If you have decided to invest in a home security system, it is probably the one investment that has the biggest impact on your family’s safety as well as the safety of your property and belongings. There are many systems on the market, but the first determination has to be whether the system will be wired or wireless. Understanding the benefits of each is critical in making the right choice for your needs.
Wireless systems have certain definite advantages. Since there is no need to run wires, they can typically be installed almost anywhere. They are also easy to expand – if you determine that you need an extra sensor or camera, you simply enroll the new unit into the system and you’re done. Installation, setup and maintenance can, therefore, generally be done by the homeowner, saving money and service calls.
On the down-side, they tend to cost more as the sensors are more expensive. One has to stay abreast of battery life as well, since the various components must communicate with the primary control panel. Range and interference can sometimes be problematic. Thick walls, metal and mobile communication devices can limit or disrupt signal integrity.
Wired systems also bring to bear certain important advantages. First and foremost, wired systems are generally considered to be more secure. Skilled hackers can compromise wireless systems, rendering them ineffective and thus defeating the security they are designed to provide. This is virtually impossible with a wired system, making it more effective choice. With no (often expensive) replacement batteries to concern yourself with, you know the system will always be working and save you money in the long run as well.
Among the only liabilities of wired security is the fact that your house must be wired for it. Although often done during the construction phase of a home, retrofit installation is also possible in many homes. Additionally, system expansion is not as simple as with the wireless profile, and new locations would need to be wired to support any new sensors.
At JJ Orion, we know that our clients take home security seriously, and we do as well. Designing a solution that protects the most valuable things in your life is a tall order, and one that we excel at. Contact us to discuss your security concerns and we can work with you to create the most effective and suitable plan for your needs.
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