The abbreviation “DIY” pops up just about everywhere nowadays. From DIY furniture and clothing on Pinterest, to DIY web design or business solutions on LinkedIn, and even in stores, with DIY kits for everything from nail polish to soaps and scrubs. The common element here, and with most DIY products, is the simplicity of the “moving parts” of the DIY project itself. In the tech space, and more specifically, the home security industry, the level of complexity within the products well exceeds that of what would be required to whip up a batch of artisanal soaps with ingredients from the local farmer’s markets. Luckily for the DIY-savvy homeowners around the country, home security companies have begun to shift their offerings towards a simplified system that is much more DIY-friendly.
As home security providers move away from the traditional models and methods of door-to-door sales and installation techs scheduling appointments at customers homes, the current technology that home security systems comes equipped with has allowed for a seamless switch from professional installs to DIY home security system installation. Now that cellular monitoring has reached a level of secureness that has allowed home security companies to “cut the cord” on system installs and move to a wireless monitoring methodology, homeowners are able to have an entire security system send directly to their home, install and configure each item, and have a properly operating home security system without a company tech needing to visit the home.
It’s rare to find someone who hasn’t had to configure a wireless router for his or her Internet, or a HD cable box from his or her cable provider. Home security companies have recognized the public’s increasing acumen for being able to troubleshoot technology-heavy installations/problems and have moved to more of a support role once a home security system has been purchased. With the shift to cellular and wireless connections to communicate across a security system, the installation of these systems no longer requires holes to be cut in walls and wires to be ran all across the home. Now, an installation requires few to no tools, and is often as simple as peeling off the backing from an adhesive on each sensor or monitor.
As more and more home security systems shift from utilizing a in-home control center to smartphones and tablets, DIY installation is able to be guided and monitored through the provider’s app. As each element of the home security system is being set up and configured through the monitoring app, companies are able to test connections and responsiveness to ensure the homeowner that the specific piece of the system is operating correctly. If there is an error, these monitoring apps are able to immediately provide the homeowner with a troubleshooting solution that will get them right back up to speed.
Most of the major home security companies are now currently offering a DIY-installed version of their products. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the best companies currently on the market.
SimpliSafe’s no-contract services are appealing to many homeowners who are looking to add additional layers of security to their home, while keeping monthly monitoring costs low. SimpliSafe does offer monitoring, but it can be turned on and off as the customer pleases. The ease of setting up a SimpliSafe system allows customers to regularly rearrange or add products to their home security system, and if they happen to not be satisfied with the products, the company offers a 60 day money-back guarantee.
For the homeowner who is glued to their smartphone, iSmartAlarm is the perfect home security system. Customers are able to control their entire system from their smartphone, without the need to subscribe to any sort of monthly monitoring plans. iSmartAlarm also offers a variety of cameras to add to your security system, which is paired with free cloud storage. Certain models of the iSmartAlarm cameras also include local storage options.
Fully-Customized Home Security System
As smart home products continue to grow in popularity, many homeowners have elected to piece their home security systems together by purchasing only the smart home devices that they’d like to have. Nest has become a leader in smart home security, with offerings such as the Nest Cam (indoor & outdoor versions available), as well as the Nest Protect, which is a smoke and cO2 alarm. The main draw for homeowners choosing Nest products is the compatibility of the product line with other smart home security products, including the Philips Hue smart light bulbs, the Skybell video doorbell, and the August Smart Lock. By utilizing a variety of smart home devices for home security, homeowners are able to control each device through their smartphone, without the need to install additional equipment that they may not require.