14 January 2020

    Megan Ellis

    How to set up a smart home security system

    In the final part of our smart home series, we look at setting up your smart home security system.

    Is there anything a smart home can’t do? We’ve already seen how you can create the ultimate entertainment system in your smart home; now we look at setting up your smart home security system in the final part of this smart home series.

    Smart home security: before you buy

    Smart home security systems can be incredibly effective for giving you peace of mind while you’re at work or on vacation and provides a safeguard for potential break-ins. But you should take care when choosing security products, by considering the sensitive type of data gathered by these systems. This includes visual surveillance and audio recording. The last thing you want to do is choose a system that is easily hacked! Make sure to research any product you plan to buy to see whether they have a good track record of data security.

    Smart home security cameras

    Smart cameras are one of the most popular additions to a smart home security system. These cameras include a variety of features and real-time monitoring that can be accessed remotely via apps thanks to their internet capabilities. 

    But with so many choices, how do you decide? When it comes to choosing a smart home camera you need to determine what you want the device to accomplish. 

    Here are a few things to ask yourself:

    • Do you want a multi-camera system or the ability to add additional cameras to the network at a later date?
    • Do you need continuous monitoring or do you prefer the device to be triggered only during events?
    • Which remote features do you need (such as two-way audio or pan-and-tilt functionality)?
    • Where do you want to place the device?
    • Do you need the camera to work in the dark?

    Smart alarms and motion sensors

    Other useful additions to a smart home security system include smart alarms and motion sensors. These work similarly to traditional alarms, triggering a siren after movement is detected or entry points are opened. But they are also able to send you a mobile notification.

    This means that you’re directly notified during an event and can see what’s happening in your home with any connected camera devices.

    Other smart home security accessories

    While not essential to a smart home security system, some people augment their home safety with smart doorbells and smart locks. These devices can notify you when entrances are used or when someone is at your door.

    V-Home by Vodacom

    If the idea of setting up your smart home security system seems overwhelming, Vodacom’s V-Home Safety Starter Kit can help! The kit includes everything you need to set up a basic smart security system, such as a smart camera, sensor, siren and SmartThings-compatible V-Home Hub. 

    Header photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

    Megan Ellis