The emergence of wireless home security technol
The emergence of wireless home security technology is an exciting development in the field and has a great deal of potential to simplify people's lives and to seamlessly integrate their home's security with their creature comforts and advanced technology.
For most of the home security industry's history, the primary way that a security system's control panel communicated with the rest of the home and its sensors was through traditional wires, which a professional had to install throughout your home. The process was difficult, very labor intensive, and often ended up costing homeowners hundreds of dollars to complete. The control panel would use these hard-wires to communicate with the various sensors and to alert you to a break-in.
Wireless technology operates using the same principles, but communicates in an entirely different way. A wireless home security system uses your home's wireless internet network to communicate with the various door, window, and camera sensors. This type of system is much easier to install and offers several advantages and disadvantages.
The primary benefit associated with wireless home security systems is that they do not require the assistance of a professional for installation. With a traditional wired system, the homeowner would need to pay a professional hundreds of dollars to install the system. With a wireless system, the homeowner can often install the entire setup in less than an hour, with zero installation fees.
In addition, wireless alarm systems cannot easily be tampered with. With a traditional wired system, the criminal need only cut the wire leading from the control panel to a specific sensor to remove your home's protection. Lastly, a wireless home security system can be flawlessly integrated with an existing home automation system.
One of the primary disadvantages associated with a wireless home security system is that if your internet goes out, the system can no longer communicate with itself. While rare, this can happen in cases of severe weather, natural disaster, and civil unrest, all times when home security is most important.
One of the newest players in the home security market, Scout was just launched in early 2013. However, the company has already made a name for itself as a major disrupter in the field and as a company with stellar customer service. Scout's systems integrate flawlessly with most major home automation systems, including Nest, Amazon Echo, IFTT, and more. In addition, their basic monitoring plan starts at a very reasonable $9.99 a month, making it an excellent option for the budget-conscious consumer.
Cost: $9.99 per month
One of our top companies in every category, SimpliSafe also offers excellent wireless security system equipment. One of the benefits of working with SimpliSafe is their customizable equipment packages, which allow you to choose the equipment that works best for your needs. In addition, the company also offers a three-year warranty on all equipment and all of their plans come with cellular monitoring.
Cost: $14.99 per month
One of the most respected companies in the home security field, Vivint has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the highest quality and most user friendly equipment of all their competition. They are able to do this because they design and manufacture all equipment in-house, providing their system with unrivaled home automation capabilities. In addition, all of their equipment comes with a full lifetime warranty.
Cost: $39.99 per month