Q:Can I upgrade my existing wired alarm system?
A:Yes, your existing wired alarm system can be upgraded in a number of ways. You can opt for a panel upgrade which involves the replacement of your existing alarm control panel and keypad. You can also opt for extra detection which includes the addition of a digital wireless zone expander in your current system. This enables you to add more sensors and detectors to your system which covers a greater area without the hassle of installing more wires.
You can also upgrade your existing detectors with the latest models available and also add a speech dialer which can dial up to four mobile or land line numbers when your alarm system is activated. This upgrade would require you to have a working phone line.
Q:How often do the batteries need to be changed on my alarm?
A:A. It depends on the make of your alarm and the type of battery it runs on, but ideally batteries should be changed twice a year. If the battery needs to be changed earlier than that, your system would let you know through a beeping sound, a "low battery" message or a "trouble" light on the keypads.
Q:Why should I buy DIY wired home security systems?
A:A wired home security system is considered more reliable since it is not dependent on batteries. In addition to that, there is no signal interference from other appliances at home, as in the case of a wireless system. Longer transmission distances can be reached with wiring. Doing the installation yourself might be a bit tricky. If you want to purchase a DIY wired system, make sure you fully understand the instruction manual provided.
Q:What companies update existing wired security systems?
A:It is the need of the hour to update old wired security systems. Many new functions can be added to the old systems to make them more efficient. A number of companies offer services to update existing systems; however, their charges may vary. You would need to find a company with technicians who are expert in electronic security industry and are certified to work on security systems.
Q:What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a land line for home alarm systems?
A:If you are using a land line for home alarm systems, you get more reliable security services as land lines do not face any kind of signal interference. Besides, land lines are more secure as wireless connections are prone to hacking. However, land lines are not without disadvantages. Installation of a home alarm system with a land line requires more cost and it is not easy to move your wired home alarm system to a different location.
Q:Can I use any control panel for my pre-wired home security system?
A:Yes, it's possible to use a control panel for pre-wired security system. First, you would need to check the brand or company of your alarm panel. You'll have to buy a control panel from the same brand or company, for the control panel to be compatible. You can search for control panel companies by looking in your telephone directory. Some security and alarm companies on the internet may also be an affordable option for you.