How to Install Alarm System: Step-by-Step Guide

Discover how to design, build, and install commercial-grade alarm systems to increase employee safety and protect your business assets.

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Commercial alarm systems have various configurations, integration capabilities, and use cases. No matter the case, businesses that house expensive merchandise or private data need a commercial-grade alarm system.

Why? When integrated with your video surveillance system, an alarm system will record an attempted break-in and alert the local authorities of the criminal activity at your facility.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to install an alarm system so you can take proactive measures to protect your commercial property and businesses effectively.

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How To Install Alarm Systems

  1. Begin by assessing your security needs and identifying areas in your home or business that require alarm coverage, such as entry points, windows, and sensitive areas.
  2. Choose the most suitable security system for your requirements. This may involve researching and selecting wireless DIY security systems or professionally installed wireless options.
  3. Evaluate how many sensors you need and install them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These motion sensors typically include door/window sensors, detectors, and any other devices you intend to use.
  4. Place the control panels in a central location and ensure they can effectively communicate with all the sensors throughout your property. Drill holes and run wires (if need be).
  5. Provide power to all alarm system components by plugging them in or installing batteries to ensure uninterrupted functionality.
  6. Activate the security system and thoroughly test each sensor to ensure they trigger the alarm as expected. You can self-monitor, but if you have a more comprehensive system, getting a professional monitoring or security company is ideal.
  7. If you opt for professional monitoring, subscribe to a monitoring service and configure it to work seamlessly with your alarm system. However, there are monthly monitoring fees to consider.
  8. Set up alerts, notifications, and alarm codes to enable remote control and monitoring of your home security system. You can also post signs or window stickers to let people know that they are under surveillance.

Why You Should Hire Professional Installers

It’s Easier than DIY Home Security Systems

While DIY home security systems on door or window might seem more accessible than integrating an entire system, it’s usually even more accessible to hand things off to the pros and let them do their thing.

Local alarm companies and professional systems integrators and installers are trained and knowledgeable professionals who plan, estimate, integrate, and install customized systems to your exact needsspecifications, and manufacturer’s instructions.

The Installer Does The Maintenance & Upgrades

Unlike DIY home security systems, professionally installed systems come with service experts who will handle all the maintenance and future upgrades to the system and make any repairs, taking such needs off your hands and making your life easier.

They’ll be able to help you find the exact software updates and hardware upgrades your system needs to keep it running smoothly and keep your system up to date for years to come.

Get Assistance When Things Go Wrong

Professionally installed systems may have installation fees, but when you hire a systems integrator or an alarm installation specialist, they’ll usually provide up-to-date, helpful, and convenient tech support and help desk assistance whenever you run into problems and need help troubleshooting your system.

This is a common problem in DIY home security systems, so if the problem is something you can’t fix with a bit of tech support, go for systems with monthly fees. They’ll send an experienced and trained technician to troubleshoot and get things up and running again.

Up-To-Date Security Technology

Systems integrators are up-to-date on the latest security technology, from carbon monoxide sensors to advanced radar motion sensors for maximum-security facilities to ultra-high-definition cameras with advanced low-light vision and the latest analytics algorithms and technology.

Best Prices Available On Security Components

Suppose you think a DIY home security system is cheap. In that case, systems integrators and installers can often offer the best prices and discounts, especially when purchasing and installing an entire system.

They’ll usually roll the entire system and professional installation into one neat, accessible package. Sometimes, they discount installation fees and provide free installation services for their best home security systems.

Might Even Include Monitoring

Most companies that offer professional installation do monitoring, but an average homeowner can self-monitor the door or window.

Many homeowners get professionally installed security systems with a worry-free, no-hassle security experience monitoring with monthly fees. Monthly fees vary depending on the quantity of systems to monitor.

6 Best Practices for Home Security System Installation

Keypad and Control Panels Placement

Proper placement of keypads and control panels is crucial for effective security. These should be installed in easily accessible yet discreet locations, preferably near entry points like the front door frame. Avoid placing them where they’re easily visible from outside to prevent potential intruders from tampering with them.

Program an Alarm System Duress Code

A duress code is a special code that can be entered into your commercial or home alarm system to send a silent distress signal to your monitoring company, indicating that you’re being forced to disarm the system against your will. It’s essential to program and remember this code in case of emergencies.

Place Sensors in the Right Places

Sensors, such as motion sensors, glass break sensors, and door/window contacts, should be strategically placed throughout your home to cover all potential entry points. Ensure they’re installed at the correct height and angle to deter potential intruders while minimizing false alarms.

Arm Your System at All Times 

Consistently arming your security system, even at home, is important for maintaining round-the-clock protection. Many intrusions occur during daytime hours when homeowners may feel safe and let their guard down, so keeping your system armed provides an extra layer of security.

Have Backup Connections in Case of Emergency 

It’s wise to have backup communication options for your security system in case the primary connection fails, such as during a power outage or if the phone line is cut.

Options like cellular or internet-based monitoring can ensure your system remains operational and alert authorities when needed.

Don’t Rely on Just the Alarm

While alarms are effective deterrents, they shouldn’t be your sole reliance for home security. Supplement your commercial and home alarm system with other measures such as security cameras, outdoor lighting, window frame, and sturdy locks on the door or window. A comprehensive security approach provides better protection against potential threats and unauthorized entry. 

We have an in-depth article covering the 6 Best Practices for Alarm System Installation

Alarm Takeovers: The Benefits & Features

A Word On Hardwired Home Security Systems

Your hardwired system is likely a pre-installed DIY home security system or a professionally personalized series of entry sensors and monitors.

Contrary to popular belief, a hardwired system cannot be turned off by simply cutting any old wire (or even just the red one) – that trips the alarm anyway.

Upgrading With An Alarm Takeover

If you have a DIY home security system, it’s mainly a repair job for the sensors and wiring – only the broken elements are replaced. The heart of the takeover happens in two places: the old metal box where your control panels sit and the ugly old keypad on the wall.

The outdated control panel in your box is replaced with one that matches the new keypad, linking your old sensors to a new interface. Your new keypad often uses cellular communication to talk to your smartphone, allowing you to control your commercial and home alarm system through a simple app.

New Features

The new touchscreen keypad allows for new features in addition to the original’s essential functions. You can set up delays and schedules to automatically activate your home security system when you leave for the day or want to turn in for the night.

You’ll also be able to connect your home security system to your home automation system, like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to arm or disarm your commercial and home alarm system and your lights.

Going Wireless

Alarm system providers can perform a hardwired to wireless alarm takeover, allowing you to add motion sensors or keypads to your existing system. In a wireless takeover, local alarm companies route your door and window sensors into a wireless translator that sends the signals to a wireless touchscreen keypad.

Some sensors can’t be translated safely, though – while motion and smoke detectors will technically integrate with your new wireless panel, they run a relatively high risk of blowing their fuse because they draw too much power.

Components of Alarm Systems

Control Panels

Burglar alarms come in many different shapes and sizes, so you want to build a custom setup that meets your needs.

All burglar systems have dedicated control panels. The control panels are the system’s brain – everything is wired or wirelessly connected to the control panels.

Keypad

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This is your interface for the system. Usually placed near the main entry or at critical checkpoints, this pad lets you arm and disarm the system and often gives you 2-way communication with your home security system monitoring station.

Door & Window Contacts

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These are typically magnetic sensors that connect from the door or window to the wall. The alarm is triggered if the sensor contact is broken, such as when a door or window is opened.

Glass Break Detectors

Glass break detectors are sound detectors that listen for the precise frequency of breaking glass. These sensors can trigger the alarm in case of unauthorized entry, even if the window contact or motion sensor is bypassed.

Motion Detectors

Most indoor detectors include passive infrared (PIR) technology that only picks up the displacement of body heat. Outdoor detectors use passive infrared and microwave technology to deter potential intruders intruders without getting false alarms from squirrels and other small animals.

System Interruption Sensors

The best burglar alarms for businesses will have fail-safes built into their systems to protect themselves from tampering. An interruption sensor will trigger an alert if any part of the DIY home security system is taken offline, loses power, or fails to respond to a ping.

How Smoke Detectors Work

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Ionization Smoke Detectors

In an ionization smoke detector, air is ionized by a slightly radioactive element (commonly americium-241). The alpha particles emitted by the americium charge air particles that are allowed to flow into the ionization chamber. The charged air particles move between two plates according to their new positive or negative charge, completing an electrical circuit board.

The control tube is used to determine a baseline, while the area open to the ambient air is used to detect fires. When smoke enters the smoke detector, the ionized air bonds to the particles, breaking the circuit board and sending smoke alarms.

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

On the other hand, photoelectric (or optical) sensors use a beam of flashing light to detect changes in the air. The light can be visible, infrared, or ultraviolet, and detects smoke based on the light scattering that occurs when smoke partially obstructs the light.

All photoelectric smoke detectors react better to slow-starting, smouldering fires than ionization detectors. Still, despite some difficulty, they can detect flaming, fast-growing fires, which will help the Fire Department. Optical smoke detectors react to smoke earlier than ionization detectors, making them the primary choice for residential and commercial safety systems.

Integrated Alarms

Residential smoke detectors are often stand-alone, battery-powered units mounted on the ceiling, but they can also be wired into the power of smoke alarms. Integrating them into your DIY home security system gives you more control over your system and can let you monitor them from your alarm keypad.

How Motion Detectors Work

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Passive Infrared Motion Detectors

Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors, the most common, detect rapid changes in the infrared spectrum. The heat from objects and people is emitted as infrared light, invisible to the human eye, but detectable by PIR.

Most PIR motion sensors use Fresnel lenses arrayed to focus the infrared light into the sensor. When a rapid change is detected across its field of view, a signal is sent out. Prolonged slow changes, however, do not trigger the sensor, so it is possible to thwart them by moving very slowly.

The PIR can be attached to a silent alarm, floodlights, a siren, or a security camera to activate the home security system.

Active Motion Detectors

Active detectors are less common but are still helpful for security purposes. Some use an emitter that sends a light beam across a hallway or room into a photosensitive receptor. If the beam is broken, the sensor sends a signal like a PIR. These are commonly seen at the bottom of residential garage doors, acting as a safety switch; if a person or object crosses the beam, the door stops moving.

Other active sensors measure the environment using reflected ultrasonic waves. Sonar detectors emit sound waves and measure the time and intensity of their return—a change that either sets off the alarm triggers the camera or otherwise alerts you to a possible intruder. A similar motion sensor uses radar in the same way. Radio microwave pulses are sent out, timed, and measured on return.

Security Cameras As Motion Detectors

Today’s surveillance cameras can also be detectors through rudimentary video analytics. A virtual line or box is designated on the control screen. When the security camera detects an object crossing, entering, or leaving that area, any signals can be sent out. Security cameras can begin recording, turn on lights, activate a siren or silent alarm, or send you a notification.

Advanced analytics can react only when a person or vehicle enters the area, reducing or eliminating false alarms. Using your cameras as motion detectors can reduce your system’s complexity, but you may limit your home security system if you need independent motion sensors.

Panic Buttons

Panic buttons come in various shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose: they allow you to summon the authorities immediately.

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Hardwired Panic Buttons

Banks and high-traffic offices typically utilize desk-mounted panic buttons hardwired into the building’s burglar alarm. These silent alarms are commonly used when dangerous people begin to cause a disturbance. A panic button hidden in the wall just above the receptionist’s desk can quickly diffuse a volatile situation long before it might otherwise have been reported.

Silent Or Siren?

Commercial panic buttons often connect to silent alarms, but there are instances where you want a loud siren to ward off intruders. Banks generally want their panic buttons silent because sirens could aggravate or provoke armed robbers.

The same goes for offices and retail spaces – violent outbursts in confined spaces usually don’t end well. On the other hand, larger campuses with multiple exits may call for an audible alarm.

Wireless Panic Buttons

Other panic buttons are designed to carry around, typically on a lanyard, necklace, key fob, or wristband. They’re virtually identical to medical alert buttons and can be used for the same purposes. These personal panic buttons are handy for large companies or other campuses where a dangerous situation might arise.

Commercial Alarm Monitoring Companies: Do You Need Them?

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Once your DIY home security system is up and running, will you subscribe to a monitoring service that incurs monthly fees? With most monitoring packages from commercial alarm monitoring companies, you have 24/7 access to a support center that responds to alerts or alarms. They can have emergency services dispatched or disarm the system in case of a false alarm.

This has the advantage of getting human eyes on your facility and improving your home security system by eliminating wasted energy on false alarms. With reasonable monthly fees, monitoring agents immediately alert local authorities once a crime is detected, ensuring they get to the scene and stop it.

Alarm System Providers Should Offer These Modern Alarm Features

Modern Alarm Features

When you think of burglar alarms, you probably think of door and window sensors controlled by a blocky beige 10-button keypad. According to the calendar, those keypads that are professionally installed are aging.

With the technology available today, they’re archaic. The modern home security system looks like someone hung an oversized smartphone or a tablet on the wall, and they work kind of like that, too – they do so much more than the keypad.

If you are looking for system providers or an ADT specialist, it pays to choose one that strives to stay on the cutting edge of alarm technology.

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Modern Burglar Alarm

1. Intuitive Interface

Not only are your settings options limited on an old push-button pad, but your ability to change them is, too. At best, it might be difficult to figure out whether you have the manual on hand.

In contrast, modern alarm keypads have the comforting familiarity of a touchscreen, with all the information and menu options displayed for you. The settings are easy to understand and just a swipe or tap away instead of buried in scrolling menus.

2. Modern Features

The new touchscreens support arming delays—the alarm won’t trigger for a set time after you arm it to leave, and some allow you to extend that time if you haven’t opened the door yet. They can even set your alarms for you on a regular schedule. Program it with your routine, and the system will arm itself exactly when you want it to.

3. System Disarm Photos

Want to know who’s arming and disarming your system when? Qolsys makes a keypad called the IQ Control Panel 2 with a tiny camera on the window frame. Whenever the system is armed or disarmed, the keypad will take a nice, clean picture of whoever did it. The best feature of the IQ2 is the ability to arm and disarm automatically with Bluetooth on your smartphone.

4. Cellular Connectivity

Your old system is self-contained and impossible to access without the physical keypad. While this is nice and secure, it’s highly inconvenient when you want to use it from the other room or outside.

This is where your new touchpad and smartphone meet. Your phone can already connect to everything else in your house – why not your alarms? Using an app, you can remotely arm or disarm your system, change its settings, or even check in while out.

Your phone isn’t the only device you can pair with your new system—the app can also link it to your smartwatch, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or even your Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

5. Connecting To Your Smart Home

The new systems also connect to your Z-wave home automation system—whatever automation you have hooked up to door locks or lights, a modern touchscreen can interface with it and even act as the central control pad.

Want to set up a convenient schedule that dims your lights for the evening and locks your doors? Your old keypad couldn’t do that, but your new one can.

How The Alarm.com App Keeps You Secure

Home Security Devices are reshaping how people protect their homes, providing them with all-in-one, integrated solutions that can be controlled quickly and remotely from their smartphones or tablets. Previously, arming or disarming your alarms could only be done from the control panel keypad inside the house.

With the advent of home security systems, like the Alarm.com app, you can now arm, disarm, and check in on your home’s security from your phone, anywhere and anytime. Let’s look at how the Alarm.com App works and some of its features and functionality.

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Ease Of Use & Interconnectedness

Setting up and using the Alarm.com app is as simple and user-friendly as can be. Download the app to your phone or tablet and pair it with your home security system via the cloud, and you’re ready to go. It’s that simple. From there, you can control your Alarm.com home security system and any connected, integrated devices such as bright lights, thermostats, and smart locks – all connected by Bluetooth or another connectivity standard, such as Z-Wave.

Arm & Disarm The House Remotely

Remember to arm your home security system before leaving. The Alarm.com app solves that problem, as you can log on and arm the system from your phone anytime. If you ever need to disarm it remotely – to let visitors enter while you’re gone, for example – that can be done just as quickly.

Likewise, if you forget to turn certain household appliances off – like your lights or thermostat – the Alarm.com app lets you do that, too, thanks to the sheer amount of home integration it is capable of.

Notifications & Alerts

The Alarm.Com app also has a vast arsenal of notifications and alerts built in, ranging from reminders that you forgot to lock the front door (which can then be done remotely via the app) to no-show alerts, which tells you if someone who was supposed to arrive and disarm the alarm (say, a child returning from school or the pet sitter) fails to turn up. The app can also notify you when doors have been accessed and opened, letting you dismiss the notifications if it’s an authorized user or sounds the alarm if it isn’t.

Another innovative feature that Alarm.Com App offers is User Codes, customized 4-digit or 6-digit codes that can be assigned to particular users. Your dog-walker can have their user code, like your kids or the cleaners. When this unique user code is used to disarm the system and enter the house, the Alarm.com app will notify you precisely who entered and when.

Smart Signal: Verify Alarms From Your Phone

Alarm.com also recently unveiled its new Smart Signal feature, which directly connects to your alarm monitoring station and unlocks a whole series of new features on the app. These include a panic alert function and the ability to quickly verify a triggered alarm or cancel a false alarm – all using buttons placed conveniently within the app.

Each button immediately sends a Smart Signal to the monitoring station, allowing them to respond or contact authorities as needed. Panic alert mode is also completely silent at the alarm’s physical location to avoid further alarming intruders.

Remote Monitoring Via The Alarm.Com App

One of the best advantages of the Alarm.com app is the ability to monitor the video feed of your WiFi-connected smart security cameras remotely and directly in the app. With this functionality, you can virtually visit the house any time you need to, check in on any disturbances, and see who is at the front door via your doorbell camera.

With the proper setup, you can also record your video feed when activity is detected, allowing you to see a recorded video of the exact moment something occurred. See who pulled up the driveway and get a picture of their license plate, or see who rang the front doorbell – after the fact.

Image Sensor For Wireless Monitoring

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Alarm.com’s Image Sensor snaps still images of your home and transmits them to the app via a dedicated cellular connection. This lets you stay connected even when the power goes out or another emergency saves your WiFi.

Furthermore, the Image Sensor features a 3-year battery life, ensuring you know what’s happening in your home and never have to worry about forgetting the batteries. Use it to check in anytime, just like the remote video monitoring, or use it when an emergency occurs; emergencies like break-ins and fire alarms automatically activate the Image Sensor and help the Fire Department.

Geo-Services For Convenient Control

While not strictly security-minded, Alarm.com’s Geo-services is a handy feature that can make using your intelligent security system much more accessible. Geo-Services allows you to set customized, automatic alerts and functions determined by your desired location.

For example, if your phone leaves a specific geographic area without the system being armed, it will send you an alert or automatically lock the door. You can also set it to detect when you’re on your way home, disarm the system, turn up the thermostat, etc.

Using The Alarm.Com App For Business

While you may primarily think of the Alarm.com app as for your home, it can also be used for all sorts of small business applications, such as retail shops and small offices. Use it with smart security cameras for security on a budget, and enjoy all the same features you do at home—at work.

Hardwired vs Wireless Burglar Alarms

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10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Hardwired Alarm System

1. Reliable Over Long Distances

If you’re running a warehouse or other large facility, you need your security system to cover large areas. A wireless security system may be easier to install, but a hardwired system might be the more intelligent choice; a wireless system can lose signal over long distances when sensors are too far from the control panels.

2. Not Affected By Walls, Concrete Or Metal

Wireless signals are easily blocked by heavy and thick materials like concrete and metal found in walls and other structures; signals go around objects, not through them, and objects or walls’ effective range can drastically reduce effective range. Hardwired systems don’t run into this; you’ll have a secure connection if cabling between the sensor and the control panels can be physically run.

3. You Can Do A Hardwired Alarm Takeover

When you install a hardwired system in your building, you’re not stuck with any one commercial or home alarm system or manufacturer; the wiring can later be appropriated through a hardwired alarm takeover.

New commercial and home alarm companies take over security service and monitoring, using the old control panels and sensors or installing new ones as needed, all without modifying existing wiring. A wireless security system can be taken over, too, but wired systems provide more flexibility.

4. They Work With Wireless Components

If a situation does necessitate sensors or cameras, most hardwired systems are still compatible with them, allowing more flexibility for creating commercial and home alarm systems. For example, DSC’s PowerSeries Neo systems are designed to support wired and wireless zones.

5. Scalable

Hardwired security systems can be scaled to cover almost any size warehouse or facility, unlike a wireless security system, which generally supports only a limited number of sensors and hardware.

6. Don’t Require Batteries

Hardwired systems run off power cables, eliminating any need to replace batteries or monitor the battery levels of the power source. Forgetting to replace batteries could leave your facility unsecured and vulnerable to break-ins; wired systems use the building’s main power supply.

7. Not Vulnerable To Wireless Interference

Wireless alarm using RF or cellular signals are easily affected by interference from other wireless devices, such as radios. Hardwired systems aren’t susceptible to this and continue functioning unless the wiring is physically damaged.

8. Less Vulnerable To Hacking

In the rare case of attempted hacking, wired systems are more secure than wireless systems. There’s almost no way to hack the system, and a burglar or hacker would have to physically tap into the wires or connect to the alarm panel—much more complex and challenging than intercepting a wireless alarm signal or WiFi network or physically cutting wires.

9. They Support Multiple Keypads

Hardwired systems allow multiple keypads to be set up at various locations throughout the building, creating multiple system access and control points where you can arm and disarm your system, change settings, and customize system parameters conveniently in extensive facilities.

10. Smart And Convenient

Do you like the idea of remote access and viewing from mobile apps and other intelligent features that wireless systems offer? Hardwired systems have them, too; wired systems and keypads from DSC, Honeywell, and other top manufacturers support remote access and various convenient, bright, and intelligent functions.

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Wireless Alarm System

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1. Easy To Install

This is generally why businesses (and homeowners) opt for wireless alarm systems. They don’t need physical cabling, which means they are far more straightforward and faster to install than wired systems; there’s no need to rip out parts of the wall or put in conduit. Instead, place the wireless sensors in the proper locations, power them up, and turn them on in minutes – not days.

2. Practical And Easy To Use

The need for wires makes it a practical and easy solution for areas where wires are impractical and get in the way. You place sensors exactly where they’re most needed, moving them around as priorities change, and put the keypad where it can be easily accessed – without the bulk of cables.

3. Cheaper Than Wired Alarm Systems

Thanks to their lesser professional installation costs, wireless alarms are generally far less expensive than their wired counterparts. It can be challenging to justify the cost of a home security system and the professional installation for small areas or facilities, so wireless systems are a practical alternative. They’re perfect for small commercial enterprises and facilities that don’t need to invest in a professional security system.

4. Easy To Place And Move

Wireless window and door sensors, carbon monoxide sensors, motion detectors, entry sensors, cameras, and other additional sensors can be moved and placed anywhere in your building or property. Use them to create the configuration and setup that accomplishes your business’s demands. If those needs change, you can move motion sensors to suit.

5. Can Be Easily Expanded

Wireless security systems may not be as scalable as wired systems – which can often accommodate hundreds of sensors and motion detectors – but they are still easily expanded; adding more devices is easy, and the number of sensors control panels can accommodate is constantly expanding. Create the security system to your initial liking, but be assured that it can then be added on and customized to suit your changing needs.

6. They’re Smart

It utilizes the latest wireless security tech, using protocols such as Z-Wave to communicate between smart home features and control panels instead of cabling. This means they’re primed for integrating with home automation, giving you total access to home security systems from a single interface without wires’ physical constraints.

7. Latest In Security Tech

As more users switch to wireless alarms, manufacturers keep innovating—creating new technologies and improving current ones to make their wireless systems safer, smarter, and easier to use. Recent innovations include secure wireless protocols like PowerG or DSC’s 3-step visual, audio, and sequential verification.

8. Work During Power Outages

Without a backup power supply, wired alarm systems stop running during power outages or if the power supply is cut. Wireless use battery power to prevent this; the control panels have battery power as a backup in case of power outages, while the door sensors and devices always run off the battery.

9. You Can’t Cut The Cord

Traditionally, hardwired alarm systems communicate with the monitoring station via a landline connection, which could be cut, disconnecting the security system from the service. One of the many innovations of a wireless commercial and home alarm system was introducing a cellular link to communicate with the monitoring station, making it impossible to cut the line of communication.

10. Transferable To New Locations

One important reason to consider a wireless alarm system is its convenience when moving to new locations. If your business needs to relocate, you can physically “pack up” the alarm system and move it to the new building. You can also move the security system to different locations throughout the property to find the spot in which it is most helpful.

How To Choose Between a Wired Or Wireless Alarm System?

If you need clarification on whether a wired or wireless commercial and home alarm system is better, talking to a professional alarm installer might be the right step. Commercial alarm companies will be able to get the most accurate and comprehensive picture of what your security needs are, account for any additional professional installation steps (such as installing wiring in your home or business, if there isn’t any) and help you find the right security system for your budget and circumstances.

These professionally installed systems may incur monthly fees on top of installation fees but are reliable and secure. Suppose reliability, monthly fee, installation fee, and upfront cost are priorities. In that case, you’ll likely be better off with a hardwired system. In contrast, a wireless system will likely improve when convenience, remote access, and smart home integration are more important.

FAQs

How to install a commercial or home alarm system on a wall?

To install a commercial or home alarm system on a wall, plan sensor and control panel placement, securely mount components, and ensure power and wiring are set up correctly. 

You can use basic tools like a wire stripper, drill, screwdrivers, and a small pry bar. Program the security system and test it for proper functionality before finalizing installation.

How much does it cost to set up an alarm system?

The cost of setting up an alarm system can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the specific requirements and preferences of the homeowner.

It’s advisable to research different options, obtain quotes from multiple providers, and consider the long-term benefits of investing in a reliable security system for your home or business. You can contact us for a quotation. 

Alarm Companies In California

If you’re looking for alarm companies in California, Safe and Sound Security can provide what your business needs. We design, install, and integrate commercial alarm systems and provide 24/7 alarm monitoring services.

Whether you need professional alarm system providers or just want to learn more about how to achieve the best alarm system for your business, contact our security experts—we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

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