The experts are touting wireless security technology as the way to go these days. However, it's important to bear in mind that there are trade-offs inherent in choosing wireless over other other technologies such as phone line or cellular based home security systems. Certainly there is a lot to recommend a wireless system for use in your home, but it's important to be aware of the good as well as the bad with this cutting edge technology.
The Pros of a Wireless Home Security
It's relatively easy to install a wireless system into an existing building. Consider that installing a more traditional system with wires leading to sensors on windows, doors and walls can be a fussy proposition.
If you are building a new house or other type of building, you don't have to plan installation of the security system during construction. Wireless sensors can be added at any point in the building process.
Should you move, you can take your wireless security system with you, and install it with double sticky mounting tape or screws at your new digs.
Wireless home security systems are also convenient for renters. Your rental agreement might forbid drilling holes to run wires through, but with a wireless system it's a non-issue.
Frontpoint, one of the best wireless home security companies, offers the self-installation option. Other recommended providers such as ADT and Protect America provide wireless systems, but the company handles the installation. ADT charges an installation fee. Protect America does not charge an installation fee, but folds the cost into a somewhat higher monthly fee.
The Cons of a Wireless Home Security System
Some wireless systems still need a wire to run power to the alarm control panel. Such a panel pulls a lot of power to monitor all the sensors, making it impractical to power it with a battery.
Speaking of batteries, each wireless sensor requires a battery, and you'll have to change them from time to time. Typically, a warning light or beep alerts you to a dead battery in a sensor, but it's best to keep your system up and running by checking the sensor batteries on a schedule, say every month or two.
Some wireless systems are vulnerable to hackers, depending on the encryption protocol in use. While some systems are secure against sophisticated hackers, others have old or no encryption and could be vulnerable to being disarmed. Fortunately, there are not a lot of burglars with the expertise and equipment to carry off a hacking attack. But it is something to consider if your home is very expensive and filled with valuable items.
There is also a slight chance that a wireless alarm system can interfere with your other wireless devices.
Wireless home security systems are relatively easy to install and are portable, making them attractive to consumers. It's up to you to research the best wireless security systems for your home. Evaluate their equipment and pricing before making a decision as the whether a particular wireless home security system is the right choice for you. Pay attention to the security protocols and encryption of the equipment you are considering. While the providers of wireless security systems stand behind their products and services, they are in no hurry to cue anyone in on potential vulnerabilities of their systems!