If you are choosing to protect your home and family with a wireless security system, there are lots of things to consider. There are lots of advantages to choosing a wireless system over a wired system and we will look at those briefly in this guide before outlining some of the top choices for good wireless systems.
Wireless Security Systems
Wireless systems have become a popular choice for home protection. They do not require expensive installation like wired systems, they are super easy to use, and you can move the system or upgrade easily.
While you won’t get a professional to come and install a wireless system they are designed to be simply installed. They make a perfect choice for people renting as you won’t need to drill holes in walls to install the equipment. As you install the equipment yourself, you won’t have to pay any fees.
Wireless systems are just as easy to uninstall as they are to install. There are no wires to rip out and you can simply take the system with you when you move home. Once again this makes them an excellent choice for people renting their homes.
Wireless systems are designed to be accessed from mobile devices and a key fob that comes with the system, unlike wired systems that are controlled by the main control panel located inside the property. This is highly convenient as it may not always be safe for you to activate the system in the property.
No Phone Lines
Wireless systems are considered to be safer than wired systems because they have no phone lines and are operated wirelessly. A burglar can all too easily cut the phone lines to a wired system that is located outside the property disarming the system.
A wireless system is far easier to modify and upgrade than a wired system. If, for example, you are moving to a larger property it is very easy to upgrade the system with additional sensors, lights, and cameras.
While wireless systems make a great choice for a whole host of reasons, you should consider a few downsides to these systems before going ahead. You need to ensure that the batteries are changed regularly if your system is operating on batteries. Wireless systems are very occasionally affected by interference when they cannot connect to a signal.
Just like an intruder can cut phone lines with a wired system, a determined burglar can hack a wireless system. Because they have limitations, as far as the sensors are concerned, they are, therefore, best suited to smaller and medium-sized properties.
We have taken a look at some of the products on the market to help you choose a system that is right for you.
Nest Cam which was previously known as “Drop Cam” is a great and affordable choice. You can keep an eye on your home as the system will send a live video stream from the camera to your mobile device at any time of the day or night. It is easy to set up and sends alerts when it is triggered by noise and sound.
The system records and has been used in many cases to convict thieves that have entered your property. It has a two-way audio feature that should you be alerted to an intruder you can activate a voice alert to scare away would-be burglars.
The camera design is sleek yet sturdy and is compatible with other products from their range should you wish to add more products to increase the overall functionality of your home security system. You can add a range of products to the system from carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to thermostats. While many people choose a wireless security system to keep down monthly costs, you can add cloud storage of video streams for a small monthly fee.
The Piper NV is a little more expensive than the Nest Cam but it does offer more features. The basic system includes a motion detector, an alarm, and a night vision camera. The camera covers 180 degrees compared to the Nest Cam which covers 130 degrees. The motion sensors detect changes in light and sound as well as humidity.
It also has a very easy set up. You simply insert the batteries and attach to a power source and the system is operational. The system will send alerts in the form of a text, a phone call or an email. Just like the Nest Cam, if you receive an alert and are viewing a live break-in to your property, then you can use the two-audio system to shout at your intruders to leave your home.
The Piper NV system can be programmed using the IFTTT (If this, that, then) system. You can also add motion sensors, lights, and other products to the Piper NV system as long as they are Z-wave compatible. Just like the Nest Cam, the product is sleek and won’t be an ugly addition to your home.
Vimtag P1 Wireless Security Camera
For those on a budget, the Vimtag P1 Wireless Security Camera is a great choice. You can pick up a
Vimtag P1 Wireless Security Camera for as little as $100 or less. The camera features night vision, digital zoom and has the same great two-way audio system as our other top picks. You will also get the same live stream in HD to your device.
This smart little device looks like a black and white egg on a stand and offers 360 degrees coverage, unlike other cameras. It is perfect for home monitoring such as checking on pets and carers or nannies. It is best to place this device in the centre of your room to take advantage of the 360-degree coverage.
If you want to cover more than one room simply buy an additional device and you can access coverage in sync. To store videos, which is the best idea should you need to use video evidence, then you will need to buy an additional SD card. Choose an SD card with at least 64GB to avoid having to regularly delete footage.
Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera
Amazon’s Cloud Cam indoor security offers a range of features that we love. You will get HD video recording, night vision and two-way audio as well as 24-hour playback. What you get with this device is Alexa voice commands, which make it stand out from others in this field. You can choose the basic package if you are on a budget or upgrade to increase alerts and storage. With this system, you can take advantage of a 30-day free trial.
Blink Home Security Camera System
This is a good choice we think if you are on a budget but would like to add to your home security system at a later date. The system looks like a small white box that records video clips and sends alerts when triggered due to motion. You can watch a live stream from your chosen mobile device. The Blink system operates with Amazon Echo so you can also use voice control with this smart device.
The Canary offers a good and inexpensive choice, especially if you have a small home such as a studio or one bedroom apartment. The system has an HD video camera and motion sensors that will detect temperature and humidity in your home. The set up is easy and includes features such as a siren and direct access to services in the event of an emergency. You can operate the system from anywhere and turn the system on and off should you need to.
The Canary is, however, just a single unit so it is not the best option for properties that have several rooms. The Canary does have a cool feature not offered by many and will monitor the air quality in your home as well. Not everyone is a fan of the Canary interface, but it is a smart choice for those on a budget with a small home.
If you have a larger home a top recommendation is the iSmartAlarm. It is a system that comes as a package. You can add to the system according to your needs but the basic package comes with a heap of features. Included is a hub, three cameras, motion sensors for doors and windows, an alarm and smart switches. It also comes with remote tags allowing you to track who is in the home, great if you are keeping an eye on teenagers coming and going.
It is suitable for much larger homes as it will connect to any number of motion sensors through the CubeOne hub. The iSmartAlarm uses the IFTTT system just like the Piper NV, thus you can program the unit to turn on lights when doors open for example. You will receive notifications from the app and via text message in the event of a break-in.
The iSmartAlarm system is a self-monitoring system, though, so what it will not do is contact emergency services for you in the event of a fire or break-in. Still, it is a good choice if you want a security system for a larger home and do not want the hassle of contracts and monthly fees as well as installation costs.