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What’s the Easiest Way to Install My DIY Home Security System?

Do-it-yourself (DIY) security systems are a fairly new option for home protection, but they offer the same level of security as most professionally installed systems.

The devices in these systems are made for easy installation. You can skip the cost and hassle of professional installation, which can cost over a hundred dollars. Plus, these systems are often less expensive overall. If you’re renting a home or don’t have the budget for an expensive security solution, a DIY system is the way to go.

Though your equipment is easy to set up, it’s still important to install it correctly. Use these tips to install your DIY home security system with minimal stress.

How do you install a home security system?

1. Prepare for the installation

Once your equipment arrives and you have a few free hours, you can start setting up your security system.

Start by accessing and reviewing the instructions. The set-up process will be different for each security system, so make sure you pay attention to the directions given by the provider. You can typically get these instructions through the app or on the provider’s website.

The guide should tell you what kind of tools to use. Generally, you’ll need tools such as:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Drills and a drill bit set
  • Hammers
  • Wire strippers/cutters
  • Pry bars

Make sure you have all the tools and equipment you need before starting to make things easier.

2. Install each device

Your security equipment can only protect your home if it’s placed in the right locations. Before starting the installation, walk around your home to find the best spots for each device.

Once you know the best locations for your equipment, you can then install the devices around your home. Use the tips below to get the best coverage from your security system.

Control panels, hubs, and keypads

Many DIY systems include a hub and keypad. The hub needs to be in a central location so it can connect to all of your devices. Set it on a shelf or table near an outlet. Ideally, it should be kept off the floor. You may need to connect the hub to your router, so find a location nearby.

You will be arming/disarming the keypad when you walk through the door, so find a spot for it in your front entryway. If there are windows near the door, make sure you can’t see the keypad from outside. These devices use a peel-and-stick install design, so you can easily attach it to the wall at the spot you choose.

Some systems also include touchscreen control panels. These panels are usually made to be carried around or set up on a surface, such as a countertop or a shelf.

Door/window sensors

Determine which doors and windows are most vulnerable to intruders and use your door/window sensors for these entries.

Each sensor includes two pieces with stick-and-peel adhesives on the back. You will attach one piece to the door or window you choose. The other piece should be stuck on the frame, parallel to the first piece. 

For doors, place the sensor near the top inside corner. You can install window sensors along the sides or bottom of the window.

Motion sensors

Motion sensors should be installed near an entryway, but away from direct sunlight. Ideal locations include interior hallways or rooms with backdoors or sliding glass doors.

Place the motion detector on the wall of the chosen room, about 7 feet up from the ground. You will stick the device to the wall with the peel-and-stick adhesive on the back.

Security cameras

For cameras, placement and installation are a bit more tricky. 

A doorbell camera is the easiest to install. Determine which side of your front door offers the best view of your stoop and yard. Make sure it is placed high enough to capture the faces of any visitors, yet low enough to keep an eye on your packages.

Some video doorbell cameras will replace your current doorbell and will be a bit more complicated to install. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure it is set up correctly.

Outdoor cameras should cover as much of your yard as possible. Your driveway and garage, as well as the front of your property, should be the top priorities. 

Install the cameras up high, ideally at the top of a wall or under an eave. You will have to attach a mounting plate to your home, so keep your tools handy. The camera will likely need to be near an outlet, so keep the length of the power cord in mind as you choose a spot. After the camera is installed, adjust the angle to find the best view of your home and property.

When setting up indoor cameras, cover your front entryway and other high-traffic areas. Many indoor devices use a power cord, so find a shelf, countertop, or table near an outlet. We recommend trying different placements to find the location with the best coverage.

3. Test the system

When all the devices are in place, activate your system. Make sure each piece of equipment is connected and working as it’s supposed to. If you run into any problem, get in touch with your security provider to get help.

Since most DIY security system devices use peel-and-stick installation, you can adjust your equipment as needed. Keep a pack of adhesive mounting tabs handy so you can easily move or re-install your equipment if it falls.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Your home security system may have a do-it-yourself design, but you can still get help with your installation. If you don’t feel confident about the work or you’re unable to handle physical demands such as climbing a ladder, let someone else handle the work. 

Ask a family member or friend. You can also hire a handyman to set the system up for you.

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that your home and family are protected from any threats.

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