What are the differences, advantages and drawbacks? Which is better, a wired or wireless alarm?


What are the differences, advantages and drawbacks? Which is better, a wired or wireless alarm?
These are some of the questions which our clients ask themselves when they are choosing an alarm system for their home or business.
The answer to these questions will differ according to the needs of each client and the location to be protected, as long as the relevant legislation related to security is taken into account as well.
To allay these uncertainties, we are going to explain what each system is made up of and the main differences between them.
Wired systems have, as the name suggests, all their components connected with cables to the central control panel. However, nowadays, there are many hybrid systems which incorporate wired components and radio-connected components.
In contrast, radio or wireless systems work without wires, and their components connect to the central panel by means of the broadcast and reception of radio-frequency signals. This is why their cost of installation is much less than that of a wired system, and why the installation time is much lower, since they are easier to install.

In terms of the communication between components, it is much easier to detect problems, poor functionality, tampering, etc. in the components in wired systems whilst radio systems are less reliable and can experience problems with transmission, environmental interference or noise, although this also greatly depends on each manufacturer, and it must be remembered that there are high-level radio systems which have solved the issue of detecting problems very well.
Consequently, the cost of wireless components is higher than that of wired systems. Each radio component uses a radio transmitter inside the system to send signals to the control panel. This means that wireless systems are more expensive in terms of the equipment cost and also costlier in terms of their maintenance, since they require batteries to be changed.
In terms of the degree of security and protection, wired systems, by virtue of being connected by wires, are impossible to tamper with or jam with radio-frequency jammers. In contrast, wireless systems are most sensitive to devices for jamming signals, although there are ways to solve this problem (supervision, pooling, etc.).

By way of summing up, these are some of the advantages of both systems:

Radio or wireless alarms                           
-Lower installation cost                          
-Easier installation                         
-Faster installation (2 hours or less) 
-Savings on the labour employed         
-It is very simple to add new sensors                                                                            

Wired alarms
-Value for money on components
-Less electro-magnetic interference
-Jammers cannot tamper with the system
-Less maintenance
-It is possible to add new radio components (in hybrid systems)

Before deciding on one system or another, it is important to seek advice from an approved business with experience in the security sector.

At SIPGRUP, the Girona alarms company, we specialise in the installation and maintenance of security systems. We offer Grade 2 and Grade 3 (museums, jeweller's, lottery administrations, etc.) radio systems and wired systems. Our Alarm Control Headquarters (ACH) has years of experience in the sector using the proper technology to provide rapid and effective coverage 265 days of the year with zero downtime.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more information about our alarm systems.

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