One reason to go wireless is obvious: Who wants all sorts of wires built under their house, which requires more than just the abilities of a recreational DIY enthusiast, like the old fashioned home security systems required? Not only is this a hairy, time consuming installation project, but a crook could clip the wires (if he gets into your house).
Benefits of Wireless
- Installs in minutes.
- Someone with basic DIY skills can install it.
- All sorts of plans for all budgets.
Beware, though, that if a wireless system is not installed correctly, a burglar could get past it and doesn’t even have to enter your house to disable it.
However, do not let this turn you away, because when installed right, a wireless system has many benefits:
- Full remote access from your smartphone or any connected device.
- Easy install and easy removal if you are an apartment dweller.
- Wireless systems can be as robust as wired and include security cameras.
You may be a candidate for wireless if:
- You want to feel safer checking on the status of your home before going inside after being out for a while.
- You have kids and must be away when they return home from school and you want to check in on them.
- An elderly relative lives with you and you want to make periodic realtime checks.
Three Types of Wireless Connections
- Landline. A wireless system can run through a landline, which means they are not dependent upon the Internet or a cellphone signal. It will stay activated during a power outage. Landline is cheaper than cellular or broadband wireless.
- Cellular. Signals go to a cell tower and are faster than with landline. Seconds count in an emergency, and the faster signal means faster help. Cellular offers remote capabilities, being able to monitor your home far away on your smartphone.
- Broadband. Instead of the signal being directed to a cell tower, it goes though the broadband Internet connection. This type of system is comparable in price to the cellular, and the signal is much faster than that of a landline connection.
Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knock’em dead in this identity theft prevention video.