Home Security Systems

Pros and Cons of DIY Home Security Systems

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home security systems are essential devices in making ensuring that the homes, offices and business premises are safeguarded. The DIY systems enable the owners to be aware of the security status of their premises through mobile feeds and live alerts through a smart home integration system. Following the fact that every home has different security needs, the DIY systems come in varying forms to meet these varying needs. DIY for home security can be customized for self-monitoring from alert feeds and video live streams.

General properties of DIY system

Most DIY systems have Z-wave support which is essentially a mesh of network that enables the system to communicate from one appliance to another. The DIY systems have a mode of connecting third-party equipment such as Nest Thermostat or Philip lights that enhance monitoring. Through Z- wave support, DIY devices attain flexibility as they can be placed at any place since Z-wave support has an ability to communicate over long distances. The Z-wave support functions as the internet connection between the DIY devices and has a wider range while compared to Wi-Fi.

DIY systems are easy to install with many taking about an hour for fitting an area of 2000 square-foot home. The quality of the hardware and the software differs from one DIY home security system vendors to the other. The most quality devices offer a quick hardware/software interface and have customized facial recognition and sensor names. They also have instantaneous alerts and notifications.

Effective types of DIY home security systems.

Frontpoint one of the effective DIY system usually sophisticated but an easy self-installation system. The system is customized with a glass sensor, control panel, four access sensors. The Frontpoint system has a professional subscription fee for monitoring with monthly plans ranging from a minimum of $35 to a maximum of $50.  It has features such as home automation, camera video tracking and storage, and mobile notifications.

Abode home security is a DIY system offers a free monitoring service after installation is made. It has a powerful app, its compatible with voice and third-party devices, easy pairing procedures and sturdy design. Since this version of DIY doesn’t have monthly subscriptions, the user is able to have access to all the features in the mobile app which include push notifications, system controls, and surveillance alerts.

Simplisafe is a DIY package which offers an option for the installer to build a customized home security system. It has a keypad and a hub where the installer can add more sensors and cameras. The system uses a plug and plays mechanism therefore there is usually no software used in pairing the devices neither an app is required.  However, it needs a professional to do the installation. It also needs monthly subscriptions for the client to receive the alerts since it uses a cellular connection. The system doesn’t provide an option of receiving automatic app alerts like in the other internet-based systems.

Scout alarm is a DIY home security system that comes either in custom or pre-made sets. The system comes with one hub and supporting devices according to the installer specifications. This can include motion sensors and door panels. The self-monitoring allows access to the mobile app and alerts at a monthly subscription. The scout alarm also supports third-party devices to attain a more connected security system.

Pros and Cons of DIY Home Security Systems


Having made a brief description of DIY home security systems, it is important to draw some of the advantages and disadvantages that come with the installation of these systems.

PROS of DIY Home Security Systems

The DIY systems are relatively cheap especially in comparison with the former traditional security systems. Per security expert from Liquid Image co, the DIY requires low installation workforce like the traditional systems which maintains a low installation fee. The system also has minimal maintenance costs and the client is excepted from monthly fees that accompany alarm system upgrades. The installer also need not wait for the technician to get the installation done which saves on time.

The DIY systems are based on wireless connections. As earlier discussed, the systems are based on Z-wave support which enables internet connection of all the devices attached to the system. The client is, therefore, to keep a track of the home over a computer or even a smartphone app wherever he is under an internet connection. This makes the system to be portable according to the client’s specifications. Since the alarms and devices are wireless, the client can undertake upgrading and expansions in different locations of choice.

Alert notifications and online monitoring enable the client to keep check of their homes from different locations. Through the smart home, application features the user is able to also contact the relevant persons to address the security infringements quite easily unlike the traditional systems. The systems message alerts also keep the user aware of the security status if the home.

CONS of DIY Home Security Systems

As discussed earlier, DIY systems require monthly subscriptions to enable the user to access all the features in the monitoring applications or to have a message and notification alerts. This makes it expensive in the payment of monthly subscriptions. Where the user is not able to make the installation, there is a further professional installation cost on the part of the user.

Due to the inexperience of the user, a DIY system may be of little benefits to him when it is incorrectly installed. The user upon the wrong installation accesses limited security information through the system leading into underutilization of the system and also limited control of the risk.

DIY system user also bears the repair responsibility of the system upon loss of functionality. Unlike in professional installation where the user is given coverage upon the system dysfunction, in DIY the user takes the whole burden of maintaining the system and upgrading when it becomes necessary. DIY security systems lack well connection to emergency teams such as fire-brigades, medical personnel or security personnel in an event of a threat as it all depends on the users’ contacts. The user has to contact the emergency teams upon emergency which can at times difficult when the smartphone containing the emergency contacts has been held hostage thieves it has been destroyed in the event of fire break up.

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