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Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless Home Security Systems
Few would argue that home security is important. However, when it comes to alarm systems, residents hold different opinions about which represents the best approach. It’s a simple fact that homeowners have more options when it comes to installing alarms and full security systems. Renters typically require the permission of their landlords before installing a new system, and that permission can be difficult to obtain if it requires making long-term alterations to the property. This holds particularly true for apartment renters, nearly all of whom agree that wireless alarms are the best solution. When it comes to owners of single family homes, wireless home security systems pose both advantages and disadvantages. Read on to find out more about both. Advantages of Wireless Security Ease of Installation Replacing old alarm systems, or installing a new system, using wireless technology is just plain easier. Many of these alarms are equipped to be self-installed by following simple instructions, allowing residents to forgo scheduling an expensive appointment with a specializing electrician. Homes that have out of date wired security systems already installed that need to be replaced can often use existing sensors, making he process even easier. Ease of Support A wireless system comes with the additional benefit of allowing off-site support. Troubleshooting and other forms of tech support can all be performed at an off-site customer service center. This ability to remotely access the system cuts down on maintenance and repair costs, and allows property owners to make changes to their systems without the wait time associated with requiring an on-site technician. Ease of Expansion As families grow, their household needs change. Alarm systems need to change with them, and with a wireless system this is quite a simple process. Extra sensors can be added to a nursery when a new child is born, and as the child gets older and begins getting into trouble around the house, these sensors can be moved around to accommodate for these changes. Flexibility and Versatility Wireless sensors are easy to move around the house, where a hard-wired system is difficult to reconfigure. This means that should a homeowner decide to remodel or even just rearrange furniture, existing sensors will not need to play a role in design decisions. Different sensors are available to provide security to different areas of the home, and these are quite versatile in a wireless home security system. Door or window sensors can be used to monitor safes, pool gates, and medicine cabinets as well as exterior exits without any added difficulty. The increased ease with which the interior of a home can be monitored in addition to entrance and exit points constitutes a huge advantage for those who have items of extreme value that require extra security and care. Wireless Connectivity Wireless alarm systems can be easily configured for external monitoring. Those who go away frequently on business trips or vacations can set cameras to communicate with smart phones, allowing photos and videos to be taken from afar. Additional technology allows for the remote control of lights, appliances, locks, and even thermostats. As new technology emerges, it is easy to incorporate it into existing wireless systems, ensuring that they will stay up to date. Disadvantages of Wireless Increased Cost Since wireless systems usually provide all the same bells and whistles as their more conventionally wired counterparts, and often come with extra features not otherwise available, the associated price tag is often much higher. This is partially due to the presence of radio transmitters in each component. These are extremely helpful, but also expensive to produce. Potential for Interference Since different components communicate with each other and the central control panel through the use of radio waves, there is a potential for interference. Other household devices that employ similar radio frequencies, metal objects located near the sensors, and even electrical wiring can cause the system to stop functioning on a temporary basis, which can cause false alarms. Depending on where the house is located, false alarms themselves can be expensive; some cities apply a surcharge for emergency responses to false alarms. Changing Batteries Depending on the number of different components in the system, changing the batteries can constitute an additional expense and a big hassle. The control panel for most wireless systems can usually be plugged in, but sensors usually require battery power. When the batteries die, the system automatically reports it to the control panel, which may shut itself off until the owner changes the dead battery. This can leave a property dangerously unprotected. Sensor batteries nearing the end of their lives can also cause false alarms, or cease to respond appropriately to programming. Vulnerability to Hackers Most burglars do not have the knowledge, tools, or skill necessary to hack into a home security system. Those that do, however, are much more likely to target wireless systems than their wired counterparts. They are easier to hack into, and do not require the malicious intruder to be on the property to do so. Additionally, inexpensive systems often use the same security codes, making it as simple as using a remote control from another similar system to disarm alarms. Constant advances in technology mean that these disadvantages are being worked out at an incredibly fast rate. These days, a newly installed modern wireless system can last for years without a battery change. Professional installation will reduce the chances of radio interference, and make far less vulnerable to hackers and other forms of tampering. This is because professional installation technicians know where the least effective places to put the sensors are. A control panel located directly next to a door, for example, may be convenient for homeowners to set and deactivate alarms upon leaving and entering the home, it will also provide experienced criminals with an easier way to disable the system immediately upon entrance, making an appropriate emergency response unlikely. Ultimately both wired and wireless systems are better than no security, and the choice is a personal one.