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Is A Wired Or Wireless Security System Best For You?

If you’ve made up your mind about the need for a home security system, the next step is to decide whether a wired or wireless security system would be best for you.

Your choice in security system depends on the features you desire and the amount of money you’re willing to pay in monitoring and installation fees, among other factors.

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Though I can’t say which option is best for you, I can share some information about the two options to help you better understand how each one affects your life.

What Is A Wired Security System?

A wired security system is stationary and monitored by a professional response centre. They’ve been around a lot longer than today’s wireless security systems (often referred to as smart home security systems).

Wired security systems typically contain the following components: control panel, motion sensor, and in some cases – a siren and some door/window sensors.

If you’d prefer to leave the fate of your home in someone else’s hands, a wired security system is for you. With a wired security system, the only thing you need to do is remember to arm and disarm your alarm as you pass through your home and let the central monitoring station representative know whether or not you’d like them to call 911 for what they assume to be a break-in (they can’t see inside your home, afterall). False alarms may cost tax payers millions of dollars per year, but a $2 million bill to a city of 600,000 people is only like $3.33 each, so it’s not a big deal.


Hardwired security systems are also ideal for people who aim to live in their home for a longer period of time, as it’s quite difficult (& costly!) to have it uninstalled and reinstalled to a new home.

What Is A Wireless Security System?

A wireless security system gives you the flexibility to monitor your own home 24/7 and make calls based on the things you see through its cameras.

They typically cost anywhere from $199+ and above (Piper classic itself starts at $199 or $125 for a certified refurbished model) and give you the opportunity to expand your security network at your own pace.

Wireless security systems are often referred to as smart home security systems because of their ability to marry home security with home automation. With smart home security systems like Piper, you can automate your lights and appliances, keep an eye out for leaks and opened doors or windows, and more – straight from your mobile device. The best part? You can do all of this without having to pay a monthly fee!


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Wireless security systems are quickly becoming the go-to choice for consumers seeking to protect their homes because of their affordability, flexibility, ease of instalment and the freedom they give to home owners.

Critics of wireless security warn that wireless security systems may not be as reliable as traditionally wired security systems because of a lack of central monitoring, but home security devices like Piper have features like ‘trusted circles’ that allow your trusted relatives, friends, or neighbours to receive alerts on your behalf in the event that you are unreachable.


So, what form of security best suits your lifestyle? Let us know in the comments down below!


  1. I am awai from my home for long durations. I like the multiple choices that PiperNV provides. I also like the interaction with lights in the house via my internet connection. Also of great comfort is the friends circle option, as I am to far away for a quick response in case of trouble inm house.
    Thanks piper for a great and sophisticated system.
    Frank Ludtke

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thanks for sharing your experience! We’re happy to hear about the different ways you use Piper to give you peace of mind 🙂

  2. Why are you assuming that all wired systems are monitored by agencies? There is nothing stopping me, from installing a bunch of cctv cameras, complete with motion sensors and the works, wired to a dvr/pc where I can monitor and record all my video footage from around the house. There is even free software to make that dvr accessible from the internet and my phone.
    I was really looking forward to this article, as I really need to know differences between these two types of systems, unfortunately it does not appear that this is that type of article.

  3. Wired security systems have been around for a long time, so they can be reliable, but wireless security systems can be helpful because it gives you more control. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  4. I appreciate what you said about building a ‘trusted circle’ with a wireless security system. My mother-in-law has been thinking about installing a security system now that she lives alone, but she is not very tech savvy and doesn’t trust herself to understand how to work a newer system. I imagine she would be happier knowing that she could send alerts to trusted friends and neighbors, and I would think most companies would allow her to set them up to send to more than one person. I will recommend that she find a professional to speak with about this feature.

  5. In your article, you suggested that a wireless security system gives you the flexibility to monitor your own home 24/7 and make calls based on the things you see through its cameras. My neighbor came over to our home last night because he noticed some strange people coming up to our door and then running away. Can any house be equipped with a system like this?

  6. I agree that I would rather be in charge of my home and know what is going on at all times. Because of that, I would much rather have a wireless system installed in my house. Also, I think a wireless system is beneficial because you can access everything from your phone no matter where you are. Another thing is that a wireless system can have home automation integrated into the system which would be a huge plus.

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