Residential Security Systems
HARDWIRED vs. WIRELESS SYSTEMS
Alarm systems can be installed by either running a wire to each device (hardwired) or they can communicate to the control panel wirelessly. There are several pros and cons to both methods.
Hardwired systems require all system components to be physically connected to the control panel. In a home that is just being built, “pre-wiring” a system is the most reliable and easy way to wire a security system because the wire runs throughout the house before drywall and ceilings are installed. This provides the neatest method of installation and is the least intrusive to the homeowner. The advantage of the wireless system is that there is no need to change any batteries. The cost of hardwired components can also be substantially cheaper than wireless components as well. Unfortunately, most homes that are bought do not have a pre-wired alarm system installed. Without a basement to run the wires in, it is hard to conceal the wires from view.
Wireless systems connect components to the control panel using radio waves (much like a cordless telephone). When first introduced, wireless devices did not offer long-range communication which meant devices could go in and out of communication due to walls and other means of interference. As the technology increased over the years, wireless is almost as reliable as hardwired systems. Communication distances have improved and devices now “check-in” with the control panel to ensure that signal is not lost. The advantages of a wireless system are that components do not need wires in between them and the control panel. This means cleaner and faster installations which will free up the homeowner. The drawback to wireless devices is that they do require batteries. Most devices will operate for 1-3 years depending on use. Battery replacement is quick and easy though and can usually be done by the homeowner.
Features of a Residential Alarm System Installed by PLE
· MyAccess Text Message Control- Allows the user to text commands to the alarm system including Arm, Disarm, and Status
· Cancel/Verify- If you inadvertently set off your system you can easily cancel a police dispatch by disarming the system which will, in turn, ask you to Cancel or Verify the burglary. A cancel signal will be sent to the monitoring station and they will notify the police. If an actual break-in did occur, you can press the verify button and a “burglary verified” message will be sent to the monitoring station.
· Check-In Feature- The check-in feature allows your child to press the number 4 on the keypad when they arrive home from school. The check-in message will then be sent as a text message or an email to up to three recipients (text plan required).
· Remote Programming- If you ever have the need to make changes to your systems programming, PLE Security’s staff can make those changes remotely via a cellular connection to your panel thereby eliminating the cost of a service call to your home (cellular plan required)
Have an Existing Alarm System?
If a lockout code has not been installed on the panel, PLE can usually take over the monitoring on your existing security system. If a panel is not able to be easily taken over, the control panel and keypad will need to be swapped out with new ones. On a hardwired system, this is fairly inexpensive and will provide you with an updated and easier to use a system that will offer more features and benefits than the existing system did.