Wireless vs Wired Security Systems: Which is Right for You?

Wireless vs Wired Security Systems: Which is Right for You?

Many homeowners are torn between wireless and wired security systems’ cost, convenience, and effectiveness. Despite what many people think, both have their pros and cons. One thing is for certain: Your choice of a wireless or wired system will be based on a personal preference as well as more practical considerations, like budget, where you live, the size of your home, etc.

But before you can make an informed decision about which system to go with, it’s important to figure out exactly what those priorities are to find a solution that will fit your needs best. Here’s a quick checklist of things to consider before you make your final decision.

1. What is Your Budget?

Wireless systems are more expensive than wired systems, but not by as much as you might think. Like any security system, the price will be determined by several factors: the type of system you want, its features and intricacies, and how many sensors it includes. Look for a wireless security system with digital security cameras (DCC) and alarm outputs that can trigger many different types of alarms on different detectors. Look at the retail prices on these types of units to get an idea of what you expect to pay in terms of costs.

2. Location:

Homeowners in urban areas with easy access to reliable power sources tend to go with wireless security systems because they are often cheaper than wired security systems, easier to set up, and can be installed without any forced connections. Homeowners living in rural areas usually use wired security systems instead because they require a dedicated line of sight to the transmitter and a hardwired connection between the receiver and the hardwired alarm system sensors.

3. Where do You Live?

The size of your home will also determine what type of security system you should get. A wireless security system will be a better bet than a wired system if you live in a townhouse, apartment, or condo with limited space. If you have a large home that needs to be covered, it’s probably best to get a wired security solution.

4. What is the Layout of your Home?

Wired security systems are easier to install because you won’t have to worry about setting up long-range connections between the receiver and the sensors. On the other hand, wireless security systems give you much more flexibility when placing your sensors. You can put them anywhere in your home’s interior, and a line of sight or a hardwired connection with the receiver, like wired security systems, does not restrict them.

5. What is your Level of Expertise?

Suppose you have no idea how to install a security system or don’t have the time or money for professional installation and maintenance. In that case, a wireless security system will be the better choice. You can buy an off-the-shelf wireless security system from a reputable company and modify it to meet your specific needs. But, if you’re very tech savvy, consider using a wired security solution to save money on installation costs.

After all, is said and done, wireless vs. wired security systems are both viable options. It’s up to the homeowner to determine which will work better for their unique situation.

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