A traditional wired alarm system is often installed after the premises has been built. This means that wires will either have to be routed through wall cavaties or run under floor boards or left exposed (typically around doorframes and skirting boards).
Modern systems are introducing wireless technology to make your alarm system neat and tidy. These systems don’t need to be connected by cables and have the advantage of being able to move premises when you do (unlike wired systems which are there to stay).
So what are the benefits and costs of installing a wireless system in your premises and is it right for you?
It’s more cost-effective than a wired system
The average time taken to install a wired system is 1-2 days compared to only 5 hours for a wireless system*. This is beneficial to you in two main ways.
First, it means that our engineer won’t be in your premises carrying out work and disrupting your environment for a long period of time. You are able to continue with your work with as little time taken as possible to install your brand new system.
This, in turn, has the added benefit of reducing labour costs. Since engineers’ labour costs are charged by the hour, a system that takes less time to install will mean that you are charged less for the labour costs, meaning that the system’s installation cost is cheaper for you.
*based on a 4 bedroom detatched house
Wired systems require cables to either be hidden in the walls or floors or are left visible by attaching them around door frames and along skirting boards.
Wireless systems (as the name suggests) means that there’s no wires or cables that need to be connected so the system looks neater in your premises.
It can be moved if you move
If you move premises, a wireless system is able to come with you to your new destination with little effort, meaning that you won’t have to invest in a new security system once you arrive. A wired system can only stay at the premises where it was installed so cannot come with you.
Greater flexibility to design your system in your unique premises
Wireless systems have a greater adaptability when it comes to installation possibilities. Our engineers are qualified and trained to inspect your premises and discuss with you the best design for your individual premises.
Wired systems are much more limited in their flexibility as they require wired connections to all parts of the system. Because a wireless system uses its own secure network, it allows the various components to be positioned to give better coverage than traditional wired devices.
Smart systems can be monitored via an app
Modern wireless systems now come with the ability to be monitored via an app. This allows you to arm, disarm, and reset your system as well as receive notifications to your phone of any activations. By connecting a CCTV camera to your system, it will also allow you to view your property via the app, record any incident and report it to the authorities.
This advancement in technology enables you to have more control over your security from anywhere in the world (internet access required).
Since it’s not connected via wire, your system will require batteries in order to function. Like all battery-operated gadgets, this means that you’re going to have to keep an eye out for your battery dropping low. Some systems will warn you when the battery is running low so read the instructions manual and ask the engineer upon installation as to what regular maintenance by you will your system require.
If you’re considering a wireless alarm system or simply want to find out more, visit our wireless systems page.
To find out more about the systems that we offer at R Security Alarms, contact us and we can offer you professional and personal advice on the type of system that’s right for you.