Difference Between Hardwired and Wireless Home Alarm Systems

The key to getting the best of any alarm system will depend on your needs and usage. This article will help you to determine which alarm system will fit you best.

Wireless Home Alarm Systems:

Wireless alarm systems take less time to install and require no drilling or wiring
Wireless alarm systems make it easy to upgrade features and equipment later
Less frequent maintenance and typically lower install costs for wireless alarm systems
Wireless alarm systems have distance limitations. Not ideal for extremely large homes or properties with multiple buildings. Most wireless alarm systems have a 500ft open air range.
Some wireless alarm systems have sensor limitations. Large homes with the need for 40-50+ sensors may need a hybrid system or strictly hard wired alarm

Hard Wired Home Alarm Systems:

Hard wired alarm systems can incorporate a lot more sensors than a wireless alarm system. Although most home don’t need any more than 15-20 sensors.
Hard wired alarm systems have been around forever, they are tried and true.
A hard wired alarm system is always installed by a technician. Depending on your view, this could be a pro or a con.
Hard Wired alarm systems have a much more intensive installation. Requires drilling.
Many hard wired alarms are obsolete and outdated. Source: Quora

Hardwired Systems:

Hardwired systems are considered the traditional type of home security systems. Sensors are placed on doors and windows and are wired to a main control panel. Advantages to hardwired systems are their reliability, backup batteries in case of a power outage, and they are less susceptible to electrical interference from other devices. However, they are typically more expensive and are not as easy to install.

Wireless systems:

Wireless systems are newer to the market. They are incredibly easy and quick to install, and can be done so by placing sensors throughout your house that transmit signals to a control panel. Conveniences to wireless systems is the ability to control the system through multiple devices (such as a computer, tablet, or phone), and with upgraded packages you can integrate your thermostat, lights, and door locks into your wireless system. This allows people to turn off lights and turn down the thermostat when no one is home, ultimately helping conserve energy and save money. However, because wireless systems sensors are battery operated, homeowners and renters need to be diligent to make sure batteries are charged. Additionally, wireless systems can have sensory issues in larger homes due to the distance between sensors and the control panel. Source: Porch

Wired Systems:

A wired system generally involves the use of sensors that can be installed on your windows and doors. These sensors are the wired to the main panel for your security system. The wiring is not actually seen. In fact, it is typically placed under the baseboards or carpeting which hides it from view. You can also add security cameras and motion sensors that will be linked to the main panel and these types of systems typically come with a keypad installed. There are a variety of accessories that can be chosen to go along with a wired system and each offers its own unique benefit.

Wireless Systems:

Wireless systems work in much the same way. There are sensors placed on windows and doors but instead of linking these sensors via wiring that is hidden away, the sensors transmit information to the main panel using a wireless technology that is not completely unlike wireless internet routers. The main benefit of a wireless system is that it does not require drilling into the walls or flooring so they are a bit easier to install and a bit less messy than a wired system. They also have keypads and cameras and motion detectors can be integrated into a wireless system just like they can with a wired system. Source: BeforeItsNews


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