DIY home security systems installation

Successfully fit a home security system by following these expert tips.

By Becca Green | 10 November 2020

A home security system can help deter would-be burglars and may even lower your home insurance quote. DIY home security systems are relatively easy to install. Shady Murphy, marketing executive at Yale, offers tips for success when setting up.

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Planning for installation

When unboxing your system make sure you have everything you need to install it. The box should tell you what’s required for installation, such as a screwdriver or tape measure. Familiarise yourself with each piece in the kit. This will help when reading through the manual because you’ll understand what each individual piece does and what it connects to.

Decide on hotspots

Take the time to plan out your system before beginning installation. Figure out which locations in your home will provide you with the most protection and decide where the sensors and hub will be. Think about the order in which the products need to be installed. For instance, the smart hub is central to an alarm system and so all other devices need to be linked with it to work.

Check connections

Ensure your internet and Wi-Fi connections are working correctly and are strong. The strength of the Wi-Fi can affect the set-up and cause issues during the installation process.