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How to Install Your Own Security System

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner install a wireless alarm system.

In this video, Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner install a wireless alarm system.

Steps for Installing a Security System

  1. Pick a central location in the house and plug the base station into an electrical outlet.
  2. Install an entry sensor on the front door by first pulling the plastic tab to activate the internal battery.
  3. Peel off the protective paper from the back of the battery sensor to expose the adhesive strip. Press the sensor onto the door.
  4. Remove the peel-and-stick backing from the magnetic sensor and press it onto the door's side jamb, making sure to align it with the battery sensor.
  5. Repeat the previous three steps to install entry sensors on windows and other exterior doors.
  6. Mount a wireless motion sensor to the wall just inside the front door.
  7. Install wireless smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house.
  8. Mount the digital control keypad to the interior wall right beside the front door.
  9. Program a personal pass code into the keypad for arming and disarming the alarm system.
  10. You can also operate the system with a key fob or smartphone app on your cell phone.
  11. Configure the video security camera to your home's Wi-Fi system.
  12. Plug the camera into an electrical outlet. Then test the system.