The pros and cons of a wireless security system

Whether you’re choosing a security system for your home or for your business, one of the first considerations you’ll need to make is whether to have a wireless or a wired alarm system. Although most homeowners will plump for the wireless system because of its flexibility and attractive price, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of this type of alarm in order to make an informed decision.

The pros of wireless alarms
There are lots of positives to choosing a wireless alarm system. Here are some of the reasons that this could be a good choice for you:

  • Wireless is lower cost: Because there is no cabling required for connection, the cost of installation is significantly reduced. This also means it can be put in more quickly, and with less upheaval to the people or employees who are using the building.
  • Wireless gives better coverage: Because you can put sensors wherever you need them, it’s much easier to get full coverage of the area with only a few units. As well as this, if the building is changed around, for example furniture moved which would block the line of sight, it’s a quick job to reposition the sensor in another location.
  • Wireless can go with you: For people who are renting their home, frequent moves are quite often on the cards. Even small businesses often experience growth, and move on to bigger premises from time to time. A wireless system means your investment is not wasted, as you can take everything with you to your new building.
  • Wireless grows with you: It’s simple and cheap to add on additional sensors if your premises change or grow. This means that if you build an extension, or decide there’s a need to have a sensor in the kitchen, you can do so without the upheaval of cabling in a new unit.
  • Wireless is independent: Wireless alarm systems run on batteries, so there is no risk of your building becoming unprotected in the event of a power cut.

Overall, there’s a very strong case for choosing wireless for your alarm system. However, there are some drawbacks which should be taken into consideration when you’re making your choice.

Cons of wireless alarms

  • Wireless is dependent on batteries: Just as using batteries can be seen as a positive feature, so it can also cause problems if the power supply is not effectively maintained by the owner. It’s important to check battery levels regularly, and replace when they get low to avoid becoming unprotected.
  • Wireless has no telephone connection: Unless you have a company like Gsec4 monitoring your system, a wireless system is unlikely to be capable of notifying police. Some wired systems will call the emergency services as they are integrated into the telephone line, but this is rare in the case of unmonitored wireless systems.
  • Wireless has a finite range: Wireless signals from sensors are transmitted to the central processor by radio signals. This means they need to be within range of this unit in order to function adequately. It’s important, therefore, to check the range on the system you are considering, and to ensure it’s enough for the size of your building to avoid leaving areas unprotected.

Wireless alarm systems have skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade or so, and still offer up a winning alternative to wired systems in the majority of cases. If you’re not sure which type of alarm system is better for your premises, talk to Gsec4 and we’ll be happy to help you decide.