Hardwire Or Wireless Burglar Alarm?

Should I install a hardwired burglar alarm system or a wireless burglar alarm system? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that people ask when shopping around for an alarm system .

There really is no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to what kind of burglar alarm system you want installed in your business or home. It also comes down to price and if you want to see wires ran around. Most installers do an awesome job at hiding the wires but sometimes they don’t have much to work with. For example, if you do not have an attic or have very high ceilings-a hardwired system may not be for you. Does this mean you should only have a wireless burglar alarm system installed? Not at all.


Wireless systems are great but there are a few cons to them as well. Wireless devices are simply that: wireless. What are our cell phones? Wireless… and you know what happens sometimes with the wireless signal-it can be dropped. Even if it is not often-it can be.  Sometimes the zones can drop out but usually restore within seconds.  Batteries also need to be changed frequently on the transmitters and wireless motion detectors. Especially if that zone gets a lot of activity.  However, there is no wire to run which makes a wireless system much easier and faster to install. Don’t forget though, the installer may still need to run the wire for the keypad and the transformer.

With a hardwired system, you may see a little wire but once the installation is there-it stays virtually maintenance free. The only issue you could have is if a wire gets pinched or broken but if you are careful, that should not happen. If the alarm was installed correctly and there was a proper zone list made up. the servicing alarm technician should be able to troubleshoot the problem in no time at all. You will also have your occasional broken contact or need the system, battery changed but for the most part-hardwired systems are great.


To me, if you have a house you plan on living in for many years, I would choose a hardwired system. If you are renting a home or business and want protection-I would go with a wireless system. Better yet, you may be able to ask your installing company for a combination of both.