home automation and security

wireless security home

Professional installation was practically the only way to put in a home security system 15 years ago. Technology has come such a long way that DIY systems can offer the same level of security and often more with a self installed system. Further, there can be additional benefits to a DIY system because they’re typically much easier to transfer to another home if you move. For someone looking for a more complex setup like home automation, or someone that wants a trained expert to make the recommendation for the setup, expert installation is a great option. We’ve found that most people that were apprehensive about self installing a home security system actually ended up finding the process very easy. There are companies out there like Frontpoint that are known to be particularly helpful in this stage. Handsfree features usually work in conjunction with your mobile device and/or your home automation system. Of course, you know you can use the voice option with Alexa and other home automation systems to control your equipment. But some security systems also have a handsfree feature that will work with your mobile device or a key fob to detect when you are within range of your system. And when you are within that range, it will automatically unlock your door and disarm your security system for you, handsfree. So if this is a convenience factor you’d like to have, then yes, you do need to look for a system that has handsfree options.

affordable home security

I also like that the Nest Secure system is super minimalist with only five components. In a smaller space, the last thing you want to be bogged down with is an extensive security system. Nest Secure will blend right into your space. Brinks has integrations with Google Home making it easy to vocally control your system. I purchased Brinks Home Complete with Video, which includes the Brinks Home Touch, a SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell, a glass break detector, and a cellular communicator. Installation is DIY, although you’ll have some help over the phone, and professional monitoring is not required!However, if you do choose professional monitoring, Brinks only offers binding three year contracts, a definite drawback. On a more positive note, Brinks has a 4. 1 Google rating and excellent customer support reviews. To control and monitor your system, you’ll use the Alarm. com app, which has ratings of 4. 4 on both the Apple and Google Play stores.