Home Security Installation: What To Expect
After you buy your home security system, installation is the next step. Home security companies usually include professional installation as part of the package homeowners purchase. With a do-it-yourself system, homeowners handle the installation on their own. Whether you're having a technician install your home security system or you're embarking on a DIY venture, a few careful measures can help make the procedure easier.
First step: central unit/control panel installation
Have the control panel (which typically contains the security system's digital keypad) mounted at a height that's easy to reach so everyone in your home can access it. It's also a good idea to place it in an area that's easy to reach at all times – like a large hallway, a foyer or a commonly used room in the house. Both wired and wireless control panels usually use an electrical power source.
After the control panel is installed, the alarms, sensors and other home security equipment can be connected to the system. If you purchased cameras, you'll also set them up at this time. Wireless security system setup is for the most part less complicated than with a wired home alarm system.
Second step: alarm installation
Next, make sure you choose appropriate positions around the house for the system’s sensors. For wireless home security systems, place the entryway contacts on doorways and windows. Set them to the same frequency as the central unit. For wired home security systems, run wires between the control panel and the sensors. A home security installation company can help you install a do-it-yourself system if you decide not to work with a home security provider.
Third step: camera installation
If you purchased security cameras, install them last. If you purchased your security equipment from more than one manufacturer, the cameras may not be compatible with the control panel, sensors and alarms, so be sure the cameras are from the same manufacturer that produced the other system components. The video surveillance system could require a separate control panel. The installation process is the same for security cameras as it is for security alarms, which means wireless camera systems simply use the same frequency as the control panel.
Test your new home security system
After the installation is complete, test your new system by following these steps. If a home security provider installed your home alarm system, call first and let a representative know you're testing your system. Then, make sure the devices are operating on the same frequency. Arm and disarm the alarm and check all the entryway sensors to make sure they work properly.