A home security system is an invaluable part of protecting your family and your financial investment. But modern homeowners have many choices in home security systems, including whether to use a wired or a wireless system. Which is right for you? Here are some of the most important pros and cons to consider.
The Pros and Cons of Wired Home Security
Home security systems that operate through existing wiring within your house — including telephone wiring and any 'smart' home systems — offer protection through their more physically present structure. Hacking is less an issue because the controls don't rely on data coming and going from your home to other computers. They are also more stable and reliable if your home tends to suffer internet signal disruptions.
Unfortunately, wired systems require more work to install and maintain. If your home already has extensive wiring for other projects (like home entertainment systems), it can be easy and inexpensive to use it as a base. However, most owners will need to spend money on the installation of the system and again on professional labor when anything needs adjusted.
And while wireless systems can't be easily hacked, they can be disrupted by physically cutting the wiring that runs them.
The Pros and Cons of Wireless Home Security
Like so many other services today, home security has evolved to offer a largely wireless option. The biggest draw of wireless systems is the ease of installing them anywhere — even if you don't own the home yourself. These are also often simpler for the homeowner to customize using wireless connections, including apps on your phone.
Of course, ease and convenience come with a downside. In this case, it could be susceptible to hacking from the outside. This would require a more skilled thief and more time, but it is possible. And different types of interference with the signals could create a problem with false alarms.
Wireless security may also be limiting for some property owners with a lot to secure. A large property or a large home might not fit into the range of a single wireless signal, necessitating either augmentation or compromise on where you want to focus security.
How You Can Decide
Once you know the pros and cons of both wired and wireless security, get more details regarding your own circumstances by meeting with a home security system professional in your area. They will assess your budget, the property's physical limitations, and your goals to help you find the ideal solution. Call today to schedule an appointment.