There are many advantages to wireless home alarm systems. The lack of wiring eliminates the need to figure out how to run wires from all of your windows and doors, so installation is easier. It also means that you don’t need a landline to make your system work. Most importantly of all, thieves can’t cut your system’s wires because there aren’t any!
Because of all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that you’re interested in a wireless alarm system. Here are some of the top options that are available:
Systems with Their Own Data Storage
These systems come with a hub that receives the data from all of your system’s cameras. The central unit may also work with door and window alarms, smoke alarms, and other components. This makes it so that you don’t have to fill up your computer’s hard drive with gigabyte-heavy video images, or use your machine’s RAM on controlling the system. While these are pluses, it can sometimes increase the cost of a system by a significant amount. Also, some of these systems have no alarms – only cameras.
Systems that Work with Your Computer
With these, you don’t have to buy the big hub with its own hard drive. However, if your computer isn’t a highly robust one, it might not be up to the job. Video images require plenty of hard drive space to store, and it won’t take long to fill up a computer’s drive if you don’t constantly delete old footage.
Systems That Work with a Monitoring Service
Some monitoring services solve the problems of storage and control by doing it remotely. Images are sent to the service’s servers for storage, and the data processing is done at the service, too. You just get the cameras, alarms, and other monitors along with one or two small controllers that accept command input. This can be a great solution as long as you choose a system from a reputable company like Protect America.
Most wireless security systems don’t actually rely on a smartphone app in order to work. Instead, they are capable of working with an app. This means that you can control them from your phone so you can make changes or watch video from a remote location.
One of the first things you’ll notice about these systems is the cost. Since there are no deals for “free equipment with monitoring,” you have to pay the full freight. This often ends up being hundreds of dollars for a complete system – one with cameras, entry alarms, smoke detection, and various means of control.
Even more importantly, an unmonitored system may not alert you to events in progress. Bare-bones systems often only have cameras, and without the alarm component, there’s no way to know what went on at home until you return and review the footage.
Some unmonitored systems do have alarms and send alerts, but then, you have to be constantly ready to respond. This can be very distracting, and if you’re busy doing something else or are asleep, you might even miss the notification.
Systems like those offered by Protect America are monitored. This means that when their entry alarms are triggered, someone at the company will be instantly notified. Since their job is to monitor customer systems, they will pay full attention to the notification. Then, they will call you to confirm that it’s an actual alarm (instead of something like your child opening a door before the sensor has been disarmed). Upon confirmation, they will notify the appropriate emergency services for a fast response.
The Best Options
The best wireless home security systems are clearly those that:
- Include entry alarms
- Include cameras
- Are easy to control
- Use monitoring services
When these things are combined, you get a robust system that someone always has an eye on. Break-ins are detected before the thief is long gone, and if the system has monitored fire detection, firefighters arrive before too much damage is done.
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To get a quote on a full, monitored, wireless home security system from Protect America, just give us a call or fill out our form. We’ll be glad to discuss your security needs.