There are two options when it comes to security system installation—hardwired systems or wireless systems. Although there are benefits and drawbacks to both types of security systems, hardwired systems are often the better choice due to a few key benefits that they can provide for the average homeowner.
1. Improved Monitoring
Hardwired systems do not have the monitoring restrictions that are an issue with wireless security alarms. Since everything is physically connected, there are no worries about alarm signals being unable to penetrate thick concrete walls or other wireless signal-dampening surfaces. For large homes or buildings, hardwired systems are also better able to provide consistent monitoring coverage because they aren't dependent on signal strength.
2. Service Provider Options
Wireless hubs and service panels are typically tied to a signal security company. If you want to switch service providers in a few years, then you must turn in the equipment they installed. Hardwired systems, on the other hand, can be used by any service provider using a process called an alarm takeover—the new service provider simply installs their control panel and plugs in the hardwired components. No need for a full new system install.
3. Fewer Vulnerabilities
Both wireless and hardwired systems have vulnerabilities, but wireless systems are at risk both on-site and from remote attacks. Wireless systems can be hacked into and turned off, or they can be disrupted via wireless interference. Hardwired system vulnerabilities primarily surround cutting the power to the system, but it is extremely difficult to access power cutting points on a properly installed system.
4. Remote Availability
Wireless systems use app and computer access and controls as a major selling point. Remote alarm access is not only available on wireless systems though. Most hardwired security systems also provide online and app-based control options for your system, which will allow you to remotely control alarms, lights, and other systems tied into your security system when needed.
5. Power Reliability
A common misconception is that wireless alarms continue to work even if the power is cut, but this isn't necessarily true. Unless there is a battery backup for the wireless transponders, the system will go down if the power goes out. Hardwired systems can also be put on a battery backup, which makes their power just as reliable as a wireless system that runs on a battery.
Contact a security system installation service, such as Carolina Phone and Alarms, Inc., to learn more about these options.