Wired vs Wireless Security

wired vs wireless security

When it comes to home security there are generally two types of systems: wired and wireless. Both are capable enough to offer security that may dissuade a potential thief.

Before we begin, we should probably first define what we mean by wired and wireless. Usually, when you use these terms in the context of home security, it’s describing the hardware and its corresponding monitoring service. But for this article, we’ll instead be looking at the installation of both wired and wireless security systems in the physical sense, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of both.

Wired Surveillance Systems

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between these two, and one of the foremost you should consider, is cost. Wired security systems typically cost less and often come with fewer security components compared to wireless systems. However, wired security surveillance systems almost always require a trained professional to ensure the proper installation. This also means your system will become a permanent fixture within your home.

Wired systems often use your landline, which could be the same line as your internet service as well, to connect to your chosen professional monitoring service.

Many wired security systems are also compatible with wireless components, such as motion sensors and video surveillance cameras. What this means is that you can set up a wired system as your base and then consequently place additional security features in the future.

Another advantage wired systems possess is that they don’t require batteries, as opposed to many wireless systems. This could be a dealbreaker for some, since you no longer have to remember to keep track of and replace your security system’s batteries. This one advantage could make wired security systems more reliable than their wireless alternatives, in the eyes of many consumers at least.

However, it’s also very important to remember that this also means a simple power outage will leave you vulnerable. Don’t underestimate how easy it is for a potential thief to cause a “power outage” as well.

Wireless Surveillance Systems

Now on the other hand, one of the inherent advantages of wireless security systems are that they are mobile; which means that if you decide to move to a different home, you can take your security system with you. And since these systems generally don’t depend on wiring, installing the systems’ components in hard-to-reach areas of your home is easier, too.

Additional sensors and cameras can easily be installed to communicate with the console, once the system’s main console is installed, . Because of the ease of setting it all up, most wireless systems usually don’t require much more than a screwdriver. And perhaps some double sided tape to mount it’s various parts. Many of these systems can be called DIY security.

A lot of wireless systems have a rather cool feature which is home automation. This technology allows you to monitor as well as adjust security settings from your mobile device. This can usually be done through a mobile app. so you need not be at home to be aware of what’s going on. These system features give you that all important peace of mind beyond simple burglary deterrence.

One possible disadvantage of wireless systems is the signal between each sensor and the console can potentially be disrupted. Inclement weather especially has a knack of interfering with wireless signals, which might cause false alarms to go off intermittently stop working.


Both wired and wireless surveillance systems offer capable home protection and security. Wired systems cost less and are permanently installed as fixtures in your home. While a wired system is more reliable, it could potentially be rendered useless during a power outage.

Wireless systems, on the other hand, provide you with more options. This includes home automation, and also typically don’t require the use of your power grid or your landline. Wireless systems continue to protect your home when the lights go out. But you need to change their batteries often, and the signal may be interrupted, causing costly false alarms.

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