From wireless to wired, from landline to cellular, from broadband to VoIP, you can compare home security system connections in a dozen different ways. There are always going to be pluses and minuses of each system, so it’ll help to know the basics of how each kind of system works before deciding which kind of connection to go with for your home security system.
Security System Prewired
A prewired security system is one that uses wiring to power all the devices and to connect everything to each other and to the central monitoring station for monitoring services. The wiring can be the old wiring you already had installed in your house for the rest of the electricity, or you can forget the power lines and install new Cat 5 wiring throughout your home. Generally considered the most reliable of home security systems, these connections will rarely go out on you (only if a particularly single-minded lawbreaker cuts the wires). They are also expensive because you have to get professionals to install them for you.
Security System Wireless
With a wireless security system, you don’t have the wires to mess with. The connections here are all going to be through the air. This kind of system uses radiofrequency waves to transmit signals from each device to the control panel. Easy to install and more affordable, these are generally very popular. However, the connection is less reliable than wired connections and it is also easier for criminals to hack into to gain access to your system and your house.
Security System Cellular
A security system using cell phone networks is one that is unlikely to ever go out on you. Even if there’s a power outage, cellular systems will still work for your home. Some companies like FrontPoint have seen so much value in cellular home security that they have dropped all other security system connections to sell only cellular ones. It is easy to install and it’s also guaranteed to provide remote system monitoring, meaning you can check in on your security system from anywhere just by getting on your phone. Still, because it is wireless, it is less reliable than a landline system.
Security System Internet
Broadband internet security systems are another way to go. When you already have broadband internet installed in your home, it is easy to use broadband security. The setup and installation is not complicated at all and takes a very short time. However, they are a bit unreliable at times (just like your internet connection probably is, and for the same reason). They also are going to be completely useless if there is a power outage because it’ll take out the internet as well. Still, it’s the most affordable kind of home security, and as home security systems can get very expensive, choosing broadband may be the way to make up the expense.
Security System VoIP
A security system over VoIP will translate audio data into digital codes that can be transmitted online to your remote monitor and to your monitoring station. It’s affordable and compatible with most security systems. However, some systems will use voice compression as a way of decreasing the bandwidth congestion, causing problems. So if you choose VoIP, look for an MFVN security system that will not use voice compression in this way.
Using this list above, you can compare home security system connections and decide which one is best for you to choose for your security system. This will make a big difference if you’re looking to switch from the system connection you already have.