23 Dec '15, 8pm

Build Your Own Home Security System

Build Your Own Home Security System

Photo: W. Wayt Gibbs Home-brew House Guard: A microphone connected to a Wi-Fi–enabled Arduino Uno listens for the Scout’s alarms. A wireless switch turns on the siren. The last straw was a midday break-in right next door. For months, my wife and I had worried that our neighborhood in the Seattle suburbs was suffering from a nasty rash of home burglaries. We had toyed with getting a security system for our house but balked at the monthly fees and installation hassle of conventional systems. Then our neighbors alerted us that intruders had just busted into their home—only a few meters from ours—in broad daylight. I started researching DIY security systems the next day. Thanks to advances in mesh networking and Internet-of-Things standards like Zigbee and Z-Wave , the market has exploded with wireless security systems that are easy to install and expand, connected to smartpho...

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