What’s the Difference? Wired vs. Wireless Security Systems

Choosing a home security system that’s right for your family can be challenging. With lots of providers and options it can be overwhelming. One of the biggest decisions you need to decide in the beginning is whether you want a hardwired or wireless security system. We have outlined these two systems so you can weigh your options and make the right choice for your home.

Both:

Are offered by most home security system providers.
Can be self-installed/DIY.
Can be monitored with a small monthly fee.
Have additional accessories that can be adding at any time to improve protection.
Have different advantages and disadvantages.
Can be a great security solution for your home.

Wired Security System

Wired home security systems consist of sensors that are installed on windows and doors then individually wired to the alarm’s control panel. Motion detectors and security cameras can also be wired to the main system. If your home currently has a hardwired security system, it will be easy and affordable to contact a provider to activate it.


Pros:

Can accommodate several zones of protection, good for large homes
More reliable
Does not experience interference
Runs of electricity in your home so there’s no need to worry about changing batteries
Harder to disable

Cons:

Wired systems are more challenging to install
Holes will need to be made throughout home to run the wiring
All of the wiring will be hard to hide when installing into an existing home
Runs off electricity in your home so make sure they have back-up battery system for continuous protection
Not easily portable once installed in your current home

Wireless Security System

Wireless home security systems use sensors placed on doors and windows to communicate to the control panel via radio waves. Wireless motion detectors and cameras can be added to this security system. These systems are a good choice for renters, condominium owners and people living in old homes.

Pros:

Easy and quick to self-install
No drill holes need to be made or exposed wires
Wireless devices can be placed anywhere (within range) for optimal protection
Can be monitored remotely from a smartphone or computer
Very Portable; if your family moves you can easily take your security system with you

Cons:

Wireless sensors use batteries that can die if not checked
There is a limited range so in larger homes some sensors may not carry a strong enough signal
Electromagnetic, structural and radio interference can cause false alarms or lack of alarm, but this is rare
Easier to disable than hardwired systems
In the End

Both home security system options will keep your family and home safer. You just need to make the choice that works best for your specific home!

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