A well designed home security system can provide a layer of protection to your home against intrusion by burglars or any unauthorized persons. These systems can be installed by a professional or the homeowner based on the complexity of the system. However, to minimize on installation costs, do it yourself security kits have been made available.
A typical security system consists of sensors, control panels and alert systems that include alarms. Some add-ons can be incorporated depending on the home security system’s complexity. Any home security system like any other equipment has components that work together by providing some sort of useful functions. The key components of any wireless home security systems are;
The Control Panel
This is the key component of any security system and is considered the brain of the home security system. It has a wireless radio that communicates with the security sensors located throughout the house. It also connects to the emergency dispatch services that notifies the authorities on any break in or trouble. Base stations can connect to the police, fire department or security monitoring service over a wireless (cellular) or wired (landline) connection.
This is a device placed at the entrance to your home allowing you to turn your alarm system on or off. The keypad can be used to adjust system’s settings such as the alarm mode, notice for warnings and to configure the panic buttons. You can install multiple key pads if so desired. Many people will install one in their bedroom as well.
This component is used to turn the system’s alarm on and off remotely. It also has panic buttons for emergencies
This part of the wireless home security system detects intrusions into your home. This system is composed of the following other parts:
- Motion sensors: these components of the security system are designed to detect any moving body within the range of the infrared beams it projects. If a moving body comes within the range of these rays, it becomes disrupted triggering a response which is communicated to the alarm system notifying the authorities.
- Wireless Security Camera Systems: you can place cameras anywhere you have a power source. The cameras can send video streams back to the control panel and DVR over IP.
- Entry sensor: this is a sensor fitted to door, windows and the main gate to notify the house owner of unauthorized entry.
- Alarm response systems: Any security system must have a component that alerts the homeowner and the authorities of intrusion into your home following a response from the detection system. It’s composed of the following useful components:
- Panic button: this device triggers the burglar’s alarm immediately after it’s pressed by the homeowner for one second. It should be located in an easy to reach place just in case of an emergency. The panic button is functional whether the alarm is turned on or off.
- The Siren: Sirens emit a loud, piercing sound when triggered by the detection system.
Is a Wireless Home Security System for You?
A home security system can greatly increase your sense of security and give you peace of mind that your home is safe. Efficacy of these security systems can be increased by inclusion of outdoor security cameras. This will allow you to detect a potential intruder before they get too close to your house.