Choosing a house alarm is not an easy task, With so many options when it comes to home alarms, it can become confusing as to which is best for your home. We have some home alarm tips so you better understand the difference between a wired alarm and a wireless alarm.
In our feature this week, we will focus on the difference between a wired alarm and a wireless alarm. Here we will talk you through how wired alarms work in the home and some key differences between a wireless alarm.
A wired alarm has all sensors connected to the main control unit. These wires are useless chased around the home and will cover all windows and doors. Wired alarms will be available from a lot of alarm companies and usually involve a professional install. Wired alarms can communicate via a gsm back up which can come with app control.
Wireless alarm systems work by sending signals to each sensor through a base hub in the home. These sensors are battery operated with a battery life of up to 3 - 5 years. Wireless alarm systems will communicate remotely via an app through WIFI & Cellular signals. Wireless alarms can be easy to install. Some companies offer DIY Alarms with support from their remote engineers like GoKonnect Smart Home.
1st thing first. You don't need all the wires with a wired alarm system. It's not uncommon to have a smartphone alarm app for both systems these days. Wireless alarms can offer more remote engineer support depending on the company you choose, this can mean any issues can be dealt with remotely and fast. Both alarm systems can be self-monitored or professionally monitored.
So, there you have it - the breakdown of the wireless alarm systems vs wired systems. There are benefits and drawbacks to all kinds of systems - take a look at our traditional vs modern burglar alarms for example. But taking into account all the pros and cons for both of these specific alarm systems, it’s clear to see what is more favored and is a testament to their popularity - the wireless alarm system, that is. Of course, that still doesn’t mean a wired alarm system doesn’t work well, you should just ask yourself these questions when deciding which is right for you.
• Do you have more than one property, and so will need more than one system? Wireless systems are so much easier to set up.
• Are you currently renovating and investing in your property? While you’re renovating, you could opt for a wired system, as this will be a good opportunity to get it installed when floorboards are up and holes are getting drilled.
• Do you want something for life, that you can easily take with you if you ever need to move? Wireless is your answer.
• Do you live in a rural area? Wired alarm systems that use landline connections are good for rural areas.
• Do you need a 24/7 monitored alarm system? Wireless systems are ideal and can rely on cellular back-up to contact alarm receiving centers.
• Do you have pets? Many wireless systems are pet-friendly because of unique, human heat signature detection. And with no wires or cables, you don’t have to worry about any gnaws or chews cutting through and damaging them and disrupting the system.
• Are you planning to extend your residential property? With a wireless system, adding sensors is tremendously easy to do if you wish to further protect your property.
• Decorating on the cards? You can easily take off and fix back sensors and devices connected to a wireless system yourself, and if you need to fix a door frame, paint skirting boards, or change the wallpaper, cables, and wires are no bother.
Interested in a wireless alarm system? Use our build my home security system tool to see how one could work for your property.
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