Installing a wireless home security system can be the job of a professional security installer. Or you can elect to install a simple system yourself. If you’re handy with basic home maintenance you’ll find self-installation a cost effective and easy solution.
All you need to being installation of a wireless security system yourself are a few basic tools and the kit you’ve purchased which should contain a main control unit, sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor and alarm.
The first step is planning: decide where to place your control panel, preferably in a central area that is easy to get to. Place it near an electrical outlet and away from any electronics that could cause interference in the signal such as televisions, microwaves, or ham radios. You may wish to place the panel close to your main entrance for convenience. However, don’t place it so that it is easily visible from the outside, where a potential intruder could spot it.
Once you’ve decided where to place your control panel, you’ll need to decide where to install the security sensors for your system, and the location of your alarm. Make sure you position it in an area where the sound won’t be blocked from carrying.
With planning completed, install the control panel first at a comfortable height near an electrical outlet. You may wish to run a wire through rather than outside your wall from the unit to the outlet. This can be simply accomplished by drilling a small hole behind the panel and below the outlet. If your control unit is connected to a monitoring service, you’ll also need to connect the panel to your phone line, so plan your positioning accordingly.
When you install your window sensors and entry door sensors be sure that the transmitter is securely attached to the edge of your window or door with the magnet that holds it in place properly attached behind it. Another good placement idea is on the garage door or garage entry door, areas often targeted by potential intruders.
Be sure to carefully read all directions for programming controls on your actual alarm siren, and in regard to setting your own home security code on the control panel. Regardless of the type of wireless security system you’ve chosen, this programming should be simple to accomplish if you follow the instructions that come with your home kit.
With every element of your system installed, the last and very important step in do it yourself home security installation is to test the system. Be sure that the alarm works and that the volume is set to a level clearly audible both in and out of your home. Be sure that the sensors are reading any activity and securely fastened. If you’re utilizing a system that involves phone monitoring, be sure to calibrate the components and make sure that the signal is strong. Touch base with the monitoring service to be sure that they are receiving your systems information adequately. And – you’ve done it yourself!