using the Smartphone and an app. In the digital home security market the entry level systems include window and door sensors, a motion detector, and a hub that communicates with these devices using one or more wireless protocols such as Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi or a proprietary mesh Network. To provide extra coverage to your home you can use additional door and window sensors and to build a comprehensive system that includes door locks, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, lights, sirens, garage door opener, water sensors, smoke/Co detectors and more.
Wireless protocols play an important role on the integrated digital home security system so some of the factor that needs to be considered is the power requirements, signal range, price and size. For example Zigbee or Zwave technologies are used by smaller components such as window sensors that requires less power and can be powered by small batteries. Even in mesh topology it can extend the range of network device. With the range of Wi-Fi you will get the best bandwidth which is useful for the smooth video streaming from the camera in other devices used in security fat pipe. Moreover, Zigbee and Z-Wave devices use AES 128 encryption and they operate in a closed system with a dedicated hub and it offers more security and Wi-Fi devices. The best part about the digital home security system is that most of the components are customizable and work together in a seamless environment. Some of the device recorded video locally on SD card while other offers the option of cloud system. The app helps to control the features of home automation device like view live and recorded videos, lock and unlock doors, change silence alarm and thermostat settings.
DIY Home Security Solution Systems
Do-It-Yourself security systems are best for low budgets because they save a lot on the installation charges and subscription fees. The best part with the DIY home security systems are that they are easy to install and can be configure according to one’s personal needs. The option of customization helps you to cope up with your needs cause as your needs grows for a particular product you can easily convinced and pair them with the system to expand your security coverage. In the basic entry level your choices may be limited due to the availability of a selected product but with going on with higher range you will get a multiple choice of customization on your product.
There are several sensors out there but The Passive Infrared sensors are most common as these sensors are used to detect the body heat. These sensors are best for the home security as these are cost effective and work well in indoor environment. For outdoor environment active motion sensors are best as they emit microwaves to detect movement but are prone to false alarm. So to avoid the possibility of raising false alarm a dual motion sensor is a better option as it works well both indoor and outdoor much more effectively. The placement of the hub is another thing that should be considered when building out your DIY system. The main hub requires a wired connection to the router and it should be close proximity to the router for better connectivity. The indoor and outdoor camera mostly run on AC power and requires access to a wall outlet. Though this isn’t much of a issue with a indoor camera but with the camera positioning outside largely depends on the accessibility of a sufficient power supply.
A Video Doorbell
A Video Doorbell is a home security device that gives you the option to see who’s at your door without having to open or even getting closer to the door. This device works on a Wi-Fi connectivity to which it is connected and sends you an alert when someone approaches the doorway. The video doorbell starts recording as someone approaches the door through its motion sensor and the person living inside could easily communicate with the visitor via phone. Video doorbell like SkyBell HD which is recommended best according to the editors’ choice are fairly easy to install but then there are door bells available that are powered by battery. Most of this doorbells work effectively on smart devices such as door locks and sirens and support IFTTT and Alexa voice commands.