A well thought out home security system is the core of keeping your home safe and sound and allowing you to sleep peacefully at night. But nowadays, alarm systems have evolved to do a lot more than just keeping your home and family safe. With them, you won’t just feel protected, but you’ll also feel connected.
One of the highlights of those systems is the ability to send notifications, and it’s a feature that’s going to give you something no other system can – the ability to instantly react, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
A good smart security system will keep you informed of things that are happening at home. But that’s not just unwanted events. It will let you know that your kids got home from school, that your delivery person brought you your package, and that your dog walker returned your pet at home.
What Do You Need?
In order to get notifications from your home security system, you’ll want all the devices that comprise that system to be connected to the internet. We’re talking cameras, motion sensors, smart locks, video doorbells, door and window sensors, everything. And this applies both for DIY solutions, or for alarm systems that are professionally monitored.
The good thing is that today’s technological advancements mean that you will actually get all these things for a pretty reasonable price. Yes, they’re going to set you back a few hundred dollars, but is that a lot for peace of mind? No, not at all.
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One thing that nitpicky users might not like is that most of the connected devices nowadays only work on a 2.4GHz network. While this is still pretty much the standard, a lot of users of high-speed internet rely on 5GHz routers in order to get the most out of their ISP. It’s a good thing that most, if not all, routers that support a 5GHz network, also support a 2.4GHz one, so all you’ll need to do is set one up. If you want to, you can even connect your devices to it and then hide it, to make sure others can’t find it and cause issues.
A good suggestion here would be to go for devices that are all made by the same brand. Even though you might think that some brands are better at some things, but worse at others, there are a lot of conveniences when you have everything made by the same brand. There’s consistency across the apps, and you might even get to control all devices from a single app.
When Are Wireless Systems Most Useful?
Make no mistake, any good wired system will let you know something is happening when you’re at home, especially if you’re actually watching the cameras. But let’s be honest, even when we’re at home, how many of us actually sit and watch the security cameras, waiting for something to happen? And even if you do that once in a while, how are you going to do that when you’re in the office or vacationing across the globe? You can’t. Well, at least not with a conventional security system.
With wireless home security, however, things are different. The devices are connected to the internet, which means that you’ve got access to them from pretty much anywhere in the world. You want to know when your kid got home from school, but you’re at work? Just connect to your home security system and check the smart lock to see when they typed in their PIN code. Want to see how the babysitter is treating your toddler? Connect and open the cameras’ live view. Simple as that.
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Yes, we’re going back to the same thing we mentioned, but the key thing about a smart, wireless system is the notifications. The devices you’ll be using are armed with sensors. From motion sensors to proximity sensors and magnetic fields for the door and window sensors, they know how things look like when your home is safe and nobody is tampering with it. But if any change happens, you will know, within the minute, because your system can send you a notification on your phone regardless of where you are. It gives you the opportunity to connect to it, and see what’s happening in your home. If something needs to be done, whether you need to go home instantly, or you need to call the police or fire department, you’ll be able to react quickly and make sure things don’t become worse than they are.
To wrap things up, you might think that a wireless home security system isn’t too necessary. But you’d be very, very wrong, as it’s one of the best things that have happened to the home security industry in the past few years.