Should I Use Wireless or Hard Wired Security Devices?
The cliché “You’ve come a long way baby” can certainly be applied to wireless security devices such as motion detectors, door and window contacts and the like.
Pictured above is a wireless motion detector
While your security consultant will be able to help you with the decision to go with either hard wired or wireless devices, it’s good to go into the meeting having already considered the pro’s and con’s of each.
Wireless battery performance has increased in longevity to a range of 3-5 years. The dependability and signal strength of the device itself have also improved—to a point where customers aren’t asking doubting questions about them anymore.
Signal strength is important because it measures the device’s ability to “talk” back to the wireless receiver, which in turn talks to the panel. And of course, the panel is the device which communicates with your central station monitoring company. Simply put, you want to make sure your wireless devices throughout the house stay in contact with the brains of your system.
Another valid issue folks have had with wireless devices such as PIR (passive infrared) motion detectors is their pet tripping the alarm. Companies have created devices compensate for pet motion, or at least for those up to a certain weight—in the 65 to 70 lb range, typically.
Others may still say that wireless devices are more expensive. This statement on its own may be true, but when you factor in the lower amount of labor needed to install them (no need to snake wires, etc.), they are not automatically more expensive.
Speaking of snaking wires, many people like the fact that wireless devices are less invasive—they can be mounted right onto a wall or a window frame. They also like the flexibility since the equipment can be taken with them fairly easily if they move.
So far we’ve extolled many benefits of wireless security devices, but there are certainly cases to be made for hard wired devices as well.
As we mentioned earlier, cost is one. Hard wired units are less expensive. And if they need to be replaced, this will come into play. If hardwired devices are to be chosen, the best time to do so is during new construction, when wiring can be done more easily.
And although wireless devices have established a solid reputation as being reliable, if compared with hard wired directly, hard wired would still be considered more reliable.
People also don’t have to worry about replacing batteries, even if they are lasting up to five years nowadays in their wireless counterparts.
Hardwired devices may almost always have a place in many homes’ security systems due to issues such as low temperatures in places like garages. The batteries in wireless units can’t withstand the cold temperatures in certain parts of the country.
We hope this blog post has given you enough information to prepare you for a consultation with a security integrator. Thank you for spending some time with us today.