Home Security

By now we have all heard or seen the commercials of people thwarting would-be robbers from breaking in from a remote location like the gym by just speaking over their system and be honest, we all want that vigilante rush without any of the dangers of confrontation. But it is all so new and wired systems have been around forever. Which is the best system for you and your needs?

Wired Home Security Systems

Wired home security systems need to have a ‘closed’ electrical circuit, meaning that when the alarm is turned on the circuit is completed. If there is any interference (such as the wires being cut) the alarm will go off. These systems require wires to be run from the control panel to each sensor.

While wired home security systems offer maximum reliability and are generally less expensive, they are probably not a great DIY option. Determining how to run the wires in an attractive way that’s difficult for burglars to defeat is tricky and time-consuming.

Advantages of wired

  1. Wired systems can often accommodate several ‘zones’ of protection.
    2. They are reliable.
    3. The system tends to be less susceptible to radio or electrical interference.
    4. They use a backup battery system during electrical interruptions.

    Disadvantages of wired systems:
    1. Wired systems can be difficult to install.
    2. It can be a real challenge to hide all the wiring when installed in an existing home.
    3. Once installed, it can be difficult to remove and take with you if you should move.
    4. Wireless home security systems use radio waves rather than wires or cables, to communicate between the control panel, sensors, and cameras.

    Wireless Home Security Systems

    Wireless home security systems can be a great DIY option. They are battery-powered, which means no complicated wiring is involved, and transmit a radio signal to the control unit in order to trigger the alarm. Many wireless home security system can be armed using a remote key fob witch that doubles as a mobile panic alarm, and some systems offer a repeater unit, increasing transmission range so that outbuildings can be protected on the system.

    Wireless home security cameras, on the other hand, are not always the best use of your money. Wireless cameras run on batteries and guzzle power; most batteries will only provide 24 hours of power to the camera. Another potential drawback to wireless home security systems is that most don’t have the ability to be connected to a telephone landline.

    Advantages of wireless
    1. It’s a great alternative for people living in older homes, condominiums or apartments.
    2. Since wireless systems have their own batteries, they can be installed in locations in a home where there is no electrical access.
    3. The system can be expanded as needed.
    4. Wireless security systems can be connected to a phone and/or computer system for remote monitoring.
    5. It can be integrated with home automation systems, like ADT’s Pulse.

    Disadvantages of wireless systems:
    1. Sensors will need batteries to operate, so there is a possibility that the batteries will die if they are not checked often.
    2. Components need to be close to the central control panel. This can limit where some sensors are placed.


    When it comes to the installation a wireless alarm system can be easier when compared to conventional hard-wired systems. In the traditional setup, wires must be run through the home to every entry point and motion sensor, which includes all doors and windows. Wireless home security systems tend to be easier to install, and they are portable, so in the event of a move, you can easily take the system with you.

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