The Benefits of Wi-Fi Security Systems
Whether you are looking for home or business premises security, there are plenty of different systems to choose from. Anything from CCTV to burglar alarms as well as smart entry systems and window alarms are available to beef up the security of your property. Fitting such systems will often make you feel safer and more secure as well as having a deterrent effect by putting off would-be intruders. That said, conventional security systems often look more like legacy systems than up-to-date, modern ones these days.
In fairness, there are many reasons for this but one of the principal ones is that the latest security systems are able to make use of smart technology to communicate with the outside world. For most homes – and business premises, for that matter – this will mean harnessing the local Wi-Fi network to communicate wirelessly. Read on to find out why security systems that can make use of Wi-Fi are so often preferable to legacy systems.
No Need to Chase In Cables
The fact is that nearly all security systems of yesteryear required cables to send their signals to a central unit. With CCTV systems, for example, RF cables would often need to be chased into the walls of homes so that the cameras could have their images recorded on a recorder of some kind, usually an old-fashioned VCR in the early days of this technology.
Equally, the PIRs used to spot movements in rooms would need to send their signals to a burglar alarm control unit via cables which would often be hidden behind the wall or, even worse, mounted in trunking. With a wireless system, chasing out walls and mounting surface trunking in your home is simply not needed.
No Compromised Wiring
Of course, it could be said that you don’t need to chase walls out to hide the cabling required for legacy security products. You could simply clip the cables onto walls and be done with it. Inside, however, this will look very unsightly which is why so many people opt to hide their cables instead. If you are running a cable outside, however, perhaps to connect a CCTV camera that is pointing at your home’s entrance, then clipping it onto the wall may seem like it is a viable option.
Unfortunately, anyone who wants to disconnect a camera to attempt a break-in, for example, will simply be able to snip surface mounted cables and proceed unseen. A Wi-Fi enabled device, on the other hand, has no transmission cables to cut.
Miniaturised Security Produts
Legacy security systems tend to be big and bulky. CCTV cameras, for example, are often designed for public realm settings. As such, they are big and bulky and hard to vandalise. On the other hand, modern home security cameras are often tiny, hard to spot and difficult to compromise. Many run on batteries so need no power cable and will transmit their images from the furthest reach of a Wi-Fi network.
Smart motion detection devices are equally subtle and will not look out of place when they are mounted in the corner of a room to keep an eye on what is going on. Remember, too, that you can pick up Wi-Fi enabled security devices and put them in new settings with ease, something that is not possible with conventional systems, of course.
Most legacy security systems are stand-alone offerings. In other words, they function on their own and one system will not necessarily inform another of a potential security breach. This is not the case when you have smart security products fitted around your home because they can all exchange data with one another.
For example, a motion sensor might inform your smart home’s lighting to turn on if it detects movement that is out of the ordinary. In turn, this will make it that much easier for your smart cameras to detect intruders and to capture images that may be that much more useful in identifying them
Network Functionality Even With No Internet
Some people are put off Wi-Fi-enabled security systems because they think all that needs for them to not work is for the internet connection to go down. This is not the case, however. Even if someone cuts through your broadband connection outside, your home’s Wi-Fi network will still be live.
This means that locally stored images and detection data will be uncompromised by this sort of activity. Of course, if your internet is up and running, then your smart window and door alarms, your smart cameras and even your motion detectors can all send notifications to your mobile smart device no matter where you are. This means you can take the most appropriate action as you see fit – and even see what is going on – even if you are not at home.
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