Smart House Alarm – Modes of Operation

This is the final installment of my smart home alarm systems mini-series.

In Part 1, I covered the differences between wired and wireless smart home systems.

In Part 2, I discussed the various types of sensors used by smart home alarm systems.

In Part 3, I described some key features and functionalities of smart home alarm systems.

In this fourth and final part of our little mini-series, I am going to cover two separate modes of operation for smart house alarm systems.

First and foremost, most smart home automation systems allow you to set up the following alarm types to protect your home:


An absence alarm is used when you leave home for a period of time, for instance heading out to work. A PIN code is generally used to arm an absence alarm.

Once you have entered a correct PIN code, the various types of sensors around your house will be armed. As a result, a break-in will initiate the following sequence of events:

  1. The types of sensors (door, window, or motion) will send signals to your smart home automation controller.
  2. Your controller will activate a loud siren to make things noisy for your intruder and possibly alert a neighbor. Just makes the experience a little less enjoyable for your uninvited guest.
  3. Depending on how you configured your system, the controller will also send you a notification text message and email.
  4. If configured, your absence alarm starts filming your intruder in action.
Arming screen for SmartHouse intruder alarm system
Screenshot of a SmartHouse Alarm Keypad


A night alarm allows you to arm specific security sensors when you go to bed.

Typical configurations involve the arming of all doors, windows, and glass break detectors.

However, motion detectors that pick up movement when you go to the toilet at night are excluded from this type of smart home configuration.

This enables you or a family member to get out of bed in the middle of the night and switch on the bathroom light while having your smart house alarm armed to protect against someone breaking in.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my short series on using a smart home alarm system to enhance your families’ security levels.

Thanks for all of your support, and I wish you all the best!

If you enjoyed this mini-series, please feel free to share with friends especially people who might benefit from the installation of a smart home alarm system.

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