The Skylink wireless security system addresses several issues that confront the modern home security buyer. Firstly, you can purchase the complete home alarm package for as little as $159 and install it at home yourself. Secondly, because the control panel and the individual entry modules communicate wirelessly, you don't have to worry about running complicated wires or hacking up your home in order to get your intrusion prevention system up and running. Thirdly, the fact that the alarm system operates without cables allows you to easily expand your protection network in the future should you later want to cover additional entryways or doors.
As you can see in the picture above, the Skylink security system is comprised of several different elements and modules. First, the overall control panel serves as the main interface between users and the burglar alarm system.
Skylink allows you to specify up to 9 phone numbers that can be used to control the system and receive alerts. When an intrusion event is detected and the alarm sounds, your Skylink wireless system will use your home phone's land line to text your family's phones with a pre-determined warning message.
The Skylink system employs rolling wireless codes to reduce the likelihood of false alarms and faulty triggering events, it is capable of covering 3,000 square feet and is recommended for protecting family homes, small stores and even schools.
What are rolling codes? Rolling codes, also known as hopping codes, refer to the fact that the system cycles out its own wireless keys. This makes it difficult for anyone that might be "listening" to your wireless network in preparation for an attack to determine any hard and fast code to exploit.
By constantly changing out which encryption keys are valid, the Skylink systems keeps itself secured against wireless sniffing would-be thieves. The control panel and alarm module are programmed to only accept communications from their sentry units that are posted on your entryways and door frames.
Supplementing Your Skylink Burglar Prevention System
Once you have purchased the starter kit, which comes with the user control panel, two individual door jamb units, one motion sensor wall mountable unit and one emergency dialer device, you can always expand your locked-down network with additional modules.
Skylink manufacturers and sells compatible window sensor units you can install throughout your home to prevent anyone from trying to pry open a first or second story window and climb in to rob or assault you.
A single Skylink home protection system can accomodate up to 30 separate detection devices, meaning that you can secure your entire home's doors and windows with one wireless network. If any of the attached and activated devices should detect intrusion, they will immediately trigger the alarm's piercing tones to scare off the intruder, while the emergency dialer unit begins to send out its message.
The Deluxe Skylink starter package, which begins at $159, includes one control panel, one emergency dialer and alert panel, two sensor modules that can be used on either doors or windows depending on your home secuirty requirements, and one flat mounted motion sensor that can be placed on a wall to detect people moving past it.
In addition, should you want to expand your security network, you can purchase additional skylink units. Each additional door / window sensor will cost you about $17.99 and each flat mounting motion sensor unit will cost you about $23.
Once you have the main user system established and receiving wireless data from your add-on sensors, you can expand your safety need quite affordably, only buying the units you need to cover the additional entry points and windows in your home.
How Does the Skylink Emergency Dialer Work?
When you initially install your skylink home defense network, you'll have an opportunity to record a personal 40 second message that the system will store.
You will also be able to specify up to 9 phone numbers that should be alerted in case you experience a home intrusion. In the event of an emergency, should your Skylink network detect an intruder, the emergency dialer will call the 9 phones that you have given it.
When the phone's owner picks up, they will hear your 40 second message, explaining that you are in an emergency and asking them to take action on your behalf. This can be extremely useful, especially if you program your burglar alarm to call your neighbors and notify them of a break-in.
You could also program your Skylink to dial a security officer or on-site patrolman if you live in an area that has residential officers security posted.
Other Special Features of the Skylink Home Defense Network
For ease of use, all the keypads on Skylink's emergency dialer device and its main user control panel are lighted so you can use them easily in the dark. This also makes it possible for you to self-trigger your alarm system in the event that an intruder breaks without realizing you are home.
Other important security features include low-battery indicators which will warn you ahead of time that the batteries need to be replaced to maintain optimum system function.
DIY Home Security means lower overall costs. When you purchase a full spectrum home alert package, usually you will have to pay hefty installation and labor fees to get a technician to come out to your home and get your defense network up and running.
In addition, you'll have to wait until the security company can actually make it out to your home and find the time to set up your alarm devices. Alternatively, ordering a DIY home security system allows you to setup everything on your own, and to get started as soon as you receive your shipment.
Meanwhile, once you have secured all your essential access ways, you will have a secure self-regulating home defense network that you don't have to pay monthly fees or monitoring fees on. When you go with traditional home alarms, you usually have to pay the company residual monitoring fees each month, even when nothing happens!
Having your own self-installed home security network allows you to save money on installation and month to month on maintenance and monitoring fees. As long as you check the batteries and make sure to replace them regularly, you can enjoy the one-time cost of establishing a comprehensive home defense system that covers your doors, windows and even your outdoor pathways thanks to wireless motion sensors.