Wireless security systems can feature alarms, cameras and other advanced peripherals that provide quality protection without the installation challenges that come with wired solutions. However, the easier installation process does not mean that you do not need professional help to put the system in place. In a small apartment or similar location you may be able to get by with a do-it-your-self wireless security system, but most homes present enough wireless network challenges that you are better off getting assistance before your system ends up working in ways that you don’t expect. There are a few aspects of wireless security system installation, in particular, that pose considerable challenges:
Dealing with range limitations
Wi-Fi signal can only travel a limited distance before the quality degrades and is no longer reliable enough to support consistent connectivity. The distance can vary depending on the wireless technology being used, but can often cover a normal-sized house. There is just one problem – houses have walls. Solid objects get in the way of radio signals. Generally speaking, such interference is not a major issue because signal can penetrate basic drywall and similar coverings without too much trouble. However, thick stucco walls, for example, can be a major detriment to signal dispersion. Purchasing and installing a wireless security system, only to have it not work properly because the Wi-Fi range is too limited, is a frustrating and wasteful process. Getting professional help is key in this area.
Wi-Fi connections using the 802.11n standard or lower usually run on a limited number of frequencies, with only two or three options available in most cases. If other devices in an area are giving off signal in a way that somehow disrupts the Wi-Fi network, performance will deteriorate considerably. This is not the same as walls and other things that block signal. Interference actually disrupts the Wi-Fi. Microwaves are a common culprit. Your router could be a few feet away from your microwave with nothing in between and signal disruption can make it impossible to connect to the web. However, if you take a step or to aside you might be able to access Wi-Fi again. Interference is an incredibly frustrating issue that requires full property and building scans to deal with entirely. While such drastic measures may not be necessary in the home, your security system will depend on the ability to consistently connect to the web.
If you want to protect your home, you probably don’t want to skimp on ensuring the wireless signal can get between various peripherals. There are specialized tools that can be used to measure signal and ensure it is consistent enough to support wireless security systems. Professional installation can give you the help you need to not have to worry about signal-interference issues.
Performance varies substantially between wired and wireless networks. In many cases, Wi-Fi setups are perfectly fine handling basic data flows and simple tasks. However, if you are connecting your security system with home automation technologies or expecting the solution to send you alerts and let you watch content over the web, you probably need a wired network to connect cameras. Working with a vendor who is able to provide the insight you need into security functionality is key to identify the right solution for your specific requirements.
Wireless security systems offer many benefits and can be exactly the kind of system that works well for some people. However, Wi-Fi can prevent as many complications of wired solutions, creating an environment in which you really have to evaluate which solution will work best for you and decide accordingly.