Wireless Home Security Systems: Are They Reliable?
Date Posted:31 May 2019
Even though wireless systems seem to be more advanced and may seem to offer more advantages over wired systems, some people are still concerned that they aren’t as reliable compared to the traditional wired systems.
Unfortunately, with any kind of technology, there are risks.
However, generally speaking, when it comes to home security, hardwired systems are the best systems to use in almost every circumstance.
If people are concerned that wired security systems are more susceptible to wiring issues, they need to also understand that wireless systems have their own set of issues.
To help you determine whether you should go for wireless home security systems or not, let’s take a look below at the advantages and disadvantages.
Firstly let’s take a look at the advantages of wireless home security systems:
1. Easy to Install
One of the main advantages of wireless systems is typically found around the fact that they are easy to install in environments where cables are difficult to manage.
With hardwired systems, you generally need to have someone spend half a day or more installing the system in your house or property.
This isn't the case with wireless systems. The installation team can be in and out of the home before you even realise it.
Because the system doesn't require any kind of extensive wiring, this can save homeowners a considerably large amount of time.
2. Less Susceptible to Wiring Issues
Being less susceptible to wiring issues may seem like a given considering the device itself is wireless.
Because everything is wireless, these types of home security systems are also easy to upgrade.
For instance, homeowners can modify their current home security by adding sensors.
3. Remotely Accessible
Most often, these types of security systems have a remote key fob included. One simple push of a button is all that it takes to arm and/or disarm the system.
Once armed, all of these systems can communicate wirelessly and work together.
With that being said, all of these systems can also be accessed through a smartphone, making it really convenient.
Gone are the days where one has to go to the control panel just turn on/off the system and set basic functions.
Everything's wirelessly connected, which means that one can have complete control over their home security, even while they are away from home.
4. Home Automation
Some wireless home security systems can also be linked to various home automation features. This includes adding smart lights, thermostats, and locks.
Now that we have taken a look at the advantages, let’s take a look at the disadvantages of wireless home security systems:
1. Network Outages or Interference
Just like any wireless device, these types of security systems are also prone to network outages and interferences.
There are various factors that can cause the signal strength of wireless security systems to fail, such as metal filing cabinets or structural walls.
This is why it is very important to hire someone who is professionally trained to set up these types of security systems to ensure there will be no interference with the wireless systems.
2. Battery Life
Because these systems aren't plugged in, there may be the minor inconvenience of needing to periodically replace batteries.
Due to battery saving modes, when a wireless detector goes into alarm, most devices will then go to sleep from anywhere from three to five minutes to conserve battery life.
As a result, the feedback that a monitoring centre gets from a wireless system is less comprehensive compared to that of a hard-wired system.
However, a majority of these wireless security systems give a warning when the batteries are running low.
This gives homeowners enough time to replace the battery before it drains out completely.
3. Susceptible to Malicious Hackers
If wired systems can be hijacked by burglars by simply cutting off the main line, wireless systems, on the other hand, may also be susceptible to malicious hackers.
They can jam the signal so that the alarm doesn't go off.
To prevent this from happening, you need to be very careful when it comes choosing which security system you should use.
If you find a cheap wireless system, it is cheap for a reason. These cheap systems will often not have the level of security of better quality hardware.
A wireless home security system can be just as reliable and more convenient than their predecessors.
One can easily monitor the home remotely, and can even set basic functions to make safety more secure, and lives even easier.
However, you need to be aware of what the limitations are as well as the loopholes when choosing this system.
At the end of the day, given that one is equipped with the right features, wireless home security systems are definitely worth the investment.
If you have any questions about wireless security systems or any of the products and services that we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at iCam Security on 1300 004 226. We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.