Wired In – Why Choose a Wired Intruder Alarm?

wired or wireless alarm systems

You’ve made the decision to protect your building. No doubt you already know that unprotected properties are six times more likely to be targeted for attack.

And now you need to know – should I choose a wired or wireless alarm system?

Whether you’re a security conscious homeowner or you’re responsible for a commercial or industrial facility of some kind, you need to know the pros and cons of wired or wireless alarm systems. Why go wired? Why go wireless?

As an SSAIB accredited company, EFL will offer you a full risk assessment and professionally assess the risk at your site. If you need to attain Grade 3 security status (medium to high risk) – you will need a fully wired system. Wireless systems currently only meet Grade 2 status.

Just What Exactly is a Wired Intruder Alarm System Anyway?

Each system consists of a Control Panel and either an integrated or remote keypad with LCD display. Wired systems refer to all the detection devices (such as PIR movement sensors, shock sensors, break glass detectors, panic buttons etc), sounders and auxiliary equipment being individually cabled back to the control panel.

When the sensors are triggered or tampered with, the alarm will activate and a warning message displayed on the keypad to alert you to the reason. If your system is monitored using a communication device (such as a digital communicator, Dual Com or Redcare communicator) a signal can be immediately relayed to our 24hr Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) who will contact and advise your appointed key holder (and the police upon a confirm activation if required) to attend and investigate.  This signal can be transmitted via standard ISDN or PSTN telephone line, by GSM mobile phone network or both to provide a more secure version of communicating.

In a world where wireless is increasingly viewed as ‘in vogue’ or more aesthetically pleasing – it might surprise you to learn the reasons you may want to stick with good old wired systems for your alarm.

Should I go Wireless?

Back in the day nearly all systems were hard wired but now all the fuss and effort in hard wiring and discretely hiding cables between walls, floors and roof space is a thing of the past.

No cables mean less installation time and therefore reduced installation costs. With wireless alarms you save all the hassle in drilling holes through walls, pulling up floor boards and carpets and making good in a well presented home or office.

The lack of restrictive cabling makes the alarm system extremely portable. Sensors can be programmed and easily fitted to the most desirable areas. Devices can be removed and relocated after refurbishment or structural changes and the whole system can be removed and re-installed in a new property with little complication.

Will my wireless alarm interfere with other frequencies (EG WIFI and mobile phones)

Wireless systems are now very reliable and use unique long range Radio Frequencies (868.0 – 868.6 MHz, 866.0 – 866.6 MHz, 433.05 – 434.79 MHz) that do not interfere with standard domestic appliances, wifi, cordless phones and wireless gadgets.

What if I forget to change the Batteries

The wireless devices will be battery operated and should last 2 to 3 years.

A modern wireless system will let you know that the batteries need to be replaced as they begin to deplete – The keypad will display the warning and alert you when it is time to replace batteries. However, EFL replace batteries in wireless devices every year as a matter of precaution and part of our on-going preventative maintenance scheme to provide peace of mind that your system is always healthy and trouble free.

So Wireless is Cheaper?

Sure, wireless systems can be cheaper and quicker to install.

A wired installation will take a bite out of your budget initially and can throw up unexpected issues with cabling. However, once the system is in place it can be cheaper to run and maintain. Replacement wired components are cheaper to buy and therefore replace.

Still Not Made Your Mind Up?

If you’re serious about security then take advantage of the excellent industry experience and guidance that an EFL representative can provide during a free survey. Accredited companies like EFL will help you to discover what your needs are, taking into account your preferences and budgetary concerns. With professional advice, you’ll have more than enough information to make the right choice for your business or institution.