You have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the home security devices you will use to build your alarm system. When you are in the process of building a wireless alarm system for the home or for a business, you have the option to choose between devices that are hardwired and those that operate wirelessly.
Just ten years ago, most alarm professionals would have recommended hardwired devices over the wireless devices of the time. The reason for this is that the wireless technology had yet to mature to a point where it could perform with the same reliability that you would get with hardwired devices.
Two of the main issues were the operating range of the devices and the potential for a person to hack the wireless signal. However, modern alarm systems devices now perform well in both of these regards. You can now find devices that have a full enough range for almost any home or business, and with advanced encryption standards protecting the wireless signals, the tools are now safe from outside attack.
Now that wireless device technology can perform reliably, you can get all of the advantages of working with wireless touch devices, without having to compromise on performance or safety. In this post, we are going to look at some of the advantages that come with using wireless alarm devices.
Home Security Devices are Easier to Install
Easier installation is one of the most significant benefits of using home security devices. With the traditional hardwired systems, an installer would have to run the wires that connect the devices to the system. Without the need to run wires, the installation can be done in less time and at a lower cost.
As an additional point, you have to consider the type of work that goes into running wires. With a hardwired system, the installer would have drill holes in your walls, and they might even need to cut additional holes in your sheetrock guide the wire down to the location of the device. That means that in addition to installing the system, you might need to patch the wall in some places. With wifi alarm devices, these concerns are a thing of the past.
Alarm Systems Devices is More Versatile
With a traditional hardwired system, you might have to make some compromises about the location of the devices or whether you can have a device in a location at all. The reality of needing to run a wire can often limit your options when it comes to the placement of devices. Furthermore, in some locations running wire is either not possible or cost-prohibitive.
As an example, if you have a detached garage, you might want a sensor or camera placed to protect the garage, but getting a wire out to the location is going to cost more – and that is if it can even be done. Another example is if you want to put the contact on the gate to your backyard. A hardwired device might not work in this situation, but it would be very easy to place a wireless device on an outdoor gate.
Greater Flexibility With Wireless Devices
Once you install a hardwired system, it takes a lot of work if you want to make any changes to the devices. The wires are already in place, so to move a device, you also have to move the wire or run a new line.
With a home wireless alarm system, you have the freedom to make minor adjustments any time you need. If you decide that you want to move a camera or a motion detector, it is as simple as removing it from its current location and placing it in the new one.
Wireless Systems can Go With You When You Move
Installing an alarm system is a great way to protect your home and family. That said, the system isn’t going to be easy to take with you if you move. With a hardwired system, you are better off leaving the wireless system for the next owner of the home and installing a new system when you move into your new home.
When you go with home security devices, you have the option to take the system with you if you want to. You can easily remove the devices from their locations and you don’t have to worry about leaving wires or holes in the walls.
Easier to Maintain and Service
Wireless devices might be the newer technology, but the old hardwired systems can be much more difficult to service and maintain. First, you have to consider the wires. If one of the lines gets damaged in the wall, it can cause the device to malfunction. You then need to get a service technician come to diagnose the problem and they may need to run a new line.
With wireless alarm systems, you don’t have to worry about wires getting damaged and many of the service issues can be handled without calling a service tech out to the home. Most smart systems have troubleshooting resources that can help you diagnose and resolve issues on your own. Besides that, you can also call a phone technician to diagnose problems over the public wifi network or through the internet.
Some problems may still require the attention of a professional service technician, but with these options, you can get many of your issues resolved quickly and with less of a hassle.
Wireless Systems are Easier to Expand
When most people install an alarm system, they design the system for their current needs. With the possibility of your needs changing in the future, wireless systems offer the advantage of being very easy to upgrade and expand.
With the ability to add new home security devices with very little trouble, a wireless safety alarm system is ready to grow with you as your needs change. Furthermore, you might want to upgrade to the latest technology when a new type of device comes out. If you ever feel like a more modern device would provide better protection, you don’t have to worry about the work that would go into upgrading to the best tools available.
It might seem obvious to state the fact that alarm systems have wireless features, but there is more to this than just the ability to connect wireless devices. With a surveillance system, you can actually use an array of features that are supported by wireless technology.
As an example, you could by a key fob that can be learned into the alarm system. This key fob could then be used for features like wireless arming and disarming of the alarm system. Some alarm systems will even allow you to connect a certain number of smartphones that can be used for features like arm/disarm and unlocking smart locks.
Smart Home Integration
Another benefit of home security devices is that they can integrate into with your smart home automation devices for better security and an expanded array of features. In fact, many of the modern alarm systems come with home automation platforms to make this integration even easier.
With a system like the Qolsys IQ 2 Panel Camera, you can run all of your protection devices while also enjoying a wide range of home automation features. Along with safety devices like front door contacts and motion sensors, you can also connect a smart thermostat, smart locks, smart lights, temperature sensors, smart garage door openers, and more. With all of these devices working on the same platform, they can then be programmed to work together to open up a wide range of features.
For wireless alarm systems in Kentucky, contact the team from Cornerstone Protection. We have the expertise and experience to design and install wireless systems for homes and businesses. Call us now; our support team is standing by and ready to provide you with a free alarm consultation.