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Home Wireless Security

Home wireless security is a popular topic. It can actually mean two entirely different topics - home-security systems that are wireless instead of hard-wired, or it can mean securing a wireless router that is broadcasting a wireless Internet connection in and around a house.

A wireless home-security system is a dream come true. When I was still building each day, home wireless security was simply not available. My security experts had to string tiny low-voltage cables throughout the house to windows, doors and sensor locations. This took extra time, and the cables had to be installed with great care so the thin wires inside were not damaged. You then had to worry about the insulation subcontractors hoping they didn't break a wire or cable.

A wireless system eliminates all of this worry and hassle. You simply install the sensors at the locations you want to monitor and these communicate via radio signals back to the central monitoring panel or communication center. The wireless signals can extend for hundreds of feet and penetrate numerous walls and ceilings that might be in the way.

If you decide to look into a home wireless security alarm, be sure to get a demonstration that will convince you that the system will work in your home. This is really important in older homes that may have very thick plaster walls or when you have concrete or masonry walls that are between doors and windows that are being monitored. You want to be sure the wireless signal has no trouble getting to the control panel.

If you're like me, you'll be attracted to wireless home-security systems for any number of reasons. You can view and control the system from any web browser or even a mobile phone. My 3G iPhone allows me to launch a browser so that I can monitor my system, change settings and view reports even though I'm thousands of miles from my home or business. Who would have thought just a few years ago this was possible?

I'm in the planning stages of building a new home. You can bet that I'm giving serious consideration to a wireless home-security alarm system. I want to protect myself and my family from all threats, no matter if they are human or those served up by Mother Nature. Fires, smoke, carbon monoxide, burst pipes, flooding, as well as human intruders can all be sensed by a wireless system.

The best of both worlds would be a wireless instantaneous connection to the police and fire departments in the event of a problem. Not all communities offer this amazing level of service. The advantage of being able to communicate directly with these government agencies is that it cuts valuable minutes off the response time in the event of an emergency. This is mission-critical in fire and life issues. If you give a fire too much of a head start, it can ravage a home in your absence. If you have a life emergency and can't get to a phone because you're collapsed on the floor, your wireless system can save you.

If you're like most, you'll want to know how to select the best wireless home security. To achieve this, you often need to look at numerous aspects of the system. The hardware that does the heavy lifting is often not the determining factor. You want more expensive equipment that will not generate false alarms, but you want it to be sensitive enough so that it can alert you to threats before they can be real dangers.

In addition, you want to be very concerned with response times. How much time passes from the time your wireless home security system is triggered to the moment the police or fire departments are on the way to your home? This data is not always easy to obtain, but you want to try to get it. Minutes matter. It pays to purchase a system that can guarantee they have the fastest response time. You can't control the speed that the police and fire departments respond, but you can control, to a degree, how soon they're alerted to your emergency.

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