What is wireless security?
“Wireless” security often refers to any part of home security that uses either cellular, Wi-Fi or radio frequencies to connect to another device. This can be security cameras, door/window sensors and/or home automation devices.
What are the benefits of wireless security?
Most systems don’t require professional installation, and can easily be installed yourself with little hassle. These systems are designed to be user friendly and thus normally come with a step-by-step guide of how to set up your system and what calibrations need to be done to link all of your products together.
Although some systems do offer an optional installation add on, installing yourself means that you save money and you can also install at your own convince rather than having to arrange a time with an installation company.
Another big plus is that as these systems are wireless, they can come with self-adhesive strips which means no holes in your wall!
One issue with wired systems is that an intruder can cut a wire which would render your system useless. This is not the case with wireless systems as they use cellular technology, nothing can be physically disconnected.
Most of these systems have an app that links directly to your phone or smart device meaning that you can access the system from wherever you are, on the go. If you are at work and the alarm is tripped you can get a notification to straight to your phone.
Are wireless security systems safe?
Overall wireless security systems are safe, but like most technology they can be hacked by ill-wishers. This means that they can bypass your systems so that your alarm won’t go off when they enter. To help make your system less vulnerable to attack there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk:
Make your passwords unique. A simple, guessable password will weaken your security. We recommend using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols to make a strong password.
Secure your router
If you use your Wi-Fi as part of your system, ensure that you protect it will a password; avoiding birthdays or names.
Install antivirus software
Firewalls and antivirus programs will help to safeguard your systems to ensure it stays protected.
Keep your system updated
If you let your software become outdated it could mean that you are making your overall system weaker and more vulnerable. Often in updates they are improving weak points or bugs in the software which will help you protect your home!
Can I use my Wi-Fi for a wireless security system?
You can! Some systems are all linked to your Wi-Fi which might sound like a good idea, and it is, if your Wi-Fi is strong enough! If you go down this route make sure that your broadband can support this, or perhaps look at upgrading it with your provider to ensure that it maintains a reasonable speed and can support the software.
Our Top 3 Wireless Security Systems
Thustar Professional Wireless Home Alarm System
- 1 Main Panel
- 4 Remote Controllers
- 2 PIR Sensors
- 10 Door/Window Sensors
- 1 Siren Alarm
This system works for both Wi-Fi and cellular networks and can support 99 defence zones. This system boosts the feature of a loud emergency alarm; which can be triggered remotely and send emergency calls and alarms to listed family members alongside also sending a notification though SMS when a sensor is triggered. The alarm panel is battery powered which some have reported to be a low life span but with 77% of 5-star reviews on Amazon people are defiantly thinking that it is worth the money.
Sitting only at £89.99, it’s defiantly the option for you if you are looking for a budget model!
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm
£246.99 (Family Kit)
- 1 Smart Hub
- 2 PIR (Passive Infrared Sensors)Motion Detectors
- 1 Keypad
- 1 Door/Window Contact
- 1 External Siren
- 2 Alarm Stickers
If you are looking to create a full smart home then this might be the system for you! With a whopping 200m range with Wi-Fi system comes with 2 PIR motion detectors, a single window or door sensor (you can buy extras online) and a 105dB alarm that if someone was to break in, everyone would know about it. Another great point for this alarm is it’s compatibility with both Amazon Alexa and Phillips Hue, where you can control your system by just talking to your Alexa or set the lights to flash red when the alarm is tripped making for a fully smart home compatible alarm system.
With full app based control you can easily control everything from your fingertips and when your location is enabled you can utilise a feature that will track your location and remind you if you go out without setting the alarm.
Be aware though that the sensors can be set off by wildlife and pets leading to false alarms which can then be silenced from the app should you be out of the house. After searching through the reviews on Amazon, although the 4 star rating, it does have some mixed reviews reporting some minor issues with the app. Although this does not seem to stop people from signing it’s praises in other reviews, you may want to be aware that there are some software kinks still need to be straightened out.
Tiiwee Home Alarm System XLPIR
- 120 dB Siren
- PIR motion sensor
- 2 remote controls
- 2 window or door sensors
For those looking for a no fuss security system Tiiwee might have created the perfect one for you. Although this system doesn’t have a hub, it is the simplicity of this system that has given it the 4.3 stars on Amazon. This system does not connect to Wi-Fi or cellular networks, but rather works through a system of pair devices to alert to movement. All of the products in the pack come paired so the only installation needed is to stick them to the wall (using the self-adhesive strips that come in the pack) and set them to how you desire. The system can be set to alarm or chime depending on your needs, which when in the chime mode will alert you if someone opens a door or a window whereas the alarm mode will activate the 120 dB alarm alerting others to a potential break in. These mode can we switched between from either the keyfob or the button on the side of the device it’s self.
Another great benefit of this system is that you can add on extra sensors, controls and alarms to suit the needs of your home for a relatively reasonable price with easy pairing processes.
One thing that was mentioned in the reviews is that some people were reporting a less than expected battery life, which is something to be aware of if you wanted to cover a larger square footage.