Designing Your Wireless Security System
While planning your wireless security system there are a few key points you should keep in mind. Sometimes by placing the proper sensors in the proper locations, you can increase your home security, while keeping the overall cost down.
Wireless security systems use a RF (Radio Frequency) to communicate between the sensors, and the main controller. Higher quality systems such as the GE Simon and GE Concord or the Abbra Professional, use a digital encryption code, to ensure no one can duplicate the signal. Most systems feature a 300' to 600' range between the sensor, and main control unit.
Wireless Door / Window Sensors
Door & Window sensors are the most common addition to any wireless security system. These help protect anything that opens and closes - Which is typically the easiest access to a home by an intruder. Placing a contact on all entry doors, and all ground level accessible windows that open is suggested. Placing on sensors non-ground level windows is something that should be considered also, but sometimes not necessary. The best layout will have to be decided by you.
Wireless Security Keypads
Most systems can support multiple keypads. Adding a keypad can be beneficial if you need multiple points to arm/disarm and view system status.
BroadBand, Cellular or Phone line Monitoring
NextAlarm is currently the only monitoring station that can monitor your Home security system through a broadband connection. This is beneficial to people who wish to have a fully monitored alarm system, but use a cell phone only for phone service, have broadband internet, and don't wish to purchase a land line phone just for the security system. If you have a land line phone, and are planning to keep it, then phone line monitoring will work fine too.
The GE Simon XT and Abbra Professional Security Systems are also GSM (Cellular) Module compatible. If you do not have a phone line or internet connection, or if you simply want a backup. Use our universal wireless security cellular module.