When choosing the best security system from your home, the first decision you need to make is whether you want to go with a wired or a wireless system. There are pros and cons to each of type of equipment, but wireless security systems are becoming increasingly popular for good reason—including better safety and convenience. However, it will typically cost you more than a wired system, and it’s not 100 percent invulnerable to threats.
Pro: Not Easily Disabled by Criminals
Burglars and other intruders can simply cut the phone lines outside your home to disable a wired security system. Wireless systems are significantly safer than wired systems because they don’t depend on phone lines that can be cut. Wireless systems can only be disabled with their user’s password-protected access.
Pro: You Can Install it Yourself
Wireless security systems are more convenient because they can easily be installed, uninstalled, reinstalled and modified for upgrades. Whereas wired systems require getting equipment inside your wall, with wireless systems there’s no drilling or wiring necessary. You can install most wireless system on your own and steer clear of installation fees.
Pro: Easy to Relocate
If you’re relocating to a new home, your wireless security system will be incredibly easy to uninstall and move. Wired equipment is difficult to uninstall, which is why many security companies don’t recommend doing so. Some companies refuse to uninstall and reinstall wired equipment, but wireless system equipment is something you can uninstall and reinstall on your own. If you’re a renter, wireless is definitely the way to go, because you’re commitment-free, and removing your equipment won’t damage your unit.
Pro: Can Be Operated Remotely
Thanks to cellular technology, wireless systems enable you to use your security equipment remotely. You get a “keychain” you can access from any mobile device that lets you perform tasks like:
- Arm and disarm your alarm wherever you are (much more convenient than using the control panel every time)
- Lock and unlock your doors
- Open and close your garage door
- Hit the panic button that signals the security company to respond to your emergency.
Pro: Capable of Home Automation
Thanks to the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, revolutionizing the home, a wireless alarm system provides the convenience of home automation. This means you can automate functions for your locks, thermostat, lights and even some appliances, or control them from a mobile device.
Con: Runs on Batteries
Most wireless alarms run on batteries and have no backup power when the batteries die. You need to remember to check your system to make sure it still has battery life. If the batteries die, you lose your alarm’s functioning until you put in new batteries.
Con: Potential Risk of Being Hacked
Although it’s rare, burglars and other criminal intruders can hack into wireless alarm systems by jamming the signals and preventing the alarm from going off. Wireless alarm systems with encrypted signals minimize the risk of being hacked. You also want to protect your Wi-Fi from being compromised by having the latest Wi-Fi wireless password security system.
Con: Signal Interference
Wireless security alarm systems can be susceptible to signal interference that triggers false alarms or prevents your alarm from responding to threats. According to Safewise:
“Electromagnetic interference can come from many other devices, including baby monitors, remote controls, power lines, microwave ovens and fluorescent lighting. Structural interference comes from walls, floors, ceilings, or things like metal filing cabinets.”
Protect America Wireless Alarm Systems for Better Home Security
Protect America provides fully monitored wireless security alarm systems that support home security cameras, monitored smoke detectors and temperature gauges. We’ll come to your home to install and activate your system completely free of charge. With us, you get locked-in monthly rates starting at just $30. We also deliver as much as $1,400 worth of free equipment. If you can find a better deal than that, we’ll match it! To learn more about our wireless alarm systems, call and get a free quote from Protect America today.