One of the biggest crazes to hit the home security scene in the last decade or so is the DIY security system. DIY stand for Do It Yourself. These wireless security systems can easily be installed by the homeowner without the need for any experience or a “technician”. Do it yourself security system installations are fairly simply and not at all time consuming. Here are the major steps to installing a DIY security system.
Purchase A DIY Security System!
Of course, this one is pretty obvious! You must first purchase your DIY security system from one of the top security companies. You can read our security system reviews to find more information on the best security systems and companies.
Plug In Your Control Panel
When you first get your security system the first step is usually to plug in your Control Panel. All you need is a simple, standard plug for power. Most Control Panel’s can sit nicely on a tabletop, counter, or desk. The nice thing about the Control Panel only needing power is that you can place it anywhere in your home. If you plan on using your online/remote access primarily to arm/disarm the security system you can put your Control Panel virtually anywhere. If you like to use the keypad you can set your Control Panel somewhere near your most used entry door.
Place Your Wireless Sensors
The next step is to go around and place your wireless security system sensors. These pieces of security system equipment are what catch intruders and trigger alerts. You’ll usually put a sensor on each entry door first and foremost. Next you can place motion sensors on the wall, or glass break sensors, whichever you have decided to go with.
If you have any window sensors you can put these up as well. Make sure to jot down where each sensor is placed so you can keep track. Some companies will label each sensor with a number so it’s easy to keep track of. This will allow you to rename your sensors later and make it easier to manage arming modes and setting.
Check To Make Sure Everything Is Installed
Once you have placed your sensors it’s time to go around and make sure they are all in the correct place and are holding firm. With DIY security systems most sensors use a strong double sided adhesive, but it’s important to get them sticking in place initially.
Call The Security Company For Activation
Once you have installed your Control Panel and sensors it’s time to call the security company to have your DIY security system activated. This should be a fairly short call where the company rep walks through each sensor with you to make sure it is communicating effectively. They will also check signals from your Control Panel to make sure it is working correctly. Once that is done they will officially “activate” your system and you’re fully protected!
These are the primary steps to installing a DIY security system. This may vary with some companies but is the general way you install a DIY security system. If you have further questions about DIY security systems be sure to check out our security system reviews and continue to follow our security system blog