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10 February 2021

Smart Home For Beginners: Smart Home Security

From video doorbells to smoke detectors, connected home security devices are at the top of many homeowners' holiday wish-lists this year.

Protecting your home and family is the most popular reason for buying smart home technology, and you'll find no shortage of products to choose from. Some are more effective than others. The gold-standard solution is the platform-powered, professionally delivered smart home security system, which will forever change the way you think about home security.

Compared to a traditional house alarm system, it's more secure, more useful, and more convenient, with features and abilities that neither alternative can provide.

What Defines a Smart Home System?

1: Control it from anywhere. Unlike a traditional system that can only be armed and disarmed at the wall panel, smart home systems come with an app that gives you control of your home's security from anywhere. You'll have the convenience of arming your system from the driveway as you leave or using your app to create a unique security code for a guest.

2: Get alerts about activity. A smart home security system keeps you more connected to home with smartphone alerts about activity there. If a sensor is tripped, or an alarm sounds, you'll be alerted.

The better the system, the more options you'll have at this point, such as the ability to see what's happening via Internal WIFI cameras, or outdoor CCTV all from one App

3: Smart home benefits. The best smart home security systems are compatible with a range of smart devices, such as lockslights and even smart thermostats.

The level of smart home compatibility depends on the software platform that powers the security system. The best platforms are built to quickly integrate additional smart home devices. Other systems may require potentially frustrating workarounds using third-party software.


Smart Home Essential Tips for Buyers

It's essential to choose your smart home security system carefully to get the maximum benefits—protection, convenience, and even energy savings—and to avoid the ‘opportunity cost' of being locked into a sub-standard technology down the line. Always consider these three factors:

1: A professional installation is a good option but so is self-installation

Some smart home devices are easy to install. Connected lights, for example, are straightforward. A full security system, with multiple doors and window sensors, and other devices can be challenging, Depending on the system some smart home systems offer both professional installation and self install options with professional support

As well as installing everything, you'll need to configure it, connecting each device wirelessly to the system, setting up your app, and ensuring that everything communicates to protect your home.

If you're confident in your ability, this can be a rewarding project. If you're not, choose a smart home company that offers both options.


2: Smart Home Compatibility matters

The right smart home security system will give you the basis of a complete, next-generation smart home, where devices like smart thermostats, cameras, lights and locks share intelligence with the Smart Home security system and act together to take care of everyday tasks for you.

You might not need these devices right now, but they're becoming increasingly popular and somewhere down the line, you'll want them in your home. If you're a homeowner buying equipment for the long term, it's essential to pick a security system powered by a full smart home platform that can incorporate these extra devices.

The platform is the ‘brain' of the system and the smart home, able to connect and coordinate every device into an ecosystem that delivers the biggest benefits: better security, energy savings, proactive solutions to everyday problems, and even universal voice control.


Interested in a smart home security system? 

It's the easy, affordable and professionally-supported way to upgrade your home with cutting edge smart technology, including connected security cameras. Customers trust GoKonnect to make their homes safer, smarter and more efficient. To discover more advantages of building your smart home with GoKonnect, click here.


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