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Smart home security systems have become a new standard in many properties today in Fairfield County and the rest of Connecticut. Smart home security is proven to be very effective and offer more benefits than the other traditional home security models. When you want to protect yourself and your family in a better way, you can consider moving to these types of security systems. Here are some important advantages of using a smart home security systems on your property, especially in your home.

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1. Offer proactive protection instead of reactive

Most standard security systems will give you alert when they detect any problems, such as fire, break-in, carbon monoxide leak, etc. They are going to react to any issues that may occur in your property. They are more proactive than traditional security systems. For example, when the back door is left open accidentally, the system will notify you via desktop, iPad, or smartphone.

2. Monitor more than your home

When we are talking about smart home security systems, we are not only monitoring your home. We also can detect your family members and monitor the boundaries of your property. In a good smart home security system, you will have some cameras for monitoring the whole area of your home. These cameras allow you to monitor your loved ones, so you can ensure their safety at any time you want. For example, you can get an alert when your kids are coming home from school.

3. Stay in control

This is another benefit that you can get from using a smart home security system. Smart technology is not all about security. A smart home system allows you to control many different aspects in your home, for example, adjusting your thermostat, turning on and turning off the lights, setting up the coffee pot, and controlling any other appliances in your home. For example, when you forget to switch off your bedroom light in the morning, you can simply control your light from your mobile devices, such as desktop, smartphone, or tablets.

4. Save money on the energy bills

On average, most people are going to use more than 40% of their energy use for lighting, cooling, and heating. When you can monitor the use of these systems, you will be able to cut down the energy bills significantly. You can automate all devices that are available in your home, so you can save a significant amount of money on the energy bills. It is a good idea for you to schedule a temperature change depending on the local weather forecast. You can also control the lighting system in your home without having to do it manually.

5. Increase your home value

Smart home security and automation systems can bring a lot of benefits for many people. Many people are willing to pay more for a new home when they find any smart home systems on the property. Smart feature will be one of the most important home components today and into the future as technology advances. When you are planning to sell your property, you can consider adding this home security system to your home.

What Happens to Your Security System When the Wifi Goes Out?

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Security systems have become extremely convenient due to modern-day technology. You can essentially place your security system anywhere as long as there is an outlet nearby and the wifi reaches your security system. This allows most security systems to be used both inside and outside your home, allowing for total security for whatever you may need it for. Although modern-day technology has made most security systems very convenient and reliable, unexpected events can occur, such as a storm or a power outage, that can affect your home’s wifi. If the wifi is disabled in your home, your security systems may also not be able to work. This page article will discuss what happens to your security system when the wifi goes out.

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Traditional Alarm Systems:

Wired Alarm Systems:

Most traditional alarm systems consist of wired alarm systems. These systems are made up of many cables and wires that all work together to make your alarm system function properly. These cables and wires take a lot of time to install, as they have to be installed seamlessly in order for the alarm system to work. If even one wire is misplaced or installed incorrectly, the entire system is affected.

Although wired systems take much longer for installation, some homes are already pre-wired for a specific system. If you are moving to a new home or business building it may be a smart idea to see what previous alarm system the owners used as the building could already have the wires in place. A home or building that is pre-wired for a specific alarm system would mean that system would be much quicker to install than any wireless system. It would be as simple as picking up the phone and having a tech representative from that company update the control panel.

Pros of Wired Alarm Systems:

  • As the system is completely made up of wires and cables, you won’t have to worry about batteries dying or needing to be replaced.
  • If your home or building is already pre-wired for a wired alarm system, the installation process is much quicker than any other system.

Cons of Wired Alarm Systems:

  • As the system is made up of only wires, one loose connection can interrupt the entire system.
  • Could be easy for potential burglars or anyone wanting to break in to cut a wire, therefore turning off the system.
  • Limited access for homeowners
  • Less technological advancements
  • If you dont get get them regularly checked your wiring can become outdated

Local Alarm Systems:

A local alarm system is one of the most basic types of alarm systems you can get. These alarm systems are monitored. They come with sensors that you place at your doors and windows. These sensors are individual, meaning they are not connected to a control panel. Local alarm systems also may include motion detection sensors.

When these sensors are triggered, the alarm will go off. The alarm goes off from the individual sensor on which the alarm was triggered. These alarm systems are more commonly seen in businesses.

Pros of Local Alarm Systems:

  • Very cost-effective.
  • Very easy to install.
  • They usually come with batteries.

Cons of Local Alarm Systems:

  • Fairly easy to disable, don’t quite provide the best security.These systems may be a better temporary option.
  • Although they come with batteries, it is your responsibility to replace them and make sure the system is still up and running.

These alarm systems typically include sensors placed at doors and windows that when triggered create a sound, or notify the owner by text or SMS if the alarm has been triggered. If your wifi were to go out, possible features such as text messaging to alert you may not work. Local alarms that alert from the sensor itself should be unaffected though even if the wifi were to stop working.

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Smart Security Systems:

Wireless Alarm Systems:

These types of security systems consist of wireless alarm systems. Wireless alarm systems are a modern day favorite choice of alarm system. These systems are essentially completely wireless, meaning you are able to put them anywhere that a wifi connection is able to reach. These systems also can come with many compliments, meaning your outside security system will be connected with any security cameras or sensors you may have inside your home or business.

These security systems are usually a top choice for home and business owners due to their attractive features. As these systems have no wires or cables, you don’t have to drill many holes or alter the walls or locations much that these systems will be going in. They also tend to be fairly small, so they don’t affect the aesthetic of your home or business. Wireless systems are also a great option for homeowners with children or pets, and renters, as you can access the information on these security systems from anywhere.

Pros of Wireless Security Systems:

  • Easy to move and reinstall if you are moving houses or business locations.
  • No wires or cables, so less damage or alterations to your walls or wherever these systems will be installed.
  • Usually small in size so they don’t affect the aesthetic of your home or business.

Cons of Wireless Security systems:

  • Typically the most expensive type of security system.
  • Runs on batteries so you are responsible for keeping up with changing them.
  • Some have a single wire that plugs into an outlet, so you can only put the system in a location with a nearby outlet.
  • Connects to the internet or wifi, so if the power goes out or your wifi is down most systems are not effective.

While these systems are the most popular in today’s world because wifi is so accessible, every once and a while your internet or wifi systems may experience some technical difficulties. This makes most wireless security systems ineffective until wifi is established again. One exception is the Ring security system. This wireless security system is typically placed on the homeowner’s front door and alerts the user when there is movement around the front yard and front door area. The Ring system has a unique feature that allows you to connect to your neighbor’s wifi system if yours may be down. This makes the Ring effective even if your own wifi may be having some troubles.

Best Smart Doorbells of 2021

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Especially now in today’s technology-driven society, smart doorbell systems are more common and highly sought after than ever. Studies show that nearly 20% of American households use some form of smart doorbell system, with a steady rise each day. Due to the high demand, many companies are putting out their own versions of smart doorbell systems, each taking unique approaches to their designs. Whether your top priority is affordability, free cloud storage, most advanced technology system, sharp 2K video, or one that is best for Nest device users, there is a system suitable for you and the safety of your home and family. Here are a few options broken down for you to consider:


Ezviz DB1C Wi-Fi Video Doorbell system

Voted as the best model of smart doorbell system in terms of affordability by various popular news outlets is the Ezviz DB1C Wi-Fi Video Doorbell system, available at Amazon for $94.00. This model is known for delivering sharp HD video with a wide viewing angle, cloud and local video storage, and support for voice control and lots of third-party smart devices, all at a very reasonable price. It offers night vision up to 16 feet, H.265 Video Compression, and IP65 Dust and Water Protection. However, this particular system does require wiring unlike some models, and all Amazon Alexa-streamed video is displayed in fish-eye mode, which many consumers deem to be strong cons to the Ezviz DB1C Wi-Fi Video Doorbell system. However, the system has earned the Editors’ Choice award for affordable video doorbells by, and is consistently bringing in sales nationwide.


the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Another highly ranked smart doorbell system that is considered to be one of the most advanced versions on the market is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, available at Amazon and Best Buy for $249.99. This version includes many bells and whistles, including highly detailed video, 3D motion detection, color night vision, a unique aerial view of motion activity, and works with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, and many other third-party devices. Consumers who use this model have the capability to see a better view of who stops by their homes and check in on package deliveries down at a lower angle, with improved 1536p Head-to-Toe HD+ Video. Additionally, consumers can speak to visitors when they cannot get to the door with built-in Amazon Alexa Greetings, an exclusive feature with a Ring Protect Plan subscription. As for the cons, the price is definitely on the higher end in comparison to other models, along with the fact that a subscription is required to view recorded video, and it does not support Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant. However, this model is considered “Best in Class” and offers the top of the line amenities.


the Nest Hello

A highly popular smart doorbell system in the Nest community is the Nest Hello, available at the Google Store for $149.00 and at Best Buy for $149.99. The Nest Hello video doorbell not only lets you know when somebody is at your door, but it uses face recognition to tell you exactly who the person is. It has an added feature that allows you to play a pre-recorded message when you cannot make it to the door. The app will display a full-screen live view from the camera with buttons for Talk, Ignore, and Responses. Tapping the Responses button lets you deliver one of three pre-recorded messages including, “You can leave it,” “We’ll be right there,” and, “No one can come to the door.” It offers a sleek design, facial recognition, motion and sound detection, sharp HD video, and pairs with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, the system’s setup requires working with electrical wiring, you must have an existing chime box, and need a Nest Aware subscription for many features. Even so, this model reigns as one of the most popular smart doorbell systems among the Nest community.


There are many other benefits that you will enjoy using a good smart home security system. This system is recommended for those who want to have a safe, secure, and also comfortable home for you and your family. Our company, Santella Electric, is ready to help you have the best smart home security system for your property. We have some professional experts and technicians who have expertise and experience in this industry. They can help you enjoy your safe and secure living environment in your home. Our company also has an A+ rating from the BBB organization. This rating shows the overall performance and quality of our service.

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