The first obvious game-changer with smart home security is it’s wireless, and that makes DIY alarm installation not just possible, but incredibly simple. With a wireless home security system you’re not going to have to pull up floors, install cable guards or anything too messy. You just need wi-fi and to be able to fix a couple of small bits to the wall.
But you might be wondering how difficult it is to install a home security system yourself? What tools will you need? Do you have to be handy with a power drill? We’re all so used to paying traditional wired alarm companies royally for the privilege of installation and maintenance, it’s normal to question whether you can do it yourself. The good news is that the Boundary home security system is simple to install.
Here we’ve listed everything you’ll need to self-install a Boundary smart home security system. It’s a very sophisticated system, but we think you’ll be surprised just how easy it is to install.
How to install a Boundary home security system yourself in 8 simple steps
Ready? Let’s get going. You’ll find a lot of this information in our quick start guide too.
First of all, you’ll need around 2 hours
You’ll need around 2 hours to fully kit out a 3-4 bedroom house, giving time to install your security system and pair all your sensors. So make sure you’ve given yourself a good chunk of time. Obviously, for a bigger house you may need more time than this.
Now it’s just time to crack on with the steps.
Step 1: Grab everything you need. You’ll need a screwdriver for starters.
The central hub is the brains of the outfit. It needs to be placed somewhere you can plug it in and get to it from the front door within 45 seconds. If you choose to wall mount it you’ll need to drill four holes for the wall bracket. Once the wall bracket is mounted the hub simply slides in. If you’d rather not drill holes, buy a tabletop stand for it to rest on.
Step 2: Make sure there’s a nearby plug socket
The central hub plugs into a normal wall socket. As it’s a wireless home security system there’s no need for hard wiring or an electrician.
Step 3: Grab your smartphone and wi-fi details
Once plugged in, your hub will switch on and begin searching for wi-fi automatically. You’ll need to enter your wi-fi password and download the Boundary app to your phone. You’ll also need a screwdriver to open the sensor casing to scan the QR code. Sensors only need to be screwed to the wall if you’re going for pro-install. For DIY install it’s fine to use the velcro strips supplied to stick to doors and walls.
This video shows you how simple it is to install a motion sensor.
Step 4: Find your small step ladder if you’re installing an outdoor siren
To install your outdoor siren, we’d recommend you locate your siren where it’s clearly visible on the outside of your house to passers-by. You only need to mount it high enough to be out of reach of intruders. You’ll need to drill three holes in the wall, and you’ll need a crosshead screwdriver to fix to the wall. There’s an integral spirit level inside the siren itself to help you get it straight.
How to pair your outdoor siren:
- Open the Boundary app
- Browse Settings > Siren > Add New
- Scan the QR code on your sensor or press ‘Enter Code Manually’
- Wait while your siren pairs
- Once it’s paired you can pull the battery tab and close the lid.
Step 5: Mount and pair your sensors
It takes around 5 minutes to pair and mount each sensor. To mount your sensors you’ll probably need that step ladder again, but unlike an outdoor sensor, you won’t need to drill any holes or screw anything into the wall. To install a PIR motion sensor you need to pair it first.
How to pair a motion sensor to your wireless home security system:
- Open the Boundary app again
- Press Settings > Sensors > Add New
- Scan the QR code on the sensor or press ‘Enter Code Manually’
- Wait while the sensor pairs
- Enter a name to help you differentiate your sensors
- Assign your sensor to a room
- Designate whether your sensor is in an entry or exit route
- Save your settings
- Pull out your battery tab.
Now you just need to attach your sensors to the wall. The best place for this, based on our sensor positioning guide is just out of reach but at least 2cm from the ceiling. Aim for about 2.2m or 7 feet from the floor. Mark on the wall where you want it to go, and then either mount it with screws or use the stick strips. If you opt to use the strips, be aware that they are very sticky and are likely to remove paint when they are taken down. Install the bracket first, then drop the sensor in once you’re happy that it’s secure.
For our window and door sensors you just need to follow the same pairing steps, then activate the battery and follow the basic instructions for installing contact sensors.
Step 6: Check your battery status but don’t worry you’ll only need spare batteries in about a year…
Now you’ve got everything paired, you’ll be able to see the battery life in your Boundary app. At this point, you should have lots of full energy bars, but if they aren’t you may want to check your batteries. All components self-check and report if there are any problems. All you’ll have to do is replace the batteries once a year. And the app will tell you when it’s time. No expensive maintenance visits required.
Step 7: Set up the Boundary app, add keyholders etc
Once everything is all installed, you’ll just need to get the app all sorted. You’ll have done a lot of this along the way, like setting up rooms and pairing devices, but now you’ll have the chance to add new users, keyholders and reminders. Plus don’t forget to set your notification preferences within ‘My Preferences’ in your Account Settings.
Step 8: The fun bit. Add some applets and sync up with your smart home devices
At this point you may want to just relax and enjoy getting to know your new system. Of course, there’s always the option to add integrations with your smart speakers and other smart devices like lights. If you are interested in syncing up with other smart home devices, here’s how to add voice commands with Alexa smart speakers or Google Home. Want your speakers to play dog noises when your alarm is triggered? Or have the lights flash red to scare off the intruder? Simply, check out the IFTTT ready built applets.
Want to see how easy DIY alarm installation really is?
Rather leave it to the experts?
While we’re proud to offer a home security system you can install yourself, we know that they aren’t for everyone. If you’re not the greatest fan of DIY, or you’d prefer to leave it to the experts to ensure your sensors are installed properly you have a choice.