Wired vs Wireless: Which Security System Is Best For You?

Published September 28th, 2016 | By

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When it comes to choosing between a wired or wireless security system, your decision will depend on a variety of factors. This includes: whether or not you have a landline; the size of your home; whether you own or rent, and your budget.

Keep in mind that there really is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to deciding between either setup. Everyone’s needs and situation will vary, necessitating either one or the other. But let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of both, alongside which lifestyle/situation is the best match.

Wired Security Systems

In the age where everything is wireless, some might view wired security systems as outdated or in applicable to current technologies. While wireless security systems are a more recent iteration of home security, there is still something to be said about having a wired security system.

Advantages

  • Constantly up and running through power supply – Since everything is wired, no batteries are needed to keep your system up and running. This increases the overall reliability of your security system. Even if your power goes out, your ADT Security System will be protected by a backup battery system.
  • Covers a larger area – If you have a larger home, a wired system may be preferable, but not required/necessary. Between the control panel and sensor, coverage extends 1000 feet. This is potentially larger than wireless systems, although product capability will vary.
  • Less Expensive – Taking a look at ADT Security Systems, you’ll notice that the Basic Package – which is the wired system option – is the lowest priced option of all ADT packages.

Disadvantages

  • Can’t install without a landline – If your home has no landline, then you will not be able to install a wired home security system. Your landline would serve as the main connection for your system, and without the line, there is no system.
  • Self-installation not recommended – Wired systems will require a noticeable amount of drilling in order to install, thus requiring a professional installer. The process can potentially be lengthy and more intrusive than one might expect.
  • Not portable – Once a wired security system is installed, it is installed. If there comes a time for you to want to move, you will not be able to take your existing system with you. This is wher wireless systems do serve a strong advantage, as will be discussed in the next section.

Wireless Security Systems

The prevalence of wireless security systems is more common than that of wired. With less homes and apartments being built with a landline, wireless home security systems are becoming the go-to for many security customers. Although a technological improvement with a slew of advantage, wireless security systems are not without their own drawbacks. Let’s take a look at both.

Advantages

  • Easy, non-intrusive installation – There are no holes to drill or anything of the sort when it comes to installing a wireless system. The process is quite simple, and can be set up within a quicker time frame when compared to a wired system.
  • Mobility – Wireless systems are perfect for renters or those who are regularly on the move. When it comes time to move to your next place, you will likely be able to take your security system with you. When you order through ADT Home Security, you’ll be protected by the Mover’s Guarantee when you’re a customer for 2+ years.
  • Opens the door to home automation – You may have heard about Pulse, ADT’s home automation solution. ADT Pulse relies on advanced Z-Wave technology that allows devices in your home to “talk” to one another. A wireless system is essentially the staple of ADT Pulse.

Disadvantages

  • Communications interference – Although it isn’t terribly common, one’s wireless system may be subject to interference that compromises the overall functionality of the system. However, this isn’t really anything to be overly concerned about.
  • Battery replacement required – Since wireless systems aren’t connected to a regular power source, battery-powered equipment will require battery replacement. Maintenance isn’t terribly regular, but will still be something that you as a customer will want to stay on top of.
  • Cost – With more convenience and improved technology will come higher costs. Keep in mind, however, of the many advantages relating to convenience and mobility when thinking about a wireless system.

Choose what is best for you

As stated in the beginning, it would not be accurate to say that that a wireless system is “better” than a wired system, or visa versa. Depending on the setup of your home, your lifestyle (renter vs owner, for example), and your overall security needs, it’s really up to you in deciding which is actually best. Take note of the advantages and disadvantages of both, look into further research, and you’ll be able to find a solution.

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