In building your security system, you have the choice between a hard wired system or a wireless home alarm system. There are pros and cons to each:
Hardwired Alarm Systems
These systems have been employed for many years, and among the things that many love about them is that they make more sense, at least to the traditional home owner, or those that are used to dealing with hardwired systems. At the same time, there is the issue of coverage, and hardwired systems can cover a good amount of space. Everything is also centralized, as the components are wired onto the main panel, which handles all of the data in the system, and then there is the keypad, which allows for the user to configure settings and manage the whole system. In a hardwired alarm system, these main panel and keypad are connected by way of wires. At the same time, motion sensors and any other components are connected to the system through wires. If you move into a home with a hardwired alarm system already installed, this is a bonus, because only the panel and keypad will need to be replaced if they have been removed. If they haven’t been ripped out then you will just need to reprogram the system for a new password.
As mentioned, the hardwired alarm system is an alarm system that is traditional. In short, it was really the only option available back in the day. This means that the technology for hardwired home alarm systems is no longer developed as much as the technology for wireless alarm systems for the home. On top of that, not everyone has the time, knowledge or desire to deal with all of the messy wires. Setting up hardwired systems can take many days, and others that choose to hire professionals to install them end up spending extra. Difficulty can vary based on how big the home is, as well as how easy or complicated it is to install, as some homes have a couple of storeys, or have a strange layout. It is also not as easy to modify or rearrange the components of hardwired systems, because they are set in place.
Wireless Alarm Systems
The technology for wireless alarm systems for the home is continually developed, as more and more security components and devices are created around wireless technology. Installation, configuration and management of wireless alarms for homes are also easier. The main panel and keyboard are connected via wireless means, through an antenna. Finally, it is easier to modify a wireless security system, and this is especially ideal if you’ve realized that the components of your security system could be positioned more strategically in certain locations.
Most wireless systems make use of batteries, and having to replace batteries can be annoying. At the same time, when the batteries are 100% drained, this could mean compromising portions of your security system. With existing wireless home alarm systems, there are also plenty of companies that install them and have contracts with limited monitoring companies, which will pretty much limit your options in terms of alarm monitoring companies.