Are Wired or Wireless Security Systems Better?

In most aspects, wired systems are just as good as wireless systems. However, wireless systems are generally easier to set up and manage than wired systems. Wireless systems also require fewer add-ons than wired systems. This is why most users choose wireless systems over wired ones.

Assuming that you have a relatively new wired security system, it will be able to do almost everything that a wireless system can. With the proper add-ons and support, a modern wired system can use cellular communication, send text and email alerts, control Z-Wave home automation devices and interface with wireless security sensors. Additionally, many wired systems can connect with touchscreen keypads so that they can be operated in the same manner as a new wireless system. One example of such a keypad for wired systems is the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Keypad.

However, the primary challenges with wired systems are setting it up and buying add-ons. Before a wired system can be operated, an external keypad will be needed. In order to use any wireless security sensors with a wired system, a wireless receiver must be added. Without one, any sensor will need to be hardwired directly to the system. Running these wires and fishing them through walls can be very difficult for DIY users. But the challenges don't stop there. Most wired systems can only use POTS (plain old telephone service) communication out of the box. This is an outdated communication method that we don't recommend using with a new setup. To use a faster and more reliable communication method, such as a cellular connection or an IP connection, a separate communicator must be purchased and installed with the wired system. Remember, a cellular or IP connection is required for a panel to sync with an interactive service platform like Total Connect. A wired system will also need a Z-Wave controller if the user wants to use any Z-Wave devices with their system.

On the other hand, wireless panels come much more user ready. These panels require fewer add-ons, and they are usually ready to go right out of the box. The best example of this is the Qolsys IQ Panel 2, which requires zero add-ons whatsoever. Instead, it comes with everything built-in, including a cellular communicator. This means that the user will not have to purchase an external keypad, a Z-Wave controller or a wireless receiver. Obviously, this will save the user a large amount of money.

Wireless systems are also easier to use than wired systems. They typically feature colorful touchscreen displays that are easy to navigate and understand. But wired systems use keypads that require programming guides and code entries. Many users choose wireless system so that they have a better and more pleasing experiencing when they arm or disarm.

All things considered, if you're willing to put in the time and effort, a wired system can absolutely function just as well as a wireless system. But if you're looking for a system that is easier to set up and operate, then we recommend choosing a wireless system over a wired system.

Some great wireless systems to choose from include the Honeywell Lyric Controller, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and the 2GIG GC3.

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