Wired vs. Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

Selecting a fire alarm system for your worksite is a very important decision and you must make up your mind whether a wired or a wireless system will be more appropriate for your business.

Difference Between a Wired and Wireless Fire Alarm

A wired fire alarm system is one that makes use of wires to send signals between the various devices across the system and the control panel, while a wireless fire alarm system makes use of radio frequencies to transmit the signals. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of both wired and wireless fire alarms that will help you make the right decision of the fire alarm most suitable for your requirements.

Advantages of a Wireless Fire Alarm

Wireless fire alarms do not have any unsightly wires and cables running all over the place and are more aesthetic. You also do not require drilling any holes in the ceilings and walls for the installation of a wireless fire alarm system. Since there is no cabling needed, wireless fire alarms are easier and quicker to install and they are cheaper too. Since the wireless fire alarm system is quicker and easier to install, your business will not be disrupted and can go on as usual.

In the case of a wired fire alarm system, if the cable is damaged, the entire system is affected. However, this is not a problem in the case of wireless systems as there are no wires to deal with.

The devices in a wireless system can be removed for any maintenance work or in case there are any modifications happening in the building or worksite. If any of the devices in the wireless alarm system require updating, it is very easy to replace the old one with a new device. This also helps to maintain the integrity of your fire alarm system.

Advantages of a Wired Fire Alarm

Wired fire alarms are cheaper than wireless fire alarm systems, in most cases. Wired fire alarms operate on an electric power supply and have a battery backup in case of a power outage, which makes them more reliable. When using a wired fire alarm system, there is no concern of signal interference, which may be a problem in a wireless system.

In the case of a wireless fire alarm system, the devices need to be at a specific distance from each other as well as the control panel to maintain proper connectivity, whereas in the case of wired systems this does not pose to be a problem.

Both wireless and wired fire alarm systems have their advantages and the type of alarm system you decide to install depends on the nature of your business and worksite.

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