How to Set up an IP-based Surveillance Kit

Rapid growth and innovation in the IP-based (“smart”) surveillance camera market has made home security systems more accessible than ever to consumers. Today’s self-installed systems are economical, low maintenance, and scalable in a way professionally installed and monitored systems never were.


Why is DIY So Affordable?

The installation fee for a professionally installed service like ADT or Vivint typically costs around $100 after refunds in the way of rebates. In addition, equipment, like cameras and sensors, is typically more expensive through a professional vendor. Self-installation is more economical. You’re saving $100 automatically, plus you can pick and choose the price point of your equipment.

Self-monitored systems are low-maintenance . They’re designed so that someone without extensive knowledge of IP-based systems can set them up without hassle. If the system malfunctions, the cameras are easy to restart, remove, or replace without the help of a security professional.

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Self-installed systems are completely scalable . Not only does the user have the freedom to arrange cameras and sensors as they’d like (and check viewing angles immediately with monitoring apps), the diversity in self-installed, professionally monitored or self-installed, self-monitored systems gives the user the freedom to choose the level/scale of security he or she prefers.

The Two Types of Self-Installed Security

Self-Installed, Professionally Monitored

Self-installed kits can come with varying levels of professional monitoring, from just emergency services to full-on surveillance. Despite the relative ease of self-installation, fewer consumers choose it over professional installation; providers like, SimpliSafe, Frontpoint, Protect America, and Link Interactive held just 4.7% of market shares in 2015.

Self-Installed, Self-Monitored

Self-installed and monitored security systems made up the smallest percentage of smart home security market shares in 2015 – just 2.3%. These deconstructed, do-it-yourself cameras and sensors include Google Nest, Apple HomeKit, and Scout. Because DIY kits are economical, easy, and appeal to those who would otherwise never buy a professional security system, industry insiders predict they will be the next big thing in home security.

Configuring the System

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Both professionally and self-monitored systems need to be configured to your online network before they are operational. Configuring smart security devices is relatively foolproof.

  1. Ensure your device is plugged in to a power source or that the battery is fully charged.
  2. If you’re using a self-monitored system (Nest, HomeKit, Scout), download your provider’s mobile monitoring app. If necessary, sign up for an account.
  3. Turn on the device and use an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to connect it to the internet.
  4. If you’re using a self-monitored system, open the app. It should find your security devices on the network.
  5. If you’re using a professionally monitored system, use a smart phone or connected computer to log in to your provider’s website. Add your security devices to your account.

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Installing the Equipment

Usually, installing smart security devices doesn’t even require a toolbox since control panels, cameras, sensors, and panic buttons include adhesive strips.

  1. Adhere your control panel just inside the front door.
  2. Use your app to check the viewing angles of self-monitored cameras during set up.
  3. Attach the sensor on a door or window frame and the corresponding magnet parallel to it, on the closed door or window.
  4. Attach panic buttons where they will be most convenient – beside the bed, for example.

At the end of the proverbial day, you have to follow the direction indicated by the manufacturer to have a successful installation. And yes, before going live, make sure you conduct testing to make sure it works.

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