Reliability – Whether a wired or wireless home security system, it must be reliable enough to detect an intrusion (burglary) or emergency event (fire, CO, medical, etc.) and alert the monitoring center and response personnel in time. Previously wireless alarm systems were more likely to generate false alarms versus a wired system. However, with the maturity of the technology, wireless home security systems now offer comparable reliability in the transmission between the control panel and security devices. (Advantage: Neutral).
Cost – A wired home security system and their security devices will generally cost less than a wireless version, excluding installation costs and subsequent changes. Wired home alarm systems are basically maintenance free. In contrast a wireless home security system and security devices will be more expense plus have the added expense of periodic battery replacement. (Advantage: Wired).
Installation – The installation of a wired home security system is time consuming since the technician must drill and run wire through walls and tap into the telephone and electrical systems. There may be physical limitations in the house design that will adversely affect the performance of the wired security system. In contrast the installation of a wireless home security system is simpler with no need for drilling and running wires. The area of home security protection is not limited by the physical design of the house but rather by the range of the wireless signal from the control panel. (Advantage: Wireless)
Future Changes – A wired home alarm system is relatively static in nature. Once installed, changes or expansion (if possible) are expense, limiting the homeowner. A wireless home security system is inherently designed for change and expansion by adding or upgrading plug-and-play wireless components. These may be wireless video surveillance, electronic door locks, lighting, thermostat control and other devices in development. An example would be a garage addition, where the homeowner simply upgrades the existing wireless home alarm system with a wireless video camera, smoke detector and garage door lock control. If the homeowner decides to move in the future, a wireless home security system is easy to disconnect and reinstall in the new home. (Advantage: Wireless)
Disabling System – A wired home security system is at risk of being disabled by having its power and telephone lines cut by a home burglar. In the case of a power outage (for example a severe storm), the wired home security system will be disabled. A wireless home security system normally has a battery backup of 24 hours and communicates through a private cellular radio network (not the Internet). In the event that the wireless home system control panel is “smashed” by a home burglar, the absence of a signal to the remote monitoring center will automatically call home, triggering an event which results in the dispatching of emergency personnel. (Advantage: Wireless)
Troubleshooting – A fault or failure in a wired home security system requires trial and error to determine the problem. This is time consuming and expense. In contrast a wireless home security system is easier to isolate the error or failed component. (Advantage: Wireless)
Home Automation – A wireless home security system is the platform for affordable home automation and video surveillance with remote connectivity via intelligent Internet enabled devices like smart-phones and tablets. Using standard wireless broadcast services like Alarm.com and Zwave.com the homeowner has a wide choice of devices including: electronic door locks, thermostat control, lighting and appliance control and others in development. NEXUS Home Security offers a wireless home security control system as a platform for home automation. The homeowner is limited only by his or her budget, time and imagination. (Advantage: Wireless)
The selection of the type of home security system should reflect the homeowner´s budget, present life style and future expectation for growth and change.
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