Wired or Wireless Home Alarm?

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  1. Tim L

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    I recently have received two estimates from two lram companies- ADT and BRINKS. Brinks was pushing for a hard-wired system throughout thehouse and ADT said they would use wireless with a cellular backup in the attic. I'm stil confused to which method to use. Does anyone have any experience or input in this area- any info much appreciated.
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    I have an ADT system. They pushed for the wireless install also. I insisted on everything being hard wired, and paid extra to have it that way.

    With wireless you have to deal with battery replacement and potential interference. There would always be a doubt in my mind, and would never trust any security issue to a wireless link.

    A cellular backup to make the call is a good idea, though.
     
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    With today's tech, the differences are negligible. I don't think interference will be a factor with a wireless system.

    However, I think the most important question to ask yourself is... which system would make YOU feel more secure? If there is no difference to you, go with the best deal. [​IMG]

    Myself, I have a hard-wired system. But that is because I just had my house built, and I had the alarm tech come in during the framing stage to do the wiring. Nice 'n easy.

    Also, how much is involved in your potential system? Lots of sensors, hence lots of wiring? Motion? Window? Door?

    That cellular back-up is a great idea as well. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  4. Tim L

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    The walls are already up- so hard wiring would be more involved. Yes I plan on having at least 5-6 sensors and a few windows and doorsm but I'm not looking forward to having a bunch of holes everywhere- I just went through this while installing extra cable and recessed lights. Brinks also has only one monitoring area in texas- while ADt has them everywhere- so that was a plus. I guess wireless would be okay- I just wanted to verify it is just as dependable- what kind of interference can affect this type? thanks
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    This is what my alarm company had to say about wired vs. wireless...

     
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    if at all possible, i'd go with hard-wired. my sister had her house hard-wired. i couldn't even tell where the sensors were unless i looked for it. they did a very clean job.

    even though wireless may work well, i would still think there are more possibilities for something to interfere.

    but, i guess you could just keep testing and see how it goes. i would definitely ask the alarm company what options you have if you're not happy with the wireless system.
     

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