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And, many of them don’t require any special tools or knowledge to get the job done. Professional installation was practically the only way to put in a home security system 15 years ago. Technology has come such a long way that DIY systems can offer the same level of security and often more with a self installed system. Further, there can be additional benefits to a DIY system because they’re typically much easier to transfer to another home if you move. For someone looking for a more complex setup like home automation, or someone that wants a trained expert to make the recommendation for the setup, expert installation is a great option. We’ve found that most people that were apprehensive about self installing a home security system actually ended up finding the process very easy. There are companies out there like Frontpoint that are known to be particularly helpful in this stage. Handsfree features usually work in conjunction with your mobile device and/or your home automation system. Of course, you know you can use the voice option with Alexa and other home automation systems to control your equipment. But some security systems also have a handsfree feature that will work with your mobile device or a key fob to detect when you are within range of your system. And when you are within that range, it will automatically unlock your door and disarm your security system for you, handsfree.

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Or if you can, frequently test the components of your system and replace batteries regularly. Another disadvantage of a wireless configuration is the risk of faulty installation. Even though you don’t need any formal training to set up this system, there’s always the risk that you did not do it properly. When you hire a service provider, you can make sure that everything will be done correctly. Also, DIY home security systems don’t have the capability to connect to a professional monitoring service. This is a disadvantage when you’re out of town because emergency responders can’t be alerted when your alarm is tripped.