Wired or wireless home security, which is better? This is a frequently asked question by our clients when they explore installing these systems for their homes. Each solution has their own advantages, it really depends on the structure and requirement of your homes.
In this article, we will discuss the benefit of each system. We will discuss the conditions on when it is ideal to deploy a particular system for your residence.
Difference between wired and wireless
Both wired and wireless system has a control panel to control all the sensors of your home. These systems have the capability to connect with the outside world.
The main difference between the two is how the sensors connect to the control panel. Wired connection utilizes wires hidden beside walls and floors. Most of them connect to the outside world using a landline/cellular phone. You can use category 5 or UTP cables.
Wireless, on the other hand, using WIFI or IR connections. There are no visible wires required. The control panel can be connected to a landline or mobile phones.
Wireless home security systems are easier to implement. You don’t need to hire construction firms or electricians to wire the place up. The installation is a breeze, there are some homeowners who can do it by themselves. Wireless systems are preferred choices by renters, historic homes, buildings that are made up of stone. They don’t require any construction work.
Its wired counterpart requires drilling and punching of holes. It requires cable runs, making the installation cost increase.
The drawback of wireless systems is reliability. Similar to wifi routers and cell phones, they are prone to interference. Aluminum, concrete, metal cabinets, etc can block wireless signals. This causes sensors to go haywire. There are times that sensors fail to respond or trigger false alarms.
Wireless systems are also prone to electronic magnetic interference (EMI). This can come from devices such as baby monitors, power lines, microwaves ovens, etc. The key to avoiding this interference is to make sure you have a strong signal. Make sure that the batteries are charged.
When should you go wireless or wired?
It really depends on the requirements of your home. If you don’t have the luxury of tearing down your walls and running cables, your best bet is to use wireless home security systems. If you are not a handyman yet you want to DIY, go with wireless. It is easier to install. If you don’t have the budget for construction, you need to seriously consider getting the wireless approach.
If your home has a lot of structural interference such as concrete walls and etc, consider running a wired system for this. Wired systems can help ensure that your sensors will trigger correctly at any time. Wired systems are preferred approach by most buildings and businesses to ensure reliability.
Hope this article enlightens your choice between the two systems. Feel free to contact SECOM Security’s friendly staff if you have questions or concerns.