Which is Better: Wireless or Hardwired Security Systems?

Updated April 15, 2016
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Before buying a home security system, consider the pros and cons of wireless vs. hardwired security systems. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Before buying a wireless or hardwired security system, consider the cost of maintenance.

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Wireless security systems have developed slowly over the years and been utilized by professional alarm companies sparingly when wires could not be used due to cosmetic issues, limited access, etc.

Wireless home security

With the overwhelming demand for security since 9/11, the alarm industry has responded by manufacturing all wireless DIY systems to the more advanced "installer required" wireless systems. Alarm companies have paid attention and moved toward the wireless systems to increase production and reduce labor cost.

The maintenance after the sale is also a revenue generator due to guaranteed service calls to replace batteries. So, this is a pretty good money maker for the companies selling wireless alarms, right? Pay me now and pay me later. But it’s not so good for the consumer having to bear the cost of expensive equipment, batteries, securing the home and family and the future maintenance cost.

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Hardwired security systems can cost more to install, but may have fewer maintenance costs. (Photo by Eric Priddy)

Hardwired home security

Hardwired security systems are the rocks of the alarm industry creating lower equipment cost, higher one-time labor cost and minimal to no future maintenance. Only the longer standing alarm companies offer the hardwired systems because they come from a different era when wireless was a last resort to secure a door or window in a tough spot.

So do your research carefully and ask the question, "Hardwired or wireless?" Not much more needs to be said about hardwired systems other than get yours today and start enjoying the benefits.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story originally published Oct. 31, 2011

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About the Expert: Joby Gray is the president and founder of Friendly Security, Inc. in San Antonio. He has more than 24 years of employment in the security alarm business. As of April 15, 2016, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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