Did you know I cover DIY security systems?

I have this nasty habit of not marketing my work. It is a terrible habit to have, as you’re probably wondering what the heck it is that I’m actually up to every day.

Why I got into the smart home in the first place

Lately, I’ve been working on testing out a new do-it-yourself security system. I love these things! They have alarms in them, they chirp when you open a door affixed with a sensor, and they call the police if someone comes into your house without your permission (unless of course, they’re a vampire, because vampires have to be verbally invited in to even get through the door). Sometimes they also work as smart home hubs and can be a great way to integrate connected gadgets like smart lights, garage door openers, and sirens into the security system. I loved the idea of DIY security systems because it’s why I got into making a smart home in the first place: it’s an incredibly fun way to set up your house as you like it.

I can’t tell you which system I’m working on yet (I try not to spoil the story before it’s officially published), but I can point you to some of the work I did last summer for Tom’s Guide. Check it out. And if you’re looking for something a little more well-known in terms of security systems, here are my reviews for the Nest Secure and the Ring Alarm system, the latter of which I’ll be testing some of its new automation features in the next few weeks.

If you have any questions about buying a security system yourself, pop into my Discord in your time off or send me an email using the contact link above. And remember: if you’re installing an alarm system in your home, you’ll need to check with your local police to see if it requires registration. I pay $25 a year to avoid incurring larger false alarm fines, especially since I’m testing these things all the time.