Choosing a wireless home security system can be difficult. There are many options to choose from and some of them are fairly expensive. This article will review the major wireless home security systems and recommend which wireless home security system may be best for your situation. Remember that one size may not fit all when buying a home security system. First, let’s identify what you are trying to accomplish. Answer these questions:
1. Are you going to be in your house for a while? Most security system companies require you to sign up for a multi-year contract. ADT will let you roll your contract over to a new house if you want to move during that time. However, think about this, they will likely require you to sign up for another several year contract because that is how they pay for the cost of the security equipment.
2. What features would you use most on your security system. I would recommend having a security system with two keypads. That is good so that you can put one keypad in your bedroom and then one keypad when you first come into your house. This is nice because let’s say that someone breaks into your house at night, you want to be able to look at the alarm and tell roughly where they are at in your house. Did they come in through the back door, the front door, is the motion detector going off, or is it something else. The keypad can tell you where the intruder came into the house.
3. Do you need a professionally monitored security system? The monthly fee you pay covers the salaries for the people that monitor your house. It is also paying for the security equipment that you had installed. This is the same way that cell phone contracts work. Now, you can also buy your own security system and install it yourself. This is a nice option if you want to offer an intrusion prevention system. Someone comes into your house, the alarm goes off and they get scared away. The benefit of having a monitored system is that the police are dispatched. Now, you can setup your system at home to alert you with an email and then you can call the police. There’s nothing wrong with that setup as well. But what if you can’t call the police. What if someone breaks into your house to take you captive and you hit the panic button on your security system? In that case, you don’t have the time to ask the burglar to wait a moment while you call the police. You are busy fighting the intruder. If you are a handy person and you can do some construction work yourself, then by all means install the system yourself. Many of the new systems are wireless so you don’t need to drill holes into your walls or get involved in much more than mounting some panels. This could save you a large monthly fee. However, let’s take the flip side of this as well. You have to buy the security equipment. How expensive is security equipment? It is going to run several hundred dollars. Now it is nice to pay for that over some time with a contract.
Now, let’s look at some popular wireless security systems. Let’s first start with the do it yourself options. The first one to be reviewed is theSkylink SC-1000 Complete Wireless Alarm System. This system can be purchased from Amazon for $139 dollars. At first, that might seem expensive, but consider that you don’t have to keep paying an alarm company money for monitoring. However, how will you know when there is a robbery at your house if you are not there. Here are the features of this security system:
Reliable, Cutting-Edge System Uses Trouble-Free Wireless Connections
Keep your home or business safe and secure with this reliable, cutting-edge wireless security system. The SC-1000 utilizes innovative technology with trouble-free wireless connections to provide security, making it a great choice for protecting against intruders and safeguarding in case of an accident, fire, flood, or other emergency.
Do-it-Yourself Security Eliminates the Need for Monitoring Fees
The SC-1000 is a do-it-yourself system, which means you can easily install it yourself and then use it without paying monitoring fees or registering with an alarm company. To arm or disarm, you simply enter your personal code or use the keychain transmitter.
What’s in the Box
Alarm with control panel (SC-001); one motion sensor (PS-434A); two door/window sensors (WT-433); one keychain transmitter (4B-434); one emergency dialer (AD-433S); two adapters; three nine-volt alkaline batteries; three 12-volt alkaline batteries; phone line; instruction manual; and warranty card.
So what do people think about this system. Let’s take an honest look at the worst review it had:
We bought this system to monitor our travel trailer while parked outside of our house during a remodel. We have 110v to the trailor so the system doesn’t have to run from it’s own batteries all of the time. The door sensors and motion detector are easy to mount, even in a trailer. Programming the base key pad is a snap and the remote control is great. With the remote, I don’t really ever use the key pad. The alarm is painfully (literally) loud when it goes off. The system even has entry delays and one can program all of the input devices to a selected zone – delayed or instant.
My one complaint – the dialer functionality. The concept of the dialer is great. It will call your phone when the alarm goes off. The draw back is you have to turn it off and on seperately from the rest of the system. It does not “talk” with the remote or the keypad. Also, It will dial when anything is tripped, even when the system is not armed. It will dial if the system is set to monitor only the doors but the motion detector is activated (the “at home” setting). The only solution is to keep the dialer off when anything could be tripped and only turn it on when you leave. Also, if we arm the system for the doors only and one of the dogs activates the motion detector while we are gone…guess what. We get dialed. That is so annoying. The only work around is to hide the motion detector when we are gone.
UPDATE: After reading some truely helpful comments to the above review, I have reprogrammed the system and deleted all of the sensors except the main control panel from the dialer and that has solved the excessive calls. Now, my suggestion would be to clarify the instructions – which provide directions for registering the sensors before registering the panel. I am a very step by step person and I just followed the directions not realizing registering a device was optional and what impact that would have on the system as a whole.
Wow, so first a few comments on that. It sounds like that this product is not actually that bad. The user just didn’t install it according to the instructions or the instructions were lacking. The question is, are you okay with that. Would you feel safer if someone came into your house and setup the whole alarm system for you or are you ok figuring out stuff like that. Most people want someone to setup the system for them. That’s something you have to consider when purchasing a Do-It-Yourself system like this.