Best Home Security Systems with Pinnacle Protection
So you have decided that you want to install a home security system for better protection, but amongst your choices, you see that there are wired and wireless setup options; which should you choose?
Well, there are pros and cons of each type of set up depending on property needs, certain costs, and personal preferences. Wired vs. wireless setups chiefly vary in the way security devices such as cameras are connected to three other important devices wired or wirelessly. These devices are the power supply, internet (router) and hardware/software that concern the device’s programming and information collecting.
Whether you want new cameras, alarms, floodlights are a variety of systems, our experts at Pinnacle Protection can help you make the best choice that suits your needs and style.
A Wired Home Security System
Wired security systems use cables to connect all devices.
- A cable runs from the security device to the power supply to keep the security device powered on.
- Moreover, a cable runs from the security device to the router via ethernet cable for internet access.
- Furthermore, a cable runs from the security device to security hardware that collects all information and can be used to program the devices for specific needs. In the case of cameras, they are connected to DVR or NVR recorders which are the T.V boxes that allow users to check up on their cameras, review recorded footage, enter the camera settings, program the devices and more depending on each camera’s software capabilities. For alarms, this would be reviewing the dates and times that the alarm was set off, programming the alarms to send information elsewhere, like to your laptop, remain silent instead of sounding a siren and more.
Wired cameras are always found on larger properties with permanent home security systems installed.
Pros – Wired Home Security Systems
- More reliable internet connections than wireless connections. Interference from objects in the house such as walls, don’t have an effect because the cables are connected directly to the routers.
- Don’t have to worry about changing or recharging batteries since they are permanently connected to the power supply via cable.
- Wifi range is not an issue, and therefore security devices that rely on the internet for proper use, such as cameras, can be set up far away from a single router and well-spaced out.
Cons – Wired Home Security Systems
- Installation is more difficult and costly. Cables need to run through walls, underground which is more costly and also tricky to layout the best cable pathways taking a considerable amount of time.
- Vulnerable to power outages. Since wired home security systems are all wired up to the house power supply and therefore generator, if there is a power outage, the entire system will be temporarily compromised. This could mostly be fixed by connecting the security devices to a separate power generator like a big battery but will come at a greater financial cost.
- Once your security devices have been installed, they cannot be moved without difficulty and cost. The wires are all connected to through the walls to the power supply, internet, and interface hardware meaning wires will have to be reinstalled to other positions or additional cameras will need to be installed instead.
A Wireless Home Security System
The full or partially complete opposite of wired home security systems, a wireless system uses wifi to connect all devices and the security devices themselves can use batteries to keep powered on without wires.
These are typically used on small properties and as temporary solutions.
- Easy and cheap installation. Users don’t need to worry about wiring since the security devices send information via wifi directly to the hardware and router.
- The devices can be moved around with ease. If you are using batteries in each device, then you can change the location of your camera, alarm or floodlight to more preferred positions.
- Upgrading wireless hardware is only a matter of purchasing the equipment and programming them wirelessly to connect to your home security system. Once again, there are no set up wires specified computer rooms that the devices need to be connected to. In fact, the necessary software to view camera footage and alarm records could simply be installed on a remote device such as your laptop for easy viewing.
- It can operate during power outages since batteries are used. Even if the internet is down, the information collected from a security device such as a camera will still be stored on the camera’s memory itself until power is returned to the internet and all that gathered information is automatically sent as soon as possible to your camera app to view the unsent footage gathered during the power outage.
- Naturally, alarms and floodlights will still activate whether there is an internet connection or not.
- Signal interference. Wireless internet setups are vulnerable to household interferences like walls and other EM signals in the neighbourhood. The security devices need to be set up within wifi range. So if there are thick walls between the device and router, then additional routers or wifi receivers must be installed to expand coverage of wifi and get around walls.
- Batteries need to be recharged. If batteries are being used to power the security devices, they will need to be recharged periodically. This issue could be reduced with power-saving modes during inactive periods, separate power generators, solar panel attachments and more, but at a financial cost.
In essence, depending on your personal preferences and property layout you may consider a wired or wireless home security system. While wired connections have stable, reliable networks, wireless technologies are advancing such as the roll out of the 5G network and higher quality broadbands. This means the cons associated with wireless security devices are steadily reducing and perhaps may come out to be superior wired connections despite the new optic fibers that are currently set up.
Your decision may not necessarily be one or the other, but a combination of both. For example, a camera that uses batteries for power, but a cable to connect to the internet and hardware or vice versa. This allows devices to still operate in power outages, but contains the stability and reliability of wired devices, especially on larger properties. Furthermore, some devices may be set up permanently via wire, but then other devices are set up wirelessly to move around depending on your security concerns.
We at Pinnacle Protection offer a range of home security system products and many other security services, but there are other companies we recommend that specialise in home security systems. These include ADT Security and Swann. But first, speak to our experts at Pinnacle Protection for over the phone advice and a house inspection to lead you to your most ideal home security solution today. Moreover, we provide security services such as CCTV Camera Installation, Mobile Patrol, Armed Security Guards, School Security Guards, Drone Security, Private Investigators, Event Security, and so much more.