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?

(End of Part 1 of 2)

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.

Home Automation Wireless Home Security Systems – What’s Its Need?

All Americans agree that a home security system is an absolutely necessity, no longer a luxury. The rising crime rate has created a lot of fear among the American public. To safeguard yourself from criminal activities such as homicide, rape, and theft, you have to install a home security system. Though expensive, it is the only way to protect your family, home, and valuables.

Modern technology has given birth to a number of home security and automation systems. A number of people are now using this technology to protect their homes. While a home automation system makes life convenient and easy, a home security system protects your residence from criminals. Modern technology enables an integration of the two for added benefits.

Parts of a Home Automation System

A home automation system comprises three parts: a computer-like microprocessor, a structure wiring, and a connection center. A professional usually does the structured wiring and connects it to the connection center, within which the microprocessor is located. The microprocessor, which you control, in turn controls the entire automation system. The microprocessor has only one function–communicating with the devices in your house. It translates your commands into a language that your home devices can understand.

Uses of a Home Security System

Some home security systems can be programed to recognise your voice. You can activate and deactivate your home security system by giving it a command in your own voice. The software installed into your security system will recognise your voice and match it with a prerecorded deactivation code specified by you. If you voice matches this recording, your alarm system will get deactivated; otherwise, it remains activated.

The home security industry has now accepted wireless technology. Since wireless technology does not use complicated wiring systems, and since there are no wires to cut, burglars will find it impossible to deactivate wireless home security systems.

Integrating Home Security and Automation Systems

A wireless security system integrated into a home automation system requires receivers, transmitters, and wireless control panels to be able to communicate with you. Secure your wireless control panel with a password and a user name. Only then you will be able to deactivate and activate your security system.

You can also obtain a wireless security system, integrated with a camera that can be accessed online. This enables you to monitor your home from a secure website in any remote location.

Sophisticated, ultra-modern wireless home security systems are very expensive. But they are the only way to safeguard your valuables and your home, and above all, your family. You can never invest too much for the security of your family and your home. Therefore, irrespective of the cost, you have to install a security system in your house. No burglar will dare step into your house if you have such a system installed.