We have been asked to do this for quite some time so now we have finally bit the bullet and decided to release our very own wireless alarm guide so what you know what to look for when buying a wireless home security alarm system. Aren’t we a nice wholesome bunch of people to do that for you?
Its one thing looking at wireless alarm system reviews on the internet it’s a completely different thing understanding the basic concepts of what these alarms actually are, their advantages, their disadvantages and what it is they can actually do.
This guide from Cool Home Security will hopefully discuss some of the points that are relative to managing your own wireless home alarm systems and will briefly chat about fitting them too.
Let’s begin our wireless alarm guide with the obvious fact that with the progression of technology especially in the security field we are seeing more and more fantastic alarms being released to the baying public. This is a great thing however with all products; there are some good and some bad.
With ever more alarm systems being realised the more sophisticated they become. The disadvantage of this is that not everyone knows or understands how to work these security devices to get the most out of them.
The Advantages Of Wireless Home Security Alarm Systems
To get to the bottom of this lets first take a look at the advantages which wireless security alarms can bring the consumer (that’s me and you).
One advantage straight away that is of course rather obvious is the fact that these devices don’t have any wires to worry about. This is great for the consumer as they no longer need to be concerned with where they are going to set up the device, no longer shall they need to be concerned with where they will tuck the wires in when they initially set the alarm up.
Back in the day you would need to hide away ugly looking cables. You can imagine how fun that would be yes? But nowadays thankfully wireless alarm manufacturers are becoming aware of the general requirement from consumers that their products need to become more unobtrusive and the less of an eyesore the better.
Other issues that came with having a wired system were that if you didn’t actually know what you were doing (and many didn’t) you would need to hire out some professional help to install the alarm. Needless to say, this came at an extra unwanted expense to everyone who simply wanted to improve the safety of their homes.
Can you really imagine having to secure your garage or out house by using a wired system? It was very difficult, especially considering the fact that you had to also protect these wires from the elements.
Thankfully with the advent of wireless home security alarm systems you no longer need to worry about such things as set up for these devices are so much easier than they used to be!
Another advantage found from wireless devices is that now you can secure more than your domestic premise or property. In fact a majority of these alarms are able to act as a central control panel in your home and the user can now control many aspects such as different consumer appliances (think entertainment & electrical goods).
Look out for the home security devices that support the new X10 protocol (ask the retailer if you are unsure). This new protocol ensures that you can control and observe all manner of home devices from one singular location. This greatly improves the ease of use for these alarms over any old hard wired cousin.
An example of the advantage that the X10 protocol can bring is that of your house lighting. You can have total control over the timing of the lights as well as having the ability to group sets of lights together giving the impression to any thief that there is someone already in the house.
Lastly it must be stated that the sheer versatility of these alarm systems are a huge advantage too. They come with wireless key fobs as standard that allow the user to arm and disarm the device at the click of a remote portable button. This removes the need to remember any code and also removes the need to have to input that code at least twice into the alarm each and every day for the rest of your lives! It then becomes obvious how valuable the wireless key fob is to the user.
Actually there is one other advantage that we have just remembered. You can actually fit more alarms to the system too. Smoke alarms, panic alarms, flood alarms etc you name it you can add it to the wireless device making it a complete home security control hub.
To round up the advantages of wireless security systems are that they are really easy to install and set up. They have some really versatile functionality to them. They can be customised with many different useful accessories and extra alarm applications and hardware. They also can be moved and relocated after an initial setup.
The Disadvantages Of Wireless Home Security Alarms
So, it’s rather easy to see the advantages to wireless security are but what exactly are the disadvantages of wireless security?
Well, the majority of these devices are unfortunately a lot more expensive than their fully wired counterparts. This is because the technology is still relatively new and as is the case with every new tech, the prices will usually be higher than their traditional spec.
Some could say that this extra expense is offset by the fact you don’t need to pay anyone to set up the alarm or the fact you spend less time in the actual set up but we will still put price down as a disadvantage never the less.
Most wireless security systems are powered through disposable batteries. This brings a few negative aspects to them as they will need to be monitored on constant bases. Well when we say constant we say check them once ever fortnight or week if you feel you need to be extra safe.
Yes, the devices themselves usually come with a warning light when the battery gets low but ether way this frequent checking on the battery power is a nuisance and is obviously going to go down as a disadvantage of wireless security.
Another potentially huge negative to wireless security technology is that advanced hackers have been known to be able to hack into the security key fobs and obtain the code required for access to any protected premise. This is of course extremely rare and chances are it will never happen to you or anyone you know.
But it is however an aspect that needs to be pointed out if we are going to fairly assess the pros and cons of wireless alarms.
We hope you have enjoyed our mini guide to wireless home security alarm systems and hope you have found some useful information that will give you a better judgement over these products.
It is now becoming clear that the majority of alarm manufacturers are indeed focusing on wireless technology for the future production of their devices. This is of course rather obvious due to the attractive advantages this technology can bring.
If you still require more information on wireless home security alarm systems then please make sure you put your nearest electrical retailer through their paces and ask them as many questions that may be concerning you. Until next time, stay safe Cool Home Security readers we hope you enjoyed this wireless alarm guide, goodbye!