A wireless alarm system is one where all the main components (hand remote controllers, sensors, keypads and sirens) report to the master panel using a specific radio frequency (therefore no wiring). Each component runs on its own battery power supply.
Why Choose A Wireless House Alarm System?
- Your property has little or no roof cavity or under floor space, so any cabling would need to be surface run to the various alarm sensors and therefore visible is not great from an appearance or security point of view.
- Portability – a wireless alarm is easier to relocate to another location, so suits people renting or who move houses often.
- There are a number wireless alarm models from a range of brands. Starting with basic DIY models (not available from Kahu Security or recommended as they result in false alarms due to low quality components and are not insurance approved) to high quality, professionally installed, insurance company approved models. The better the quality the more reliable and user friendly they become.
- Cost – the wireless alarms offered by licensed registered alarm installation companies who are fully compliant with NZSA requirements, will cost more for components compared to hard wired, but with the savings in labour to install, it finish up being a very similar price.
Wireless Alarm FAQs
Will other wireless devices interfere with a wireless alarm?
There was a time some years ago when this use to happen. Someone using a powerful truck RT (radio transmitter) or a neighbour opening their garage door via a hand remote could set your wireless alarm off which was not at all satisfactory. The Government recognised there was a need to allocate product groups there own exclusive radio frequency bands. This combined with rolling encryption means the alarm frequency band is now very secure, and is very difficult to interfere with or corrupt.
Do wireless house alarms work as well as the hard wired in ones?
In the main … yes, just bare in mind that wireless devices run on batterys so manufacturers design wireless components to conserve power where ever possible. For example, wireless sensors in the main rooms are designed to be immediately responsive, just like the wired in ones, when some one enters the room, a little light momentarily flashes to show you have been spotted. The wireless detector will then go into ” sleep mode ” and will then ignore you moving around in the room for a few minutes, this is to conserve battery power … if the little light flashed with every movement batteries would only last a few months.
How is the battery life?
This has improved markedly in recent years. While the main back up battery in the master panel has a 4+ year life, the batteries in individual wireless components should be replaced every 2 years as a guide, and it is now quite an easy exercise you can do yourself. The alarm itself will tell you well in advance with a beeping sound when a battery is beginning to tire.
Not sure if you need a wired or wireless alarm?
Compare this to the benefits of a wired alarm, or contact us for an onsite survey and quote. We will assess your property, make recommendations and discuss your options in detail so you can make an informed decision for the best home alarm protection.