How to find Best DIY home automation security system? 2024 Guide

If you are automating your home and you haven't added security devices to it, then your home will be missing major things.

As the Security system is the Crucial part of the security concern of a Home Automation.

This guide is all about how to build a better security system for your home. Any smart home automation system needs a great platform that can handle multiple systems perfectly.

If you want to read, we have written a complete guide on DIY Home Automation - How to set up home automation? Complete Guide for Beginners

    What are home automation and security system?

    How to find Best home automation security system?

    A home security system is a network of multiple sensors and cameras that are connected and controlled by a Hub device for your home.

    This home security system is an integral part of Smart Home automation. Normally, security systems have motion sensor devices, security cameras, sirens & more.

    For all device's centralized control, you will need to connect them with Hub.

    These are the basic security monitoring devices, you can integrate those devices through Hub and make a complex network to make your home well protected.

    You can build DIY home security systems using IoT, and control this device using your Computer or Mobile.

    Or we have to Buy Smart home security devices which are just like Plug and play devices. You just need to connect it to your smart home platform and start using it.

    Or you can hire a Smart home automation agency and they will set up all the things for you.

    But this is a bit expensive way to automate your security devices. So I would suggest, If you have that much budget to hire someone, then only go for that.

    If you want to buy smart home security systems, there are plenty of options are available to enable smart security systems-based homes.

    You can choose from popular security device providers like Nest security devices, Ring, Abode, guardline, lifeshield, and SimpliSafe.

    If you purchase services or products from security device manufacturing companies, they will also provide monitoring services.

    There are so many Home security system provider brands, but here we've selected the best from those for our readers.

    All the brands offer almost similar kinds of Devices like Base stations(Hub Devices), Door & Motion Sensors, Cameras, Smart Keypad locks, Key Fob, etc.

    A platform for smart home security

    Before building the entire smart home security system we'll need to choose which platform will be the best suited for the home security systems.

    You can choose Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung smartthings, or Apple HomeKit. All of these platforms support almost all popular smart home devices.

    For a more detailed understanding, read our DIY Home automation beginners guide!

    The Hub devices or base stations need to be there in your home. This Hub will act as a mediator between the Smart Integration Platform and Security devices.

    DIY Home security systems with cameras

    DIY Home security systems with cameras

    If you are not buying any subscription services from smart home agencies, then you can try Do-It-Yourself products for smart home security systems.

    DIY Security Systems are cheaper than Smart home services which also take charges for installations and other services that you can do by yourself.

    First, we'll see smart security cameras. Ring, SimpliSafe, and Nest are the best Smart security camera providers in my opinion. 

    Click here for a list of the best Security devices.

    Take the security camera of your choice. Connect it with base stations or Hub devices. Now Hub devices will take care of all the installed cameras.

    It will communicate with your Integration platform and will store data, video footage & pictures.

    All these activities will be monitored by those respective companies. But they will charge you on a monthly basis for these services.

    If you don't want to pay any money to them, then you can also have the option to connect a USB Drive or SD card with a Camera.

    Those Home Security cameras provide features like Full HD, 2K, 4K video and audio recording, Night vision, Interactive microphones and speakers by using which you can directly communicate with the person who is near the camera.

    Even you can view live footage of the security camera from your smartphone or any other smart device. Ring the Siren when needed and all of this is now possible through Smart home security systems.

    DIY Home security systems with sensors

    Now, Sensors. Sensors are one of the most important devices while setting up the smart home security system. It is must needed security device.

    Along with smart security cameras, the sensors are used to capture someone's presence.

    Mainly in-home security system sensors are of two types: Motion sensors and another one is Door/Windows sensors.

    DIY Home security systems with sensors

    Motion sensors:

    Motion sensors are used to detect the presence of anyone who is trying to come into your room, outdoors, or in your garden.

    A motion sensor is a simple device that emits waves in a particular direction and if someone comes into the range of waves, it rings an alarm or siren.

    Motion sensors are mostly used in Living rooms and in the Backyard. You can smartly use motion sensors to make your daily life much simpler.

    E.g. Place a Motion sensor 10 m from your door. If anyone tries to reach your doorstep, the siren or alarm will ring and you will get notified that someone is on your door.

    There so many cool ideas that you can use with Motion sensors to improve the security of your home.

    Door/Windows Sensors:

    Door/Windows sensors are the two-piece sensing device that continuously transmits waves from transmitter to receiver. If someone breaks that cycle, it tells us that someone opened a Door or a Window. 

    You can integrate the use of Motion sensors and Door sensors at the same time by using the smart platform.

    First place Motion sensors around your home and now set up the Door & window sensors.

    It works perfectly with normal & sliding doors or windows. We found that it works as expected whenever we try to open the door.

    DIY Home security systems with Locking devices

    DIY Home security systems with Locking devices

    Locking devices are the most important home security devices when we aren't at home. If someone successfully breaks that security layer, they will get access to your Home or Office.

    Because it's the only barrier to someone who is trying to break your locking system. So to overcome the issue we'll need to make it more strong by using digital locking security devices.

    Smart Home locks use the same mechanism as a normal door lock. We need a physical key to open the Normal Lock. 

    But for the Digital smart lock, we need a digital key. This key can be a digital code or number or can be opened by using your smartphone with one Tap.

    Those digital smart locks are specially to work with Smart platforms like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, or any other.

    After that, you can open your Home smart lock using a Smartphone app from anywhere on the earth or you can schedule the locking and opening time of the Smart Lock.

    DIY Home security systems with Detectors

    In these categories, basically, you can find detectors like Smoke, fire, & water leak detectors. These detectors are integrated with 

    Smoke & fire detectors are important and should be installed in the kitchen to detect fire or excessive Smoke. Just place it in the center of the kitchen ceiling.

    You can place Water detectors near your water source, maybe in the bathroom or toilet, near your kitchen basin, or outside of your home to detect flood water or snow during the winter.

    These detectors are very easy to install in any part of your home. All of these detectors are connected to a centralized Hub.

    So if such conditions happen, suddenly it will ring the alarm or will notify you through your smartphone about the hazard.

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