Getting Wired or Wireless: The Home Security Choice

Jun 18, 2012 No Comments by

Homeowners shopping for security systems now have two basic options—a traditional wired system, or the more recently developed wireless approach. Which one is best for your home depends on your individual situation and preferences. Here are some factors to consider:

Wired systems generally cost less than their more technologically sophisticated wireless counterparts, unless you have to hire a professional installer and/or make structural changes to your home to put in your wired system.

Ease of installation. Wireless systems are much easier to install than their wired counterparts, for the obvious reason that they do not require you to set up wiring under carpeting and behind walls, etc. If you are generally handy, you can put in a wireless system without having to resort to hiring a professional and can easily add on to the system. In addition, you can take a wireless system with you should you decide to move.

The age of your home. Many newer homes are coming with security system wiring pre-installed, in which case putting in a wired system is as easy as installing a wireless system. On the flip side, you might actually have to make structural changes to older homes in order to install wired systems, so in these cases, wireless is recommended.

Interference.  Wireless systems use small radio transmitters instead of wires to communicate between the key pad, sensors and cameras, so they are susceptible to radio frequency interference and can malfunction when installed near electronic appliances. In addition, the devices used in wireless units must be positioned closer together than their wired counterparts in order to get the same level of protection.

Both wired and wireless security systems come with a variety of advanced features ranging from hidden cameras and strobes to sirens and automatic telephone dialing when a breach is detected. In addition, professional alarm monitoring is available for either type of system.

After you have taken these factors into consideration, you can easily comparison shop online for a security system that best suits your needs and budget.


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