The goal of any security system is to protect your home, your family and your property against anyone who have ill intentions towards you. This could mean physical harm towards you or your family, or could mean stealing some of your belongings. A good home security system should be able to provide a high degree of protection from criminals and ideally will give you peace of mind (which for some is actually a bigger problem than the real danger).
Until fairly recently, home security systems were cumbersome. There would be numerous wires involved, connecting the various components and spread throughout much of your home. However, recent advancements enable using wireless technologies. What this means is that the systems communicate through radio signals instead of using wires. This also significantly simplifies these systems as it eliminates the need for this extensive wiring.
What are the advantages of wireless home security systems?
- Significantly easier installation: as stated, much simpler and no need for messy and problematic wiring, which means, no drilling holes in your walls or rearranging things for the wiring. In addition, installation is also much faster: instead of taking days to install, the wireless security system could be installed at times in mere hours.
- Far potential greater range: with wireless systems you can potentially have components that would cover a significantly greater area than wired systems (imagine hanging a wired camera on every tree in your garden).
- Expanded functionality: some wired systems would simply be unsuitable for homes that have a component that is extremely tough or impossible to drill through, for example, granite or concrete. With wireless systems this is not an issue anymore and wireless home security systems could be used in places were a standard home security system could not.
- Better monitoring capabilities: standard, wired, systems normally use phone lines to communicate to authorities in case there is an emergency. Clearly, this could present a logistic issue as the proper unit would need to have access to the phone line. All these problems vanish when dealing with wireless systems, which could, in principle, contact authorities on their own.
- Easier to upgrade: finally, wireless systems are much easier to upgrade as they are modular by nature.
- More reliable: it is harder for burglars to disable a wireless security system as there are no crucial cables to cut which will disable the system (i.e. such as cables connecting the system to a motion detector).