Wireless IP cameras can be installed inside and outside your home and offer high-quality, digital surveillance. Instead of wondering what caused your back door to trigger, for example, you can see your “wonder dog” force the door open with your own eyes, catching him “red-pawed,”
Because all their devices communicate through radio frequencies in addition to the existing power lines, you always have a back-up should one system fail. Each device repeats the signal it receives from the other three times, thus amplifying the information being conveyed and substantially increasing its range. As an added security feature, every device has a unique ID which prevents hackers from controlling your home.
Lowe’s also has a universal home monitoring service called Iris (www.lowes.com/
The system has motion sensors and window and door contacts that can be tailored to your home’s specific needs. When one is triggered, you receive a text, email, or phone call to alert you of the problem. Install cameras inside your home and use your Smartphone to record video when you need it.
Iris Modes allow you to set multiple devices with one click. Away for the day: touch one button and your motion sensors and alarm are turned on while lights are turned off. Home for the night: motion sensors are toggled off so you don’t inadvertently set off your alarm by going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Build advanced functions using “Magic Rules.” For example, if a motion detector is triggered you can set your cameras to automatically begin recording video. Because you monitor it yourself, you are free of the monthly fees that alarm companies charge, unless you want to use their Premium monitoring services ($10/month), which include saving recorded videos to the web and the ability to notify more people of alarm triggers.
AT&T’s Digital Life, coming to most metropolitan areas in March 2013, promises to provide home security with 24-hour home monitoring for break-ins, fire alarms and medical emergencies, and it’s paired with video monitoring both inside and outside your home. It’ll be IP-based (meaning you can monitor it over the Internet), and includes motion detectors, wirelessly-controlled cameras, security keypads and window and door sensors, integrating them with other home automations. No word yet on pricing for equipment, installation or monitoring.
Something to consider: While many look to DIY home security systems as a way to avoid paying monthly fees for equipment leasing or monitoring, it’s important to note the drawbacks to going solo – just you and your gadgets. When you’re out of town and one of your windows is broken at 3am, it’s up to you to call the cops. Unless you have a Smartphone with great reception, you won’t always be in range of a WiFi signal to check your video feeds. Finally, keep in mind that equipment does age over time and home security isn’t a “set it and forget it” proposition. You will need to maintain your system regularly, checking sensors to ensure they’re working properly.
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