Wireless home security systems are mostly simple to install because . . .
. . there is not the requirement to run yards and yards of cable. For
this reason these type of systems are very popular for DIY installation.
Other advantages of wireless security systems are that it is
easy to add extra sensors after your system has been fitted.
later decide, for example, that extra sensors are needed in a more
vulnerable area of your home.
With a wire free system it is a simple task to expand your security.
Sensors, surveillance cameras, and detectors can sometimes be placed in areas where it is not at all practical to run cables.
Also, should you decide to move home . . . no problem, your wireless system can make the move with you.
days the whole range of home protection is available in wire free
format. Not only intruder alarm systems but also smoke, gas and flood
alarms, as well as listening and camera surveillance can be incorporated
into a wireless system.
If it can be done with a hardwired system it
can be done wire free.
Wireless Home Security Systems : The cost.
Wireless home security systems are sometimes priced a little higher than
their equivalent packages in hardwired format but the price gap does
seem to be closing fast.
The great saving with wireless packages is in
Plus, of course, you avoid the mess and inconvenience
of running cables through all of your walls, thus the overall cost
could be significantly less than a wired system.
completely free of charge.
The catch? Well, these are monitored systems
and the monthly monitoring fee may not be as competitive as systems that
you have to pay for, and usually involves signing a long term
monitoring contract, up to 5 years.
These protection systems have
to be powered of course and as they are wireless the power is obtained
Battery cells have to be replaced and that is a cost to
be born, but fortunately battery life has been greatly improved over the
years and typically batteries last 1 to 3 years for the sensors and 3
years for the control panel.
Most wireless systems will warn you
when battery power is running low and many have backup power sources,
Some hybrid security systems are in the main wireless
but use the electrical supply for power.
Wireless Home Security Systems : Reliability?
No doubt about it, most wireless residential systems are reliable.
one time wireless home alarm systems were said to be not as dependable
as hardwired systems, technology moves on however.
There are pros and cons to each system but for most of us wireless alarms are capable of protecting our homes reliably.
you have a very large and expansive home, or large business, then
hardwired may be the best choice. But for the average, or larger than
average home there really is little difference.
At one time
there was a possibility that the arm and disarm codes could be captured
by thieves using complex decoder equipment, but today’s sophisticated
systems take measures against that possibility. This small risk has to
be offset against the risk of wires being cut in a hardwired system.
As with anything else, there are good wireless alarms and not so good, choose wisely.
Wireless Home Alarm Systems : What do you get?
What you get is a package. This package will include sensors and
detectors along with the control panel, siren and keypad (and/or
key-fob). You will almost certainly want to add to the sensors and
detectors unless you live in a very small apartment with few windows.
Wireless home alarm systems are available with or without Monitoring from a Control Center.
control center monitored systems should the center receive a signal
that a sensor has been triggered they will then take steps to detect
whether an intruder is on the premises.
If this proves positive they
will then alert the authorities. The system may also send you an alert
through your cell phone.
Some wireless home security systems that
do not have control center monitoring will send alerts, via an Emergency Dialer, to a list of phone numbers selected by you (cell or land-line). This could be a
pre-recorded message in your own voice that alerts the recipient of the
A typical wireless system may include:
- A control panel
- Internal siren
- Keypad and keyfob
- Two sensors, for doors or windows
- Pet-immune Motion Detector
- An Emergency Dialer
- Wall Mount bracket
- Instruction Manual
- Technical Support
If a monitored system, the first year may be included free and thereafter a monthly fee is incurred.
Most homeowners will need more than two or three door and window sensors and Motion Detectors. Extra sensors can be incorporated into nearly all systems and some packages allow for a great many of these to be added.
may also wish to add smoke, gas and flood detection, as well as
listening and camera surveillance. Another option is adding lighting
control, and motion triggered security lighting.
sophisticated systems come with a web interface and go far beyond being a
wireless burglar alarm system. You can check if the baby-sitter has
been at your drinks cabinet or the door to your master bedroom has been
A wireless security kit gives you all you need for basic protection, you can add components as your needs increase – Wireless Home Security Kit.
Home security systems, whether wireless or otherwise, are only part of
the answer to your home security. The other part is you.
Always be security conscious
and do not rely only on your wireless home security system, fit good
locks to all your exterior doors and windows and make sure you use them.
Join and participate in your local neighborhood watch.