Choosing The Right Home
Security DIY Connection

Your home security diy alarm can be a wireless, hybrid, or hard-wire connected system. The type of connection you choose will depend on your security needs.

Home security DIY.

Different situations require different security setups. It will also depend on your skill level as the system installer. This can range from some skill required to no installation skills required.

The three types of connections are listed below. Choose the one that works best for you...

Hardwired - Hardwired systems have a reputation of being more reliable and secure. This type of connection also drastically reduces the possibility of false alarms being triggered. They require a higher skill level, and take longer to install.

Wired security system.

Choose a hardwired do-it-yourself home alarm system if you know how to work with tools, and are knowledgeable when it come to passing wires through walls. It helps if you like to work with your hands.

It’s a good time to consider a hardwired home security diy system if you’re in the process of building or renovating your home. You have access to the inside of the walls and can easily pass wires from one wall to the next.

Avoid a wired alarm system if you’re renting a house or an apartment. Once the system is installed, it’s difficult to un-install, and you can’t take the home security wiring with you when you move. The home security devices (the motion detectors, the door contacts, the window contacts, etc) of a hardwired home alarm system have a direct physical connection to the alarm’s central control panel.

Alarm system control panel.

The control panel or metal box is the brain of the hardwired alarm system. It's usually installed in a closet or the basement and it's this direct physical connection that makes them very reliable. Hardwired home security diy alarm systems tend to be a little pricier than wireless or hybrid systems.

Wireless - Wireless home alarm systems are also very reliable. They do however have a slightly higher rate of false alarms than hardwired systems do.

Wireless control panel.

Wireless home security diy alarm systems are very easy to install.  Choose a do-it-yourself wireless home alarm system if you’re not comfortable with the idea of passing wires through walls. Decide upon this type of connection if you prefer a simpler installation.

A wireless do-it-yourself system is a good choice if you want to start with the alarm basics now, and add more home security devices to your system later on. Just make sure that the wireless alarm system’s receiver allows for future upgrades and add-ons.

The wireless home security devices (the motion detectors, the door contacts, the window contacts, etc) come with small battery-operated transmitters that transmit a signal back to the central receiver. They have no direct physical connection to the central receiver (or base station).

Because it is wireless, you can un-install the entire system and take it with you when you move. Being easy to install and uninstall, is one of  the main reasons that wireless security systems have become very popular. The draw-back is that you’ll also have to change the batteries of the wireless home security devices at least once every 5 years. They tend to be the least expensive of all the alarm systems.

Hybrid security.

Hybrid - Hybrid alarm systems include both hardwired and wireless home security devices. Choose a hybrid home security diy alarm system if you live in a home with two or more floors. You can hard-wire the first floor devices for more reliability and use wireless devices for the upper floors.

A typical DIY home security hybrid alarm system includes both a hardwired control panel, and a wireless receiver. Hybrid alarm systems are also very practical in situations where you prefer this kind of dual setup.

Let's say for example that your home has a hardwired alarm system. You've done this on purpose because you want the reliability that hardwired systems are known for. Now let's say you wish to add wireless home security devices (say wireless door contacts) to a backyard shed that’s not physically attached to the house.

A hybrid alarm system allows the house to be hardwired, the shed to be wireless, and eliminates the need for any unsightly wires between the two. Depending on your security needs, one of the three home security diy connections  will work for you.

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