What Are The Pros & Cons Of Professional Vs DIY Home Security Systems?

home security, security, business security, DIY, burglar alarm, intruder alarmRecent surveys have revealed that in up to 28% of broadband users have an active internet based security system, 24% also take advantage of a monitoring service. Most of these people are homeowners with children. And many of these people have chosen to go down the DIY path when it comes to installation.

The message put out by the manufacturers including Ring, Hive, Nest, et cetera is being picked up the consumer as a further 52% report as being “highly likely” to purchase a security system of their own, and install it themselves.

So what are the pros and cons of DIY burglar alarm and security system installations versus a professional installation service?

The first consideration is naturally the cost. Buying a system that you can take straight out of the box and put up yourself is clearly going to be cheaper than buying a system and then paying a professional to mount it for you.

Then there is the convenience. If you’re a DIYer and you have the skills and tools required you can buy a home security system, get it home, wire it in and have it up and running in an afternoon. You don’t have to make an appointment for someone to come and see your property, recommend a system, order it, and then come back and install the product. Read more

New Tech, New Frustrations! How To Get To Grips With Your Brand New Gadgets

Sonos music speaker and a tablet showing the artwork for an album.So it’s been a month, how are you getting on with the new electronic devices you got for Christmas? If you think you’re struggling and that you’re not getting as much out of your tech as possible, you’re not alone. More than a quarter of people surveyed said that they’re not sure how to use their electronics properly, and feel they are probably missing out.

The problem most of us have with electronics we’re not familiar with is that we use it in exactly the same way we used the piece of tech that it is replacing, and if we don’t get to grips with a new feature straight away, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get to know it. Attempts have been made in the past to teach new users how to improve their interface with the user, you’ll remember of course Microsoft’s paperclip, called, imaginatively enough “Clippy,” a dog called “Rover”, and a wizard called Merlin which would pop up whenever you wanted to do something, getting in the way and giving you flawed advice. Fortunately for all, that particular piece of fury-fuel was discontinued in 2007 after it was noticed that everybody hated it. Read more

Approaching Your Landlord Or Property Manager About Satellite TV

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You might be struggling with a set top aerial or have an antenna in the loft because your letting agent or landlord won’t give you permission to have a satellite receiver installed. Their argument is that mounting the dish on the wall and putting a hole through a wall or window frame for the cable to come into the property will cause unnecessary damage to the masonry and woodwork or that there is a possibility that you will depart at the end of your tenancy with money owing which will impact the credit rating of the property, making it harder for subsequent tenants to get goods and services.

Most tenancy agreements will say that you can’t fit aerials or other structures to the property, however, it’s not unreasonable to ask if the landlord will give you permission as an exception. Under part a1 Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 your letting agent is required by law to tell you the name and address of your landlord, and you can then approach them for permission. However, be sure to get everything in writing as verbal agreements, understandings and even email can be disregarded in the event of a dispute.

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