7 Security Starter Kits For Your Smart Home
9 Starter Kits That Boost Your Home Security System Kits In 2023
Home security kits have become a thing of must have since the rise of burglary and car vandalism in Nigeria.
For this reason, many Nigerians live in gated estates, own security dogs, install burglar-proofing on windows, and hire security guards.
While a combination of these elements is helpful, it is also beneficial to introduce technology into your home security for full control.
In this post, we discuss the 7 ultimate security starter kits for your home:
1) Security Cameras (CCTV)
CCTV cameras are usually the first security starter kits we recommend for smart homes surveillance.
They are the third eyes of homeowners, especially at their most vulnerable moments.
They can also serve as deterrents to intruders, as the sight of a CCTV makes them reconsider their actions.
CCTVs also present and preserve evidence of incidents within the home.
There are different cameras for different purposes – they include, but not limited to:
- Bullet cameras
- Dome cameras
- PTZ cameras
- Day/Night cameras
- Network cameras.
- Bullet Cameras
These cameras are long and cylindrical. Their strongest feature is they fit with long distant lenses which can monitor objects extremely far away.
- Dome Cameras
Their distinguishing feature is the ability to mask the angle they are facing either indoor or outdoor.
- PTZ Cameras
These are cameras that can move along their axis by tilting and panning with high resolutions.
- Day/Night Cameras
The biggest feature of this home security system camera is its ability to provide clear imagery even in poorly lit conditions. You need this in your home cinema design checklist.
- Network Cameras
They can connect to a secure LAN or Wi-Fi connection for remote monitoring.
2) Door & Window Contacts
The next on the list of home security system kits are the door and window contacts.
We often underestimate these devices despite being the first line of defense for common access points.
They look familiar in the home, making them easily undetectable.
These devices emit an invisible laser that spans across the width of the window and doors, triggering the alarm system when there is a contact.
The modern version of this device uses magnets to align with the doors and windows. We mount them without obstructing movement.
3) Smart Locks & Access Codes
Smart locks and access codes are another of the best home security system kits.
They provide better security for gaining access to your residence, and make life much easier than what conventional keys would provide.
They provide the following benefits:
- Many smart locks have cameras installed for livestreaming when interacting with visitors outside the door.
- They come fitted with speakers to enable two-way dialoguing.
- You can generate different pin codes for various individuals which expire after use or after a set period.
- We can update many of these smart locks over an internet connection, which will limit replacement.
- Most conveniently, you can control these smart locks remotely from your phone.
4) Motion Sensors
Similar to door and window contacts mentioned above, motion sensors detect movements in bigger spaces such as a living area, or in the backyard.
And we can hook them up to motion detector lights and sirens.
The two most common sensors are:
- Passive infrared (PIR) sensors
- Microwave sensors.
a) Passive Infrared Sensors
PIR sensor made the list of the best starter kits for the home security system.
And that’s because the PIR sensor creates a pulse that signals “movement”.
Detectors that use this PIR contain two types of sensors that perform different tasks.
One sensor captures the space under normal circumstances, while the second sensor detects sudden temperature changes in the space.
b) Microwave Sensors
How this sensor works is that it constantly emits micro waves, which bounce off objects and providing a reading of distance.
Once a new object enters the parameter that changes the object’s reflection rate, which registers as motion, therefore triggering the alarm.
5) Security Panels
The security or control panel is the central hub for arming and disarming the alarm system that was triggered by motion detectors and door/window contacts.
Via internet and the table connected, you can monitor this home security system remotely.
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Mockupancy is a type of home security system that can keep track of all lighting, blinds, and video entertainment while a homeowner is away.
When a home owner exits their residence, and put Control-4 in “Away” mode, Control-4 will replay those behaviors throughout your automated home security system (using slightly randomized times).
To an outside observer, it will look just like someone is home, watching your favorite shows and turning lights on and off at the expected times, but with slight variations.
Your Smart Home Pro can set up custom programming or keypad buttons to start recording and playback.
Your Smart Home Pro can also link your home security system with Mockupancy so that it continually learns.
If using keypad buttons, the button it automatically set LED colors red for recording, green for playback, and blue for idle.
A siren is one of the most basic home security kits available in the market that produces a loud noise that stuns intruders when triggered.
Some sirens connect to the local authority’s hotlines to alert them to the property being invaded.
Some sirens also flash continuous lights, creating more attention to the property.
For most cases, it is enough to ward off intruders.
However, a combination of the above mentioned starter kits will boost your home security system.
Reach out to us here to start the conversation about installing these devices in your home.