Benefits of Wireless Home Security Systems

A wireless home security system provides home and business owners the ability to easily monitor what’s going on in the protected environment.

When choosing a wireless home security system, consider the reason or need for the system, the location, and budget. Many home and business owners choose wireless systems because they’re easy to install and can easily be moved. There’s less chance of needing to hire a professional installer. Moving to another location or just moving furniture around isn’t a problem. Inexpensive wireless systems save users money while providing usable images.

Why install a wireless home security system? Homeowners use them to protect property inside and outside the home. Parents can go to work knowing they can still keep an eye on infants and children while away from home. Service workers and other commercial employees can be monitored while inside the home. In addition, pet owners can make sure pets are protected and aren’t out of control.

Expensive and/or confidential information can also be visually monitored to ensure it is being protected.

When trying to choose the best security system, it is important to account for the intended location of where the system will be used. Will the camera be used indoors or out? If the camera is to be used in a low-light area, consider a camera with infrared capabilities since infrared is great for both of these situations.

Will the camera be covering large or small areas? If setting up a wireless system just to keep an eye on the new baby in the nursery, a simple single camera setup is all that’s needed. Web cams are inexpensive and easy to setup for small, fixed area coverage. I knew a lady who had a simple surveillance system to look out for her infant son.

Covering larger areas requires more cameras. Sixteen cameras is often the maximum for a wireless system. For the best coverage, homeowners requiring this amount of coverage often choose a wireless home security system kit.

These kits can often be customized to fit the need. A standard kit that sells for under $100 online, features the option to cover multiple zones, strobe lights, and loud internal sirens. The kit also features interior and exterior sensors that can detect motion up to 30 feet away. It also can detect glass breakage.

Other available accessories and options for this system include exterior siren with flashing lights, glass break sensors, and remote controls. Also included is a panic remote with neck cord. This is perfect for an elderly person who may fall down and need assistance from neighbors.

When considering a wireless home security system, decide what areas will need to be covered, the type of lighting in those areas, and preferable options. Take the list of answers to the home security system specialist at local stores for system recommendations. Online stores and auction services also offer a wide variety of wireless home security system parts and kits.

Make sure other wireless items in the home or office will not interfere with the security system. Sometimes wireless Internet connections and cordless telephones operate on a frequency that disrupts the wireless security system transmissions.

Wireless Home Security Systems – Pros & Cons (Part 1 of 2)

The main thing to remember about a wireless home security system is that its greatest advantage is also its greatest weakness — there are no wires.

On one hand, it means that you can place your control panel and any or all of your sensors, cameras and keypads anywhere you please. It also means that it is very easy for an intruder to disable the system…and there is also a greater likelihood of false alarms.

First let’s take a brief look at the science

Wireless home security system does not use wires to connect the control panel to hit any of the door or window switches or any other device in the system. In a wireless system, the devices send radio signals to a receiver in the control unit, which then processes that signal.

Advantages of wireless

A wireless home security system is generally easier to install. You can put the devices anywhere you want — you have ultimate flexibility. Also, there is no labor time spent in stringing wires. Lastly, if you already have a hardwired system, you can even add a wireless receiver at any time, which will give you a double layer of protection.

Disadvantages of wireless

A wireless home security system is not always as dependable. Copper wires will always be more reliable when sending a signal from point A to point B. For example, if a burglar snips the wires on a door or window sensor, that is usually enough to set off the alarm. The same situation does not necessarily apply with wireless systems. For example, if a wireless transmitter is knocked out of commission, you may never know that something is wrong.

Be aware that a wireless system is more expensive than a hardwired system. This is because each device has a radio transmitter built into it or attached to it so that it can send the signal back to the control panel.

Because of this extra expense, some consumers tend to cut corners to save costs. Don’t do it. If anything, spend some extra money to get the highest quality radio transmitter available.

After all, you know what it’s like when you buy a cheap cordless phone. You save some money but you get some problems in return: interference, static, dropped calls, and you might even pick up your neighbor’s calls — and vice versa.

The same things apply with wireless home security systems. By spending more money you get better quality and reliability. The high-end wireless equipment is very dependable, and so you should be prepared to spend some more money to make sure that you get that reliability. After all, who needs a lot of false alarms?

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How Does a Wireless Home Security System Work

Wireless home security systems have increased in popularity because of the elimination of the existence of jumbled mass of wires, and because of the simple installation. If your home has been built with the wiring for a hard-wired home security system, you don’t have the jumbled mass of wires under foot. Since the majority of homeowners buy a home that was built several years ago, they do not have that luxury. Wireless home security system is the choice made by a number of new homeowners.

To give you an idea of just how simple wireless home security system is to install. If you know how to plug in a phone and program your VCR or TV remote then you can install a wireless home security system. You will be able to save money on having the installation done by a professional. However, if it will make you feel more comfortable you can have a professional install the system for you.

Wireless home security systems will typically come with a system control panel, which is plugged into your phone line and a wall outlet. Some wireless home security systems work off of battery power only. The control panel will monitor all the information sent to it from the remotes. It will make necessary phone calls when motion is detected. With a wireless system you can hire the services of a monitoring company or you can elect to monitor the equipment yourself. To do this you will enter your phone number along with a few other phone numbers of trusted friends or family members. The control panel will call you. After listening to the noise going on in your house you will then determine whether or not to call for emergency services. This will help eliminate false alarm calls to the police, which can result in a hefty fine.

So, how does the wireless home security system actually work?

Well, very much like wired home security systems. When a sensor is tripped, say a door or window is opened the sensor will send a signal to the control unit. On a wired home security system the signal will be sent via the cable. On a wireless home security system the signal will be sent via radio waves. Radio waves can travel through a lot of stuff like walls. Which makes it ideal to be installed after a home has been constructed that was not pre-wired for a home alarm system.

Wireless home security systems work very similar to their wired counter part. The main difference is the lack of wires running from each sensor back to the control panel.

Wireless home security systems give the home owner more options on adding a burglar alarm system to their home with the least amount of mess and disruption to their home’s walls.