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A hardwired system is generally preferable to a wireless security system . for a few basic reasons.
- Wires are more reliable than radio signals
- There are no transmitter batteries to change
- The keypads function more smoothly
- The equipment cost is generally lower
In some cases, installing a hardwired system just isn’t possible.
If you have a flat-roof or 2-story-type house, or are renting, running wires for a hardwired system may not be an option. In that case, a wireless system is the best choice.
Some security companies choose to install only wireless systems, no matter the situation. This shortens installation time, and allows them to sell more systems.
Even if you have the option of going with a hardwired system, you might still choose to go wireless. Maybe you’ve found a good local company you trust, or you’ve had a wireless system before that you liked.
Modern wireless alarm systems are more reliable than ever, so don’t be too concerned about the technology. Get estimates from several dealers, find one you can trust, and consider their recommendations.
What about home security camera systems?
Video surveillance systems can be good additions to house alarm systems. They allow you to view and record activity in any areas of concern — a baby’s room, play areas, a front entryway, patio, or pool.
Camera systems come in all sizes, from basic kits with a single camera and monitor, up to 8- and 16-camera systems for larger homes. Smaller wireless camera systems allow you to install your own equipment without running wires. Larger video systems can be installed professionally, and can cover all key areas of your home, inside and out.
Many DVR surveillance systems can be connected to a home network, allowing you to view live or recorded images on any computer in your house. You can set up your system to watch and control cameras remotely, using any Internet connection. You can even use your cell phone to view your cameras!
Can I install a do-it-yourself system to save money?
DIY alarm systems are more widely available now than ever before, and are a great option for a handy homeowner or renter.
Much of the cost of any alarm system (especially a hardwired one) is in labor. DIY’ers save that cost right off the top, and equipment sold in kit-form tends to be reasonably priced.
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You’ll find professional advice to guide you through choosing, installing, and programming your own system.
Why not replace your own alarm panel battery ?
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Need to change an arm/disarm code, or find out what a trouble condition on your keypad means? I’ll help you find manuals for using, re-programming, and troubleshooting your system.
Do you need to make a zone list of your doors and windows?
You can download and print out a FREE copy of myBasic Alarm Zone Listto use as a fill-in form to make this easier.
It has 28 lines for alarm zone information, including zone numbers, descriptions of protected areas, loop and serial numbers, and more.
Download a FREE copy of myAlarm Installation Record Sheet.
This has spaces to enter a homeowner or business name, address, phone numbers, and panel make and model details. The lower portion of the form is a shorter, 20-zone version of the Basic Alarm Zone List above.
Each of these PDF documents will print out as a single 8-1/2 x 11 page, and I created them both to work with any type of alarm panel – wireless, hardwired, or hybrid.
This site is dedicated to helping you find and maintain a home security system that gives you peace of mind, fits your lifestyle, and does it all at a price you can afford.
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