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Wireless Alarms

Wireless alarms are convenient, easily installed, and reusable... They have now plenty of benefits and become attractive. However, these systems are still much less efficient than wired alarm systems. For instance, it may cause false alarms due to frequent interference. Measure the pros and cons when evaluating your needs before opting for this kind of system...

Today, The wireless alarm systems are used by most individuals. The simple installation makes it a favorite among users for home protection. However, wireless alarms have some drawbacks such as lack of efficiency or price: indeed, it is more expensive than wired alarm systems.

How does a wireless alarm system work?

Unlike wired alarm systems which operate through many cables, the principle of these alarm systems is based on wireless radio connection. Indeed, the information given by the different detectors, whether motion detectors, glass breakage or smoke, are transmitted to the monitoring center by radio.

Thus, the installation of the alarm does not require a great amount of work. It is even possible today to choose a model of wireless alarm to setup yourself. Of course, we always recommend to hire a professional that would not do any mistake while setting up your alarm.

What are the benefits of wireless alarm systems?

Wireless alarm systems have many advantages which make them very popular among its users:

  • Easy to install! No need to make deep holes in your walls to hide a bunch of cables. The wireless alarm systems should be installed and configured as simple as installing a new TV in your living room. That's why, the installation takes only a few hours (and it takes several days to install an wired alarm).
  • If you move or if you expand your home, the wireless alarm systems can be uninstalled and reused elsewhere within few hours.
  • These alarms are more attractive because there is nothing visible in your home.

What are the main drawbacks of such a system?

Despite those advantages, wireless alarm systems remain far less reliable than wired alarm systems. They have also other drawbacks:

  • Like some wireless phones at home (not cell phones), these alarm systems have a limited range. Outdoors, the most efficient equipment can be moved up to 300 meters outside the base, else they won't work properly. Indoors, their scope is even more limited.
  • Since these alarms work through radio waves, it is possible that you are sometimes faced with interferences that may generate false alarms. This may become irritating if it occurs on a daily basis. In fact, the devices are much less efficient.
  • The wireless alarm systems are not connected are not plugged-in. In fact, they have a battery. This can be a inconvenient because you need to often check the battery level of your alarm to avoid unpleasant surprise. The most powerful (and also most expensive) wireless alarms are able to perform self-diagnosis. Thus, you will be notified if your alarm has no more battery.