There are many types of security devices that can be used as per an individual’s requirements. The primary classification for security systems is the wired and wireless category. Most devices in the security systems come with wired as well as wireless models. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Let us understand some basic differences that will help you to decide in favour of wireless or wired home security systems.
Differences between Wireless and Wired Home Security Systems
The most obvious and the biggest difference in both systems is that of wires. However, it is not as easy as it appears. The presence or absence of wires in a security difference makes changes in its installation, maintenance, hardware and software. Wired systems involve running a wire from the control panel individually to all the components of the security system.
Wired home security systems need an expertise in installation. A number of holes need to be drilled and a bunch of wires need adjustment without damaging the electric wires and the plumbing lines. It is best to make a pre-wiring plan when your house is still under construction. Other than additional wiring, make extra electric sockets at places that might need protection like doors, windows, staircases, etc. Install electric sockets outside your house as well.
In case, you are buying an already constructed house, it is best to take the help of a professional. You can call an electrician to do the wiring or take help from a handyman if your DIY skills can be applied. However, do not cause additional damage to your wirings in an over enthusiasm to install the system yourself. Also, opt for wired systems if you are engaging a dealer to do the job as they will in any case charge installation fees.
On the cost front, wired systems win hands down as the components are cheaper. However, installation is a very labour intensive process and needs sufficient expertise. The cost of installation is generally very high in these systems. Add to this the additional cost incurred if anything goes wrong during the wiring process. Wireless components are expensive but you can save by installing them yourself.
Wired systems are easy to maintain and easy to expand. Updating and upgrading is also easier in case of wired security systems. Wireless systems are generally restricted in terms of maintenance and become obsolete faster but they offer the latest in terms of technology. Wireless systems, though easy to install, are generally bigger in size and need to be constantly monitored for batteries.
However, is you want to have a less intrusive addition to neatly fit into your home decor, wireless devices are the best option for you. Owners of antique homes might also prefer wireless system to prevent any damage to the property. Wireless systems are also good for areas where wiring cannot be fitted easily like the lawn or external gates.
Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some people use a combination of wired and wireless devices to take the best out of both.