With a wireless system, you won’t have to worry about drilling holes or making other modifications, so wireless is an attractive option for renters, historic homes, or buildings with significant interior brick, stone, or marble construction.
Renters or homeowners who move will also be able to take advantage of the portability of most wireless systems and take the equipment with them.
The potential drawback of wireless is its reliability. Just like Wi-Fi routers or cellphones, wireless security systems are subject to various types of interference that can cause your sensor to fail to respond or to respond unpredictably (for example, triggering a false alarm).
- Electromagnetic interference can come from many other devices, including baby monitors, remote controls, power lines, microwave ovens, and fluorescent lighting.
- Structural interference comes from walls, floors, ceilings, or things like metal filing cabinets. However, these issues are rare.
To help counter potential issues, each wireless sensor contains its own battery, which works great, especially in a power outage. Just make sure you stay on top of changing out your batteries so you know they’re always operating at peak performance.
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