HomeHome AutomationThe biggest pitfall of a smart security systems

The biggest pitfall of a smart security systems

Is your smart home really secure?

My news feed is set to deliver news about the Raspberry Pi, Tasker, home automation, smart security systems and several more relevant information that inspire me and provide me with the knowledge for further tutorials.

In the recent weeks, I came across several guides/tutorials on how to use home automation to increase the security in your house.  With all the gadgets, sensors and IoT devices you might be tempted to wire up your house to create an elaborate and interactive home security system on the cheap. I’m not surprised that these methods are popular, as provide us with a cheaper alternative than a professionally fitted alarm system. It’s all great, but all these systems have one thing in common. The same weakest link. Learn about the biggest pitfall of the smart security systems

The biggest pitfall of a smart security systems

Turns out, that hacking into home automation systems is not needed. It’s time-consuming and it costs money. Entire home-made security systems can be disabled with a free device in less than a fraction of the second.

The weakest link in your home automation is the lack of the separate power system, independent from mains. Unlike professional installation, you are very unlikely to put extra wires to power an IP cam, or a Pi Server. The router is probably also powered from the mains, same rule applies to security sensors.

Short the wires and you have the secret weapon.

Imagine the thief would short your mains socket. The fuse box will pop the safety fuse out, and anything connected to mains will get powered down. If you are lucky enough, it will power down just a single floor, leaving other devices powered on.

The worse case scenario is when you have an outside plug wired with mains running inside your house. Unless that socket comes with additional fuse installed, capable of blowing before the main one, everything will get powered down. This means no IP cameras, no servers, no sensors, no router to send you a notification.

Your entire effort could go up with the smoke. All that possible without stepping a foot inside your property.

How to prevent it?

This is a tricky question. Apart from having a completely separate circuit for the entire security system, you would need a UPS to keep the system online. This means some serious money. Creating a homemade security system requires you to always look at the weakest link. Don’t let it be the power supply.

PayPal

Nothing says "Thank you" better than keeping my coffee jar topped up!

Patreon

Support me on Patreon and get an early access to tutorial files and videos.

image/svg+xml

Bitcoin (BTC)

Use this QR to keep me caffeinated with BTC: 1FwFqqh71mUTENcRe9q4s9AWFgoc8BA9ZU

Smart Ideas with

Automate your space in with these ecosystems and integrate it with other automation services

client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image
client-image

Learn NodeRED

NodeRED for beginners: 1. Why do you need a NodeRED server?

0
To server or not to server? That's a very silly question!

Best Automation Projects

NEST your old thermostat under $5

0
Nest-ing up your older thermostat under $5

Nora – Google Assistant in NodeRED

0
Integrate Google Assistant with NodeRED thanks to Nora - NodeRED home automation

Sonoff R3 DIY mode & why it sucks

0
Long awaited Sonoff R3 DIY mode is even worse than I expected.

IKEA TRADFRI Wireless dimmer in NodeRED

0
Thanks to NodeRED you can use IKEA TRADFRI Wireless Dimmer to interact with everything

Things they don’t tell you about IKEA Trådfri

0
There are things you should know about IKEA Tradfri before you make your purchase

Smart Home

Electrolama in my network – flashing CC2652R

0
Flashing CC2652R Zigbee Coordinator to enable ZigBee2MQTT for your home automation

How to wake on LAN computers and put it to sleep with Power Menu, Alexa and Google Assistant

0
How to Wake on LAN properly via Android, Alexa, Google Assistant and Web

Power Menu – All sensors

0
Taking all the sensor data and adding it to a single Power Menu tile!

Smarting up Comfee Miniplus Dishwasher

0
Can a vibration sensor turn Comfee TD305-W dishwasher into a smart appliance? Let's see

M5Stack UnitV2 – Edge computing and vision projects with a mini dev board

0
M5Stack UnitV2 is upon us - everything you should know about the latest dev board for Edge computing and vision projects.