A $325 Smart Home Security System You Can Install Yourself – Part 1 – The Components You Need

A $325 Smart Home Security System You Can Install Yourself – Part 1 – The Components You Need

Hello everyone. Thanks for tuning in
again. I’m going to start a brand new series here on Automate Your Life and
it’s intention is to solve real-world problems with smart home or home
automation technology. Now what we’re going to do today is I’m going to start
a three-part series called the $325 smart home security system and this is
going to give you the opportunity to create your own home security system
using smart home technology, and of course you’re not going to have to pay
any of those home monitoring fees that you see on TV, and in the commercials. So today’s video is what I’m going to tell you you’re going to want to buy for this
$325 home security system. This is just the
components, part two I’ll show you how to actually get those all installed in your
home, and then part three is an optional piece that I’m going to show you to save
a little money. It’s a little harder to set up but ultimately I think it’s worth
it because it will save you a lot of money, so let’s get going. Alright so now
for me when we talk about a home security system, I’m thinking about three
different components. The first being obviously we don’t want anyone who’s not
supposed to be in our home to be in our home, so kind of the the actual security
side. You want to know if someone’s here and you want to be able to phone the
police. Now second to that is leak or flood detection. Water damage does a lot
of damage to a lot of homes now, and I think if you’ve been paying attention to
your insurance policies, they’re not always fully covering you in all of
those situations. The other thing is of course fire detection, fire or smoke
detection, and that’s actually probably the hardest piece in the smart home
sector to find, kind of a cost reasonable solution actually. So those are the three
things that I’m going to be solving for you here today. Now the first component is the hub and the hub is really important because most
of the sensors that you’re going to use in this are ZigBee protocol, and ZigBee
is kind of the protocol that has won out here at this point in terms of sensor
technology. We’ve seen z-wave as well, that’s a great protocol as well, this hub,
and I have one in my home it does incredible things when it comes to home
automation. One of the other things that it does so well is it actually monitors
both leaks and the security system in your home. It becomes an in-home security system and that’s base features here from the Samsung Smartthings System. So that’s a $90 USD hub for you this is probably the simplest thing to install
in your home. So that device is a Samsung Smartthings Water Sensor or
water leak sensor. Now the water leak sensor is a $25 piece from Samsung, if
you were to need multiple usually from Samsung what you can do, you can
either wait for a sale or you can go ahead and you can buy in multiples of 3
or 5. They sell them for cheaper at that point, but for most people if you’re in
your furnace room or your room with your hot water tank, that’s where you’re going
to need this sensor. What I’ve seen over the last six months in my home, I’ve had
one of these and it has been nothing short of perfect. I have had one minor
leak while that was here, and it did alert me to that. The other thing is I’ve
tested it multiple times and I haven’t had to change a battery in it, and you
would think with so much monitoring going on, that you you would have to do
that. So the next thing I’m buying in this system is to cover what’s normally
the two main doors in everybody’s household. So you’re usually going to
have a front door and a back door and those are obviously easy entry points
for people to come in, and so what I’m going to buy is the
Samsung Smartthings multi-purpose sensor, and I’m gonna buy two of these, and you
can see, hopefully you can see, the two sensor or the two pieces of this sensor.
They essentially work together in terms of an electromagnetic signal, basically
if they’re close together, then Samsung knows that the door is closed,
and if they’re split apart then Samsung knows that the door is open. Now funny
little piece here, these actually work on your garage door if you’d like, and lots
of people have been using them for those as well. Now in general people have a few
more places that are considered entry points for people into their homes, and I
kind of think about lower level screened windows, where somebody could break the screen out and then maybe take the window itself out. So what I’m
going to recommend there is two more of a Samsung Smartthings device. It’s a motion sensor and these are $25 USD apiece, and they work anywhere from about the zero
to the fifteen foot range in terms of distance, so you actually point these
motion sensors towards the entry points in your home, a couple of the windows
kind of off to the side, you don’t want them looking out the actual window, cause they’ll pick up motion and changes in light outside, but they are very good
inside the home at picking up motion when people are that 0 to 15 feet range
away. So overall when you look at it, this gives you four points within your home
that you’re able to monitor, that you know are easy entry points for people
into your home. So now with all of those devices purchased from Samsung, you’re
gonna go out and you’re just gonna buy those just from, Samsung and as I said
earlier, with most of those detectors if you needed another one, you would be
buying a 3-pack and the price per device goes down with Samsung. So that’s a deal
I’ve seen almost always there with Samsung. Now after we
purchased all of those things what we have left is $120 and that leaves us enough to purchase a Nest smoke and CO protect
smart home monitoring sensor. So this is going to protect you from fire, and of
course carbon monoxide, which is a big killer now in the United States and
Canad,a and around the world. So it’s a really important component to your smart
home and it gives you the opportunity to sense those things when you are either
at home or away, and you’re going to get notifications both on your phone or a
tablet and also of course the audible alarm in your home, which is very
important if you’re in the home and we’re talking about smoke or carbon
monoxide. One little option here that I’m going to give you, and this is
something we’re going to explore in the last part of this series, and what this
option is, it’s called WyzeCam 2. Now the WyzeCam 2 is a small camera device.
I’m going to give you one little option here that allows you to remove some of
the cost and complexity from the system it’s not a perfect solution, but for a
lot of people this will save them a lot of money, and so people are gonna take
that right now. What this is is the WyzeCam 2 and this is the device here. This
is all you get when you buy one of these. It’s a$20 USD camera
that you can purchase, and it’s a smart home camera. It has the capability of
doing three very important things. It’s capable of motion detection and sound
detection when you’re away from your home. Now on top of that it can also
listen for different types of alarms, so it can listen, and specifically in the
settings for this little camera, is a carbon monoxide sound or alarm detection function in a smoke alarm detection function. So it uses those standard
sounds that you’re going to get from your regular home monitors, and it will send you those notifications. Now what I’ll tell you is
that this device then can replace a number of the components that we’ve been talking about today, so it could replace potentially the Samsung Smartthings
motion sensors, which is $50 worth of equipment here and it could potentially
replace the Nest Protect CO and smoke alarm that we just talked about. Now that
would give you a savings of $170 for a $20 camera. I’d
say you’re probably going to need a couple of those just to make sure that
you’re covered throughout your home, but ultimately this could replace it. What
I’m going to tell you about this little device is it is imperfect, and you will
have to do a little bit of extra setup, and a little bit of extra work. So come
part three in this series, you’re going to have to decide whether or not you
want to head down that path. All right there you go guys, those are all the
different components, you can go ahead and look them all up. There’s links all
down below to all of the devices that I recommended today. You can go ahead,
research all those items and stay tuned for the next couple of parts in the
series. So part two I’m going to show you how to set up the most complicated
components of the system, so that’s going to be the Samsung Smartthings,
that’s a large security system, and I’m going to show you how to, right from the
box, set those up get them working in your home, and get you set up with both a
home security system and a leak system. So that’s part 2 of this series, the
third part is going to be what I just talked to you about in terms of the WyzeCam 2, so I’m going to show you that option and how it can go ahead and
replace all those different components to that security system, and become a
very key and critical piece just for that $20. So there you go guys.
We’ll see you next time in part 2. Thanks for watching.

8 Replies to “A $325 Smart Home Security System You Can Install Yourself – Part 1 – The Components You Need”

  1. if i have the echo plus then i am guessing i dont need to go out and buy a zigbee hub, as it is already built in to the echo plus is that correct ?

  2. Do Alarm Motion Sensors Work Through Glass? – Alarm Grid

    No, alarm motion sensors do not work through glass. Most motion sensors use passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect motion. Changes in IR energy (Heat) are not easily detected through glass. This is why motion sensors will generally not work through windows, which are usually insulated.
    However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Older plate glass and other types of non-insulated glass may allow a greater amount of infrared energy to pass through, and it may be enough to set off a motion sensor. Additionally, light passing through a window may provide enough of a change in IR energy on a small concentrated area to trick a PIR motion sensor into activating. That is why we recommend placing motion sensors away from windows for best results.

  3. Wondering if you ever did Part 2 and 3? Also any summary of the results of using this as a security system? I read that the Wyze cameras do not detect smoke and CO but detect a sensor making the associated 3 beep or 4 beep alarm and the Camera's microphone picks this up and notifies you of the specific alarm. So the camera's do not substitute actual sensors.

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