Have you just moved into a new residence and you’re wondering what to do with the pre-installed wired home security system? One of the questions that come to mind is, ‘should you replace the system or reactivate it?’


To replace or to reactivate?

While most home security providers recommend wireless systems over their wired counterparts, in a situation where you already have a wired system it would be economically viable to reactivate it. As the system is already installed, you save on equipment and installation costs. The major disadvantage associated with using a wired system is that wires are prone to cutting. You could begin the reactivation by asking the security company offer you with a cellular module that will convert the system from landline to cellular monitoring.


The system’s reliability is largely influenced by its age. If it is less than 10 years, it is most likely still reliable. A system that’s older than 10 years will have outlived its lifespan and functionality. The features that you want your home security system to have will also influence your decision to reactivate or replace.

Another factor that will influence your decision is whether you are in need of remote monitoring or just a security system. While most home security solutions providers offer these two, they are very distinct and you do not have to take up both. In recent times, we have seen more security systems being compatible with multiple alarm monitoring services. This comes in handy if the existing security system is working satisfactorily.

How do you reactivate the wired system?

There are three options through which you can reactivate the pre-installed wired system; get in touch with the original provider, engage a third-party company, and convert it to a DIY self-monitoring system.

Asking the original provider for reactivation

This is an easy procedure particularly if the wired system was integrated with a monitoring service. The company is likely to have comprehensive knowledge about their products and can reactivate it within no time. However, this option limits you when it comes to the features you would have preferred and the pricing. Check on the company’s reputation before committing to this option.

Third-Party takeover

Should you be unable to find the initial service provider, there are third-party companies that would be willing to take over. Such companies include Brinks and Link Interactive. Nevertheless, not all takeovers are possible.

In some cases, the original company or the third-party may have to install updated infrastructure that results in a hybrid system. Such will be made out of the existing equipment, what is compatible with them, and your desired level of monitoring. In the case of compatibility, you should contact the initial home security provider as he is better placed to advice you on the options available to you.  Luckily, most wired systems are compatible with any alarm and their features such as sending text messages to your cell phone, interactive services, and sending signals to a remote monitoring station. Should you want additional features, check with the company on their compatibility.


When a Hybrid System is not an option

Converting the system to a self-monitored system

This could be the most difficult option as it requires you to do the entire job. You should do your research on the existing system and what is compatible. While self-monitoring systems do not send signals to a monitoring center, you will have greater control as you will be alerted directly of any intrusions.

Are you unsure on whether an existing system can be revamped? Or are you interested in monitored home security? Protect America will be glad to provide you with a free quote.