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Connected home security cameras are among the best electronic investments a homeowner can make, especially as a first step into home security. As most people know, many criminals avoid targeting a home if they see a camera mounted outside; plus, connected cameras can be incredibly useful for household management.

Unfortunately, some beginners to home security start out believing that all home security cameras are the same. This is not true at all; as a matter of fact, many of the cameras you encounter at retail stores are standalone camera sets that are not connectable to a security system. What’s the difference between those and true security cameras? The latter is fully connectable to your home security system. This means they give you:  

Important Notifications

Connected home security cameras have exclusive features and intelligence that standalone cameras don’t have. One of those is the ability to notify the homeowner when there’s a person at the door, or motion captured on one of the cameras; this is done via an alert to the homeowner’s smartphone. Because the homeowner receives an alert whenever these events happen, it’s possible to stay on top of home security from anywhere.

Unique Intelligence

Of course, not everything captured on the cameras will be a legitimate security threat. Sometimes, it could be your own loved ones coming and going from the house. That’s where a connected camera’s unique intelligence becomes very valuable. Using the home security app that enables you to control the entire system from the palm of your hand, you can choose the specific video events that warrant a notification.

For example: Do you really want a notification every time your spouse or kids move into camera view? Probably not – so to prevent this, you can customize the motion-triggered notifications you will receive for each camera. You can even filter your notifications by time of day or alarm activation status. This will greatly reduce the number of notifications you get, which means you’ll know that the alerts you receive warrant your attention.

Household Management

Of course, there may be some common household events that you do want to be notified: for instance, when the kids come home from school. When your cameras are connected to your security system, you can use your app to enable a video notification when the kids arrive.

Likewise, you’ll receive a video notification when there’s an alarm event – like if the alarm is ever triggered by a possible break-in. The alarm event prompts your cameras to begin recording automatically, which means you’ll see everything going on during a true home security event. And because the video clips are sharable, you’ll be able to send them to law enforcement or post on social media to caution others.

These are some of the differences cameras purchased off the shelf and connected cameras for home security. Long Island homeowners who would like to learn more can contact All Action Alarm.

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Until very recently, traditional doorbells were all that was available so we had no reason compelling us to wonder if there could be a better way. With the advent of smart video doorbells, that all changed. Home automation technologies, from smart locks to smart thermostats, have revolutionized the way we do nearly everything and have now even empowered the doorbell.

There are Some Serious Disadvantages with Traditional Doorbells

Most people have not thought about the traditional doorbell in the context of either adding or detracting from our safety or convenience because there were just not any alternatives. Now, it is clear that the traditional doorbell has some disadvantages, and some of them put you at risk.

  • You have no way of knowing who is at the door, or why, unless you go to the door and open it.
  • There is no way to identify the person prior to getting close to the door.
  • Opening the door to strangers makes you, your family, and home vulnerable.
  • Not answering the door can tip off thieves you are not home.

Smart Doorbells are Different

Smart doorbells are like traditional ones in that they alert you to a visitor. That is where the similarities end, though. This is because the smart doorbell has additional features that make it even more useful. These features include a 1080p HD video camera, motion sensors, night vision,  and two-way audio. It can be connected to the home automation system and even accessed from your smartphone or another smart device from the smart app.

They Are Also Better

Since the front door is one of the most vulnerable points of access, it should be a focus of our security efforts in every way possible. The smart doorbell is the best way to enhance security and convenience at this important access point. Here are just a few of the many examples of its usefulness.

  • Motion sensors can alert you to outside activity even before the person is at the door.
  • You can address an unknown person without having to open the door to them.
  • Clear HD video images make sure you can easily identify any visitor without having to get close to the door.
  • Infrared equipped doorbell cameras let you clearly see any activity near the door even in the dark or low light.
  • You can uses the motion sensors to send alerts so you can check on package deliveries.
  • If there is motion detected when there shouldn’t be, you can record or take snapshots of the activity.
  • By accessing the doorbell camera and two-way audio you can answer the door and address the need without opening it.
  • You can answer the door remotely so you do not tip off thieves you are not home.
  • You can screen disruptions.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm specializes in the tools that make your life safer and more convenient. Contact us today for a free consultation for your home or business.

 

If you are like most of us, you can’t even remember what life was like before your video doorbell. It seems like such a simple solution but oh, how it has changed things. And that gets you to thinking– how do other people use their video doorbell?

Doorbells Made for the Way We Live

When video doorbells were first available, early adopters were thinking, “Finally, a doorbell made for the way real people live!” Video doorbells are smart doorbells equipped with 2-way communication capacity, video camera, and motion sensor. Both nearby motion and someone ringing the bell can trigger an alert sent to a smart device. From the device, you can open the app and communicate with the person at the door, whether you are in the home or elsewhere. The genius device solves a lot of problems.

No More Shhh-ers or Hiders

Now when a salesperson comes to the door, there is no need to run and hide and pretend like you are not home. Simply answer the door from the phone with a polite “No, thank you” and move on.

Never Pause Movie Night

There is only one reason to put the pause on movie night and that is for pizza delivery! Now you can know for sure that the one at the door is the bearer of cheesy goodness before you open the door.

Online Shopper’s Delight

If you are constantly on the lookout for that next package or worried that what you got with Amazon Prime will not arrive at a prime time– like when you are home, then you know how great it is to be able to see it safe and sound on your doorstep.

Why Tell Anyone You Aren’t Home?

When you have a video doorbell, you never have to give away the fact that you are not home. Now any dishonest person trying to figure out if the home is empty or not will not have a clue and move on to another target.

Don’t Disrupt the Chill

You just sat down to relax and now there is someone at the door. With a video doorbell, you can answer from the comfort of your easy chair with a ”Sorry, I am seriously deep into a project and can’t come to the door right now.”

Mute Mode

Traditional doorbells can be a real problem if you sleep during the daylight hours. Just when you finally drift off… there it is, and you never quite get to sleep soundly again. Thank goodness video doorbells have a mute mode so you can block out the rest of the world.

About Us

Today, home security and home automation are made for the way real people live, and All Action Alarm has been helping Long Island residents customize solutions since 1980.