Wired security systems have been in use for a much longer time. They use equipment that is hardwired into the electrical system or the landline of the house.
Wireless systems are comparatively a new entrant on the market. Advancement in wireless security system technology is making these devices increasingly popular, as well. These systems use wireless monitoring equipment and are easy to install, use, upgrade, and can be moved easily from one place to another. Here we look at the pros and cons of wired and wireless security systems.
Wired Security Systems – Pros
Reliability – So long as the wiring is intact and the phone line works smoothly, wireless systems will perform reliably. In the absence of sensors that communicate through radio frequency, their reliability is far more robust than wireless systems.
Suitable for Large Spaces – These systems are capable of managing more sensors than wireless ones. Due to this quality, they offer broader coverage and are useful if you need to monitor multiple buildings.
Less Hacking-Prone – This is a significant advantage because it is more hacking-proof compared to a wireless system. A hacker will have a hard time jamming this system as they will need access to the wiring, which is not easy. These systems are also feature-rich and easy to maintain.
Wired Security Systems – Cons
Installation is More Expensive -. Installing a wired system is a professional’s job because it involves connecting sensors with low voltage wires in the wall. It’s a more time-consuming process and is expensive in terms of installation fees.
More Vulnerable to Tampering – Thieves know how to disable these systems and can cut the outside telephone line.
Wired system controls are location-specific, and they do not offer the flexibility that wireless systems do, which can be a disadvantage.
Wireless Security Systems – Pros
Quick Installation – Wireless systems set up is fast because there is no wiring involved. You need to mount a camera within the range of the receiver. Therefore, they can be a DIY task, doing away with installation fees.
Easy to Move – Wireless cameras are easy to move as you do not need to rip open walls to uninstall them. You can accommodate them comfortably in a new layout, which makes them very useful for renters who can move them without damaging rental premises.
Extra Protection – Intruders do not find it easy to disable wireless systems because there are no phone lines to cut. Wireless systems have this additional protection feature, which is an advantage.
These systems can be modified and scaled, as well. You have the option to sync them to other smart devices in your home such as a smart thermostat, smart locks, and smart lights etc.
Wireless Security Systems – The Cons
Can be affected by Interference – The sound sensor communication system is an integral aspect of wireless systems. While not so common, you cannot ignore their susceptibility to interference. Such interference can arise due to factors like random disconnection of Wi-Fi, lack of mobile phone signals, power outages, structural issues, etc. These aspects can cause the failure of the sensor’s radio communication frequency.
Battery Operation – Periodic check-ups of the battery life of sensors and devices are necessary as these systems run on batteries. They do not have a battery back-up for emergencies.
Distance Limitations – The open-air range of sensors is around 500 feet. This limitation makes them less suitable for more expansive properties.
Hacking Risk – Wireless systems are more prone to hacking as burglars can jam the signals to the alarm system.