Wireless Alarm System

There is no question about the benefits of having an alarm system installed in your home or at your workplace. They not only protect life and property, but also help us relax and give us the time to concentrate on the more important things in life.

Believe it or not, alarm systems, in one shape or the other, have been around for more than a century. From the early electro-magnetic designs in 1853 to the more sophisticated ones today, these devices have saved millions of lives.

Like most things, alarm systems have evolved with time as well. From their early simplistic designs, the new generation of alarm systems now come without wires, hence, called wireless. Their key components connected through radio signals, wireless alarm systems consist of the following components:
  • Control Panel – This is the central operating system. The control panel needs to be placed somewhere convenient and safe

  • Sensors & Transmitters  – Sensors are placed at doors and windows so that they can detect forced entry or break ins. Transmitters play the role of sending information from the sensors to the control panel

  • Touch Pads – These are essentially extensions of the control panel and are placed around the house for remote access

  • Sirens – As it suggests, these are used to scare away intruders or alert

  • Lamp Modules – Smart light timers that trick burglars into thinking someone is at home

The various components of these systems can be installed anywhere in the building as long as they are within the range of the control panel.

Wireless Alarm System
Wireless Alarm System

Wireless Home Alarm Systems

Did you know telephone lines are the first to go when burglars are scouting. The reason, usually all home alarm systems are connected with telephone lines and burglars cut these first to check if police is dispatched. If they don’t hear the sirens, they do their business at their leisure. In case of wireless home alarm systems, there are no wires to cut.  This is not the only advantage of having a wireless home alarm system.

  1. They are easy to install as there is no need for drilling holes or hardwiring.

  2. They operate on batteries so sensors and detectors can be placed anywhere. Usually at all entry and exit points – doors and windows.

  3. They are expandable; with changing security requirements, new devices can be easily added to the existing system.

  4. They are easily upgradeable.

  5. Their location can be adjusted with changing security needs as the devices are not limited because of wiring.

Talking about upgrades, fire/smoke detectors, water detectors, security cameras and glass break sensors can also be added to the wireless home alarm system.

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Wireless Alarm Monitoring

Monitoring is an integral part of any security system, be it wired or wireless. It consists of the communication between the security system and monitoring centre of the security provider. Wireless alarm monitoring provides an easier and more effective way of ensuring your security system does its job. Most monitoring systems use wireless GSM devices backed up by battery power in case of problems with the wireless connection. Moreover, wireless monitoring enables more information to be exchanged as compared to other monitoring systems, which means that signals are sent faster to the security monitoring station for a quick response.



Q:How to add a wireless system to a wired alarm system?

A:Adding a wireless receiver to your existing wired alarm system control panel enables you to expand your security system in an easy and hassle free way. The receiver is designed to be connected to the existing hard wired control panel and receives radio frequency signals from all of the wireless accessories including detectors and sensors. This addition enables you to experience the flexibility that comes with wireless security systems, giving you the freedom to place detectors where ever you like and easily manage their positions according to your security needs. The process may depend on the compatibility of both the new as well as the exiting security system. Therefore, getting in touch with the security system provider or taking help from a professional is recommended.

Q:How to Install a Wireless Alarm System

A:Wireless alarm systems are usually battery-operated, therefore the most you have to do when installing is make sure the sensors are within the range of the main control panel and their radio frequencies are not obstructed by each other or by other electrical appliances. It’s usually recommended to set up the control panel and keypad first so that your system is online, ideally close to the main entrance so that it is close at hand, and next to a power socket. You may also need to set it up close to a phone line or Wi-Fi router if your package includes a monitoring service. Place your sensors, such as door contacts or motion sensors, wherever necessary for coverage. You may need to use a double-sided tape or screws to attach the sensors to a wall. Remember however to keep out of the reach of children or pets. For specific details on where to place the sensors, you may refer to the instructions manual or your floor layout plan. If your system comes with its own siren or bell box, then place it high enough so that it cannot be tampered with. Finally, program the sensors to your system and select “test” mode on your keypad to check if it is working properly.

Q:What Can Be the Possible Advantages of Wireless Security Alarm System?

A:A wireless security system may benefit you in a number of ways. Since there are no wires to install, they are relatively easy and less costly to set up. These systems usually operate on batteries so you may set the devices up anywhere around the house and also change their locations at will without having to pull out any wiring. This could be convenient for both renters and homeowners. No intruder or burglar can disable your system by simply cutting wires. More components could be added to the system to upgrade and expand your security coverage, such as surveillance cameras or panic buttons. Getting a wireless security system may also allow you to automate your house such that all your devices could be integrated and your system may be remotely accessed for monitoring and status reports via Internet or text messages.

Q:Do home security systems work with VoIP?

A:Most home security systems now do work with VoIP technology, and even more companies are rapidly developing their systems in order to cater to the demand. However, do verify with the company first if such services are available, and consider getting a broadband alarm adapter for this purpose.

Q:If the Internet goes out, does my wireless security system still work?

A:It depends on your security system; mostly wireless systems have components, which are interlinked using radio frequencies. However, the control panel is connected with the monitoring centre through internet, a phone line or a cellular connection. In case of an internet breakdown, your alarm system could remain active but it may not have an active connection with the monitoring center.

Q:Can I Take My Security System With Me When I Move?

A:That depends on the type of home security system that you have. If it is a wireless system, it would be fairly easy to move. In case it's a wired system, connected to your home's main electrical network, it would be much more difficult or costly to move. Weight the costs and benefits of moving the existing wired system or buying a new one before you make the final call.

Q:What are the best features to include in a DIY wireless security system?

A:Here are the things you should go for in a DIY wireless security system: • Sensors for your windows and doors • A control panel with a remote control • Cellular backup to notify you whenever the alarm is activated • Small HD cameras that give you proper images, instead of the grainy black and white ones • Mobile apps connected to your security system, so you can check up on any part of your home when not home

Q:What happens if my DIY wireless home security system is tripped by mistake?

A:Tripping by mistake is the most common during the testing phase. Before testing though, make sure you notify your monitoring service so that it doesn't lead to a false alarm. If you trigger the alarm by mistake after testing, then the monitoring service may call you to make sure that it is a genuine emergency. This prevents them from unnecessarily calling the police and saves you from paying any false alarm fines. However, if you don't have a monitoring service and tripping the system automatically calls the police, then what may happen is that you would have to pay a false alarm fine.

Q:What is DIY wireless home security system?

A:A DIY wireless home system is one that you can install yourself by following a simple set of instructions. Wireless systems consist of separate components that may be easy to mount on walls without having to drill in holes. They can be connected to the control panel by simple configuration steps.

Q:What should a best DIY wireless home security system do for me?

A:A good DIY system is one that effectively caters to all of your home security requirements, can be easily installed by following a few simple steps, gives you the flexibility to relocate components at your own convenience, minimizes the risk of false alarms and allows you to control the system remotely through your smart phone.

Q:Will my children be able to operate the DIY wireless alarm system?

A:Depending upon the complexity of your system and age of the children, the answer to this question can greatly vary. However, when you have a security system installed it is important to teach your children how to use it. They need to know all the security codes and procedures to be followed during an emergency situation.

Q:how can i tell what model my wireless receiver is on my home security?

A:In order to find out the model of the wireless receiver on your security system, you may check the device or the manual and find out if it is mentioned there. If you are unable to find the model written on your wireless receiver, you may call your home security company to get the exact details.

Q:Whats better a wired or wireless house alarm system?

A:Both wired and wireless systems have their pros and cons. Wired systems are difficult to install and require more installation cost, but are more reliable as they do not face signal interference. Wired systems are also secure as they cannot be hacked from outside. On the other hand, wireless systems are easier to install, have less installation cost, and can be moved from one place to another. However, wireless systems may face signal interference or security problems such as hacking.

Q:Is the radio frequency from a wireless alarm system safe for kids at home?

A:Wireless alarm systems typically operate on 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, depending on the make and cost of the system. All of these frequencies are generally safe to use around children. The only exception to this could be kids with pacemakers, implanted defibrillators or implanted electronic medical devices. In such instances, radio signals may cause disturbance in these devices and might cause them to malfunction.

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