Through the Wireless: The Pros and Cons of Wireless Alarms

BY Allconnect Inc | Thu Jan 10, 2013

When it comes to home security, what isn’t broken shouldn’t be fixed. Practically, there is no sense of changing a system that works for you, especially when what’s at stake is the safety of your home. This is what makes people hesitate in upgrading their home security systems. They are asking the right stuff, they are wondering “what if it doesn’t work”?

According to Gary Bricks, a Technical Security Specialist of Alarm System Store, says, “The Pros and Cons of both wireless and hardwired alarm systems should be considered seriously by the buyers to fit their specific needs.”

Everybody is comparing the traditional wired security system to the wireless security system and almost everybody can’t seem to conclude which one is the better. Of course, to each its own. Some houses are better with wires while some houses aren’t. It’s just a matter of knowing what type security system your house should have and if you’re comfortable with it.

In wireless security systems, its advantages could be its disadvantages as well. Yes, wireless security systems are the “in” thing today and are so attractive to consumers, but still we have to be wary about the reasons why are some people not going with it.

Pros of Wireless Alarms

Wireless alarm systems are well, wireless. They help make places look aesthetically pleasing as there would be no any wires dangling from the ceiling or walls. You wouldn’t even need to drill some holes for you to install a wireless system for some could even be attached using adhesive tapes or Velcro.

They are also easy to install. You don’t have to go through the wires to set up your home security system, you just need to put the device wherever you want to and you are done. For bigger homes, wireless would be the logical choice. The fact that they are also easy to install also means that they are portable. If you are planning to move to another house and would like to take your wireless security system with you, you could do so. Since it is portable, you could move the security camera anywhere in the house. This will allow you to maximize the space secured by the house.

Wireless security works even when there’s no electricity since it is powered by batteries. So the usual burglary trick of cutting of your power lines before intruding won’t work when a wireless system has been installed.

Cons of Wireless Alarms

Since they are new and they are technologically advanced, wireless alarm systems are more expensive than the traditional wired ones. Sure some are saying that wireless systems are not costly because they don’t need to be installed by a specialist, but the price of the device itself should be considered when comparing the price of installation and the wired device.

There are also some features which wireless security systems don’t have that wired systems have. Like when a burglar decides to attack the device first before breaking in, on wired systems, when you cut the wires that connect devices, an alarm will sound, but if you knock a wireless device out, it will not.

Also, most wireless security systems do not have the ability to be proactive, meaning it can’t call the police through a pre-recorded message like a traditional wired system does. In case of wireless security systems, when you want the police, you’ll need to call them by yourself. Lastly, the fact that they are operated by batteries means they have to be checked on a regular basis.

Guest Author Bio: John Anderson, a Southeastern American, specializes in home improvement and occasionally writes about fire alarm systems. He graduated in Tennessee State University. He’s a blogger and a freelance writer.

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