Wireless home security alarm systems are all the rage with ‘Do it yourself’ home handy persons. The DIY handy person is much more able to cope with the installation of a wireless home security alarm system because it so much simpler to install than the traditional type of wired security devices. The setbacks to a conventional wired system from the home handy persons perspective is the large amount of drilling required, which is time consuming and dirty work. Typically, the wired security system is left to the professional, while a wireless home security alarm system can be easily installed by the homeowner.
As an added benefit with a wireless home security alarm system most of the components can be easily moved to different positions around the home to provide protection where it is needed. This flexibility, however, is offset by the need to ensure that the number of installed devices are within the maximum recommended range so as to allow the wireless home security alarm system to function as designed.
Typically every device connected to a wireless alarm system has a built in transmitter. This transmitter is designed to send a wireless signal to the system’s centralized control receiver. It is common that the inexpensive systems are designed to simply sound the alarm when a device is activated by an intruder. However, in the case of the more costly wireless home security alarm systems, they are configured to not only sound the audio alarm but also to indicate which actual device set off the alarm. This extra benefit is especially useful when trying to identify the cause of a false alarm or in figuring out which actual room holds the potential danger.
Wireless Systems Have Distinct Disadvantages
While the simplicity of installation ranks high on the list of positives for a wireless home security alarm systems, there are some quite obvious disadvantages with this style of security system. One such negative is the fact that the transmitters in wireless home systems operate on batteries and this means they have to be regularly checked to make certain they have adequate charge and will operate when needed. Power in the batteries can be saved by installing motion sensor cameras, but regular checking and maintenance is still required. If the batteries are not regularly checked the power source weakens, this in turn affects the distance that the signal is sent and can cause false alarms to occur.
The actual material the house is constructed of can also markedly affect the distance that an alarm signal is able to travel. Many wireless home security alarm system devices are designed to emit their signals quite a distance, often between 200 and 300 feet. Sometimes the signal has trouble penetrating very thick walls and this can significantly reduce the distance that the signal is able to travel, often resulting in a reduction of up to 50 percent of the designed distance. In these circumstances the wireless home security alarm system may still function correctly, however, its performance is hampered because the signal cannot effectively reach the central control receiver, which then reduces the system’s effectiveness.
If you are unsure as to which wireless home security alarm system you should install then it is advisable that you seek the advice of a professional security system consultant for guidance.