Published August 2020 | Update April 2024

How to build an integrated home security system

Written by Level Home Staff

How To Build an Integrated Home Security System

Providing security for your home may seem like a daunting task. However, protecting your home by creating a smart home security system doesn't require a degree in rocket science. In fact, you don't need a degree at all. All you need is the ability to read instructions and follow templates.

Read on to learn more about what it takes to make a smart home security system integrated and functional. We'll also explore three examples of security devices that you can install easily as part of your do-it-yourself home security system.

What Is a Smart Home Security System?

Various security devices make up a smart home security system or an integrated home security system. These devices integrate into one home automation hub by using wireless technology. For example, you can have wireless security cameras, video doorbell cameras, and smart locks all operating and communicating with an ecosystem, such as Apple Home Kit or Amazon Ring.

Although integrated home security systems may sound complicated, you can easily create and build a do-it-yourself home security system without much effort.

Creating Your Home Security System

Remember, most smart home security device manufacturers will provide the hardware you need to install the devices you purchase. They will likely offer videos, step-by-step installation instructions, and mounting templates for precise screw placements. They may also provide support links to answer any questions you may have.

Install Outdoor Home Security Cameras

The most convenient types of security cameras to install are wireless cameras. These cameras do not require you to drill holes through ceilings and walls to accommodate cables. You only have to worry about where to mount the cameras. Here are some tips for mounting outdoor cameras:

  • Mount cameras 8 to 10 feet off the ground. This is high enough that thieves and vandals cannot reach them but low enough to provide a clear view.

  • Ensure you mount outdoor cameras in an area protected from the weather or purchase camera covers that guard against the elements.

  • Confirm there are no obstructions in the camera's line of sight.

  • Don't point the camera toward the sun.

  • Ensure you point the cameras at entry doors, porches, stairs, obscured windows, or driveways.

  • Select cameras that power on using motion detection. This will help you save on energy costs.

Install an Easy-to-Use Video Doorbell Camera

These cameras will keep an eye on your porch or entry area. They turn on when they detect motion or a visitor presses the doorbell. Once the camera turns on, it will send alert notifications, and you can see who's visiting. These camera types can come in handy when packages are delivered while you're away.

You can purchase wired doorbell cameras to replace your existing doorbell. Or, if you don't already have a doorbell, you can buy a wireless doorbell camera and mount it on the door frame where a doorbell would typically go.

Most wired doorbell cameras will sound your existing in-house chime. However, in some cases, you may have to purchase the chime separately.

Invest in Smart Keyless Locks, Bolts, and Keypads

These types of smart entry tools provide high levels of security and convenience. There's no fumbling for keys with your arms full to unlock the door. And you don't have to worry about lost or stolen keys or making and keeping track of multiple keys for everyone who needs access to your home.

With smart keypads you can give a code to anyone who needs to enter your home, and at the same time, you can easily change the code when someone, such as a pet sitter, plumber, or housekeeper, doesn't need access anymore. You can open smart locks and bolts in many secure and convenient ways without using keys. Plus, smart keypads, locks, and bolts are typically easy to install with just a screwdriver.

Having the Best Integrated Home Security System Isn't an Impossible Dream

If you combine these tips with videos, instructions, and templates, you should be able to create the best home security system that meets your security needs. It's also helpful to review support links and product videos to get familiar with the best setup options.


How To Install A Security Camera | Home Depot

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