There can be more than one “mode” for the control unit to have depending upon various factors. For example, there may be a “HOME” mode for use when the user is at home, an “AWAY” mode when the user is away from home, and a “SLEEP” mode for nighttime hours. There may also be various “routines” within each of the above-stated modes such as a “WEEKEND” routine, “WEEKDAY” routine, and a “VACATION” routine.

 When an event is detected and reported to the control unit by one of the control devices such as the security system, the control unit first determines which mode it is currently in. For example, if in HOME mode, the control unit may only provide an audible alarm within the interior of the home. If in AWAY mode, the control unit may turn on the lights within the home, connect online to signal a security agency, and contact the homeowner directly. If in SLEEP mode, the control unit may turn on the lights within the home and simultaneously sound an audible alarm. As can be appreciated, there are various combinations that may be achieved with the various modes programmable into the control unit.