Posted on April 5, 2012 by Tammy Wright
Security systems come as wired, wireless, or a combination of both systems. There are common denominators between all three types.
- All have been available for many years. Therefore, they are both proven effective ways of installing a system.
- All are monitored by a professional security monitoring system.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Wired, Wireless, or a Combination System.
- A wired system requires a more intense installation. For that reason, professional security firms are usually called in to perform the task. Many times a home and/or business owner will choose to have a system installed when first building the structure, before they move in, or when they renovate the structure. If a wired system is being installed in an established structure, professional security technicians are trained to conceal the wiring behind crown molding, baseboards, and in the walls. When installed by professionals, the average person wouldn’t know that a wired system was installed.
- There are no limitations as to the distance other security components (i.e., motion detectors, door alarms, etc.) are installed from each other since they are wired and do not work off of any type of radio or infrared frequency.
- A wired system is more difficult for an intruder to disable. If an intruder tampers with the wiring, it will activate an alarm alerting law enforcement immediately.
- A wired system not only runs on electricity but, in many instances, also has a battery back-up should the electricity go out.
- Wired systems usually have less long-term maintenance since you do not have to replace batteries like you would with a wireless system.
- When moving from the structure to another, it can be difficult to take the wired system with you.
- Wireless systems can usually be installed in most any type and age of structure since it works with any one or all of the following: radio frequency (RF), low frequency (LF), and/or infrared frequency (IR). Therefore, very little “hard wiring,” if any, is necessary depending on the type of system installed.
- Adding additional options such as motion and/or glass breakage detectors, etc. to a wireless system after the initial installation is considerably easier than a wired system.
- However, adding additional options may be limited because of the distance between key components.
- Wireless systems can be controlled remotely via a smart phone or over an Internet connection.
- A wireless system is easier to take with you when moving to another location.
Combination Systems – These may be the ideal system in many instances since it is the best of both the wired and wireless system.
Consult a security professional as to what system will best fit your needs and situation.