What is a Bluetooth Based Home Security System?
Security in and around the home has become one of the greatest concerns of homeowners today. Crime in many areas is on the rise, but the presence of a reliable security system replete with visible cameras might make would-be intruders think twice before trespassing on other’s property. Owners also want greater features such as detection of gas, smoke, water and the ability to see what’s going on from anywhere—even when they aren’t home.
However, in addition to the call for more extensive and accessible security features, there is a huge demand for the incorporation of home automation options alongside home security. It is with a Bluetooth based home security system, that homeowners can have it all. Bluetooth devices are access points within themselves, unlike Wi-Fi which utilizes other wireless access devices. Both security and home automation are controlled by an application that can enable and disable sensors, get alerts immediately about detector activation and allow homeowners to control connected Bluetooth compatible devices.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Bluetooth Enabled Security Systems
Just as with any modern security system that is connected to home automation and a wireless connection, Bluetooth enabled devices will send alerts to owners, activate an audible signal, start motion cameras, signal monitoring companies, lock and unlock doors/garages, turn the HVAC off and on, follow pre-set commands, etc. Of course, what the system is capable of will depend on the Bluetooth home security device you choose to use and its features.
While Bluetooth is available in most modern devices such as computers, cellphones, speakers and so much more, it has its own drawbacks. Even though it is affordable, it does struggle with interference problems for some users and may have a limited scale of range control. However, one of the biggest issues with these systems is their potential to be compromised and abused versus Wi-Fi, because Bluetooth devices are possible open points of entry to the network. More on that under cameras, as they seem to be the largest target for Bluetooth security system hackers.
Understanding Bluetooth Home Security Cameras
Traditionally, Bluetooth technology applications have only been able to be accessed via a short distance from connected cameras. For example, a 2.4 GHz radio band that’s used to communicate with Bluetooth devices (e.g. your smartphone) data can be shared at ranges ranging between 30-350 feet. However, this varies drastically between devices, and the tech is evolving almost daily. Essentially, while Bluetooth gives you additional methods of accessing home security cameras, Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE, is not considered quite as secure as comparable wireless protocols.
That being said, when it comes to hidden wireless cameras like those that keep an eye on the kids or workers in the home are ideal for Bluetooth use when you want a discrete ‘eye’ and are nearby. Many of these cameras function dually as the device they look like, such as lamps, clocks, stuffed animals, etc. They can be motion or sound activated and give you a peek at what’s happening, record footage and store it online if desired. Those looking for alternatives to Bluetooth cameras should look at networking such as PoE IP, wire free, and traditional wireless options.
Alternatives to Bluetooth Based Home Security
As mentioned previously, the biggest concern with Bluetooth home based security is the fact that there are so many Bluetooth-ready devices that hacking risks are elevated compared to those of a typical Wi-Fi network connection. Homeowners looking for alternative security options that offer connectivity through other means should look at these three home security and monitoring companies.
ADT Home Security
As the largest and best known security provider in North America, ADT offers both wired and hardwired connectivity so homeowners can feel secure even if they are technology leery. The company offers a full line of home security packages, wireless camera options and home automation features controllable through the wired panel or remotely via the connected app. However, customers should note that ADT requires professional installation, leases equipment and requires long-term contracts.
Vivint Home Security
Those looking for cloud based storage for their surveillance videos and other security-based information will appreciate the options through Vivint Home Security. Information that is recorded is transferred via Wi-Fi to the home network and stored on the Vivint Smart Drive cloud storage, giving you remote access anytime, anywhere. Customers can enjoy full access to any number of home automation devices and operate them all utilizing the security system’s control panel, Alexa, Google Home or the Vivint Sky app.
Frontpoint Home Security
Frontpoint is a popular home security company that offers a number of packages ranging from basic to full home automation features like doors, thermostats and lighting controls. Equipment is self-installed and there are various monitoring plans starting at $34.95 and up. Frontpoint operates on cellular and wireless technology and is considered to be highly reliable and difficult to hack into. Downsides to Frontpoint are that they require a three-year contract, and you will need to purchase your equipment up front. However, they offer customers with good credit certain payment plan options.