Thinking about getting a home security system?  Picked out your security cameras and monitoring plan?  Having troubles deciding between a wired or wireless system?  No need to worry. We have the answers you’re looking for. A deciding factor when choosing an alarm monitoring system is whether to go with a wired or wireless system as there are advantages and disadvantages to each system.  The one you choose is based upon your lifestyle, needs and your overall preference.  To help make the choice a bit easier, here are the key differences, as well as the pros and cons of each system. Wired System A wired security system involves the use of sensors that are installed throughout the house, such as on your doors and windows.  The sensors are connected to the security system’s main panel with the wiring being discrete, being placed under carpets and out of visual sight.  Along with sensors, a home owner can also add security cameras or any other security accessories to cater to their specific protection need which can all be controlled by the keypad installed. Wireless System A wireless system is similar to a wired system except that a wireless system provides the security and portability of an alarm system, without the wires.  Just like a wired system, sensors can be installed throughout the house and will be linked to the main control panel using wireless technology.  In this case, no wires are needed, which means nothing needs to be hidden out of sight except for the sensors and cameras.  Security cameras and any other accessories can also be installed on this system, just like a wired system where they will be integrated together with the keypad installed. So, what are the difference between the two?

  • Wireless systems are quicker, easier and less messier to install.  A wired system requires holes to be drilled into walls to run the wires (unless the house is a new build) and takes a while to make sure everything is connected correctly.
  • Wired systems require much less maintenance.  The lithium batteries in wireless systems must be checked and replaced over time to keep the system operating at full strength.  Also, it is easier to find replacement parts for wired systems than wireless as the wireless technology is in a state of continuous change.
  • Wired systems provides clear functions of the system without the interference of signals from other devices such as baby monitors.  A wireless system can pick up signals from other devices and cause a false alarm.
  • Wireless systems are easier to relocate and provide a portability option to home owners who move and want to take the system with them.  A wired system is harder to take with you if you move.
  • With a wired system, a burglar can disarm the system by cutting the wires while with a wireless system, it’s harder to disarm.
  • Wireless systems are more expensive then a wired system so it depends on how much you want to spend on an alarm monitoring system.

Both wired and wireless security systems have their advantages and disadvantages.  However, it doesn’t matter whether you choose a wired or wireless security system as both provide the most secure protection for your home or business.  The choice ultimately depends on your lifestyle and preference.  It comes down to whether or not you want holes drilled in your wall or not, if you plan to move within a few years and the cost as well.  Both systems will provide you with secure protection for your home and business but the choice ultimately comes down to your lifestyle.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.