Landline home security and cell phone home security are equally valid choices for home security connection. They have to do with how the home security system is connected, both to itself and to the monitoring service provided by your home security company. Both definitely have some strengths and weaknesses, and both are used by homeowners everywhere. Because landline home security has been around for much longer, it’s very widespread in its usage across the country. Still, cell phone home security has recently become extremely popular, in part due to the novelty of its newness and in part due to its strengths. Here we will discuss some of the pros and cons of each form of connection so that you can decide for yourself which kind of home security connection you’d like to choose.
Landline Home Security
A landline home security system will be hooked up with wiring running through your walls. This could either be done with the old wiring you had running through your house or it can use new wiring that is installed specifically for the security system. This wiring will connect each of the devices to each other to make up the whole security system, and it will also connect the system to your home security system monitoring service.
- It’s more reliable. When there is wiring connecting all of your security devices and connecting your security system to the monitoring service, there’s no risk of a connection cutting out as sometimes can happen with wireless connections.
- It’s more affordable if you use the already installed wiring in your home. Nobody has to go in and set up new wiring for you, so you don’t have to worry about bills for service.
- It’s breakable. While landline home security is very reliable in comparison to wireless or cell phone home security, it’s also very breakable. An intruder who has done a little research can get to your landline and cut the wires to break off the connection, disabling your entire system and the monitoring service.
- It’s more expensive if you choose to install new wiring. Cost of labor and cost of wiring make a big difference in the affordability of landline home security.
- It’s not as flexible. With wireless, broadband, or cell phone home security (or any home security without landline), the wireless security devices can be placed almost anywhere in the home and still be connected to the system. But with landline home security, you can only place home security products where there is a wire to hook them up to.
Cell Phone Home Security
Cell phone home security systems are connected via your cellular network connection. Making your security system cellular will mean that it’s completely wireless and that you can be remotely connected to your home at all times.
- It’s more flexible. Wireless devices can be placed anywhere where they can receive the signal, so long as there is a plug in the wall or they have batteries inside to keep them running.
- It’s easy to install. You don’t need a professional to hook up any wiring for you, so it’s an easy installation process.
- It gives you remote access. This is possibly the most sought-after benefit of cell phone home security systems. Being remotely connected to your security system cellular connection means that you can not only receive notifications and alerts the moment something happens but that you can program and set devices remotely as desired. With cell phone home security you can also view live streaming from your video surveillance, even from another part of the country.
- It’s not as reliable. Reliability does depend on hard wiring for home security. Still, cell phone home security is more reliable than most wireless security connections and is arguably equally as reliable as landline home security these days.
- It can be more expensive. Newer often means more expensive, and this is no exception. Wireless devices will need to have batteries replaced every so often as well, and that expense can add up.
These are just a few of the pros and cons of each kind of home security connection. Make sure to weigh them carefully when deciding which kind of security connection to choose for your home security system.