Wireless home security products are by far the easiest to install, and with today’s wireless technology they are as reliable and rugged as any wired system on the market. Pushers of wired security systems will try to tell you otherwise, but there’s no data to back that claim up.
Compare a wireless security system installation to installing a wireless network once you get past all the quirks of the wireless router, wireless encryption settings, and all the other frustrating quirks. Remember, wireless security systems are designed specifically to work with their component sensors, so there won’t be any encryption or settings to mess around with like you would with a wireless network. It’s really, truly, plug and play.
So back to the example, think about the ease with which you can set up a wireless network in your home, and how difficult it would be to run cabling from your mechanical room to every room in the house where you want to be able to access the internet. There’s no comparison, really. You’d be drilling holes, crawling around in the attic, pulling wire, and having a terrible time trying to get everything just where you want it. With a wireless alarm system, it’s easy.
The basics are as follows: you’ll have a number of sensors and a base station. Typical system packages come with door and window sensors, motion detectors, and even smoke detectors. The base station will need some thought as to where the best place for it is, but it shouldn’t take too long to figure it out.
It needs to be near a phone jack, for one thing. Most base stations come with the ability to call emergency numbers either when the alarm is activated or when you press a panic button. Some have fire, poison, 911, and so on. Many of the buttons are actually programmable so you can change what their graphic is on the LCD.
The other thing you’ll consider is power. Obviously, it needs to be plugged into an outlet or have access to one of your electrical circuits so you can tie into a junction box somewhere. One consideration is surge protection and backup power as well. You may want it plugged into an uninterruptable power supply so it will continue functioning in the event of a power outage.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure it’s both convenient to get to and in a central location where all the sensors can reach it with their wireless signals. It’s just like a wireless network in that the sensors all need to be able to send data to and get data from the base. If they can’t, they’re no good to anyone.