Whoever you are I’m guessing you’ve got a lot of electronics in the house (especially if you’re reading this blog). Plus, your house contains the most valuable things ever: the lives of you and your family members. So protecting your home with a security system is basically a no-brainer.
It’s actually pretty easy to install your own home security system — take it from me. I did it not long ago and was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I actually had. I didn’t have to hire anyone or even give support a call. I installed a more traditional security setup with lots of sensors and cameras and what not — similar to the first two options listed here — and it took me 30-45 minutes of setup when it was all said and done.
And with Apple’s HomeKit efforts coming to fruition, it’s going to be easier than ever to control the “smart” devices in your home.
So here’s my list of the 5 best do-it-yourself home security systems. As always, design matters greatly here on DailyTekk so you won’t find plenty of other systems you might have come across in your research; so many were just too ugly. There are a great variety of features and approaches represented here from comprehensive security systems with all the bells and whistles to simple and easy to install systems. Take your pick!
Like many do-it-yourself home alarm or security systems, the Scout Alarm features the basic elements/components: a hub, HD cameras, door and window sensors, a key fob and motion detectors. Unlike almost every other security system on the planet (DIY or otherwise), the Scout Alarm system looks really, really nice. It even features wood-looking panels as an option of some of the sensors to better match your house (because nobody likes a white or black box sitting on their door that sticks out like a sore thumb).
Abode is another DIY alarm system that looks really nice (seriously, most home security systems are butt ugly). The Gateway hub — the brains of the system — is highly redundant and laughs in the face of emergencies. It’s got a 12-hour backup battery built in and can use 3G to communicate with the other system components in case WiFi, Z-Wave or Zigbee are out of commission. The Abode’s ...