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The more expensive systems usually come with a wall mounted panel that acts as a communications hub, with a touch screen display that allows you to do everything the app does. The display lets you communicate with a professional monitoring service when an alarm is triggered and view video from any of the installed security cameras. While many systems use wireless components that are installed using double sided tape, some high end systems use components that require professional installation. These soup to nuts systems typically cost considerably more than DIY systems and offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but you may have to enter into a multi year contract and pay a hefty termination fee if you break it. They usually use touch screen hubs thatcontain RF, Wi Fi, Zigbee, and Z Wave radios, allowing them to communicate with and control a multitude of components including door and window sensors, door locks, glass break detectors, indoor and outdoor cameras, light switches, motion and water detectors, smoke/CO alarms, thermostats, video doorbells, and a host of other home automation devices. With a professionally monitored system, when a smoke or intrusion alarm is triggered, an agent will first try to reach you via the two way control panel before calling your listed phone number. If you fail to respond, the agent will call 911 to dispatch an emergency responder to your home. The nice thing about professionally installed systems is you don't have to lift a finger; after you've placed your order a technician will come to your home, set everything up for you, and show you how the system works. It's important to note that in some areas you may have to file for a permit to have a security system installed in your home. Nearly all of the latest DIY and high end home security systems offer support for voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and in some cases Apple Siri, which allows you to unlock doors, change thermostat settings, open the garage, and arm or disarm your system with a spoken command to a connected device like an Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker. Many also offer support for IFTTT If This Then That applets, which use triggers from IFTTT compatible web services and devices to create an action.

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So remember a DVR works with analogue cameras. and an NVR works with network cameras only. In this article, I will be looking only at NVR based systems. This is because DVR based analogue systems are on their way out, they simply cannot compete with the quality and convenience of network cameras and NVRs. Cameras – Network cameras a. k. a IP cameras are fully digital – the image is sent digitally to the NVR through a network cable instead of an analogue BNC cable as in a DVR based system. This enables resolution higher than 1080p2MP, and currently you can go up to 4MP. The hard drive that will store the recorded video and images – read my detailed guide to selecting the right hard drive. The Ethernet cables needed to connect the cameras to the NVRThe power adaptors for the cameras read on to see how you can avoid theseNow there are two ways of choosing the different parts above for your dream DIY home security camera kit – what I call going Pro DIY or Easy DIY. Pro DIY – A fully custom solution where you pick NVR and cameras separatelyThis is what I have done – I built my DIY NAS based NVR system, the benefits being maximum flexibility, power and economy.