Wireless Home Security Systems – Pros & Cons (Part 1 of 2)

The main thing to remember about a wireless home security system is that its greatest advantage is also its greatest weakness — there are no wires.

On one hand, it means that you can place your control panel and any or all of your sensors, cameras and keypads anywhere you please. It also means that it is very easy for an intruder to disable the system…and there is also a greater likelihood of false alarms.

First let’s take a brief look at the science

Wireless home security system does not use wires to connect the control panel to hit any of the door or window switches or any other device in the system. In a wireless system, the devices send radio signals to a receiver in the control unit, which then processes that signal.

Advantages of wireless

A wireless home security system is generally easier to install. You can put the devices anywhere you want — you have ultimate flexibility. Also, there is no labor time spent in stringing wires. Lastly, if you already have a hardwired system, you can even add a wireless receiver at any time, which will give you a double layer of protection.

Disadvantages of wireless

A wireless home security system is not always as dependable. Copper wires will always be more reliable when sending a signal from point A to point B. For example, if a burglar snips the wires on a door or window sensor, that is usually enough to set off the alarm. The same situation does not necessarily apply with wireless systems. For example, if a wireless transmitter is knocked out of commission, you may never know that something is wrong.

Be aware that a wireless system is more expensive than a hardwired system. This is because each device has a radio transmitter built into it or attached to it so that it can send the signal back to the control panel.

Because of this extra expense, some consumers tend to cut corners to save costs. Don’t do it. If anything, spend some extra money to get the highest quality radio transmitter available.

After all, you know what it’s like when you buy a cheap cordless phone. You save some money but you get some problems in return: interference, static, dropped calls, and you might even pick up your neighbor’s calls — and vice versa.

The same things apply with wireless home security systems. By spending more money you get better quality and reliability. The high-end wireless equipment is very dependable, and so you should be prepared to spend some more money to make sure that you get that reliability. After all, who needs a lot of false alarms?

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Why Install A Wireless Home Security System?

Wireless home security products are part of today’s new technology and they are very effective and have been proven to work in thousands, perhaps millions of home security system installations.

When installing a system after a house is completed, there are some large obstacles to overcome if a homeowner wants to install a hard wired home security system. Brick walls must be dealt with, along with concrete floors and high ceilings and running wires through and around these obstacles can be extremely difficult. With a wireless system these are no longer a problem, a wireless system avoids having to drill holes and do damage to the fabric of the house.

Wireless technology also allows a homeowner to control his wireless home security system via a remote, similar to one that unlocks and disarms the alarm on his car, making it extremely convenient. With the advent of mobile devices and applications, a home security system can be activated by a phone app controlling a system while a homeowner is miles away, turning on lights, air-conditioning and appliances if necessary, and checking the status of a system.

A wireless home security system is usually the first choice for someone who wants to do it himself. Even if you rent a small apartment, consideration should be given to a home security system. Often renters fail to get renters insurance on their belongings and furniture and a system with a smoke alarm can certainly help you sleep easier, especially if you know there’s an old lady downstairs that likes to fry things in the middle of the night!

There are just as many robberies and fires in apartment complexes and often people are left with nothing afterwards. A small wireless security system can be fitted easily and can protect from disasters.

If you decide to install a wireless system in your home or rented apartment, the first thing to decide is where to put the control panel. It must be near an electrical outlet and close to the most frequently used door of your home but out of sight of a window, high up in a nearby closet is perfect. You don’t want it to be obvious if a burglar does break in.

The location for the siren is important too, if it can be put high up so it needs a ladder to get to it, that’s best, or hidden in a closet, but it is essential that it can be heard. Again, it should be out of sight of a burglar.

A fire sensor is usually placed in the kitchen. If there are other areas in the house that could be prone to fire, more can be added.

The control panel should be at a height everyone can access easily and this part is not wireless – it must be hard wired to an electrical outlet inside the wall although systems with battery backups are available and recommended should the power go out.

Adding a monitored home wireless system can be complicated as the system has to be connected to a phone line.

Don’t want to do it yourself? Wireless home security system installation is a competitive business so you may be able to find a company that will install the system for free or for a nominal charge with a contract period of as little as 12 months – perfect for a rental apartment.

Wireless Home Security Systems

This article is about F.B.I. statistics on residential burglaries and how to protect your valuables inside your home from thiefs.

A burglary happens every fifteen seconds in the United States.

In 2009, there were an estimated 2,179,140 burglaries

Burglary accounted for 22.1 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed in 2009.

Of all burglaries, 61.1 percent involved forcible entry, 32.4 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6.5 percent) were forcible entry attempts.

In 2009, burglary offenses cost victims an estimated $4.3 billion in lost property; overall, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $1,991.

Burglary of residential properties accounted for 67.9 percent of all burglary offenses.

Offenses for which time of occurrence was known showed that 57.4 percent of burglaries took place during the day and 42.6 percent at night. Offenses for which time of occurrence was known showed that more residential burglaries (63.6 percent) occurred during the daytime while 56.4 percent of nonresidential burglaries occurred during nighttime hour.

The best way to stop burglaries is with a Home Security System, now there are two choices to choose from you can buy a Home Security System, where you pay several hundred dollars for installation fees and around 20$ to 40$ a month for monitoring fees or you can buy a Wireless Home Security System for around 120$ with no installation fees and no monthly fees. There is virtually no difference in the way that these two systems protects your home. It’s clear that Wireless Home Security System is an alternative to those high priced Home Security Systems, and what makes these systems even better is that you can take them with you if you move, because these systems are portable which make them a perfect choice for someone who is just renting an apartment or duplex. You can even get tips and discounts on Wireless Home Security Systems if you sign up for their news letter on their website. There are complete Wireless Home Security Systems along with many other alarms such as door and window alarms that run around 7$ so even if your on a budget you can still protect your valuables with low cost quality alarms. Many websites also offers an affiliate program that pays between 15% and 30% on each sale that an affiliate generates. So if your looking for a affordable Home Security System then Wireless Home Security Systems give you the biggest bang for your buck.

HOW IT WORKS

1. When the door/window sensor or motion detector is triggered, it sounds an alarm and sends a signal to the base unit.

2. The base unit dials the first telephone number of your programmed list.

3. The person answering the call will hear a prerecorded alert message.

4. That person will have the option to listen in on the room, broadcast their voice through the base unit, or disarm the system.

5. If there is no answer, or if the person doesn’t disarm the system, it will dial the next number on your programmed list. Includes 1 base unit with AC adaptor, 1 window/door sensor (wireless transmission up to 250 feet), 1 motion detector (range 8 yards) and 1 remote control with panic feature for arming and disarming the unit.

This Wireless Home Security System is a strong deterrent for burglars.