Updating hard wired smoke alarms
Within the home, the advantages and disadvantages of wired versus wireless security systems come down to two issues: installation concerns and performance differences.
If your home doesn’t have a security system pre-installed, wireless systems can solve several problems.
This publication is available at https://uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords/the-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarm-england-regulations-2015-qa-booklet-for-the-private-rented-sector-landlords-and-tenants This booklet is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, but intended as a general guide.
Working alarms save lives – in the event of a fire in your home you are at least 4 times more likely to die if there is no working smoke alarm.
More specifically, a fully wireless system uses individual sensors throughout the home that communicate wirelessly to the central control panel, typically using radio frequency technology.
The control panel will then communicate wirelessly to the outside world using a cellular uplink.
A security system can be both hardwired and wireless.
That means the system can have either a wireless sensor network and control panel with a hardwired landline connection—or hardwired sensors with a control panel connected to the outside world via a cellular connection.
Just like Wi-Fi routers or cellphones, wireless security systems are subject to various types of interference, that can cause your sensor to fail to respond or to respond unpredictably (for example, triggering a false alarm).If your home has been prewired for a security system, a hardwired option may be a better choice since the system will be easy to install.If you already know which provider installed the equipment, activating your system is simple—all that’s required is a phone call and maybe a tech visit to update the control panel.If you’d rather go with a different provider, installing and updating the system ought to be as straightforward as programming a new number into the control panel.In some cases, a converter or even a new control panel may be necessary, but as long as the wiring itself hasn’t been damaged, all the existing sensors should work with any provider’s equipment—all hardwired systems contain essentially the same technology.