There are many things to consider when deciding whether to install a wired or Wireless Alarm. A few years ago most new builds were wired for alarms during construction, however it is becoming increasing common to construct without this wiring. In these cases, the owners should carefully consider the benefits of a wireless alarm system before deciding which route to go down.
Here are our Top 10 Advantages of a Wireless Alarm System:
A wired system involves making holes in walls and ceilings in order to fit the appropriate wiring. Wiring should be neat and tidy if done by a professional alarm installer, however this disruption is completely eliminated if you fit a wireless alarm. Installation of wireless systems is virtually mess free with no wiring necessary.
A wireless alarm is much quicker to install than a wired alarm. Depending on the size of the building, a wired system could take a few days. A typical wireless alarm system will take less than 4 hours to install. The reason for this is simple - no wires means no electrical leads, no drilling, wire-stripping etc. All you need is some basic tools to have everything installed in a few hours.
Another reason to chose a wireless alarm is its portability. Should you move house or business premises you can take the system with you. It should take only a short time to disconnect and remove the system so that it can be installed somewhere else. This is not possible with a wired system.
Some wireless alarms can communicate easily over hundreds of feet which makes it a great solution for homeowners with large houses, or out buildings that they want covered by their alarm. You can add in additional sensors that transmit their own radio signals to cover a wider area.
Wireless alarms are very versatile and adaptable to almost any type of premises. Since each component of the system is wireless, it is easy to remove one part and replace it for an upgraded model. You can also buy additional sensors or tack-on new features, like video monitoring, after you’ve installed the system. You can’t do any of that easily with a wired alarm.
It is possible for someone without electrical experience to fit a Wireless Alarm, however a wired alarm requires expertise.
Numerous wired sensors are normally grouped into a zone, if an issue arises with one of those sensors it is not easy to identify which sensor is causing the problem. With a wireless alarm, every sensor has its own unique zone, so if there is an issue with a sensor, you can identify the problem immediately the keypad will tell you, e.g. zone 5 - back french door.
- Cellular Network
Most wireless alarm systems include cellular notification for monitoring purposes. Unlike traditional wired systems that rely on phone lines to contact whoever is on your notification list, wireless systems offer sufficient signal strength to get in touch on their own. That means even if the power goes out or the home’s phone lines are cut, your system is still connected.
- Remote control
The homeowner or business owner can use wireless remote controls/fobs to activate the alarm on or off from anywhere on the premises. All fobs/remotes also come with panic buttons so a panic button can be carried around with you and activated when required.
- Smart Home
The technology built into most current wireless alarm systems also allows you to control other systems via your computer or smart phone. These include the lights, door locks, and temperature controls – especially useful if you’re away on holiday.