Over the past few decades alarm systems have become ubiquitous, whether it’s at home, the office, or the parking lot, it is a familiar sign that shows that a property is under surveillance and secured by an alarm system. Hardwired alarms systems not only protected the premises and inhabitants from burglaries, but also from fire. Today, alarm systems have evolved and gotten rid of all the hardwiring that goes along with it. So when it comes to updating your alarm system, should you opt for a wireless alarm system?
Simply put, the answer is yes. In the old days, almost all electrical devices were hardwired and its placement depended on the location of an electrical outlet. There were no connectivity networks and no such thing as broadband. As a result, alarm systems required hardwiring which forced you to run cables internally between walls and floors that eventually connected to a phone line. This cost the consumer a lot of money to implement, so it is a welcome relief that it is a thing of the past.
Today, everything is connected by long-range radio signals, so it takes little effort to install. Once you have mounted your alarm system and sensors, all you have to do is connect all the components to a local area connectivity network. That is basically all it takes for you set up a wireless alarm system, but if that major benefit is not enough to make the switch, there are plenty of other reasons to go wireless.
By going wireless with your security alarm, you avoid all the problems that come with hardwired systems. There is no need for building contractors to make holes in the walls to run cables and there is no need for circuit breaking. As a result wireless alarms save money, time, and also protects you from trip hazards.
In its infancy, wireless alarm systems used to be quite temperamental, however things have changed since then. The wireless alarm systems in the market today run on long range broadband transmissions with a power radius that extends to hundreds of feet at high speed. So if you live in the outback without access to a traditional phone line, these devices will help you get some protection.
If you are new to the security game, it may take time for you to figure out where to place your alarms. As there are no cables involved, your devices will be exceptionally portable, allowing you to change your mind and make adjustments. Further, if you decide to move away, you can take your wireless alarms with you to your new home or office. All that is required would be a simple re-programme and installation once you have moved into the new premises. Again the portable wireless nature of the device saves you money as you won’t need a contractor to refit the wiring to suit its new environment.
In the marketplace at present, almost all wireless alarms have a very long lifespan with the average system lasting up to a decade. The technology has also evolved to be compatible with a wide range of devices that are available today. These systems allow you to easily add solar sirens, sensors, trip wires, and CCTV all through one wireless system. If Hollywood is anything to go by, you can have peace of mind that there is no wire to be cut before a break in. Without wires, there is simply nothing for a burglar to damage and this makes it impossible for an intruder to get around the security system. As an added bonus, wireless alarms are also affordable compared to their hard-wired counterparts who will require the help of building contractors. These days you can get a wireless alarm system from anywhere between $800 and $1600 with no additional costs. However, as security and fire safety are serious matters to consider, it always better to go with a professional to make sure that it’s installed perfectly. All alarm systems whether wireless or hardwired come with instruction manuals and with a wealth of support online, so the DIY option is always there if you need to keep costs down.
Whether you go wireless or stick with the hardwired option, always remember that you cannot just forget about your alarm system once it has been installed. Always perform regular maintenance tests to ensure that your system is working like it is supposed to!