Is a wired security alarm better than a wireless security alarm?
To know whether a wired security system is better depends on many factors so let’s try to clear up some of the fog surrounding security alarm systems. We are not referring to camera systems but instead the actual alarm systems panel (brains) connection to door and window contacts, motion detection, flood and glass break sensors and more.Some systems are Wired to those devices and some are Wireless. So which is better, or which is preferred?
- First off, many security companies only install wireless security systems, so if you want to use that company, you will not have a choice. Many of the really large companies only install wireless systems because they install more easily with less technical training required. Thorn Security is one of the few security companies serving Southern Vancouver Island offering and maintaining both wired and wireless types of system. We want you to have the best system to meet your needs!
- Both wired and wireless security alarms have been around for decades and the basic functions really haven’t changed New features in newer systems include touch screens, wireless encrypted devices and remote access like Alarm.com (A fantastic service)
- If your home has already been prewired for a security system, my preference would certainly be to use a wired security alarm – because much of the expense in providing a really great security system has already been paid. See, every wired security system needs a wire run from the panel to each device on the system(every door, window, motion detector, etc) and that can be tough to do (but not impossible) if a home is already finished.
- Wiring a home for a security system while it is being built, makes a lot of sense – get the wires in place while the walls and ceilings are all open, in case you ever want a security system. Plan for Cat5 or 6cable runs in the house as well as plans for security wires for your security system.
- If your home is fully finished, a wired or wireless system depends on the complexity and size of the system, but I always suggest homeowners contact their preferred security company and ask them to come have a look at the home and make recommendations. If someone tells you they can recommend quality security without being inside your home or business – call someone else – this is important stuff – it is protection for everything you have worked hard for in life, peace of mind and even life safety!
- Hybrid systems do exist where we can get wires to some areas of the home for devices easily while other more difficult locations may be best for wireless – it takes a Security Advisor that knows his stuff, has handled both wired and wireless and keeps the needs of his customer in mind.
Many business locations are often able to easily choose between wired and wireless systems because drop ceilings make wires runs much easier.
Therefore, deciding whether to go wired or wireless isn’t an easy question to answer without knowing the exact situation where the system will be installed, why you need it, how much you travel, whether children are in the house, how you wish to use your system and a ton of other questions that come from a good security consultation.
Now for the straight answer – I would always want a wired security system if I had the choice. Why?
- Only one back up battery needs to be changed,
- No batteries in devices needing to be changed at different times throughout the year.
- No signal transmission issues.
- No encryption required.
- No need for signal repeaters
- No concern with device signal jamming
- No need to regularly reboot the system.
- Perhaps most important to most homeowners – no door and window contacts that are visible!
Wired security systems work with a greater level of dependability than wireless systems – by far, hands down! Hybrid systems are my 2nd choice and wireless systems are my third choice. If you are upgrading your wired security system and are dealing with a security company that will not use the wires from the previous system – that is a sign that they only install wireless because wires are wires and they haven’t changed for decades. I guarantee you, you will not be happy with the maintenance required to keep a wireless system running once you have enjoyed a wired system.
BTW – the same holds true for security cameras – wired security cameras are better because they will more reliably get data to the recorder. Being able to get the wire to devices is largely the deciding factor on wired or wireless because wired always works better with fewer outages.
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