Wired Versus Wireless: Which is Better for Home Automation Systems?
To wire or not to wire? That is the question. When it comes to your home networking system, you have the option of implementing hard-wired technology or opting for a wireless network. With the advent of smart home features that operate with just a touch of a smartphone, many homeowners believe wireless is the best option—but is that really true?
At Enhanced Home Systems, we’ve been upgrading technology in custom homes for over 28 years, and we’ve seen the dramatic changes that home networking has undergone. Yes, wireless is undoubtedly convenient, but it also has its drawbacks when compared to a wired system. Let’s discuss the differences between the two types of networking, so you can determine which is best suited to your individual needs.
What Is a Wired System?
Wired systems—as their name implies—operate using hard-wiring that runs through the walls of your home. These systems require cables for your internet connection, A/V transmission, phone lines, security systems, etc. Many times, complex automation systems require robust wiring to function according to their design; however, wired systems aren’t always practical. Because wired systems require access to the interior of your walls, open construction is almost always required.
What Are the Advantages of a Wired System?
The greatest advantage of a wired system is reliability. Because wired systems don’t depend on radiofrequency waves for data transmission, they are far less likely to cut out or fail than a wireless system. Once the installation is complete, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted functionality of your home automation systems. This is especially critical for homeowners with surveillance and security systems. If your wireless cuts out, how can your system detect and alert you to suspicious activity?
Wired systems are also far less vulnerable to hacking than wireless systems. Because a hacker would need to physically connect to a wired system in order to access its data, your privacy is much better protected when you opt for a wired system. Finally, wired systems allow for central control panels that operate each and every function of your home automation systems. For consistency, reliability, and security, wired systems take the cake.
What is a Wireless System?
Wireless systems do not require cable to function. They operate using radiofrequency technology, which allows for remote operation of your home automation features. The wifi you already have in your home, or the wireless security camera outside your door are great examples of wireless systems.
What Are the Advantages of a Wireless System?
The greatest advantage a wireless system offers is convenience. Because wireless home networking systems do not require complex wiring, they are easier to set up and remove. If you’re retrofitting your home, or if you live in a rental, wireless is far more practical. These systems are also easier to modify since changes to the system do not require access to and modification of the existing wiring. However, they do come with one major drawback: they’re unreliable.
Because wireless systems depend on radiofrequency waves to transmit information, they’re always susceptible to breaks in transmission. If your wifi cuts out, it will render your entire system inoperable until transmission is restored. Not only is this phenomenon inconvenient, but it’s also potentially hazardous. And, because wireless systems are also vulnerable to remote attacks, they are far less secure than their wired counterparts.
Combined Wired and Wireless: The Best of Both Worlds
When it comes to installing your home networking systems, the safest, most reliable, and most convenient system design is a combination of both wired and wireless networking. When you combine the two, you get the superior reliability, responsiveness, and security of a wireless system, plus the convenience of remote operation. At Enhanced Home Systems, we highly recommend a combination networking approach to get the best performance out of your new smart home systems.
Advanced Home Networking from Enhanced Home Systems
When you require superior performance, reliable security, and expert integration of your home networking systems, contact Enhanced Home Systems. For 28 years, our home networking installers have been implementing home automation features in custom homes throughout the Twin Cities. It’s our goal to deliver the best in smart, secure, and entertaining systems to enhance your home and lifestyle, and we guarantee your full satisfaction. To learn more about your home networking options, give our knowledgeable team a call at 952-541-5289, or send us a message on our contact page. If you’re ready to get started with your system design, feel free to request your quote.