When you are evaluating a home security system, one of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether to install a wireless or hardwired system. Both types of systems have advantages and disadvantages. Your decision to install one over the other is largely determined by the easy of installation and your personal preference. In this article we will attempt to highlight the advantage and disadvantage of both wireless and hardwired home security systems and let you draw your own conclusion.

Wireless home security system advantages:

1.) They are fast and easy to install because there are no cables to run and terminate.

2.) The system components (door and window sensors, motion detectors, glass break sensors, flood sensors, etc.) are powered by batteries, thus, they can be installed anywhere in the premises.

3.) Once a wireless device is installed, if there is a need to relocate it later, the owner can do that quickly and easily. This eliminates the need for an expensive service call.

4.) If you move to a new home, the entire wireless system can move with you, and any additional components can easily be added.

Wireless system disadvantages:

1.) Because of design limitations, devices have to be placed within range of the central control panel.

2.) Metal studs and some types of plaster can affect wireless signals.

3.) Wireless products require frequent battery changes.

Hardwired home security system advantages:

1.) System reliability because each device has a direct wired connection to the central control panel.

2.) Installation of the system is done by licensed professionals.

3.) Generally, as long as you have the home security system monitored, a warranty is provided for the entire length of the monitoring agreement.

4.) System cost is generally less expensive.

5.) Do not have concerns or issues with distance or environmental interference, such as the metal studs or plaster.

Hardwired system disadvantages:

1.) Hardwired systems require a cable run from each device back to the central control panel. Thus, accessing areas, such as an entry door, can be difficult or require exposed wiring.

2.) Moving or relocating a hardwire device may require a complete rewire for that device if there isn't enough slack in the existing wire to move it to the new location.

3.) Most security companies only lease hardwired home security systems. Thus, when moving, you generally have to leave the system in place and start completely from scratch at your new home.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of a wireless and hardwired home security system will help you determine which type of security products you want to use in your home. Keep in mind, with today's technology it is possible, and frequently done, to combine the two technologies in to one system. For example, having a hardwired system to cover the main entry doors, downstairs windows and motion sensors while using wireless devices at those hard to reach areas like the upstairs door off the balcony. Because there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of system, the right type of system is a combination of personal preference, technical limitations, ease and cost of installation.

So, before you make a call to a home security system company, review the advantages and disadvantages of each type of system, evaluate your premises and know what your options are. Then, call a licensed, bonded and insured industry professional to help you design the right system for your specific and unique needs.

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