When it comes to installing your home or apartment security system, you must choose between a wireless home alarm system and a setup. Both perform similar functions, but there are pros and cons for each that could influence your decision.
Hardwired Alarm Systems
This type of system has been used by consumers for years, and many traditional home owners feel that they make more sense since these customers are accustomed to dealing with hardwires. The entire system is also centralized since all of the components are wired into the main panel that manages all of the data through the system. The keypad, which allows for the user to configure program settings and control the entire system, is also connected by means of wires in a hardwired alarm system. At the same time, motion sensors, alarms and any other elements are connected through wires, giving some customers the feeling that they are more reliable for protection. If you happen move into a home that already has a hardwired alarm system installed, this is a perk because only the main panel and keypad will have to be replaced if the previous owner removed them. If they haven’t been taken out, all you will need to do is contact the provider and reprogram the system for a new password.
Since the hardwired alarm system is more traditional, the technology has not been developed as well as that of wireless alarm systems in recent years. In addition, not every customer has the time, knowledge or desire to deal with the complicated wiring systems. If the homeowner decides to install the system himself, it could take days of work and electrical systems can be dangerous if not handled properly. Homes with multiple stories can prevent serious challenges and large homes might require even more time for installation. Once a hardwired alarm system has been installed, it is challenging to make modifications based on homeowner needs or specific entryways or areas that develop issues, resulting in even more installation charges down the line.
Wireless Alarm Systems
Technology for wireless alarm systems for homes and apartments is constantly being developed, as more and more components of security and everyday devices are created around wireless technology. Installation, setup and management of wireless security systems are also much easier. Since the main panel and keypad are connected through wireless means, an antenna, it is easy to add new elements if necessary and simply connect them through the wireless system. Because installation is not difficult, it is actually free with many wireless systems, decreasing the initial price of the overall package. If this type of system is installed in a rental home, apartment, condo, it can conveniently be transported to a new location when a lease is up so the consumer doesn’t have to reinvest in new equipment.
Many wireless alarm systems use batteries, but when the batteries are drained, portions of your security system could be compromised while you are away. With some existing wireless systems, there may be one company that installs them and has contracts with certain monitoring companies, limiting customer options for the actual alarm monitoring company they do business with.