Wireless connectivity within the home provides added convenience and better control over your home’s comfort level. With so many homeowners seeking to have a smart home, security companies advertise and draw in customers by advertising their equipment as wireless. But when it comes down to it, there are many different approaches to wireless and it can be somewhat confusing understanding what you’re buying. Just because a device says it’s wireless doesn’t necessarily mean it requires no cords. A security system worth purchasing will include, at the minimum, the following components, some of which may or may not be wireless:
- Control panel
According to Forbes, “Break-ins become more common in the U.S. when the evenings get longer, spiking ten percent in June, July and August in particular. There is a belief that people leave their guard down, perhaps even becoming complacent, as the stretch in the evenings grows longer. While it’s true that some burglars use the darkness of night as cover, the chance of people being home during a winter break-in is higher. People leave their homes more often during bright weather spells and 60 percent of burglaries happen between 6am and 6pm, according to the FBI.”
Here’s a brief look at a few of today’s top security companies and how they perform as wireless providers.
Vivint is one of the top leading companies in home automation technology. Staying true to purpose, Vivint offers one of the world’s best wireless video doorbells on the market. The company offers both flexible pricing options and upscale equipment, both of which allow you to protect your home without breaking the bank. All Vivint security packages use both wireless and cellular communication. However, the Vivint control panel is installed and connected to a power source, meaning it’s not wireless. The sensors are what’s wireless. Unfortunately, the company does not offer any DIY installation and once in your home, installation technicians often use aggressive sales tactics, such as recommending additional security products.
With Frontpoint home security, you’ll always get 100% cellular monitoring and wireless technology, regardless of the package you choose. Safety is too important to be complicated, so Frontpoint takes a DIY approach to installation, striving to make designing, setting up, and controlling your home’s security as easy as possible. The company’s customer service is top-rated and reps are on standby if you need help. The initial equipment cost can be high, and while there are cheaper alternatives, Frontpoint has superior home automation features and personalized security designed to keep you safe.
ADT security serves more than eight million customers and offers a wide range of system options, including both wireless and cellular technology. Adding cellular monitoring requires users to upgrade from the basic package, which increases your investment, but ADT makes available multiple wireless package options allowing you to choose one that complements your budget. The company has highly-trained ADT monitoring professionals who boast more than a century of experience. ADT Pulse is one of the provider’s most popular options, giving users mobile access to full-home automation.
No contracts, no commitments, and a focus on functionality and affordability are at the core of SimpliSafe’s home security approach. With some of the lowest monitoring prices available, it has become one of the most affordable wireless security providers. Users are given the option to pay as you go for cellular monitoring, or if you are on a strict budget, you have the option to monitor the system yourself. Equipment selection will determine your upfront cost and you have the option to add additional equipment later. SimpliSafe offers an interactive package, giving users more control with mobile access and both text and email notifications. DIY installation means no installation or activation fees.
Almost all security systems are not truly wireless. A system worth investing in will at least require the use of a control panel that is connected by wires. You want the system to be connected to some sort of phone line that keeps the system up and running even if the power goes out. Being that landline phone lines are not dependent upon electricity, this means even if the power goes out, the system can still provide optimal protection. If you would like to learn more about home security and your various options, contact Protect America. We offer free quotes, free installation, and up to $1,400 in free equipment, making it incredibly simple and affordable to protect your home with the latest in technology.