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Pros and Cons of Wired and Wireless Security Systems

Pros and Cons of Wired and Wireless Security Systems

Nowadays it is more important than ever before to protect your home and business from unwanted guests in the form of break-ins, thefts, or worse. Thankfully, through the use of security cameras you can keep a close eye on your property and the people in and around it at any time of the day or night.

There are pros and cons to having wired or wireless security systems and this article will take you through them all so you can make an informed decision about what type will be best for your residential or commercial video surveillance needs.

Types of Residential and Commercial Video Surveillance

When deciding what type of alarm and security system to choose it is important to understand the differences between a wired and wireless system. A hardwired security camera will send video imagery and audio through a wire to a central location either in the home or to a company that will monitor it for you. Wired security cameras are powered directly through a power source such as a regular outlet or they can be hardwired into an electrical box.

On the other hand, a wireless security system will use wifi to take footage and send it to a central location. The footage is then stored in a cloud to be monitored in real-time or to be viewed later. 

Wired vs Wireless: What Is The Difference?

When comparing the types of systems it is important to note that there are pros and cons to each type of system and understanding these can help you determine the best solution for you.

  • Pros of Wired Security Systems
    • Wired security cameras typically have a more clear video and audio output
    • Hardwired systems are near impossible to ‘hack’ into
    • When your cameras and alarm are tapped directly into a power source they are most likely to provide a reliable and constant feed
  • Cons of Wired Security Systems
    • A wired system is a permanent fixture in the building and it cannot easily be moved
    • As its name suggests, a wired security system consists of long wires that must be fished through the ducts, behind the walls, and hidden which can be time-consuming and more costly to install
    • The number of cameras that can be installed depends on the number of feeds that the system can accept
  • Pros of Wireless Security Systems
    • Wireless cameras have an easier installation process than hardwired systems
    • A wireless security system can be moved with ease
    • At any time it is easy to add more cameras to your system without worrying about a limited number of AV jacks
  • Cons of Wireless Security Systems
    • The signal might easily be interrupted by a wall, concrete foundations, or multiple floors
    • The wifi can drop and your security cameras can be down for a period of time
    • It is possible to have your wireless feed hacked by someone

Deciding What Type of Security System is Best for You

It may seem like everyone is going wireless and hardwired security systems are a thing of the past. But, as you can see from the list above both types of alarms and cameras offer a variety of potential advantages and disadvantages to your home or business. A wired security system may be more work to install but can provide more steady and security protection. On the other hand, a wireless security system offers flexibility to people who need to know they can expand their system, or move it at some point in the future.

Regardless of your needs, the team at Frontline Security in Calgary will use their years of experience to fit you with the best commercial and residential video surveillance systems. Contact them at (403) 291-9311 or by filling out the form below to book a consultation.


Q. What is better for my business: wired or wireless security cameras?

As discussed in this article, both types of surveillance cameras offer up a host of benefits and drawbacks depending on your specific needs and the areas to be monitored. Typically, our commercial video surveillance clients in Calgary will choose a wired system if there is a large area to cover and they want to reduce the risk of dropping the wifi signal and temporarily losing coverage. If you are a small business looking to set up a video surveillance system, you might choose a wireless system for the convenience of setup, ability to move the system if needed, and flexibility of automation. Whatever your business uniquely needs, Frontline Security has the solution for you.

Q. How does a home security system work?

More or less, all residential security systems work very similarly: They all security entry points into the home. Where these systems can vary are:

  • How many home entry and exit points are protected?
  • Does the system include a residential video surveillance system?
  • Is there extra protection for areas with highly valuable goods?
  • Will the system be wired or wireless?
  • Does the company offer a cloud-based or live video monitoring system?

Partnering with a company that offers a variety of flexible options for your home will allow you to create a security system that can deter intruders and keep your family safe. Frontline Security in Calgary can outfit your home with whatever you need.

Q. Do wireless security cameras need power?

Yes. The wireless security systems are wireless due to their ability to transmit video and audio to a central location without the use of wires. They do need to be powered either through an electrical outlet, or hardwired into an electrical source.

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In a world of ever-increasing threats, you need a security company you can count on. We’re that company. Our Calgary-based full-service security company specializes in commercial security solutions, providing large-scale properties and facilities with the protection they need to guard their valuable assets. We also provide residential alarm and video surveillance systems, giving homeowners the peace of mind they need to sleep soundly at night. 

If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. Put us on the frontline and rest easy knowing you’re properly defended.

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You’ve worked hard to build your business or buy your home. Now it’s time to protect them properly and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve. Our full-service security solutions can give whatever matters most to you the 360° protection it needs. Contact us today by calling (403) 291-9311 or by filling out the form below and put us on your frontline.

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