Home Networking Devices
How to Stay Connected to Security
September 20, 2018
Setting up a home networking system for security or peace-of-mind purposes can seem like a daunting task. There are ways to do it yourself or go the professional route—it all depends on your level of knowledge and comfort with the process. Once it’s set up, you’ll have a way to sync the different devices around your home to, hopefully, make your life easier and/or connect to those who can provide more help.
Home Networking for Security
If you’re thinking about setting up a home network for security purposes, ask yourself a few questions first:
- What is the main purpose of this system? Is it to monitor one room or the whole home?
- Do you want to be alerted or the police to be notified of any activity?
- What are the pros and cons of each system if you rent or own your home? How easy will it be to transfer a system when you move?
- What’s included in each system?
- What’s the upfront and monthly charges?
DIY vs. Professional Home Networking
Adding alarm systems throughout your home can be as simple or complicated as you and your budget would like. Plug in a wireless camera that connects to a smartphone app, or syncs multiple cameras in different rooms to a central station monitoring system. Either way, you’re more secure than if you don’t set anything up.
If you go the easier, DIY route, you’ll still need a wireless device and internet connection. These are simple to set up and maintain. The internet provider can help set up your network box, and the security device should have easy-to-follow instructions. If you end up moving, you can usually take these devices with you and re-sync it all at your next location.
The more involved monitoring system may require extensive network connections throughout your home. Some companies include installation in the price. But then remember you still have an activation fee, monthly fee, service charge, relocation fee if you want to take your system with you when you move, and/or a cancellation fee.
For any other questions about home networking, contact the security specialists at Security Five.