Wired or wireless home security: what’s better?

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Smart technology is changing how we interact with our homes, putting control of important devices like heating, cameras and lights in the palm of our hands. Now it’s shaking up the security space, with smart wireless alarm systems giving people more convenience and control than traditional alarms.

Wired burglar alarm vs. wireless burglar alarm: what’s the difference?

A traditional wired alarm system uses wires to connect your security devices (like sensors and cameras) to a central control panel. To communicate, they use the wiring of your landline telephone system.

Wireless alarms use radio frequencies to link your devices so no wires are needed at all. Smart WiFi alarm systems like Hive HomeShield use your home Wi-Fi to connect your devices then give you control of everything through an app on your smartphone. That has all kinds of advantages.

Smart alarms simplify home security

With an alarm system like HomeShield, you choose the devices you need. Get as many smart motion sensors or cameras as you like and even use smart devices you already own. We can advise you how to build your system – but we’re also aware that no one knows your home better than you do.

Smart alarms put you in control

With a smart alarm, you can open up your app anytime and see what’s happening. Check if anyone’s home, arm the alarm if you need to, livestream your cameras to make sure everything’s as it should be. And the moment your alarm is triggered, it sends you a notification.

Smart alarms help you take action

If someone’s triggered the alarm by mistake, turn off the siren from wherever you are. Something more serious? Call the local police straight from the app. If the authorities want more information about what’s happened, your smart alarm can generate a report showing what sensors were triggered and when. If you have smart cameras it will even include images of the intruders.

What do I need to consider before going wired or wireless?

The last section outlined the key features of smart alarms. However, there will be other things you’ll want to consider when looking at wired or wireless home security, from how much they cost to how easy they are to set up. Let’s take a look at a few of those things in detail.

Building your alarm

It’s really easy to add devices to a wireless system so you can build an alarm that’s just right for your home – and buy new devices whenever you’re ready.

That means you could get the siren, keypad and sensors first then add a smart camera later, whenever your budget allows. Integrating more devices into your wireless house alarm is very straightforward: the app on your smartphone will guide you through every step.

On the other hand, adding new devices to an existing wired system can be a messy business that often means an engineer having to install new cables.

Moving your alarm to a new house

With a wireless alarm, if you move house, it’s easy to take all your kit with you and set it up at your new address. Wired house alarms don’t give you that luxury. Once you’ve set up a wired system, it’s basically there to stay. In principle you could unscrew everything and take it with you but you’d have to wire it all up again in the new house.

Keeping costs down

Components for wired systems tend to cost less than those for wireless smart alarm systems. However, costs start stacking up with the installation and cabling. We’ve designed our smart alarm to be as simple to set up as possible so people can do it all themselves. That said, we also offer professional installation if needed.

Another thing that keeps costs low is that with wireless alarms, you’re not obliged to buy lots of kit upfront. As we mentioned earlier, you can build your alarm system step-by-step as your budget allows.

Thinking beyond security

When it comes to value for money, it’s worth thinking about the multiple uses your smart technology can have. Let’s say you have lights, sensors and an outdoor camera as part of your setup. For security, all those devices have clear benefits. Your sensors could trigger the alarm, your lights could turn on automatically and your outdoor camera will record anything that happens. But they have lots of other uses beyond security too.

For example, you could link a sensor in the doorway with a smart light in your hallway. So if you come into the house at night, the light goes on automatically. Want to double-check you turned the lights off when you’re out of the house? Just do it from the app. Expecting a delivery? Use the two-way audio on your outdoor camera and tell the postman where to leave your parcel.

Our devices don’t stop at smart security. They’re designed to deliver a full smart home experience that gives you more control, helps save you money and generally makes life easier.

Head on over to our web shop to discover more about our smart alarm and all the amazing things you can do with your security devices.

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