Monitor your home from afar! Security systems are just the first step in home security. Today, thanks to smartphones, you can easily keep an eye on your home while you are away. Whatever your current security system, you have a number of options.
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I Have A Professional Security System:
ADT, Protect America, FrontPoint and other major home security providers have unveiled mobile controls over the past few years. ADT Pulse, for instance, gives a full suite of controls, from text alerts to video monitoring, mobile arm/disarm controls, and status reports on individual window, door, and motion sensors.
FrontPoint and Protect America have mobile apps of their own that offer a similar range of controls.
Just download the appropriate app from iTunes or Google Play Marketplace, and if anything goes wrong, you know as soon as it happens, simultaneously with the alert the company receives.
I Don't Have A Professional Security System, But I Like The Idea:
So youre the DIY type. Best Buy sells a number of security systems that allow users to place webcams throughout their house and monitor via an app on a smartphone or tablet. The most basic system is from Logitech and just runs a video feed; more complex systems like one from Panasonic include heat and motion sensors, automatically record any motion, and even let users tilt and zoom to focus on any suspicious corner.
Other home control apps bring thermostat, television and stereo controls in addition to security cameras, all fully customizable and each with a different degree of user friendliness.
Finally, X10 and similar companies are DIY security specialists who have been keeping up with the times with wireless monitoring and controls. More expensive perhaps, but more professional and comprehensive as well.
If you want to create your own home security system and dodge monthly fees for an actual service, you may as well invest in a system you can easily monitor from afar.
I Dont Have A System, And Dont Really Want One:
No problem, neither do I. Maybe you dont want to pay for one, or maybe you dont think it will help, or you just know youll never bother to keep an eye on it.
But you still have a smartphone, and you realize that you can take a break from Angry Birds to do a little something to keep your things safe. Buy yourself a WeMo from Belkin: its a $50 device that works much like the traditional outlet appliance timer, but the WeMo connects to your home Wi-Fi network, and lets you control it remotely from your smartphone.
Imagine the possibilities: turning lights on and off while youre on vacation to make burglars think someone is home? Thats just the beginning. The wireless home is actually coming, and someday soon even our refrigerators may be able to remind us that were out of broccoli while were at the grocery store. But for now, security is a good start.