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James Daniel
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Posted - 08/03/2017 :  10:24:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all,
There is a function to be held at our house next month and as a part of it, we are renovating our home. We have decided for security alarm installation. My husband prefers DIY security system as it has an advantage of low maintenance cost. What are the things to be kept in mind while buying a DIY system? Is it really feasible to go with DIY? When I searched online I found that there are a lot of disadvantages of choosing a DIY home security system. It says that DIY system may lack in innovation and we have the repair responsibility. I am in a confusion of choosing one and would like to get your suggestions.
Thanks in advance.

Edited by - James Daniel on 08/09/2017 8:58:42 PM

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Posted - 08/04/2017 :  6:42:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
DIY security systems range from useless to more versatile than pay/month systems. In general, any system less than a few hundred dollars are minimal to useless.

There's no difference in maintenance for any quality system. IMO, the best DIY security system is ELK. You can start with a low cost system and build from there as need and budget allows.

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Geo
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Posted - 08/05/2017 :  11:37:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Installation of a security system is not a big deal, although you still have to know what you're doing - I've seen installations generating a lot of mysterious false alarms when, for example, there was a spot on a wall in a PIR detector's view which changed temperature with sun.
Also, many monitoring stations don't want to monitor DIY systems. A non-monitored system has too many limitations.

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Posted - 08/05/2017 :  1:03:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What are those limitations?

BTW, there are bunches of companies that specialize in monitoring DIY security systems. And most DIY security systems can send an alert to both land line and mobile phones.

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James Daniel
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Posted - 08/09/2017 :  9:00:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all your replies.
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Geo
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Posted - 08/12/2017 :  12:05:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are, essentially, two major groups of problems. One has to do with the audible alarm - in many cases it is ignored and if the system has false alarms people will complain. For an intruder it is also possible to cut the wires to the siren or externally cause the system to alarm until the owner turns it off.
The second group has to do with internal monitors. A monitoring station will know if and when any part of the system no longer operates properly. Without remote monitoring the owner may not pay attention to false codes or in his absence the system just goes down. As well, it is much simpler to identify false alarm causes whether internally or externally generated.
Yes, there are companies not adverse to monitoring any system - it brings revenues, but if there are many false alarms they usually disconnect. A monitoring station has many procedures to follow in case of an alarm, false or bona fide. Else there could be legal repercussions. Police, if they are dispatched to a false alarm put pressure on the monitoring station to fix it or they won't respond any more. In the end it all depends how competent is the person installing the system.

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alex_mercer
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Posted - 09/19/2017 :  12:24:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will be installing a security system at the end of the week. I'm still deciding on which one to buy. It must be easy to do it yourself, right? Even if you get stuck, there must be guides and tutorials, and whatnot.

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Alex
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stusviews
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Posted - 09/19/2017 :  2:09:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Elk is a highly rated DIY security system.

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LoneDadSurvivor
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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  06:41:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can opt to the wireless cams like the Canary with easy to follow installation guide. One thing i don't like much about it though is the cloud subscription. This can probably help.
https://smartrobotichome.com/smart-security-camera-comparison/

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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  11:53:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Elk systems do not require a cloud subscription. Notification can be provided by any or all of a phone call, email, or text message.

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