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Wired vs. Wireless Home Security Systems: What You Need to Know

Posted: January 05, 2017

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to invest in a home security system. Wise move. Before you join the ranks of the ultimate in home protection, you must decide whether to install a wired or a wireless home security system.

Is it better to have a system with wired or wireless sensors throughout your home?

As with most things in life, the answer is not a simple one. We’d love to share a one-sentence answer that enlightens you with home security bliss. But, it’s not that simple. It depends on your home needs and individual preferences.

Tony Trew, Protect Your Home Senior Technical Advisor, assesses each home before making a recommendation.

“We do what’s best for the homeowner,” Trew says.

Let’s explore your options.

Wired security systems

Wired systems have several benefits. The wiring gets integrated into your home. As a result, the security system functions using your home’s power. You don’t have to worry about batteries and replacing them on a regular basis. Also, there are no signal limitations to wired devices or sensors.

A downside to wired home security systems is they can be somewhat invasive if your home isn’t already wired for them. The best time to have the wires installed is during new home construction. Otherwise, the process can be costly, potentially requiring drywall repair and painting. To install a wired system in a finished home requires drilling holes in walls to run wiring throughout the house. In some cases, it can be difficult to physically access all areas of the home that you might want protected. Attics and other tight spaces can create challenges. Running wires increases costs and installation time.

So, if your home has been constructed for wired security systems, this is a really great way to go. If it is not, you should look into a wireless security system.

Wireless security systems

Wireless security systems are becoming very popular. The components use radio frequencies to communicate between the control panel and the different sensors throughout the home. With wireless systems, a home only needs one compact, self-contained control panel that communicates with all the necessary sensors and associated equipment.

Are you wondering if a wireless home security system will interfere with your Wi-Fi internet? If so, the answer is no. Wi-Fi and wireless security systems operate on different frequency ranges. Homes all across the country are using wireless security systems alongside their Wi-Fi networks.

Wireless security systems use a radio frequency while helping to keep your home secure. There can be limitation issues with the radio signal if your home is larger in size or has a particularly large wall in certain places. Sometimes, appliances can also cause signal interruptions. Not to worry. Repeaters can be used to extend range if radio communication between equipment is challenging. At Protect Your Home, our security advisors perform a thorough test to ensure your needs are met. Whoever installs your security system, make sure they test it to ensure your family and your home are safe.

Unlike a wired system, wireless systems have no need for intrusive changes to your home. Installers can come in, protect your home, test, and be out quickly. A professional installer should have your system functioning before they leave. The process is quick and clean.

One downside to wireless systems is the need to change out batteries. The sensors require batteries to work. Some people express concerns about the need to change out batteries or the fear of losing monitoring when a battery dies. Rest easy. While you do have to change out batteries to keep your system functioning, the system alerts you if the sensor stops working. With, ADT ® monitoring they will even alert you if there is a non-emergency alert coming from your sensors. But, most batteries have a life of approximately 3-5 years.

Here at Protect Your Home, we provide you an additional advantage if you have a wireless system. You own your equipment. So, you can take the home security system with you during a move. You can help keep your new home protected without having to pay for the same equipment over again.

Wired with Wireless?

What if you want the best of both worlds? You already have wired sensors, but you want to add wireless protection. Not a problem. Talk to your home security expert about a hybrid system that will monitor your wired sensors while being able to work with wireless equipment.

Regardless of what you choose, you can sleep easier at night. With a home security system, your home and your family are more protected. That is a wonderful thing.