Wireless home automation is the oldest of the new ways of running or connecting a home automation system. That’s not to discount its benefits in any way – without wireless automation, we wouldn’t have broadband security, VoIP, or cellular systems. With it, we’re no longer dependent on wiring to run our home automation and home security systems. But neither is that to imply that wired home automation is useless in its own right. Each system connection has its place, and the strengths and weaknesses of one may balance the other. That’s why it is important for homeowners like you to know what conveniences you can experience with either setup before you decide which one you’d like to have installed in your home.
Wired Home Automation
In the older, tried and true wired home automation systems, everything was done with wires. You’d bring in a team of security system technicians to gut your house and expose the wiring already installed, hooking up every device and the control panel to the wiring you had running through your home. The disadvantage of using security system prewired connections was that you couldn’t choose where your home security products could go. They had to rely upon the wiring that was available. But if you went with new wiring, you’d still bring in a team of security system technicians to gut your house and put new wiring throughout it. This would give you more flexibility in where to install each of your devices. Wired home automation was expensive, but you could count on it to work without fail. The only reason a wired system would stop working for you was if a housebreaker decided to cut the wires to disarm the security system so that he could get into the house. Nonetheless, you could still rely on your system devices despite the expense of installation.
Wireless Home Automation
After wired came wireless, which obviously meant “without wires”. Now instead of bringing in a whole bunch of workmen to install the system for you, you could probably install it on your own, saving yourself the cost of installation and labor. It is easier to install wireless home automation systems and they are also easier to maintain. If there’s ever a problem that you have to deal with for your security system, you can bet it’s probably in the device itself and not lost somewhere in a bad wire. The way you know it’s a problem with the connection is when the entire system is out. But this rarely happens; most of the time, the system continues to run just like a wired or landline security system. As far as reliability, many home security companies will claim that wireless is just as reliable as wired these days, despite how in the past it was more likely to cut out from time to time. And not having wires for housebreakers to cut means that the system is less prone to tampering with.
Both connections are good options for home automation systems. But with wireless home automation, there may be additional conveniences for homeowners like you. It’s a worthy consideration for home automation systems, along with other wireless forms like cellular and broadband.