As more wireless camera options permeate the security landscape, homeowners may be wondering what the differences between these new systems are as well as how they compare to hardwired varieties of the past. While neither system can be classified as "better" than the other, each provide different features that can meet homeowners' preferences. The presence of an alarm - regardless of whether it is wired or wireless - is usually enough to deter thieves from trying to enter the home, as many do not want to invest the time or risk it takes to disable a system, so either option can provide the sense of safety homeowners are looking for.
Wired systems use sensors placed on doors and windows that are each wired individually to the main panel of the alarm. When these systems are installed correctly, the wiring is hidden in walls, baseboards and under carpeting for an added level of security and discretion. Over time, as needed, it is also easy to wire surveillance cameras, keypads, motion detectors and other security measures into an existing system should the homeowner wish to enhance security later.
• The signal is not affected by nearby devices like baby monitors that can trigger false alarms
• Have the ability to incorporate more sensors than wireless systems
• Do not require battery changes, as the system is wired directly into the home's electricity source
• Have a tried and true reliability, as they have been around for far longer than wireless systems
• Many systems sound an alarm whenever a wire is cut, which can alert homeowners or authorities to a potential home invasion
• Do not have the problem posed by wireless systems when sensors are located too far away from the alarm base for the signal to reach and communicate
• Most systems require installation by a technician, which reduces the chance that wiring will be completed correctly
• Harder to disable than wireless systems because the keypad, siren and control panel are typically installed in different locations throughout the house
• Are more difficult to install, as they require making holes in walls and floorboards to wire and connect the main alarm panel with the sensors
• Must be professionally re-installed whenever the homeowner moves
While wired systems rely on cords and sensors, wireless systems send signals from door and window sensors to the main alarm panel using a wireless transmitter. With lower installation costs, less required maintenance, and keypads that can easily be integrated with thermostats, locks and lighting for whole-home automation, wireless systems are a popular choice for many technologically savvy homeowners.
• Very easy to install without the help of a professional technician and require minimal, if any, wiring or drilling into the home
• Can be relocated when the homeowner moves simply by bringing the equipment along and re-installing it in the new home
• As sensors and batteries can easily be replaced, wireless systems can have longer life spans than wired systems
• Are generally less expensive than wired systems when installation, equipment and monitoring costs are all taken into consideration
• Easy to upgrade features and equipment when new technologies emerge, as all connections are made through wireless transmissions and do not require new hardwiring
• Use replaceable batteries instead of electricity and therefore will continue to work even when the power is out
• Easy to prevent signal interference when all equipment that produces a wireless signal is strategically placed in the home
• Are very reliable, as the main confounding variable is the batteries that power the devices
• Many systems can be connected to mobile devices for remote monitoring capabilities, which can include the ability to control all home automation variables from afar
• Easier to disable than a hardwired system because equipment is not wired-in in different locations
• Can pick up interfering signals from other wireless devices that can trigger false alarms
• Batteries can die leaving your security system vulnerable while you are potentially away from your home for regular reasons or on vacation.
Whichever you prefer, wired and wireless security systems can provide a sense of safety, security and peace of mind in the home. Choose Hive Home Solutions to professional install either for you.
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