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Home Security Cameras Comparison

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Home Security Cameras Comparison

Shopping for cameras for your home can be a daunting task. The goal of this post is to make choosing the right camera(s) to protect your home just a bit simpler. Camera Types The three main types of cameras for home use are Indoor, Outdoor and Doorbell. Some types are available with added features, like night vision, pan, tilt, zoom, HD and audio. Make sure you know your camera’s features for a proper home security cameras comparison. PTZ cameras are not all they’re cracked up to be, since they only record what they’re viewing at the time, and can miss activity off camera. Infrared night vision is a must, and 2 way audio is great if you need to communicate with someone from afar. Doorbell cameras have become very popular lately and are reasonably priced. You can get even more out of your doorbell camera if it is connected to a home security system and door locks. With DFW Security you can use a single app to speak, watch and listen to someone at your door, and also lock, unlock or arm/disarm your alarm system. With all doorbell cameras, the WiFi signal at your door must be strong for them to work properly. A word about image quality – Pixels and definition rating vary wildly from camera to camera. Keep in mind, this isn’t the movies. You won’t be able to zoom in and count whiskers unless you’re willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars. Your home’s internet wi-fi speed can also affect image quality – no matter how great the definition. In general, HD cameras are sufficient for home use. Viewing A great question to ask in a home security cameras comparison is how do you want to view the video from your cameras? Do you only need access when you’re on site? Or is mobile access a requirement? Most newer camera systems offer some sort of mobile application. For example, DFW Security offers an app for computers, smart phones, tablets and even Apple Watches.  The convenience, ease of use and quality of the app should be a big factor to consider when you’re shopping for security cameras. Recording The next obvious question when doing a home security cameras comparison is do you want to be able to record? If yes, do you want continuous recording, recording on motion or schedule, event-triggered recording, or all of the above? DFW Security has options for all recording types. For continuous recording, you’ll need a DVR (digital video recorder) or SVR (streaming video recorder). Many boxed sets include a DVR with a specified amount of storage space. Motion recording saves storage space and eliminates wasted recordings when there is no activity. The cameras only record when there is motion in a particular area. Sophisticated systems like DFW Security’s Video Monitoring allow you to customize sensitivity, schedule and viewing area. The biggest advantage of having a camera system that connects with your security system is the ability to record on events. For example, you can set it to record clips when there is an alarm, when a door is opened, or when the security system is disarmed. With DFW Security, you can also set it to text you with the clip instantly, so you’ll always know what’s going on without having...

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DFW Home Security Monitoring

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DFW Home Security Monitoring

If you’re looking for alarm monitoring in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, you’ve found it! DFW Security is based in Fort Worth, Texas and we provide 5-diamond rated DFW Home Security Monitoring from just $12.95 per month. What Does 5-Diamond Rated Mean? The Monitoring Association (T.M.A.), previously known as The Central Station Alarm Association (C.S.A.A.), is the organization that oversees alarm monitoring companies internationally. They do testing, education and ratings for monitoring equipment and organizations. Our DFW home security monitoring station is rated 5 Diamonds – the highest rating they offer. What it means to you, the consumer, is that you can trust that you’re getting the best protection, even though our prices are significantly less than other home security companies. Existing Alarm Systems If you already have an alarm system in your home, as long as it is working and compatible, we can monitor it for $12.95 with a landline, or $16.95 for wireless monitoring without a standard home phone line. Our licensed technicians may be able to make small repairs for you, but if your problems are bigger, you may want to consider an upgrade. New Installation or Upgrade Whether you have no alarm system at all, only the wiring for a security system, or an outdated/non-working/non-compatible burglar system, we can help. Our touchscreen Smart Security System offers the latest technology in home protection without the big price tag. In fact, DFW Security can usually install your new system with $0 for equipment, $0 for installation and $0 for activation. Just pay your first month of around $30 to get started. It comes standard with our 5-diamond rated wireless DFW home security monitoring. Call today to get an exact quote for your home. Why Smart Security? Control remotely from Android & Apple phones, PC, Mac, Apple Watch, Alexa or Google Home Help in an instant through the loudspeaker on your keypad Get customized instant push notifications, texts or emails Service is unaffected by power, internet or phone service outages Easily add Cameras and/or Home Automation and control from our easy all-in-one app   Our DFW Home Security Monitoring specialists would love to help you find the perfect protection for your home and family. Give us a call...

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Home Security in Arlington

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Home Security in Arlington

Arlington may be known as “The American Dream City”, but unfortunately it still has its share of crime. Protect what you love with a home security system from DFW Security.  Top-Rated Home Security in Arlington, Texas At DFW Security, we are known for our 5-diamond rated professional Alarm Monitoring starting at just $12.95 per month. If you have an existing home alarm system and a landline, $12.95 is all you need to pay. Wireless alarm monitoring starts at just $16.95 per month, if you don’t have a traditional home phone line. But – our best value on Home Security in Arlington is definitely our Smart Security System. Smart Security for Arlington A smart security system means you can have peace of mind 24/7 with the latest in protection and convenience technology. Our award-winning mobile app allows you to control your home security in Arlington anytime, anywhere. Arm and disarm right from your phone. Get notifications if you forget to set your alarm system, or if you leave a door or window open. Two-Way Communication means our monitoring agents can speak directly into your Arlington home in case of an emergency. Our  smart system comes with built-in wireless monitoring (no phone line needed) and patented Crash & Smash Protection, making it the most secure security system on the market today.  Add Fire Protection to your Alarm System Perhaps the best decision you can make to protect your home and family is to add Fire Protection to your home security in Arlington. Full-time monitored smoke detectors mean the Arlington Fire Department will be on their way in seconds in case of a fire. Traditional builder-installed smoke detectors only make noise and don’t call anyone. Home Automation Too! A Smart security system from DFW Security comes “home automation-ready”. We can easily and affordably add a-la-carte equipment to allow control of these systems right from the same app! Lights Locks Garage Doors Cameras Thermostats   Call today to learn more about home security in Arlington, Texas. Our friendly experts can help you find the perfect protection for your needs and...

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Door Home Security

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Door Home Security

All About Doors When looking to protect your home, securing your doors is often the first thing that comes to mind. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about doors – the best way to secure doors, specialty door types, door alarm sensors, smart door home security and more. Home Security Door Sensors The most basic and important step in door home security is the use of contacts or sensors that communicate with an alarm system panel – also known as a perimeter burglar alarm. Door Sensors use magnets to report when a door is open or closed. They can be surface or recessed. Surface contacts sit on the outside of the door frame and are mounted with either a screw or double-sided tape. They can be hardwired or wireless. The wireless sensors will be a bit larger and contain a small replaceable battery. Sensors can also be recessed, meaning they are installed in the door and door jamb itself. These are usually hardwired, but wireless is available too. In a traditional alarm system, if the security system is armed and a door is opened, an alarm will sound. If you have professional alarm monitoring, the home security company will be notified and the police dispatched. With a Smart Security System, the communication is two way, so you can check your mobile device at any time to see if a door is open or closed, even if the system isn’t armed. Smart Door Locks  To further enhance door home security, we recommend adding a smart lock to your smart security system. The lock uses programmable 4-digit codes and can be controlled remotely from your smart phone. You can receive notifications when the door is left open, left unlocked, or every time a certain code is used to unlock it. You don’t have to carry or give out spare keys, and codes can quickly and easily be changed, added or deleted. A Secure Front Door       The best way to fully secure your front door is with a smart security system from DFW Security. These 4 vital components create the ultimate in door home security. Door Sensor – Know instantly every time your front door opens or closes. Smart Lock – Lock and unlock from anywhere. Always know who is coming and going and when. Lighting control – Set up schedules and automation for your porch light so it always looks like someone’s home. Doorbell Camera – See whoever is on your porch and have a conversation with them remotely. You can also lock or unlock and arm or disarm your security system from the same screen in our award-winning mobile app.   Garage Door Security Don’t forget about the biggest door in your house – the garage door! A special sensor can be added to your garage door and connected to the alarm system. It operates just like the door home security sensors described above. If you want to take it a step further, a smart security garage door sensor can tell you if the garage door is left open, and you can control it from our mobile app anywhere, anytime.   Special Door Types There are a few specialty doors that deserve mentioning and could require special treatment. For French doors, sliding doors...

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Alarm Monitoring Without A Phone Line

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Alarm Monitoring Without A Phone Line

Landlines are quickly becoming a thing of the past, like party lines and pay phones. With the prominence of cell phones and more people using WiFi calling, people just don’t need the added expense of a home phone. Unfortunately, some homeowners don’t realize their alarm system won’t work without a home phone landline. The good news is that DFW Security can help. We offer affordable alarm monitoring without a phone line, and its even better than the old way of doing things. Affordable Alarm Monitoring Without a Phone Line You may have heard about our 5-diamond rated professional 24/7 monitoring with a standard home phone line for only $12.95 a month. But, did you know – If you have an existing compatible security system, DFW Security offers alarm monitoring without a phone line for only $16.95 per month! Simply purchase a wireless communicator for a small one-time charge and you’re all set. An even better solution is to upgrade to Smart Security for the most secure (but still affordable) option available. Why Wireless Monitoring is Better Sometimes people think having a hardwired connection is more reliable or more secure, but that is not the case with alarm systems. With a traditional home phone line, all a burglar has to do is cut the phone line on the outside of the house before breaking in, and the alarm can’t be transmitted anywhere. With wireless monitoring, the alarm system uses the cellular network to transmit signals, so there are no lines to be cut. Smart Security takes it one step further and sends a signal right when the door is opened. If no disarm signal is received, they notify the police of a possible crash and smash burglary. (This is a technique where an intruder destroys the security system panel before it can send a signal.) Alarm Monitoring without a phone line is truly better – so go ahead and cancel that home phone! Nothing to Worry About Wireless alarm monitoring from DFW Security ensures you’ll have peace of mind knowing your home is always protected. It works even when the power goes out or the internet goes down. It uses the cellulr tower with the strongest signal, and can automatically switch as needed in case of a tower going down. So don’t leave your home and family unprotected. Choose Alarm Monitoring without a Phone Line today. Call...

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Home Security in Prosper

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Home Security in Prosper

Prosper, Texas is a wonderful place to live. According to FBI crime statistics as reported on AreaVibes, Prosper is safer than 78% of the cities in the United States. You may be thinking this is great news, but wait – isn’t this an article on Home Security in Prosper? Why do I need to worry about home security in such a “safe” neighborhood? Unfortunately, the number of crimes in Prosper, TX has increase by 28% year over year. As more and more people move in, stuff happens. Even more important, fire doesn’t discriminate, and can affect anyone. Alarm Monitoring in Prosper Don’t worry, Home Security in Prosper doesn’t have to cost a fortune! DFW Security offers professional 5-Diamond Rated Alarm Monitoring from just $12.95 per month! If you have a compatible, working alarm system in your home, like most people do in Prosper, we can monitor it. We recommend adding monitored smoke detectors for no additional monthly charge. The smoke detectors that builders install in homes only make noise and do not notify the fire department. Monitored photoelectric smoke detectors instantly notify the authorities when smoke is detected, so they can be on their way in seconds. Call for more information and equipment pricing, as the fire code requirements for each home differs.   Prosper Security Systems If you don’t already have a security system in your home, or you would like to upgrade, DFW Security can install a state-of-the-art Smart Security System with no activation or installation fee. Use our award-winning mobile app to control your Home Security in Prosper. Arm and Disarm, Check History and Get Instant Notifications. We can even remind you if you forget to set your system when you leave! Smart security is more secure, because it uses Two-Way Communication and Wireless Alarm Monitoring, and includes our patented Crash & Smash Protection. Because we pride ourselves in offering value to the Metroplex, our Smart home security in Prosper, TX costs the same as other company’s Basic security. Call us for an exact quote. You’ll be surprised how affordable it is! Home Automation in Prosper If you want to get even more from your home security in Prosper, add Home Automation! Our smart security systems and mobile app are compatible with the following components: Lights Locks Thermostats Garage Doors Cameras Control them all with one easy-to-use App. Get instant notifications, set up one touch automation and more. In many cases, we can provide the equipment, installation and activation to you for no cost up front – just pay your first month to get started. You’ll be surprised how affordable premium home security in Prosper can be! Call us to learn...

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DFW Security on The Eagle

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DFW Security on The Eagle

If you’ve been listening to the radio lately, you may have heard DFW Security on The Eagle 97.1. Dan O’Malley from The Russ Martin Show has one of our Smart Security systems in his home. He often talks about how he uses his system and the connected Home Automation features on air. Like many men, he feels good knowing his family is safe and secure, but he really enjoys being able to control his system on his phone, and especially likes how he can see what’s going on at home even when he’s not there. Some favorite features mentioned about DFW Security on The Eagle: Mobile App Everybody loves our all-in-one mobile app. You don’t need a separate app for every system in your home. Connect and control everything quickly and easily from your smart phone, tablet, Apple watch or even with Alexa or Google Home.   Notifications A lot of homeowners with basic security systems complain that they always forget to arm their alarm system when they leave home. A smart security system can send a reminder when you get a certain distance from home. Then you can set it with one touch, right from the alert on your smart phone. Other helpful reminders are when you forget to close your garage door, or leave a door open accidentally for more than a set number of minutes. It can even remind you to lock your door when you’re away from home. Thermostat Automation It shouldn’t be hard or expensive to keep your home comfortable, even with our crazy always-fluctuating Texas weather. As you’ve heard about DFW Security on The Eagle, we can help you spend less on heating and cooling your home with smart thermostat automation. Set your temperature range and your smart thermostat will automatically switch between heating and cooling as needed. Turn on GEO Services and you can create settings for when you’re home, away, when Mom’s home, but Dad’s not, when the kids are home alone – whatever. Because your system is linked to the GPS location of your phones, it knows who is home – and can automatically adjust according to the rules you establish. In case of a fire, your ventilation system shuts down immediately to prevent smoke from circulating throughout the home. (Requires Monitored Fire Protection) Doorbell Camera Doorbell Cameras are popular today, but did you know a doorbell camera from DFW Security can do more? Because the doorbell camera is integrated with a smart security system, you can not only talk to whoever is on your porch, but you can also lock or unlock your door, and arm or disarm your security system – all from the same screen, and all in the same app. Alarm Monitoring If you have an existing alarm system in your home, as long as it is working and compatible, we can provide professional 24/7 alarm monitoring for only $12.95 with a landline. Now wonder they’re talking about DFW Security on The...

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Wireless Home Alarm Systems

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Wireless Home Alarm Systems

Comparing Wireless Home Alarm Systems There are a lot of wireless home alarm systems on the market right now, and it can be pretty confusing trying to pick one. When you’re looking at something as important as protecting your home and family, choosing the right security system is paramount. In this article, we will discuss the features of the top two wireless smart security systems. The meaning of Wireless When people use the term, “wireless”, it could refer to many things. It can refer to the way the alarm system communicates with the monitoring center, the smart functionality available on wireless devices like smart phones, and the installation (hard-wired or wireless) of the sensors and security components. Read this article about the different meanings of “wireless” when it comes to comparing wireless home alarm systems. The Control Panel versus the Mobile App The real meat and potatoes of a wireless security system are the quality of the alarm monitoring and the functionality of the mobile app. The control panel is of secondary importance. Both of the wireless home alarm systems we are comparing today come with professional alarm monitoring by DFW Security and mobile app functionality from Alarm.com. These two features are the most important part of the security package, and allow you to control your system remotely, as well as the advanced protections of Smart Security – like crash and smash protection and two-way voice. Learn more about our Mobile App here. The 2 Gig GC 2 2 Gig Wireless Home Alarm Systems have been our first choice for several years, and thousands of our customers are enjoying the “Smart” technology it offers. It has a touchscreen and is easy to use. It has a built-in wireless communicator for monitoring, and includes wireless components like door sensors and motion detectors. It works with 2 way voice, and delivers severe weather alerts. It is secure and encrypted and allows for over-the-air updates. Best of all, it gives you access to our mobile app, and even Home Automation if you wish. The Qolsys IQ Panel 2   At the end of 2017, DFW Security started installing the Qolsys panel instead of the 2 Gig. We never rush into technology, but we do want to be on the cutting edge. We tested the IQ2 thoroughly and are confident in its security (our first priority) and in love with some of the new features. Like the 2 Gig, it allows for all the functionality of our mobile app, smart security, video and home automation. One way the Qolsys pulls ahead to be our favorite is with the Bluetooth feature. These wireless alarm systems can be set up to “see” your phone’s location and when you’re phone is in range, it can automatically disarm your security system. Another great advantage is the built-in keypad camera. The keypad itself can take a picture of whoever disarms the system and send it to whoever you want. We also love the keypad’s built-in glassbreak detector.  The IQ2 looks great (a lot like an iPad mini) and it can be wall mounted, or you can move it around the house with you. It has a customizable screen-saver, so you can load personal photos and it will play a slide show if you like. When paired with Alarm.com,...

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Wireless Alarm Systems

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Wireless Alarm Systems

Different Meanings for Wireless Alarm Systems Before we get too far along in the discussion of wireless alarm systems, we need to clarify the different meanings of the term “wireless.” One meaning refers to the installation process – are wires run throughout the home to the panel and different alarm sensors, or are the components wireless? Another meaning deals with how the security system communicates with the alarm monitoring center. Does it use a standard landline home phone, or does it use the cellular (wireless) network? The final meaning could refer to the use of a wireless device (smart phone) for alerts and monitoring, etc. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each of the different meanings in more detail below. Wireless Functionality Smart security is the most common term for a modern security system that interacts with the homeowner and provides information through a mobile app. While traditional security systems could only communicate when there was an alarm, these wireless alarm systems send messages back and forth constantly. This allows the homeowner to receive notifications, control their system remotely on a mobile device, add home automation and more. Get a push notification when you forget to close your garage door, and close it on your smart phone with one touch.  Get a text message with a video clip when the alarm is disarmed.  Use your smart phone to view cameras, answer your doorbell, lock your doors and more. Wireless Communication Since more and more people have eliminated their home phone line, wireless alarm systems are now a common choice. They’re secure and reliable, using the cellular network to transmit information. Our smart systems have a cellular communicator built in, and they’re able to use the network with the strongest signal in your area. Ours are also immune to power outages, internet interruptions, and downed phone lines, unlike the old vulnerable systems attached to a phone line. Wireless communication is also known as Wireless Monitoring.  Wireless Installation No system is completely 100% wireless – they all require at least a power wire somewhere. But instead of a technician running cables all over your house, he may only need to use one or two wires in well hidden places. Sensors, like door/window contacts, glassbreak, and motion detectors, communicate wirelessly with the main control panel, instead of using a wire. Many automation and convenience features like notifications and mobile app control, require a good internet connection, while the security features (like the sensors just discussed) are designed to work even without internet. Top 2 Wireless Alarm Systems While there are many wireless alarm systems on the market right now, the top two are the 2Gig Go Control 2 and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Both are smart security systems with wireless functionality, wireless communication, and wireless installation. I’ll be writing a comparison post comparing these top two wireless alarm systems in just a few days. Check back...

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Security and Automation on the Apple Watch

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Security and Automation on the Apple Watch

Get the most out of your smart watch Smart watches, including the Apple Watch, have only been around for a few years, but I’m betting everyone will have one of these amazing little timepieces before long. They’re so convenient, putting major functionality right on your wrist. Now, with DFW Security, you can have Smart Security and Automation on the Apple Watch – with a single app to manage your alarm, lights, thermostats, cameras, appliances, locks and garage door. How fabulous to be able to do it all from your wrist!   Your home on your wrist Lock and unlock doors Arm and disarm your security system View your cameras Answer your doorbell – view and speak to whoever is at your door Open and close your garage door Turn lights on and off Adjust your thermostat Get alerts and reminders – when you forget to close a door, arm your system, when an alarm is triggered Get status, view history – Almost everything you do on our phone app, you can do on your watch   Don’t get a different app for every service in your home. Get one that does it all – Get Security and Automation on the Apple Watch with DFW Security. Getting Started If you don’t have DFW Security yet, call us at (855) 840-1295. Our experts will help you choose the right services and devices for your protection and convenience. We have packages and options for all needs and budgets. We can help you over the phone, or we can send someone to your house – whichever you prefer. DFW Security is friendly, licensed, and professional. We are also local (Fort Worth, Texas) and independently owned and operated. So add DFW Security to your Christmas wish list, and enjoy all this amazing security and automation on the Apple Watch. If you already have DFW Security, just go to the iTunes App store and download the Alarm.com App. Sign in to your account and you’re good to go....

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