Pre-Cut Alarm Wire
Many users don't know that they can get pre-prepared cabling for their security systems. This is great, as you will not need to strip any wires or get any tools. Many systems don't come with their own cabling, so you may still need to purchase one separately. One notable exception is the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus, which comes complete with its own transformer and power cable. Other panels, such as the Honeywell Lyric and the 2GIG GC3e, have a transformer included, but they don't actually come with any cabling for completing the connection. You can get traditional wiring, prepare it, strip it, and use it with your system. But using pre-cut alarm wire will save you a great deal of trouble and effort.
There is one important consideration when using pre-cut alarm wire. Since the wire is pre-cut and pre-prepared, you will not be able to easily adjust its length. For most users, this will not be major concern, as you are merely connecting the wireless panel to an open outlet. A pre-cut alarm wire is perfect for this job. However, if you are seeking greater customization in your cabling, then using custom alarm wire might be the best option. But most users are just looking for the simplest possible, and pre-cut alarm wire lends nicely to this task. Our favorite pre-cut alarm wire is the Honeywell LT-Cable, which can be used nicely with nearly any system.
Remember, if you have a wireless system, you will only need to run a wire from the panel to its plug-in transformer. The rest of your sensors can be wireless and auto-enrolled with your system Programming your own alarm control panel is very easy once you know what you are doing. And it is considerably less laborious than if you are trying to use hardwired sensors. All hardwired sensors need to be run to the panel or to a compatible wired to wireless converter. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by setting up a wireless alarm system and using a pre-cut wire to connect the panel with its transformer. Make sure to check the specifications for the transformer and the wire to make sure it is suitable for your system.