Wired home security systems have been around for many years. According to some home security advisers, wired systems are a good choice for many homes because they provide reliable coverage. Home security system wiring may be included in new home construction, and many homes have already been built or wired for security systems.
The main advantages of wired systems are reliability, the potential to cover large homes and areas which are difficult to cover using wireless technology, and direct wired access to the main alarm panel.
Long-time security system consultant Lee Russell says;
“I have always recommended a hardwired home security system.”
However, Russell adds that he means homes where hard wires are an option.
What Parts Does A Wired Home Security System Include?
Wired home security systems typically include:
- Window and door contacts
- Motion detectors
- Glassbreak detectors
- Smoke detectors
- Battery and transformer
- Keypads for control
- Main control panel
The main control panel operates using a circuit board that is physically connected to the wires that are attached to door and window sensors. If a connection is broken, the control panel will sound an alarm and siren.
Keypads are usually company-specific. If you buy a home that has one company’s wired security system installed and you want to change companies, you may need to install the new company’s keypad. With some companies, you can have the option of reprogramming the keypad instead of installing a new one.
Do Hardwired Smoke Detectors Offer an Insurance Advantage?
Hardwired smoke detectors are on-duty 24 hours a day. Some may even be able to alert first responders if they detect smoke and no one is home.
As far as insurance is concerned, some insurers aren’t offering policies for homes which lack smoke detectors. On the positive side, others offer a discount of 10 to 15% for them.
Can You Adapt an Existing Wired Security System?
If you’ve bought a house with existing security system wiring, the majority of the equipment is generic. The sensors, switches, and connectors can work with almost any alarm setup. You may need to change the keypads to accommodate a new company or upgrades.
You can also add wireless security system components to an existing wired security system. Because some wired security system equipment can be outdated, adding contemporary components could add functionality the older system lack. Wired alarm systems may also be able to be adapted to home automation and other contemporary convenient features.
Can You Wire a Home Security System Yourself?
Security system wiring is frequently built into new homes because wiring a system yourself after the fact can be complicated.
Wiring an existing home yourself isn’t a beginning DIY project. You will need to be comfortable with electrical projects and safety. Some of the equipment you’ll need includes:
- Fish tape
- Drywall saw
- Electrical tape
- Stud finder
- Hammer and chisel
Security systems are wired using Alarm/Security wire, which is thicker than phone wiring. Some internet wiring, including Category 5, 5e, 6, and 7, can also be used for remote sensors and cameras. If you’re adding one component to an existing system, like a security camera, the project is much simpler than running wires through walls to the main control panel.
If you are building your own home, most experts recommend that this is the best time to install wiring for security systems, including cameras, motion sensors, smoke alarms, and home automation. Many people assume that wireless security systems are more secure than wired systems because the “wires can be cut.” Cutting any one wire in a wired security system will not disable the system any more than pulling a remote sensor off the wall in a wireless system will disable it. Wired security systems have backup batteries.
If you are interested in a wired or wireless home security system and want monitored home security, contact Protect America for your options today.