Home security devices are designed to keep your home safe while you are away. Wireless home surveillance systems offer more protection than traditional systems because they don't require a phone line or a power outlet to operate. Instead, wireless security systems use cellular signals and powerful batteries designed to last for years. This means that the system will continue to protect your home even if the phone lines are cut or the power goes out. Look closely at our top ranked systems: FrontPoint, Vivint and SafeMart. These systems have enough features and security devices to protect your whole home, and offer 24/7 monitoring services. Also, there are several articles on wireless alarm systems in our Learning Center that offer additional tips and hints on choosing a system that is right for you.
Every home security system can detect intruders, and most security services include fire and carbon monoxide detection. The differences between mediocre and top-notch services are in system device upgrades, quality of the monitoring service and the professionalism of customer support. Service contracts can also vary significantly, so be sure to read your contract carefully before signing on. Here are some things we considered when reviewing wireless home security systems.
When you leave home, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing every part of your home is safe. The best wireless home security systems will alert you to flooding, broken glass and temperature change as well as break-ins and gas leaks. Some systems include child safety features such as door sensors for medicine cabinets and cleaning closets, or cellular alerts to let you know when your children have made it home from school safely.
Most of the wireless security systems we reviewed have medical emergency alert options. This is a nice comfort for households with individuals who have chronic illnesses or seniors who may need a little extra monitoring.
Equipment & Security Devices
When comparing wireless home security systems, look to see if the company offers DIY systems, or if a certified installer must commercially install them. DIY systems are easy to install on your own and will help save on the costs of installation. Sometimes a monitoring service is able to use an existing system that is already installed, usually without altering the system in any way.
Since there are more threats to your home than just burglars, it is wise to consider other security devices and equipment that may be available with your wireless surveillance system. Motion detectors, video monitors and intercom systems all add an extra layer of security to the basic wireless burglar alarm.
The best wireless security systems have pet-immune sensors that won't trigger a false alarm while your animal roams the house. Most pet-immune sensors are good for pets up to 40 pounds, while some recognize pets up to 100 pounds.
With wireless home surveillance systems, you have a lot of monitoring options. The easiest is to let a professional monitoring service watch over your home. Usually these services monitor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services can keep an eye on your home and send emergency personnel quickly once an alarm is triggered. The industry-standard response time is 45 seconds. Some monitoring services have much quicker response times.
You can monitor your system on your own instead of using a service. Because wireless security systems use cellular signals, you can connect your mobile device to it and interactively monitor your home while on the go. Most monitoring services include this feature as part of their service, so you can have an extra pair of eyes on watch.
Home automation is also available through wireless home surveillance systems if you connect your cellphone. With specialized equipment and mobile apps, you can use your cellphone to lock doors, turn on and off lights, adjust the thermostat and alarm your system even if you are vacationing on the other side of the world, so long as you have cellular service.
Help & Support
Responsive support options are almost as important as the security system itself. With a DYI system, it is especially important to be able to connect with support personnel, find FAQs online and access tutorials to help you with installation and setup. Most of the services we reviewed don't have email support available. But most have a live chat feature and all have telephone support. If you choose to have one of these services monitor your system, you can access your account history, including triggered alarms and payment options, through your customer portal online.
With the great list of wireless home security systems we reviewed, we're confident that you will be able to find a system that meets your needs and protects your home and your family whether you are home or away.
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