Wired Alarm

Did you know that a home burglary occurs every 15 seconds? It gets worse; homes without security systems are up to 2.7 times more vulnerable to burglaries than homes with effective security systems (A Secure Life). In addition to burglaries, security systems have protected people from fires, floods, gas explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Alarm systems are either wireless or wired. If you’re uncertain between wired and wireless alarm systems, then it could be useful to go for a wired alarm system.

An effective wired alarm system, made up of various sensors, could offer you the protection you need. These systems could be further integrated with your home using audio/visual devices and other home automation devices. They are also available in the market, and if your home is under construction or renovation, it could be the perfect time to install home security system.

The following information could be useful if you want to know more about wired systems:

Components of Wired Alarm System

A basic alarm system typically consists of the following:

  • Keypad(s) - is your main user interface where the system is either armed or disarmed. It could also be further secured using a passcode.

  • Main Control Panel - is wired to this operating system, including the connections to a monitoring station.

  • Sensors - are wired individually to the main security panel and could include motion detectors, door and window contacts, among others.

  • Siren(s) - could sound or alert visually when triggered.

Other components could also be added such as surveillance cameras, panic buttons, etc. If the sensors detect abnormal activity or atmospheric levels then it could alert you using the siren. A monitoring service could then send a professional response team such as the police or the fire fighters, depending on the situation, to come to your assistance.

Area Requirements for Installation

Before installation, know your security needs, as you may not need all the sensors a wired alarm system offers. Find out:

  • If the area is pre-wired

  • How many entry points there are and which of these are important

  • The square footage that need to be covered

  • Where the sensors have to be placed

  • Where the main control panel should be placed

Hiring a contractor or third party professional who could survey the area and assess its security needs could also help.

Setting Up Wired System

A wired alarm system is often installed by a professional. Having a professional do the job means that the person who is installing the system must have more experience and expertise than you. Otherwise hiring a professional would defeat the purpose and you could do yourself instead.

Cost Structure

While the initial installation of a wired alarm system may take time and money, it could be beneficial in the long run in terms of cost savings as maintenance costs may be lower. You may not need to replace it later on, and if something does go wrong, parts could be replaced as they are available. A contract agreement period or monthly monitoring fee may apply.

Things to Consider

Before you decide which wired home security system to go for, you should take into account some of the following:

  • Wired alarm systems are not battery operated so there may be no need to worry about battery failure.

  • Wired alarm systems are not disabled by cutting wires. The only wires that can disrupt the system (even for some wireless systems) are the communication wires to the monitoring station, such as a telephone line.

  • Find out from your local police what their recommended wired alarm system is; what their response time is if an alarm is triggered and the fine for a false alarm.

  • Check to see if the company you are buying your wired alarm system from provides sufficient help and support services.  Equipment warranty, after sales service and contact information for customer support, is necessary. Also check if it offers monitoring services such as cellular or internet monitoring.

  • Explain to your loved ones how to use the alarm system and what to do in case of emergencies.

When it comes to your security, the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be less true. According to FBI, 97% of all home intrusions happen when no one is at home. There is a greater likelihood that a burglar would pass on a house knowing that it is wired with burglar alarm system.


Wired Alarm Products


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.

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