Put together a smart security system
There’s no need to be alarmed. Or perhaps there is, if you care about your kit. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to put together your own security system
When i bought my house, it came with an alarm system, but not an alarm code. So beyond one accidental activation that caused all manner of trouble, it and its network of motion sensors has laid dormant for the past seven years. I don’t think it would like my cat collection, anyway.
Don’t get any ideas, though. I’ve tooled myself up with my own smart alarm, made from enough bits and bobs from my years of electronics hoarding to trip, almost literally, at the drop of a hat. But not a cat. Cameras, sensors, the whole shebang.
Ideally I’d like it to be tied together in one app rather than three, but that’s a common complaint, and something that’s getting better as more devices support protocols like Zigbee and Apple’s HomeKit. That’s rarely retroactive, but it’s an excuse to upgrade, right?