There was a time when your only option was to have someone come into your home to install a security system and then be signed up to an expensive long term contract that you couldn’t get out of. That has all changed in recent times with the advent of DIY wireless home security systems where you can effectively protect your home without all that cost.
You only need to pay for the equipment without being tied into a monitoring contract. Instead of paying someone else to monitor your system you can self-monitor it. Wireless systems have a number of advantages over hardwired in that it is portable, easy to install and can be set up in a few hours by most people.
In selecting the DIY systems I looked at the best selling ones on Amazon, Walmart and various home security stores sites to come up with my short list. I compared them in detail by tracking their features with the help of a spreadsheet so I could see how they compare side by side. I read through the customer reviews, compiled ratings from the sites, read through their product manuals and asked questions of the manufacturers if there was anything I didn’t understand.
The top 3 wireless DIY home security systems are:
Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System
The Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System is a well-designed system that you can get with professional monitoring by paying a monthly fee without a contract and can be cancelled at any time. The fees range from $14.99 to $24.99. This makes it a good system for those wanting the added security of professional monitoring without a long term commitment.
It uses the cellular network to send notifications to the outside world. The starter kit includes 4 window/door contacts, 1 motion sensor, 1 remote, 1 base station that includes an 85 decibel siren and 1 keypad.
To get the self-monitoring features you do need to pay the monthly fee otherwise you will have a standalone alarm system where you are reliant on neighbors to notify emergency services when you are not at home.
Fortress Security Store S02B Wireless Home Security Alarm System Kit
The Fortress Security Store S02B Wireless Home Security Alarm System Kit is a basic alarm kit that includes a good number of security devices as part of the kit. It is a no frills package. It sends a recorded voice message over a landline or VOIP to your nominated phones and gives the option to listen in.
The system includes a control panel, 10 window/door contacts, 3 motion sensors, 3 key fob remotes, 1 panic button, 1 external alarm and 1 internal alarm
If you want a system that will get the job done and don’t want anything fancy this is certainly a system to go for and it comes with a company that has an excellent customer service reputation. It can be used for your home or apartment or even a holiday home. It is an affordable solution that you can monitor yourself.
Skylink SC-1000 Complete Wireless Alarm System
The Skylink SC-1000 Complete Wireless Alarm System is another good basic home security system that can be relied upon when you need it. It dials out using your landline or VOIP and plays back a recorded message to you.
This kit includes a control panel, emergency dialer, 1 motion sensor, 2 window/door contacts, 1 keychain remote. By having the dialer separate to the control panel means that if the control panel is destroyed during a break in the system can still get the message out.
The kit itself is good for a small apartment. For most homes it could be used as starting point and then add more window/door contacts to cover your entry points. It makes a good choice as an affordable security system that you self-monitor.
The criteria I used to assess these systems were
Ease of installation And Set Up – The first thing I looked for in researching customer reviews was that it was easy to setup and could be installed by people with few DIY or technical skills. It had to be easy for the average person.
Backup Power – In the event of a power outage it is important that the system has a backup power source so that it continues to operate.
Batteries – The sensors use batteries to power them. The systems were selected so that the batteries were easy to replace, could be found at a number of different stores and wouldn’t cost a fortune.
Use Landline Or VOIP Or Cellular To Dial Out – These are the most reliable ways for a security system to dial out. They are not reliant on the internet being available and supplier’s server being available when there is an emergency to get the message out.
Cellular is preferable to landline as it more difficult to tamper with, as you cut simply cut the connection with a pair of scissors.
Many new wireless systems use the internet for notification and monitoring. This gives you many great features but if there is a power cut or the internet is down or the suppliers site is not working it won’t dial out. When the internet connection is lost the system itself does not work, so I have not included them in my listing of the best systems.
A Proven Track Record – Although there have been a number of innovations in home security I was more interested in looking at companies that had been around for a few years and had stood the test of time.
Remote Monitoring – The system needs to be able to notify your phone and the others to let you know there is an incident by text or voice message, so you can take the appropriate action based on your assessment of the situation.
No Contract Required – Many systems sold today require you to sign up for a long-term monitoring contract of 1 to 3 years at least that can make a system too expensive for many. The systems selected here do not require you to sign up and you only need pay for the equipment however, with Simplisafe2 to add professional monitoring and self-monitoring you are required to pay a monthly fee (no contract is required).
Able to Build It Piece By Piece – These systems come as starter kits and can be added piecemeal as you want to add security devices as your lifestyle changes or as your budget allows.
Wireless Sensors – The system communicates with itself by way of radio transmitters. These security sensors are battery powered. The control panel is plugged in to the house supply and may plug into the phone system.
Good Support – It is important that the systems have at least one year manufacturer’s warranty and they stand by it and send out replacement parts quickly. Also I looked for manufacturers that provided help promptly when installing and setting up the system and if there were problems later.
The wireless DIY home security systems I’ve selected here all have great customer reviews. The systems come pre-programmed to work out of the box and don’t require too much setup. They give you a solution to secure your home that is affordable and can be relied on to protect your home.
These systems protect your home without the need to have strangers come into your home to drill into your walls and run cables.
They can be set up by most people in just a few hours and have your home protected. They are portable and you can easily relocate sensors in your home when you want to secure different areas.
If you don’t want to be stuck with a long-term contracted monthly fee nor the stress of people making changes to your home a DIY home security system is an effective way to secure your home. As well as for home owners it makes a good choice for renters as a wireless system won’t damage the walls too much and it can be taken with you.
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