When deciding on a home security system, you’ll encounter both hardwired and wireless options. Hardwired systems connect the sensors in the control panel to wires in the walls and then outside of the home using the telephone line. Wireless systems connect sensors with the control panel using a radio frequency. The control panel communicates outside of the home using a cellular signal.
Here are a few great things to consider about a wired security system:
- Hardwired systems are considered more reliable because they aren’t affected by electromagnetic interferences like microwaves or baby monitors, the way some cell signals can be.
- If your home is already wired for a security system, the set up can be fairly simple—just a phone call and a tech visit.
- Ongoing maintenance of a wired system is likely less intensive than a wireless one, because everything is hardwired, so no batteries need to be replaced.
Here are some of the not so great things you should know about wired systems:
- Hardwired systems are expensive and installation is messy. Wires and cables need to be installed inside the walls.
- If you’re not a homeowner, you would need to get permission to install a wired system in your residence.
- Also, if you plan to move soon, the wired system can’t come with you.
Here are some of the reasons people choose wireless security systems:
- They’re less expensive than wired systems.
- If you rent or live in an apartment, you don’t need permission to knock down walls to install a wireless system.
- If you’re planning to move soon, a wireless system can easily transfer to your new home.
- Wireless systems can be used in home with no landline, an important factor to consider as many homeowners are giving up their home phones and replacing them with cell phones.
Here are some reasons a wireless system may not be for you:
- The system is less reliable because cell signals can be weak or easily disrupted.
- Wireless systems need continued maintenance because they contain batteries.
- The range on wireless detectors has limits, and so may not work in large homes, or those with expansive floor plans.
No matter which system you’re considering, the security experts at Butler Durrell can help you figure out the best way to keep you home safe and secure.