There is an old cliché about parents not understanding or being interested in the latest technology. That might be the case with certain products—Snapchat, say—but not with smart home technology like wireless home security.
Back in 2016, Alarm.com conducted a study of a little over 1,000 US homeowners. The results of this Homeowners Survey included the following:
· 78% of all surveyed homeowners wanted an app that could alert them and let them manage their security system remotely.
· 81% considered professional monitoring and remote dispatching of emergency services “very important.”
· 82% wanted a security system that could notify the authorities even when internet service is down or the power goes out.
Why is the idea of wireless home security so appealing? A look at the pros and cons of both wired and wireless systems could help provide an answer.
Wired Home Security
Wired home security systems have these advantages:
· They Offer Consistent Monitoring: Since wired security systems transmit information via a landline rather than a Wi-Fi network or cell phone signal, their monitoring capabilities stay fairly consistent. However, those capabilities would fail if someone were to cut the phone line or the wiring became damaged.
· They Do Not Need Batteries: Wireless home security systems typically run on batteries. When those batteries run out of juice, the systems stop working. Wired systems, on the other hand, tend not to rely on batteries.
· They Cannot Be Hacked Remotely: In order to hack or disconnect a wired security system, a burglar would need direct access to it.
Here are some of the drawbacks to installing and using a wired home security system:
· They Are More Expensive: Installing wired security systems usually require professional assistance. This makes them much more expensive than wireless systems. Also, they take longer to set up.
· You Cannot Operate Them Remotely: A homeowner can only arm or disarm a wired system from the main control panel in their house. If someone forgot to arm it before they went to work, their home would be vulnerable to a break-in.
· They Are More Vulnerable: Again, a thief would only need to cut the phone line to a home in order to disable a wired security system.
Wireless Home Security
Here are some of the big advantages to owning a wireless home security system:
· You Can Install, Move and Upgrade It Easily: Implementing a wireless system is just a question of plugging in some batteries and putting its sensors in place. Also, it is easy to move the sensors or add more if you need to do so.
· You Can Access Wireless Systems Remotely: Users can arm or disarm a modern wireless security system by using a mobile app.
· They Can Integrate with Smart Home Products: You can easily sync up a wireless home security system with products like a smart thermostat, smart locks and a wireless security camera system.
Now here are some potential drawbacks to having a wireless security system:
· It Could Be Hacked Remotely: A wireless system could be hacked remotely. However, the best systems guard against this vulnerability by using encrypted signals
· They Require Batteries: Many times, wireless systems run on batteries. The most advanced systems will not need new ones very often, though: Users can just put in some lithium batteries and swap them out after a few years.
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LiveWatch’s first-rate wireless home security solutions and award-winning customer service currently protect more than 200,000 clients in the United States.
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