Are you looking to install a security system in your home? There are many options available to the safety-conscious homeowner, with the biggest choice between wired and wireless systems. But how do you know which one will safeguard your property and fit your needs best?
To help you make a choice, we are here to help. Read on for our must-know guide on wired and wireless home security systems.
The Differences Between Wired and Wireless
While both wired and wireless security systems are effective, they both work in slightly different ways. A wired system uses wires that run throughout the property. Each camera is wired to a central control system, and the security company monitoring, depending on the system you have.
Any camera or sensors in a wired system have to be connected. They will use the telephone landline on your property to send and relay information.
Systems that go wireless communicate using cellular networks. They include security cameras and sensors that can send information to you and a home security company, just like wired systems. However, they do it by creating a mini cellular network in your home.
Pros of Wireless Home Security Systems
A wireless security system is a lot more robust than a wired one. If you have a property that you feel may be the target of burglars who may be more than the usual smash and grab thieves, then a wireless system is the way to go. Any half-intelligent criminal who sees you have a wired security system installed will know they can simply snip your phone lines to turn it off.
To get into a wireless security system would require some serious hacking. The better your security system and the company overlooking it, the less chance it will have of being infiltrated. Most criminals will not even bother, and simply go elsewhere.
Wireless systems are also much easier to set up. They do not need you to tack wires around the house or install new phone lines. All you need to do is choose the place for your camera, sensors, and control panel, then connect them via your wireless network.
Doing this also allows you access to the internet of things. This means you can turn your systems on and off using your device. Your system may also have smart features, so you may be able to view cameras and data while away from the house itself.
Cons of a Wireless System
Anyone who has used a mobile phone, or frequently sees their wifi connection dipping from full strength to none at all, will know how temperamental cellular networks can be. A wireless system is subject to the same problems, and also has the added danger that it could be hacked. To enforce against this, make sure your home network is safe and secure before installing a wireless system.
Wireless systems are also limited by the distance in which your network can run. If you have a large property or multiple outbuildings, the network may not stretch far and you may not be able to cover it all on a wireless system.
Finally, wireless systems run on batteries. This means you have the expense and inconvenience of running around doing a regular check on the cameras and sensors.
Pros of a Wired Security System
Wired systems are generally more reliable than wireless ones. As they do not rely on network coverage and will not be impaired by interference, they very seldom go down. In fact, unless your phone line goes, then your security system will stay up and running.
You can also cover a much larger space with wired systems, and it is the reason they are still used in many large commercial buildings. If the building already has a wired system in place it is easy to extend it.
Cons of a Wired System
Getting a wired system installed is quite a big job. Once you have decided on places to install the cameras and control center, you then need to lay the wiring. If you want it hidden, this could involve some plastering and wall work as you try to get it tucked away.
Of course, all of this requires a professional who will charge an installation fee for this. If anything needs to be moved, or you want more elements adding, then you will need to go through this all over again.
Finally, wired networks are easy to disable by cutting the landline. If you have something extremely valuable that may be a target of sophisticated criminals, you will need to safeguard this network or opt for a wireless system.
Deciding What Is Right for You
In summary, the best security system all comes down to your needs and the type of property you have. If you are looking to secure a small to medium-sized home and have never had a security system before, then opt for wireless. As long as you have a strong, safe network in place you should have no problems.
However, if you have assets on your property that may be a target, or you are looking to set up a network for a business that contains assets such as a warehouse, then wired is probably the best option. If it already has a previous system installed, then both costs and the ease of installation will be minimized.
Making a Purchase
Once you know if wired or wireless home security systems are best for you, shop around for the best deal. Look at online reviews, and take into account any installation fees you may incur.
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