What Is Remote Access? A Georgia Security Tech Explains

What Is Remote Access? A Georgia Security Tech Explains

Remote access refers to when a homeowner remotely controls devices like a home security camera or thermostat from an app on their smartphone.

Another way to put it: remote access connects homeowners to their devices and systems at home whether they're across the street or a thousand miles away.

More home systems are becoming accessible through remote access every year. This article looks at some of the most popular "remote" systems, including:

  • Home security systems
  • HVAC, plumbing and temperature systems
  • Lighting and entertainment systems

We'll also look at some of the benefits of connecting these home systems to your smartphone.


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Whether you're looking for advice on the latest gadgets or a complete smart-home makeover, we can help deliver the connected home of your dreams.

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Home Security Systems & Remote Access

One of the most popular home systems to remotely access is the security system. Some of the devices a homeowner can access from their smartphones include:

Alarm systems

Today's connected alarm systems will notify homeowners when an alarm is triggered. The homeowner can see what triggered the notification and can act quickly to an emergency situation.

In addition to notifications, the homeowner can remotely turn the system on and off from their phones. This is helpful if the alarm is accidentally triggered or if guests have arrived and the system needs to be disarmed while the homeowner is away.

Video doorbells

Video doorbells are one of the newest and most popular security devices on the market. Video doorbells let homeowners see andspeak with a guest at the door right from their smartphones.

The many benefits of video doorbells include:

  • The guest-who could have bad intentions-doesn't know if you're home or not.
  • You can learn more about what a stranger wants even if you're not there.
  • Younger children at home by themselves don't need to answer the door.

Smart locks

Have you ever been worried that you forgot to lock up after yourself? Smart locks show you whether they've been locked or not. Even better, if they're notlocked, you can lock them right from your phone.

Security cameras

Modern home security cameras let you remotely access video feeds from your phone. So if a home alarm does get triggered, you can access live video to see what's going on. That's a home security game changer and one of the most popular modern security camera features.

This is not an exhaustive list but it does cover the most popular home security devices that homeowners can access remotely.

HVAC/Plumbing Systems & Remote Access

Another popular area that homeowners are choosing to remotely access are a home's HVAC and plumbing systems. The benefits of connecting to these systems remotely include:

Temperature control

Smart thermostats let you access your home's HVAC system and make adjustments no matter where you are. They also let you monitor your home's temperature while you're away and notify you if it goes above or below certain thresholds.

Flooding & pipe leak alerts

A leaky pipe or flooding basement can cause catastrophic damage to your home. But modern smart homes have sensors installed which monitor for flooding, frozen pipes and leaks. If an issue is identified, the homeowner gets notified on their smartphone.

Entertainment/Lighting Systems & Remote Access

Last but not least, entertainment and lighting systems are now available through remote access. The benefits of connecting these home systems to your smart devices include:

Vacation security

Burglars look for easy targets, and a long vacation can leave your home vulnerable.

With lighting control however, you can make your home look lived in, either by manually making adjustments to the lighting from your smartphone, or setting an automatic lighting schedule (which can also be done from your phone.)

Preparing a home for your arrival

Turning on entertainment and lighting before you get home saves you time and makes you feel more at home when you walk through the door.

With remote access, you can turn on the TV, put on some music, and have the lights on when you get back. Alternatively you can set schedules for these systems as well, so you never have to manually turn them on after a long day at work.


A lot goes into creating the ultimate smart home. That's why so many homeowners come to Ackerman Security rather than wade through a hundred smart home products and devices.

We can help you identify the perfect set of smart devices for your home. Even better, we'll connect it all for you, and train you on how to use it all! Just give us a call at 800.552.1111 or schedule a free consultation online.