Home security, bundled
Smart security set-ups are generally bundled together with security gadgets, providing a system that will vary between different kits, brands and prices. You would also have the option to buy additional devices separately to upgrade or tweak your home security arrangement.
Broadband connectivity at the centre
All smart home security systems are powered by internet connectivity. A central broadband connected ‘hub’ will wirelessly link up and communicate with a smart home app and connect up all the elements in your security system.
Using the app on your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to monitor the status of your home by receiving notifications, viewing photos or video footage from security cameras and, often, controlling parts of your home, such as heating, lighting or other appliances.
Guide to some of the best smart home security
Smart locks, smart WiFi doorbells, smart videos, smart alarms, smart outdoor cameras, and smart sensors: there’s a vast array of available methods to help secure your property and give you peace of mind whether you’re at home, work or hundreds of miles away.
You’ll want to look for a package or bundle that suits your needs, depending on what your budget is and considering what methods you want to use to secure your home. We’ve looked at three options to consider.
Simplisafe home security system is compact, easily expandable and a doddle to install. You can easily set up the motion-detecting sensors around your home on doors and windows and they work with a smart-speaker central hub to deter intruders and activate alerts.
A simple battery-powered keypad and key fob ensure the whole system can be armed and disarmed without fuss and you can set up additional equipment, such as a video doorbell, two-way chat, HD monitoring and personalised PIN codes.
A great all-round package that includes a base station, keypad, motion detector, contact sensor and the all-important range extender.
You can expand the set-up, adding motion detectors, flood and fire sensors and even professional monitoring for a monthly fee. A popular home security choice. Ring is a well-established brand, in smart doorbell circles.
The award-winning Arlo Pro 3 takes some beating when it comes to smart home security. Hefty initial costs might deter any smart home newbies, but if you’re already comfortable with smart gadgetry, this could be the system for you.
You can get 2-, 3- and 4-camera kits, front door kits and solar-powered kits. It’s generally more expensive, but it’ll be well worth it. As with all smart technology in this area, an extra investment can be rewarding, in terms of quality and customisation.
How much does complete smart home security cost?
We’ve illustrated some examples of kits you could look at. Beyond those, buying smart home technology will somewhat depend on how much you want to spend and how in depth you want to get on customising your choice of kit. You can also get systems that are professionally installed and this will involve a higher outlay. On top of that, if you require monitoring, in some cases you’ll be hit with a monthly fee to pay off the cost of hardware components.
With many DIY systems, such as the SimpliSafe Home Security Kit and the Ring Alarm Security Kit, you buy the hardware outright and can avoid any monthly fees if you decide to self-monitor your system. If you want professional monitoring, fees do vary. You might pay anything from £14.99 a month to nearly £30 for a more elaborate system.
Can smart home security systems be hacked?
Any device that connects to the web and makes use of wireless technology can be vulnerable to hacking. Smart home security systems are no different. Hackers could be placed to intercept wireless signals coming from your system that might allow them to jam alarms or disable sensors. Pun intended, you should not be alarmed though, there are steps you can take to secure the situation.
To begin with, replace your system’s default password with a more complex one; containing a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. If possible, keep changing your password, a slight pain which pays you back in peace of mind.
Also, keep up to date and in a good position with your home broadband network security. Check your router’s security settings and look for extra layers of protection.