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How To Choose Between A Wireless And Wired Security System

Blog | 20 June 2016

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to the safety of your family and your home. Especially now, on top of all the other options there are wireless and wired options available too. The hard part is making sure you have the right system for your family. With many similarities and so many features to choose from sometimes it’s more difficult choosing the system then it is installing it. There are pros and cons to each system, but everyone has different needs, and so you’ll need to find the right balance for your family.

Wireless Vs. Wired Security System

Wired Security Systems

Pros

  • Not very expensive compared to wireless
  • Compatible with wireless security products
  • No Batteries to change
  • Easier to replace parts if needed
  • Reliable
  • Less susceptible to radio and/or electrical interferences
  • Uses a backup battery for when the power goes out

Cons

  • Harder to take with you when you move
  • Normally needs to be installed professionally
  • Can be hard to hide all the wires
  • Needs electrical access
  • Large cameras
  • Video and audio isn’t as high quality
  • Cords can be a tripping hazard if not properly hidden

Wireless Security Systems

Pros

  • Don’t need a landline phone
  • Easy to take with you when you move
  • Easy and fast installation
  • Doesn’t need a professional to be installed
  • Least invasive on your home
  • Added features
  • Can be installed where there’s no electrical access
  • Can be easily expanded
  • Smaller than wired cameras

Cons

  • You need to replace batteries
  • More expensive than wired systems
  • Not 100% wireless
  • Needs to be close enough to the central control panel to function
  • Can be hacked or lose signal
  • Can have legal regulations if they are hidden

There are a lot of things to consider for your new security system. Whether it’s mobility, features, or price, all of these factors are important. It also depends on what your Internet is like because you will need the wireless signal to be strong enough. Another thing to take under consideration is if you have a lot of towers around you that could create interference.

Make sure to discuss the pros and cons of your security system with everyone involved in the house. If someone needs big letters to see the security system, or if you want to see it everywhere and monitor everything, you’ll need to keep these features in mind. Each requirement will get you closer to the right system for your home.


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