Pros of wireless alarm systems
- Easy to install and uninstall. Installing and moving a wireless home security system is a DIY job. Moving? You won’t have any problems taking your security devices with you.
- Renter-friendly. Since you don’t need to open up the walls, wireless alarm systems are a strong choice for renters. There’s usually no need to damage or significantly alter the property.
- Flexibility and scalability. Want to add another camera, more motion detectors or a few door and window sensors? No problem. Wireless systems make it easy to add devices.
- Easy upgrades. Wireless systems are more future-proof than their hardwired counterparts. If the system or its components become broken or outdated, you can swap in new ones without too much trouble.
- Smart home integration. Wireless security systems and smart home hubs are becoming more and more compatible. It’s a major convenience to be able to arm and disarm the alarm and operate all of your smart home devices in a centralized manner. Just keep in mind that some brands and manufacturers play better together than others, so you may need to investigate before making a purchase.
- Affordability. It’s possible to get up and running with a good wireless alarm system for less than $200. The systems are much less expensive than their hardwired counterparts, especially since there’s no need to pay for installation.
- Wi-Fi and cellular communications options. Security systems that depend on a landline stop working if the lines go down or get cut. Wireless systems don’t have this vulnerability because they use Wi-Fi, cellular networks and/or wireless mesh networks to interconnect each device and to reach emergency services. Alarm systems that use a cellular network (either as the primary means of communication or as a backup) can communicate through storms, power outages and downed lines, as long as there is sufficient cellular coverage in the area.
- Battery power. Wireless alarm systems often use batteries as their main source of power or as a backup. As a result, you can stay up and running even through a power outage.
- Remote control. Wireless systems are easier to operate from outside the house. Depending on the system, you can arm and disarm either from a smartphone app or using a key fob/transponder.