How to Best Create your Home Security System. Part 5: Specific-Use Sensors

When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today to finish this series we will be looking at some specific-use sensors

Part 5: Specific-Use Sensors

Garage Door Sensor 

Garage Door Sensor

The GDS uses weight and angle to monitor garage doors that roll and swing up. The sensor is placed at the top of the garage door and as the door opens, the GDS will change angles. When it passes 35 degrees, the sensor will trigger an alert.

Best Location: At the highest point on the top inside panel of a garage door that rolls or swings up.

Bad Location: The GDS will not be able to detect a change in angle in doors that do not roll or swing up. It will not work on doors that slide or swing out.

Recessed Door Sensor

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The RDS has the same functionality as a standard DWS, but is concealed within the door frame for aesthetic or security reasons. It is the only FrontPoint sensor that requires tools for setup.

Best Location: Same as the DWS, but will require wooden door/window frames that are large enough accommodate the sensor.

Bad Location: Rooms with multiple windows and the RDS will not work with non-wooden frames.

Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152.

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How to Best Create your Home Security System. Part 4: Cameras

When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today we will be looking at some Cameras.

Part 4: Cameras 

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Wireless Indoor Camera 

The indoor camera allows users to keep an active eye on their home from anywhere. It has a viewing range up to 50 feet and can view activity in the dark. A broadband network is required to allow the indoor camera to connect wirelessly.

Ideal Location: Large rooms or hallways can make excellent use of the indoor camera’s range.

Non-ideal Location: Should not be used outdoors.

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Wireless Pan and Tilt Camera 

The pat and tilt camera is an indoor camera with a greater range of view than the indoor camera. Users can control it to maximize their field of view by panning and tilting.

Ideal Location: Larger rooms that require a greater field of view to see them in their entirety.

Non-ideal Location: Should not be used outdoors.

Wireless Outdoor Camera 

The outdoor camera is weatherproof and withstands below-freezing temperatures, or up to 122 F, to provide video surveillance of the exterior areas of a user’s property. It can also see in the dark up to 40 feet.

Ideal Location: The backyard, driveway or pathway leading to the front door.

Non-ideal Location: Not recommended for indoor use.

Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152.

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How to Best Create your Home Security System. Part 3: Environmental Sensors

When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today we will be looking at some specialty sensors that offer protection from the environment.

Part 3: Environmental Sensors

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Carbon Monoxide Sensor

The Carbon Monoxide Sensor detects carbon monoxide, a deadly and odorless gas. Upon detection, the sensor will send an immediate alarm to the Control Panel and monitoring center.

Ideal Location: The carbon should be placed near sleeping areas, or even directly in bedrooms. The sensor can be mounted on either the ceiling or wall.

Non-ideal Location: Similar to the smoke detector, avoid placing the carbon near sources of heat, vents or anything that burns fuel.

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Water Flood Sensor 

The Flood Sensor gives instant warning when a leak or flooding occurs. The sensor comes in two pieces to ensure a reliable connection: the detector signals the alarm when it comes in contact with water and the separate transmitter unit sends the transmission.

Ideal Location: Anywhere that may be at risk of leaks or floods, such as the basement, or near a water heater or washing machine. The sensor needs to be placed near ground level for early detection.

Non-ideal Location: Do not place the flood sensor outdoors.

Freeze Sensor 

The Freeze Sensor detects low temperature conditions and will provide early warning before a freeze occurs. If the temperature drops below 41 F, the sensors will signal an alarm.

Ideal Location: Near pipes that may be at risk of freezing or the furnace.

Non-ideal Location: Should not be used as a thermometer.

Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152.

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How to Best Create your Home Security System. Part 2: Controlling Your System

When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today we will be looking at devices that allow you to better control your alarm system.

Part 2: Controlling Your System

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are included free with Interactive and Ultimate Monitoring. The feature allows a user to turn their smartphone or tablet into a digital Control Panel. Mobile apps allow users to control the system, view live feeds from cameras, receive instant notifications/alerts and more!

Ideal Use: Mobile apps can be used to monitor a home from any location, at any time. It’s an effective way for a user to monitor their vacation home, business or personal home.

Touch Screen

The Touch Screen is a mini Control Panel and has a colorful display, providing users a secondary form of access to their system. It does not provide all the functionality as a Control Panel, but users can still arm/disarm and control home automation features.

Ideal Use: Best used in large or multi-story homes where access to the Control Panel may not be as convenient.

Talking Remote Touchpad (TRT)

The TRT is similar to the Touch Screen, but does not have a display. Instead, it talks to you, confirming commands and alarm status verbally. The TRT allows users to arm, disarm and check system status without having to access the Control Panel.

Ideal Use: Best used in large or multi-story homes where access to the Control Panel may not be as convenient.

Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152.

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How to Best Create your Home Security System. Part 1: The Basic Home Security Sensors

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to home security these days it seems like there is a never ending list of different devices to add to your alarm system. We wanted to create a short series and quickly review the different options. Today we will start with the basics. So here we go…

 

Part 1: The Basic Home Security Sensors

 

 

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Door/Window Sensor

The most common sensor in any home security system, this sensor comes in two small pieces that are paired wirelessly. When the wireless connection is interrupted – like when a door or window opens – the sensor will trigger an alert.

Best Location: Doors that lead to the outdoors, doors to rooms containing valuables, large windows that could be climbed through.

Bad Location: Rooms with multiple windows – we recommend a different sensor for that.

Motion Sensor

Using infrared detection, a motion sensor will effectively monitor large rooms for any signs of movement.

Best Location: Large rooms and common areas, such as the living room or main hallways. The MS is perfect for protecting rooms with multiple windows.

Bad Location: Large pets (over 40 pounds) can trigger the MS, so rooms where pets often roam are not recommended. The DWS is more suitable for smaller rooms with only one or two windows.

Glass Break Sensor 

The Glass Break detects the unique sound frequency of breaking glass up to 20 feet in any direction. The GB and MS make a powerful combo in protecting a large area with many windows.

Best Location: Protecting rooms with oversized windows, rooms with multiple windows (paired with the MS), and sliding glass doors.

Bad Location: Rooms with a single window.

Smoke/Heat Sensor 

The Smoke/Heat Sensor uses photo-electronic technology to detect smoke particles in the air. It also detects when a room’s temperature rises too quickly.

Best Location: According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of a home should have fire protection. The SH is best placed near bedrooms.

Bad Location: Avoid placing the SH in locations with heavy dust or humidity, and in locations where you might light a controlled fire, such as kitchens, bathrooms and rooms with fireplaces. Also not recommended for rooms that are not temperature controlled, like the garage.

Simon XTI Control Panel 

The Control Panel is the central unit of any security system. All security sensors communicate with the panel and when the sensors are triggered, the panel sends instant communication to the monitoring center. The Control Panel is a user’s tool for arming and disarming their system.

Best Use: The Control Panel should be strategically placed so it’s easy for users to access.

Bad Location: We recommend against placing this next to the front door or in plain view of a window.

Keychain Remote (Keyfob)

As the name implies, the Keychain Remote goes onto a key ring to provide the easiest way of arming and disarming. Also included is a button to turn on the lights, as well as a panic button.

Best Use: The Keyfob is the easiest and most convenient way to arm and disarm a security system, so it’s ideal for everyone! Attach it to your keys for easy access.

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Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about optimizing your home security system as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152. “Your Security, Our Priority”

The Wireless Door Sensor Part 6: Interactive Features

Door or Window Sensors are small, wireless devices that detect the opening and closing of doors and windows. The wireless doors sensor is a key component of any well devised security system, whether it be an alarm for a business or a place of residence. This series will be looking at why the door sensor is so important. 

Part 6: Interactive Features 

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Add Interactive Signals to Keep Yourself Connected

We have previously addressed “interactive monitoring”: i.e., the ability of today’s alarm systems to send text and email notifications to you on anything happening in your home. And that includes doors opening and closings. This speaks to the concept of feeling not just protected, but also connected.

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Features You’ll Appreciate

For instance, I get an email on my iPhone every time a door opens in my house, and it tells me which door – even when the alarm system is not armed. That way I get to keep track of my family and service providers as they come and go throughout the day. It’s great for monitoring dog walkers – or even kids coming in late at night!

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This concludes our series about “The Wireless Door Sensor” as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152. “Your Security, Our Priority”

The Wireless Door Sensor Part 5: Simple and Effective

Door or Window Sensors are small, wireless devices that detect the opening and closing of doors and windows. The wireless doors sensor is a key component of any well devised security system, whether it be an alarm for a business or a place of residence. This series will be looking at why the door sensor is so important. 

Part 5: Simple and Effective

As basic as these sensors are, they are easy to install, and are remarkably effective. Again, most door/window sensors being installed today are wireless, which means no messy wiring, and the good wireless ones are smaller than your thumb. There are even wireless recessed sensors, if you don’t want to see the sensors at all.

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Door sensors are also extremely effective because the majority of break-ins occurs while the home’s occupants are not at home, using forced entrance through a door or window. 

  • 61% of all burglaries, involve forcible entry
  • 34% of burglars enter through the front door

As we have discussed before the door sensor is used to safe guard these vulnerable entry points to your home. When they are armed the are able to detect when the sensor circuit is open or closed. When an intruder breaks the door open the sensor will then send a signal to via the control panel that the closed circuit has been opened without authorization to the monitoring station so that they can alert the local authorities.

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Make sure you check back with us as we add more information about “The Wireless Door Sensor” as we continue this short series. And for more information on how Security One can service your home security needs giving you and your family peace of mind visit us online at securityoneonline.com or call us toll free at 888.584.5152. “Your Security, Our Priority”