The Pros and Cons of a Wireless Security System
Learn if a Wired or Wireless Security System is Right for Your Home
As a residential and commercial security system integrator serving Jacksonville, FL, for over 50 years, we've seen tremendous changes in the industry. There was a time when almost all security systems were hardwired. Today, a fully wired system is rare, with many incorporating wireless technology and a hybrid approach.
Thanks to the internet and artificial intelligence advancements, today's smart wireless security systems offer more reliable protection than ever. Because of this, one of the common questions we get from homeowners is the difference between a wired and wireless security system. Here, we’ll explore that answer in detail and which one may be better for your home in Jacksonville, FL.
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The Pros of a Wireless Home Security System
Remote Access: Thanks to advancements in technology, today’s wireless systems offer advanced features. For instance, remote access via apps is one of our clients’ favorite tools. This enables you to receive alerts when an alarm goes off or a security camera recognizes something unusual occurring.
From this same app, you can look at live security camera footage and arm or disarm the system. A wireless security system can also integrate with smart home automation, allowing your lighting, door locks, and audio to work together effectively.
Security: Burglars may disable a wired security system by cutting the phone line outside the home. A wireless system means there are no wires to cut. Additionally, cellular and battery backup ensures protection during a power outage.
Installation: Wired security systems are often installed during the building phase as they require low-voltage wiring. Wireless systems are easily installed and removed, and they are ideal in buildings with stone and brick interiors that are difficult to drill.
The Cons of a Wireless Home Security System
Internet Disruption: One of the main concerns with a wireless system is possible signal interference. Wired security systems don’t rely on radio frequencies or sensors, as they’re wired into your phone line, making them less prone to false alarms and less likely to fail.
Electromagnetic interference may come from devices like power lines and remote controls. Structural interference comes from physical barriers, particularly cement and metal. These potential issues, however, are rare and are overcome with a robust home network and a backup battery supply.
Vulnerability: A wired security system is rarely targeted for hacking as someone must be physically present to disconnect the system. Choosing a wireless system that allows encryption and strong passwords can reduce vulnerabilities.
Coverage: A wired security system benefits large homes or properties spanning multiple buildings. These systems support more sensors and multiple control panels. Comparatively, wireless systems usually have distance limits.
Any security system will have its pros and cons. At Atlantic Security, we’re here to help you make the best decision for your unique needs and property. With our 25,000 successful installations, you can be confident in our abilities. To learn more about wireless security systems or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Atlantic Security today.