DIY or Professionally Installed


There are many options when shopping for ways to secure your home or business these days. With so many choices on the market it can be overwhelming to decide what is best to fit your security needs. I will run through the pros and cons of some of the different options.


Firstly, you will want to decide between having a professional company such as Watchdog Security come out to install the system for you or if you will purchase the equipment online/in store and install the system yourself. There are a few very important differences between the two types that you should factor in before making your decision. With a DIY system the obvious appeal is the cost! When you buy something, and do the work yourself it saves money!! However, what commonly happens is you get excited go to the store and once you get it home and out of the box it turns out to be much more complicated than you had anticipated! What now? Call to have someone install the DIY system? Unfortunately, it will be hard if not impossible to find a professional to install a DIY system. Why you ask? Because they know the functionality is not the same and they cannot warranty the equipment. You are a DIY expert you say and the installation will be a breeze? That is wonderful many people are, so before making your decision let’s take a look at the difference in functionality. Remember when we talked about price? Well like any other electronic device the operating system means everything and in this area, you get what you pay for. Let me elaborate! When you set up your DIY system the signal communicates to the app through your internet modem, which means it will only communicate based on your WiFi signal speed and strength. This also means if the power goes out, internet is down, or the internet cable on the outside of your home or business is cut you will not get a signal from your security panel if there is an alarm triggered event. Another thing to consider is the type of monitoring you want: is your systems purpose to make noise only or so you want it to call out to police, medical and fire department in the event of an emergency. If you are looking for a noise maker only and you are a good at DIY this may be the system for you!


Let’s now look a little closer at the features you will get with a professionally installed security system. The first thing is the cost may be more reasonable than you may think, many times if you are a homeowner we can install a system for little to no money down.  Your system will be professionally installed and the equipment will have a manufacturer warranty. The functionality will be the area where you will see the biggest difference, where the DIY system communicates through your internet modem, our professionally installed systems communicate to you and the monitoring station via a cellular chip within the panel. This panel is a tamper proof panel which means if someone tried to pull it off the wall, disable or break the panel it will still send a signal to the monitoring station. In addition there is no phone line or internet line that can be cut by a potential burglar because of the cellular chip contained within the panel. The panel also contains a 24 hour back up battery that will recharge itself when the power returns. Essentially it comes down to the level of protection you want for your home and business.

There is a system out there for everyone, whether a do it yourselfer or you prefer to have someone handle the installation for you be sure you ask the right questions based on your family and business needs. Before you make your final decision call Watchdog Security for a free in home consultation!