Wired vs Wireless Security Systems

Wired vs Wireless Security Systems


Hello again. Mark McLeroy from Patriot Electronic
Security Systems here. In this video we’re going to discuss the topic of wired vs. wireless
security systems and the pros and cons of each. It’s important to know that if you ask
five different people in the security alarm business their opinion on this topic, you’ll
probably get five very different answers. There’s probably no right or wrong answers
regarding this topic. Valid arguments can be made for both sides. But I feel that I
back up my opinions express on this video with some basic common sense, and if nothing
else, this video should give you some things to consider, things that you might not have
thought about otherwise. Also, due to the nature of the topic of this video, I really
don’t have visual aids or examples to show you in the course of my presentation. This
video is done in more of a discussion format. But try to bear with me. I’ll keep
it short and I think you’ll get good information by the end of the video. Now, moving on to residential burglar alarm systems. In my opinion nothing beats a hardwired
system for reliability. With that said, I also believe that wireless systems have definitively
found their place in the industry. For my own home I have installed a system with over
50 wireless zones. It works flawlessly and I sleep very well at night knowing the system
is armed and monitoring the house. Now before I was in the alarm business, I
was a computer technician for 15 years and I have a lot of experience with wireless network
technology in that field. And though it has come a long way, wireless networking, in the
IT field is still not ready for mission critical applications. To this day we have clients
that come to us to convert their business’s wireless network to a hardwired install due
to slow speeds and dropped connections. Wireless technology in the alarm field does
not, I repeat, does not suffer from those problems; mainly because any of the quality
wireless security systems in use today does not use the crowded two point four gigahertz
frequency that most wireless computer networks use. Like I said before, I have over fifty
wireless zones in my home and each zones needs to report into the control panel with an attendance
signal every four hours. If one zone does not report in, my panel alerts me of the problem
with a message on my keypad. I have yet to have a zone not report in. Fifty seven zones
in use and not one has ever failed, ever! The reason I decided to go wireless in my
home, is my home has a finished basement, and three floors above that basement. Imagine
running wire to fifty seven zones on four finished floors in a home where all the walls
are already up. I would have had to turn my house into Swiss cheese with all the access
holes I would had to cut Alarm installers…we’re not magicians. If
you’re going to run wire in your walls, and your walls are already up and finished, chances are,
you’re going to have to cut access holes in the sheetrock or plaster to get to the studs,
firebreaks, and soleplates just to drill holes in them to create a path for the wires to
travel through. Now, there are special tools that we utilize
to run wire through walls that make the job a little easier such as magnetic wire pulls
and long flexible drill bits, but access holes are almost always going to be a necessary
evil. And remember, all those holes have to be patched
up when you’re done. What does that entail? Well first you have to patch and spackle the
hole. Then you have to wait several hours for the spackle to dry. Then you have to sand
the patched area, which creates significant dust. Then of course you’re not gonna want
to leave the patch unfinished, so now you have to paint it, which undoubtedly means
applying a first coat, letting that dry, then a second coat because one coat probably isn’t
going to cover. Then, when your all done, you may still notice the patched area because
you might not be able to match the paint exactly. And this has to be done for every access hole
you cut. Anyone trying to sell you an alarm system
probably is going to do their best not to discuss the process I just described to you.
Can you blame them? If that whole process was included in their sales pitch, there’s
a very good chance that you might decide that the jobs not worth doing. In fact, make sure
you ask any sales person talking to you about a home security system, who repairs any access
holes made during the install. A lot of companies have in their contract that you, the homeowner
is responsible for closing the access holes needed for the install.
Whether it’s the alarm company or another contractor you have to get to close these
holes, either way, nobody is doing this part of the job for free, there’s just too much
work involved. So does this mean that the job’s not worth
doing? Of course not. This is where a wireless system fits in perfectly. With a wireless
system, the installer can pre-program the system before he gets to your home, arrive
at your location, install the contacts, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors in
their planned locations, install the control panel in a secure location in the home, completely
test the system, train the homeowner on how to use the system and be done with the job,
all in under a day. Now, if you’re doing major renovations to
your home, and the walls are open and you have an unfinished basement at the time of
those renovations, or if you’re building a new home, then a wired system is the way to
go. But remember the time to get the alarm installer in to run the wiring is before the
contractor closes the walls. If the walls are already closed, you’ve missed your window
of opportunity This concludes our discussion on wired vs.
wireless alarm systems. I’m Mark McLeroy from Patriot Electronic Security Systems. For more
information on who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.Patriot Security
Systems. com. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you soon.

15 Replies to “Wired vs Wireless Security Systems”

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  2. Wireless Internet routers or Wi-Fi modems use dangerous electromagnetic radiation to send their signals to your computer through walls. If you have a wireless Internet router set up in your home or office (or WiMax, Blue Tooth, Air-Port Extreme, Air-Port Express, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, Linksys and other wireless network devices) you are receiving massive EMF exposure, and living or working in a dangerous soup of radiation.

  3. Great video! Thank you! I have one question… I am looking for a wireless system and I was told that it is "easy to jam the system (signal)"? Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for posting this video! I think wireless security systems is easy to use and you can monitor you home where ever you are!

  5. Secure wireless systems are approved by the UL for installations in banks and jewelry stores; there is no difference from a safety perspective compared to a hard-wired system. Most wireless systems have an RF jam detection if someone ttys to muddy the frequency prior to breaking in which will cause the system to go into alarm. Here are the pros and cons:

    Wireless Pros:
    -Quick and easy to install
    -No compromise from a security standpoint
    -No holes drilled in your walls or ceilings (less chance of any error by an installer)
    -Reputable systems will tell you when battery percentage of any device is getting low
    -Each Zone can be displayed individually on your system keypad (a lot of hardwired systems are daisy chained together so a "Zone" can be multiple devices.

    Wireless Cons:
    -Battery replacement every 5-12 years for each device
    -Additional radio waves inside of your home
    -Devices are slightly larger than most hard-wired devices due to the fact that there needs to be a wireless transmitter in each device. 

  6. well, unless you put the wire inside the wall, you have to open the wall which is a very time consuming job. Otherwise, anyone who breaks in can trace the wire to the location of your DVR. With the DVR stolen, the whole security system would be completely pointless. On the other hand, wireless camera can prevent the burglar track down the location of the DVR. Of course, the burglar could just break the camera, but at least the evidence is still in a safe place.

  7. no matter what people say, i wouldnt even think about anything wireless, ESPECIALLY when it comes to security. password or not, i refuse to even consider wireless stuff because of all the problems.

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