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Is Your Home Safe? — Our Guide to Understanding Home Security

Home safety has always been important!

What used to be a piece of wood or a measly metal clasp to keep a door locked and dangers out, has now become more durable doors and stronger locks. We’ve improved out homes with better glass, windows with locks, and doors with more than one lock to keep out experienced burglars.

The point is, we don’t stop adapting and growing with the society around us. As we develop into a very technical world, we need more tech to keep up and keep safe.

The good news is,  it’s easier than ever to keep safe!

Discover everything you need to know about smart and secure homes with our guide to understanding home security.

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Smart homes are becoming the norm, and it is now affordable for most people to set up their wired alarm systems using these smart home features.

Depending on personal needs, you can either set up a home-security system that is independent and connected directly with you, or you can have a system that has professional home monitoring.

Two Types of Home Security Systems

1. Independent Home Security Systems

This type of security system could be as small as having a nanny-cam in your living room connected to your personal device. Even this small home-security can make it easy to check on babysitters, your kids, and your home.

Independent systems can also be much more complex, with several cameras—even one’s that are specifically designed to recognize family faces and will alert you if something it doesn’t recognize is in or around your home.


2. Professional Home- Monitoring Security Systems

Homeowners can also go for professional home-monitoring where experts keyed in on your security system will notify police or the fire-department if any alarms go off.

Luckily there are many different options, equipment, and cost-levels to fit your specific family-security and budget needs.

Your Home Security Hub Starts With WiFi

woman using her smart home hub

Smart home security starts with your Wi-Fi home network, so it is important to have a good connection.

Most smart-home security involves a central hub that everything is connected to. It communicates with all the smart home devices using a protocol such as Z-Wave or Wi-Fi.

This ability to interconnect devices lets you add new security aspects to the home as budget allows, from door and window sensors to cameras around and outside the house.


There are Four Main Smart Home Protocols

Homeowners typically pick from four main protocols:

  1. X10
  2. Z-Wave
  3. UPB
  4. EnOcean.


1. X10

Uses power lines mainly for its communication to devices, and it is efficient and reliable. X10 has been a well-established protocol since 1975, and it has a wide variety of home automation tech available. It has also established itself as a more affordable protocol with the availability of inexpensive smart tech compared to some others.


2. Z-Wave

This is a popular choice because it takes up less band (908 MHz vs. 2.4 GHz), and it isn’t really affected by interference or other activities.

Additionally, Z-Wave is great for its interoperability. So it’s going to work with Z-Wave devices that are a decade old as well as a new product with very few limits. All Z-Wave devices work together regardless of the version or brand. And there really are a wide range of home automation devices to choose from for Z-Wave.


3. UPB (Universal Powerline Bus)

The UPB is a power-line communication between all the smart tech in home automation. UPB communicates over power lines which makes it very reliable, and it’s very easy to put together as far as DIY home automation goes. It is more efficient than X10, yet there aren’t many products on the market in comparison, making it a little less easy to fit into budgets and style.


4. EnOcean

This option has made its mark as being an energy harvesting wireless technology. Being self-powered means less installation and cost for you.  Energy management and efficiency seems to be their goal with battery-less and wireless solutions for home automation.

Adding Smart Tech To Your Hub

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Smart home tech is abundant in possibilities!

To give you just a few ideas there are:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostats
  • Water leakage sensors
  • Smart locks
  • Alarms
  • And more!


Because not all home security has to do with intruders, additional alarms and sensors are an integral and important part of home security systems.

Many systems feature a mobile app which allows you to use your smartphone to watch live video feed, trigger or disarm alarms, lock/unlock doors, change the temperature of your home, and other custom modifications.

Some systems even come with an in-home panel which lets you do everything your phone does and even allows you to communicate with a monitoring company if an alarm goes off.

Smart Tech Storage Options - where to put the camera footage

Local Storage or Cloud Storage?

As far as storage for camera footage goes, there are a few options. Most people either store it locally on an SD or solid state drive, or they store it with cloud storage.


Local Storage

While local storage is more budget-friendly, it may have less storage room and homeowners have to be more meticulous about what feed they choose to overwrite.


Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is nice to store recorded footage, but it usually comes with a hefty subscription fee depending on how much storage you purchase.

Keeping Your Home Security System Secure

If you want to go the self-installation way, then SimpliSafe and iSmartAlarm are well known for budget smart homes. However, they don’t always have all the cameras and perks that come with more expensive systems—such as being able to monitor smoke alarms and the temperature of your home.


Wi-Fi Home Security

Wi-Fi driven cameras are often used, however, they have come under a lot of scrutiny lately. 

Wi-Fi gives benefits such as streaming video, and real-time security on your phone of all your cameras at home. It also tends to be an affordable option in smart home security.

Unfortunately, they are also prone to hackers who can steal your photos, replace them with theirs, and even spy using your very own cameras.

Most of the time these problems come from systems that don’t have you set up a password or if the homeowner sets up a very weak password.

So don’t let this scare you away from experimenting and finding out what works for you. It just takes research to set up a secure smart home yourself.


Professional Home Security

Of course the most secure way is most likely going to be in a higher price range and with professional home-security teams monitoring your home.

But it’s not necessary to go that way if you don’t want to spend the money. There are so many secure options for your smart home. It’s just a matter of figuring out what works best for you and your budget.

Why Home Security Matters

Smart home security is more than just a fad. It is an investment in the future. Not just the future of society, but the future of your family and their continued safety.

With smart tech alarms and sensors, homeowners can know immediately if there is a fire while they’re away on vacation and get help there much faster, possibly saving lives and valuables.

Homeowners can also keep an eye on babysitters and kids coming home from school while the parents are still at work. Families are warned with smart tech when there are rising carbon monoxide levels at night or if there are potential disastrous leaks in the pipes.

Whatever the issue, smart tech and smart home security is the way to keep your family safe and your home a haven.

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