Advantages of a Wireless Home Security System

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The latest buzz in home security is all about wireless. If you’re shopping for an alarm system, you may be wondering if wireless is really better, and if so, why? This blogs explains the basics of a wireless home security system, and the advantages wireless security can offer the homeowner, renter or small business owner.

Wireless vs. Traditional Alarm Systems

“Wireless” can be a confusing term when applied to home security. For many people, wireless is synonymous with cellular. In the home security industry, however, the terms wireless and cellular actually have distinct meanings, with distinct importance. The best home security system will be both wireless and cellular.  The equipment should be wireless, and the monitoring should be cellular.

  1. Wireless security equipment – security sensors, video cameras, etc., which communicate wirelessly with your alarm system’s control unit
  2. Cellular monitoringa cellular radio device built into the system’s control unit for communication with the outside world. The control unit signals a central monitoring station over a secure cellular network, rather than using your landline phone or internet connection.

Since both wireless equipment and cellular monitoring are important factors in an alarm system, we’ll address them one at a time:

Wireless Equipment – for Simplicity, Flexibility and Portability

A basic security system consists of sensors placed throughout the home to detect signs of trouble – whether it’s intrusion, fire or even environmental threats such as leaky pipes or carbon monoxide. When these sensors detect an issue, they send an immediate alert to the alarm system’s control unit.

If your home security system is wireless, all these sensors function and communicate without wires. They are small and battery-powered and can be set up without tools or complex wiring. In most wireless systems, the user simply places the sensors on a wall, door or window using an easy peel-back adhesive. Motion detectors can be placed on a shelf, or attached to the wall. GE Security is one of the most widely acclaimed manufacturers of wireless security equipment.

Many homeowners prefer a wireless home security system over traditional alarm equipment that must be hard-wired into the wall.  Wireless equipment has several benefits:

  • Simple – do-it-yourself (DIY) setup
  • Convenient – no need to schedule an installer
  • Savings – no installation fee
  • Flexible – change or add to the system any time
  • Portable – take it with you when you move
  • Clean and subtle – no holes in your walls

Most consumers cringe when they think of scheduling a service call at their home. With the demands of our busy schedules, no one wants to wait around for the technician to show up. Many of us also like to avoid inviting strangers into the house. With a wireless DIY home security system you can protect your home yourself, in less than an hour, on your own schedule. And if you decide to add more sensors or even a security camera later, that’s also an easy process. Since all the communication is wireless, the new equipment will arrive pre-programmed for your house and your system’s control unit.

Of course the best news for most consumers is that wireless equipment installation is free. With the easy availability of wireless home security systems these days, installation fees should be a thing of the past.

Cellular Monitoring – for Reliability and Safety

In answer to the rising popularity of wireless home security systems, many providers now offer wireless equipment. However, you cannot assume that means they offer cellular monitoring. While “wireless” gets the buzz, the cellular factor is actually the more important, because cellular makes your home safer.

In the most basic terms, home security monitoring works like this:

  1. Sensors detect trouble – whether it’s a window breaking, a door opening, smoke in the air, or any sign of a threat to your home or family
  2. The sensor sends an alert signal to the security system’s control unit
  3. The control unit sends an alert to the central monitoring station
  4. Personnel at the station monitor your home 24/7, and send help when needed

A traditional hard-wired system uses your phone line to send the alert to the monitoring station. Some newer systems now use your home broadband connection instead. Both of these wired systems are vulnerable. Burglars quickly learned to disable traditional security systems by snipping the phone or internet line with wire-cutters. Everyday occurrences like power outages can also affect both phone and internet lines. Imagine trying to reboot your modem during a break-in!

A wireless home security system solves this safety problem with cellular monitoring. The cellular device inside the control unit signals the alert to the monitoring station over secure, reliable cellular networks. Without wires to cut, the burglar has virtually no way to disable your security system. Homeowners love the reliability and peace of mind that comes along with cellular monitoring. And it’s perfect for those who no longer have landline phones installed at home. The wireless security system is self-sufficient, and does not depend on any other system in your home.

Wireless Home Security – for the Best Customer Reviews

It’s always a good idea to check ratings and customer reviews prior to making any buying decisions. As consumers start to understand the important benefits of a wireless security system, you’ll notice that the top-rated security providers now offer a wireless option. Make sure they also offer cellular monitoring, and that it’s included in the basic rate, rather than added on as an extra expense. Also make sure the company you select provides the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction. Based on the benefits of safety, simplicity, flexibility and convenience, we think you’ll find the highest satisfaction ratings with a wireless home security system.

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  1. Ben William

    Hello Cassandra,
    Thanks to illustrate trend for wireless vs traditional security systems.
    i am working as security professional for last 15 years. According to my professional experience, people always try to adjust with modern and current technology.
    You know, wireless security systems is the key features for maximum security vendors. Moreover. Wireless security systems more advanced, reliable, easy to install and trendy.
    Cheers
    Ben

  2. Phil Lewis

    Your home must secured with home security system all the time. Break-ins can happen to your home and it could be traumatic to your family if someone came to your home in the middle of the night. Sometimes, it could lead to serious problems.

  3. Philipp Fullerton

    This blog explains very well about advantages of a Wireless Home Security System. People install it for many different reason. It’s worth it to buy and install this to our house. Where ever you are, through our mobile it is very easy to access and monitor our home. Choosing the best wireless home security is the best options for us to secure our family needs.

  4. Steven Jones

    Hi Cassandra..
    One advantage of installing a wireless system is that they are more advanced and reliable than the older ones. Having a wireless alarm is the best way to protect your family and home from possible break-ins. It takes less time to install and work on batteries.

  5. Steven Jones

    Hi Cassandra..
    One advantage of installing a wireless system is that they are more advanced and reliable than the older ones. Having a wireless alarm is the best way to protect your family and home from possible break-ins. It takes less time to install and work on batteries.

  6. Mark

    Cellular monitoring is definitely a step above the fixed line system however burglars are becoming far more sophisticated and can even disable this system. It is relatively cheap to purchase a GSM blocker that will block cellular phone signals within a fixed radius so all a burglar has to do is to drive up to the property, activate the blocker and break in. When the alarm tries to contact the monitoring station over the cellular network the signal just gets bounced back.

    The only way to fully protect yourself is to use a mesh radio system that cannot be blocked as it uses all other mesh radio systems to pass the signal on meaning it is impossible to block.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks, Mark – interesting topic, for sure, and one worthy of discussion here. For those not in the know, cell jammers are devices used to prevent and block cellular signals, primarily in mobile phones. They’re often used to disrupt signals in locations where silence is expected, or where using a phone would be impolite or rude.Commercial use of cell jammers is illegal in the U.S., but this has not stopped people from using them; a quick Google search will unveil many sites selling the device. We know cell jammers can work on mobile phones, but can they also block the signal in your home security system with cellular monitoring? The answer is yes, cell jammers can disrupt the signals of cellular alarm system radios, because they use the same frequencies as mobile devices. Sensors will not be affected, as they operate on a separate military-grade frequency, and are limited in range. While this may not be the answer some users wanted to hear, they may rest assured: it’s still okay to trust your cellular alarm system.

      There’s a good reason both new and old home alarm companies are choosing cellular technology: cellular monitoring is still the safest – and most reliable – form of monitoring that is readily available. Mesh networks? Far less available, and expensive. But let’s go into more detail. It comes down to the true nature of burglaries. They’re often portrayed in movies and television as premeditated, meticulously planned and skillfully executed events. This is very inaccurate. Burglaries are rarely carefully orchestrated. Instead, they’re much more likely to be random and opportunistic acts. Burglars are much more likely to be carrying wire cutters than a cell jammer.

      This is because wired security systems (using a phone line or internet connection to communicate) make up the majority of the home alarm market, and they’re still being sold by many alarm companies – despite their obvious flaws. As a burglar, the likelihood of running into a wired system is much greater than a cellular system. There’s also the issue of obtaining a cell jammer. As we mentioned, cell jammers are illegal for commercial use in the U.S. Although burglars have a disregard for the law, taking a step further by obtaining a cell jammer is likely not worth the risk for your average intruder. Whereas, wire cutters are legal and easy to purchase.

      A burglar’s motives is another reason why a cell jammer is not a realistic option. As we mentioned, burglaries are often random, opportunistic acts. Burglars are not George Clooney or the rest of the Ocean’s Eleven looking to pull off an elaborate heist. Most Burglars are looking for low-effort, low-risk opportunities. And since most homes equipped with a security system are wired, cell jammers are not worth it for burglars. They’ll be carrying wire cutters instead. Another factor to consider is the cost: wire cutters are extremely cheap and cell jammers are much more expensive. Since there’s no guarantee that a home will be protected by a cellular security system, why would a burglar opt for a more expensive tool that may be unnecessary?

      In a worst case scenario, a burglar chooses to use a cell jammer instead of wire cutters. There is no guarantee it will work. The cellular radios found in alarm systems vary from system to system. Some belong to different carriers, while others feature newer technology. And technology is constantly changing. The mobile industry is in the forefront of innovation, and security companies are quick to adopt technologies that are introduced. The most affordable cell jammers have a limited range. If a customer places their panel in a recommended location, away from doors and windows, a burglar will have a hard time knowing if they’re in range. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why a burglar simply wouldn’t put forth the effort to lug a cell jammer around the neighborhood. The combination of unreliability, high price and high risk make it extremely difficult to justify, especially when wire cutters are (unfortunately) a proven tool.

      We understand that our customers, and discerning home security shoppers, are concerned with cell jammers. And we hear you! We do everything we can to give you with peace of mind, not only by providing the best and safest home security, but also by providing you information and knowledge you need.

  7. Mark

    Cellular monitoring is definitely a step above the fixed line system however burglars are becoming far more sophisticated and can even disable this system. It is relatively cheap to purchase a GSM blocker that will block cellular phone signals within a fixed radius so all a burglar has to do is to drive up to the property, activate the blocker and break in. When the alarm tries to contact the monitoring station over the cellular network the signal just gets bounced back.

    The only way to fully protect yourself is to use a mesh radio system that cannot be blocked as it uses all other mesh radio systems to pass the signal on meaning it is impossible to block.

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