Most major home security companies in the U.S. now offer some form or wireless security system. With many other devices in the home now being wireless, many homeowners are also flocking to wireless security systems to protect their home. One thing many homeowners are finding out, however, is that they have more questions than answers when it comes to installing a wireless security system. The sheer fact that wireless security systems are still fairly new to the industry is the primary culprit, so today we’re going to share some of the top question we receive on the topic.
Here are the top questions about wireless security systems:
Do Wireless Security Systems Require An Internet Connection?
This is perhaps the most common question we receive. With so many devices needing an Internet connection these days it is acceptable to think a security system will also need it. The answer, however, is no. While some wireless security systems do use an Internet connection for monitoring, they do not require an Internet connection. A security system that is monitored will need a connection to the outside world, but most wireless security systems now use cellular monitoring – this means the system has a built in cellular “chip” to send signals to the monitoring station. Other methods include using the phone line or a broadband (Internet) connection, but these are less reliable and are being used less often.
Will Wireless Security Systems Interfere With My Other Wireless Devices?
Some homes have several wireless devices floating around, whether it’s your laptop computer, smartphone, tablet, bluetooth speakers, or whatever else is not using wires in the home. The great thing is, none of these devices seem to interfere or cause trouble for another. This is also true with wireless security systems. These security systems use a proprietary frequency that no other device uses. For instance, the GE wireless security systems use a 219.5Mhz radio frequency, while home internet connections use 802.11 standards which generally shows its frequencies in Ghz.
Can I Use An Older Wireless Security System With A New Company?
This one is a bit tricky because it depends on the type of equipment you have (meaningthe manufacturer) and the security company you are looking to sign up with. If you have the same equipment that the company uses it’s likely you’ll be able to use it. The best way to determine whether or not you have a compatible wireless security system is to contact the security system company.
These are just a few of the common questions we receive about wireless security systems. We’ll continue to post more questions and answers over time as we believe these are some of the more important aspects when purchasing a home security system. If you have questions you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write a comment on one of our pages.
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