Going Wireless: Should I Convert My Wired Security System?
Wired security systems are the oldest type of security system. They're hardwired into the electrical circuitry of your home.
It's a shame that we need security systems. But there were over 7 million property crimes in 2018. Having the right system can help protect your home.
But should you keep your existing wired security system? Or should you convert your home to a wireless version? Read on to learn more.
What's the Benefit of a Wired Security System?
Hardwired systems offer better reliability. They have a constant power source and they're installed by trained professionals. These systems are much harder to hack into than their wireless cousins.
Wires connect the sensors and control panel. Installation hides these wires inside the floors or walls of your house. The whole system sends data to the outside world using your landline.
The systems hardwire into your electrical circuits. So you don't need to keep changing batteries in the sensors. You can also span several buildings with the same system.
What Are the Advantages of a Wireless System?
They're more flexible in how and where you install them. The network of sensors throughout your home sends signals to the control panel.
The control panel then sends data to the outside world. A cellular uplink provides the means of communication. There are no lines to cut, keeping your system safer.
Wireless systems avoid drilling holes for wires. You can also disconnect the system and take it with you when you move. It's a portable system that offers great flexibility.
The sensors have individual batteries so the system keeps working even if the power goes out. You can move or add sensors as you see fit.
What Are the Downsides of These Systems?
The big disadvantage of wireless security systems is reliability. You're already familiar with interference or failure on systems like Wi-Fi.
Signals can be choppy and electromagnetic radiation can affect coverage. They're also vulnerable to power outages.
Meanwhile, the disadvantage of a wired setup is you lose protection if the phone line is cut or goes down. You can't monitor a wired system remotely so you need access to the control panel.
Houses don't all have active landlines either. That makes connections impossible between a wired security system and the outside world.
Can You Have Both?
You can use wires to connect the sensors to the control panel. Then use a cellular connection to connect the panel to the outside world.
Or you can combine wireless sensors with a hardwired landline. Another option is to use a cellular connection as a backup in case the telephone line fails.
That way, you get the benefit of both types of home security system.
Should I Convert My System?
If you already have a reliable wired security system, there's no reason to convert. Instead of changing the whole system, consider adding a cellular backup option to your control panel.
But if you have a lot of power outages, consider switching to a wireless system. Being battery powered, they maintain coverage even when you lose power.
Still not sure? Contact us today and we can talk through your options.