Hard-wired or Wireless Security System?

By Crystal Newton on Aug 4th, 2014 03:41 PM

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When trying to protect your home and family, you must do thorough research of what type of security is offered. Hard-wired and wireless security systems both offer benefits to homeowners. Therefore, it is important to research the differences of between both before deciding on which will work best for your needs.

Hard-Wired versus Wireless Security System

A hard-wired system involves installing sensors to doors and windows that are then then wired to the alarm system’s main panel. Wires are usually placed out of sight, but holes are necessary in both the doors and window panes to ensure that the sensors are adequately installed. Hard-wired systems run off the home's electricity, but usually have a back-up battery installed in case of power failure.  These types of systems also use the home's land line phone system as a means for communication to the monitoring station for emergency help.  Hard-wired systems are troublesome to install after a home has already been built and lived in, though it can be done.  These systems are better suited for homes that are under construction.  

A wireless security system does not require an intricate system of wires or drilling into the walls of your home. Wireless systems use the same devices on the doors and windows, but instead of drilling holes, these sensors are typically installed with strong, double-sided adhesive.  The sensors send signals to your main alarm panel via a wireless transmitter. Some disadvantages of wireless systems is the dependence on batteries for sensors and other accessories. It could be beneficial to program monthly battery checks into your calendar, though if your system is monitored (which we highly recommend), the monitoring station will call and inform you if a monitored device has a low battery.  Wireless systems communicate via cellular towers in the area and do not need a land line to communicate with the monitoring center.

Phone line and Cellular Communication

A land line has been the standard in home security systems for many years. However, as technology has evolved, so have our communications options. The land line can connect your home security system to a phone system for transmitting information. A major strength of connecting via a land line is the cost; it is rather inexpensive ($0 cost, but you do have to pay your telephone bill!). A major weakness of landl ines is the potential of the line being cut, thus deactivating the security system.

Cellular communications use radio waves for transmission. A major strength is the range of the signal. Also, as opposed to land lines, the line cannot be cut. One weakness of cellular communications is the cost. Typically, the rate for cellular communications is approximately $10 higher than land line monitoring.  However, with cellular communication, you can cancel your land line, potentially saving hundreds per year.  Cellular communications also enable your system to be controlled wirelessly via an app on your smartphone or any PC with internet access.

When searching for a home security system, it is best to work with a professional company that understands the differences between wireless and hardwired systems. This will ensure you are working with a company that makes sure you are monitored 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Bates Security is a local company whose employees are drug tested and background checked. For more information or to schedule a quote, contact a member of our qualified staff today.


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