Setting up a Smart Home? Five Things You Should Know About Security

The advent of the internet has changed the planet earth forever. Within a very short amount of time, humans have become connected on an unprecedented level, allowing us to instantly access information and communicate with people all around the world. So, where do we go from here? Enter the internet of things.

The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interconnected devices that can instantly communicate with each other without human interaction. This concept has some far-reaching implications, but for the average person, it means you can create a “smart home.” A smart home, depending on how it is set up, can perform many functions, like turning on your front light when your smartphone is in range.

Setting up a smart home can be a lot of fun and can transform your home into a technology lovers paradise. It is possible to install mood lighting that can react to music and a house that will obey your voice commands. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of a smart home is the ability to take charge of your home security

Security systems for homes are now not only affordable but have some pretty impressive features. Here are five things you should know if you are setting up a smart home and want to add some security.

You can do it yourself

Gone are the days of complicated and expensive systems that required a professional to install. Modern home security systems are lightweight and are designed to be installed by the home user. Many systems can be purchased as a starter pack and will include the essentials. 

Most of these products are lightweight and require no specialized knowledge to set up.  The corresponding smartphone apps are well designed and easy to understand, even for a complete novice.

They are highly customizable

Units like the Arlo security camera are weatherproof, small, and shoot in high definition. These systems use a mesh network to communicate and can be customized with extra cameras with ease. Other smart security additions like motion sensors and lights can be added to your smart home and even programmed to perform specific functions such as turning on a light when motion is detected.

You can monitor your home remotely

Any home security system worth its salt can be accessed by your smartphone. Most systems will use a smartphone app to set up the system, but the best will allow you to monitor your security cameras directly feed on the app. This direct monitoring is a  convenient feature, especially if you are on holiday but would still like to keep an eye on your home.

They can be relatively inexpensive

Before the arrival of smart home technology, most home security services required the user to subscribe to a security package. The hardware (cameras etc.) were installed for free, with the company recouping its money by charging for a monitoring service, callouts, etc. Modern home security systems are cheap, and if they do require a monthly subscription, it will be a fraction of the price.

They are a deterrent

Home security systems will not physically stop an intruder from entering your home. They are first and foremost a deterrent. Understand this, and you will be in a better position to build a smarter home security system.

The internet has not only changed the way we communicate but the way we interact and utilize our surroundings. A smart home is a brilliant way of taking advantage o all that technology has to offer. Securing your home and being able to monitor it remotely? Sounds pretty smart to me.

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