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Provide major benefits to your clients when you engage with us early in your North Fork custom home build

Security • Monitoring • Life Safety • Home Automation • Internet

Why it's important to add the the infrastructure to meet your clients' life safety, connectivity, and insurance requirements while the walls are still accessible.

For years, we've helped North Fork builders plan and install what's now considered a basic necessity--a wired and wireless infrastructure that's ready for a complete home system. One that works seamlessly, no matter what part of the home you're in. 

Without that existing infrastructure, your clients will soon discover what could have been avoided--the task of retrofitting their home after the walls are sealed up. Sure, we do a lot of that, too, but here's why it's much better to do it ahead of time.

Avoid the common need to rewire and reinstall smoke detectors for insurance coverage

We see this all the time. As part of building a custom home, your electrician installs standard wired smoke detectors as required by local code.


But once the new home is built and your client tries to insure it, the insurance company will likely tell them they won't cover it until they install monitored smoke detectors--the kind that can be  supervised by a monitoring station so the fire department can be alerted even when they're not home. And because these smoke detectors use low-voltage wiring, they'll be informed the wiring will need to be replaced, too. We can help avoid this frustrating scenario by wiring and installing the correct ones from the beginning.

Wireless doesn't mean wire-free

Smoke detectors aren't the only challenge new owners of custom built homes typically face when there's not an infrastructure pre-installed that accommodates life safety (security and monitoring), home automation, and Internet connectivity systems.

As I wrote about here, a wireless system doesn't mean everything should be wire-free. The power needs of the devices have to be considered. We install a lot of battery-operated wireless devices, but, when possible, we recommend sensors and other devices be powered by wires unless they're in a place where it's just not practical, especially for sensors like cameras, which use a lot of energy.

If you contact us during the planning stage, we can create a plan and install into the walls the infrastructure so your client can easily connect a user-friendly, effective, and full-coverage total system they'll most likely choose.

Or, even better, offer your client the whole system installation as an upgrade option. We can plan and install the entire infrastructure as well as put in place a state-of-the-art system including an alarm panel as well as all sensors, keypads, and other components so they can simply activate their monitoring, automation, and Internet services after they take ownership.

Call us during the planning process and, as other North Fork custom home builders will tell you, your clients will thank you.

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How and when to integrate into your build the infrastructure for full-coverage security, monitoring, home automation, and Internet systems.


Wired, Wireless, or Wire-free?

There are pros and cons to each, so we often suggest a hybrid approach, installing the type of sensor in each location that makes the most sense. 

Wired (both connection and power)


  • Tend to be more reliable

  • No worries about changing batteries, especially in hard to reach areas.

  • Have more consistent video quality

  • No monthly cloud storage fees


  • Less convenient to install after the home is built

  • Not as practical in hard-to-reach areas

Wireless (still powered by wires)


  • Can be easily added anywhere


  • Have to make sure wireless connection is strong enough


Wired-free (connection is wireless and powered by batteries)


  • Can install anywhere where power isn't available or convenient

  • Easy installation


  • Batteries will eventually need to be replaced

  • Some devices that use significant amounts of energy, such as cameras, will need more frequent battery replacements

  • Batteries could be inconvenient to change if the device is in a difficult to reach place (such as up high)

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