Security Tip

All home security alarms should have an audible horn or bell that sounds in case someone does break in. But program them to reset automatically after one or two minutes.

The intruder will be long gone but you don't want to overly disturb and annoy the neighbors.



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Wired Vs Wireless Home Security Systems

A Not-Too-Difficult Comparison


Home security alarm systems are based on either hard-wired or wireless technologies, or a combination of both.

And since each has its' advantages and disadvantages, there is no single answer to the question of "Which is best ?".

But if you consider the following criteria and features, it should not be too difficult to decide which is right for your situation. So don't let the wired vs wireless security debate slow you down in selecting the best system for you.


Wired Home Security Technologies

Wired alarm systems require basic electrical wiring that extends from the control panel and keypad to door and window sensors, motion detectors, and cameras. The alarm system wiring is usually concealed in walls, under rugs, and behind baseboards. And it is not as susceptible to interference as are wireless connections.

Wire installation can be done by most people with minimal 'handyman skills', but a professional installer has the tools and knowledge to make the system components and wiring as inconspicuous as possible.

Wired security systems are generally installed in either an open- or a closed-loop configuration Open-loop configurations are triggered when sensor connections are closed. Open a door or window, a magnetic connection closes, and you trip the alarm.

Most residential security systems use a closed-loop design. When the door is opened, the magnet separates from the magnetic switch, the circuit is interrupted, and the alarm sounds. Closed-loop configurations are considered the best because if the burglar tries to cut the wiring before entering the door, the circuit breaks and the alarm sounds


Wireless Security Alarm Solutions

The wireless alternative uses small radio transmitters instead of wires to communicate between the control panel, sensors and cameras.

There are some limitations in terms of distance between devices, but overall, they are much quicker and easier to install. Occasionally, there are also problem with RF interference, so wireless devices should not be installed near other electronic appliances.

Wire-free security systems are a great choice for folks who live in older homes. You can install them without having to bury the wiring and make structural changes. They have every security feature that you'd find in a wired system, and the technology just keeps getting better.

Security companies can install it for you, but in general, wireless home security systems are easy enough for the average homeowner to install.


Wired Vs Wireless Home Alarm Solutions: Making The Choice

The wired versus wireless security debate is pretty evenly balanced, with good reasons to choose one or the other.

Wired Alarm Advantages

   * Many new and pre-owned homes come with pre-installed wiring, saving time and money.
   * Not nearly as susceptible to interference.
   * Allows greater distance between devices.
   * Tend to cost less, unless construction or professionally installation is required.

Wireless Alarm Advantages

    * In general, faster and easier to install.
    * Easier to make location changes and grow your system.
    * Can be removed and taken with you when you move.
    * If professional installation is needed, wireless is usually much cheaper.

Both wired and wireless alarms can be enhanced up with a variety of options - hidden cameras, strobes, sirens, and automatic telephone dialing when security is breached. And you can get professional alarm monitoring for either type of system.

So before casting your vopte on the "wired vs wireless security systems" debate, consider the cost, ease of installation, and distance requirements. All things being equal, a wireless solution will probably be your best bet.

For More Information:

You can read more about how wireless home security systems work.
There are things to watch for when selecting a wireless camera system.
In case you're still unsure, take a look the specific benefits of wireless home alarms.