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DIY Home Security Systems

DIY or Do It Yourself Home Security is by far the least expensive way to have the protection for your home and your family. With technological advances over the past few years it makes moreĀ  more sense to install a security system your self. There are a few things that you must know before you should embark on this kind of endeavor.

  1. There are only a few central stations that will allow a diy installer to be monitored.
  2. Many of the central stations that will allow monitoring will require a limited list of equipment that they will monitor.

DIY Home Security Systems

It is becoming increasingly easy to not only install your own system but also to have it monitored by a professional central station. In many cases a diy’er will not want to pay for a monthly service and they choose to do self-monitoring or a local alarm. Self Monitoring means that when the system goes into alarm it will call the system owner and they will have to either call the authorities or choose to handle the intrusion themselves. If your system is setup to be a local only then it will detect an intruder the same as any other alarm system but it will only alert you if you are home by ringing a siren or bell.

How hard is a DIY alarm installation?

Since the invention of wireless alarm system the installation is extremely easy for anyone with a limited amount of knowledge. Can you stick a sensor to the door ot window? If your answer is yes then you are mostly qualified for a DIY installation. There are only a few steps in the installation of a home alarm system if it is wireless.

  1. Program the Alarm Panel
  2. Install the Alarm Panel
  3. Install the Alarm Sensors
  4. Test the Alarm System Installation

Programming the Alarm System Panel

The programming of a new alarm system is the mostly technical part of an alarm installation. This does require advanced knowledge of all of the codes and nomenclature associated with the alarm system. The simplest alarm panel that I have ever programmed is the 2GIG GoControl panel. With that said you still need to know what you are programming when you set everything up. This is why at DIY Home Security we include programming of your panel before we ship it to you.

Installing the alarm panel

The installation of the alarm panel can be a little tricky but it is still a fairly simple operation. The panel must be mounted to the wall with 3 screws and connected to a wall outlet. One end of the wire is connected to the panel and the other end of the wire is run inside the wall and dropped down to the existing wall outlet.

Install the Alarm Sensors

Each wireless alarm sensor has a unique ID that tells the alarm panel which one it is. When the unique ID is setup ,the panel knows where the sensor is in the alarm system.The alarm sensor has a battery or several batteries inside to power the devices so there are no wires required. The wireless sensor has double stick tape applied to the back so that you can stick it up on any door or window. There is also a magnet with double stick tape that is located parallel to the sensor(switch). Each alarm sensor will have some identifying markings that must be located so that the magnet is facing towards these markings. In the case of a 2GIG-DW10-345 door or window sensor there are 3 raised ;lines on the side of the sensor. I always recommend applying a small amount of silicone on at least 3 sides of the sensor and the magnet to ensure that there are no false alarms. The double stick tape is very sticky but the tape will dry out over time and if they fall of when the system is armed then it will cause an alarm.

Installing additional alarm sensors

Even though the door and widow sensors are the most widely used type of sensor there are many other types of sensors available. Just look at all the home protection devices that are available:

  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Motion Detectors
  • Glass Break Detectors

All of these devices can be pre-programmed by DIY Home Security for easy installation by you in your home or business.

Testing your DIY Home Security Systems installation

Testing your newly installed system is the fun part of the installation for several reasons. The first best reason is tyhat you are now in the home stretch and almost done. You will also have the satisfaction that the system has been installed correctly. And not the very least you will know that the system that yoiu installed is working properly and your homer and family is now protected.

Steps to testing your alarm installation:


  1. Call into the central station and put the system on test for at least one hour.It may not take an hour but you do not want run out of time and have an accidental dispatch.
  2. Make sure the panel is ready to arm. On a 2GIG panel the front panel will be green showing that is ready to go.
  3. Arm the system and go to the front door. Open and close the front door but do not go outside.
  4. Once the count down is complete you can open each opening that has an alarm contact installed.
  5. Disarm the system and check to see that each and every alarm is showing on the panel.
  6. Once you are sure that every alarm is showing at the panel you will need to call into thew central station and check to see what alarms that they received. You must do this last step to ensure that all signals were initiated at the alarm panel but they must all reach the central station.

The alarm system test is the only way to know that the system is operating properly and your homer and family are fully protected.

The steps outlined above are the same steps that a professional installer must go through so you can be assured that your system can also be installed as good as a professional. It may take a bit longer than a seasoned installer but it is well worth the savings.

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