What You Need to Know about Wireless vs. Wired Security Systems

Over the years that we’ve been building our security business in the Edmonton area, we’ve learned that the average residential homeowner who is researching home security has a few goals in mind.

Homeowners need:

  • Clarity of information
  • Friendly and honest service
  • Ease of use

In today’s post we’re going to address the ‘clarity of information’ factor.  We’re homeowners with families too so we know what ‘busy’ is.  When we research to make buying decisions outside our areas of expertise (for vehicles, or vacations, or kid sport camps, etc) we need straightforward information in order to make the best decision for our lives and we assume that the same goes for you.

The question we get the most often from homeowners researching security options is whether they should choose wired or wireless systems for their home.

Short answer?  It depends on your house and preferences – after all, you know your home, budget, and neighbourhood the best.  Let us lay it out for you:


Wired Residential Alarm Systems

    • An independent power source will protect your system if the power goes out.
    • Wiring is more of an aesthetic challenge in an existing home.
    • Greater install time and cost.

Wireless Residential Alarm Systems

    • Even long-life batteries represent an ongoing maintenance expense.
    • False alarms from other wireless technology sometimes occur in older systems.
    • Some of the wireless components need to be in proximity with each other (not usually a problem in a standard sized house.)


Wireless Residential Alarm Systems

    • Use long-life batteries to minimize maintenance time by homeowner.
    • In most cases, professionals can install your system and have it running in half a day.
    • Customizable from the factory standard mode.

Wired Residential Alarm Systems

    • Most of today’s new homes come hardwired for an alarm system.
    • There is no worry about replacing lots batteries – a wired system uses AC power and possibly one battery at the panel.
    • Most homes can accommodate wires from a system installed after the build.
    • Except in unusual cases, a wired system takes less power to operate.

After reading through the information we’ve laid out in this post, don’t hesitate to give Select Security a call or an email to discuss next-steps for your home security plan.

Our final recommendation is that while cost is a valid consideration, don’t let it be your primary concern.  Obtaining the best system for your house will ensure that you have maximum satisfaction and maximum protection.

Call us – we’re happy to walk you through any questions you may have.


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