Wired vs. Wireless Fire Alarms

Traditionally in most installations and businesses, wired fire alarm systems have been the go-to solution. However, today most systems are shifting towards wireless technology and it is not surprising that fire safety systems have also moved in this direction.

Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

  • Wireless fire alarm systems are installed using radio technology and don’t require extensive cabling. You can get the entire system up and running in no time without any headaches of wiring.
  • Wireless systems are cheaper to install and are a cost effective option for businesses that have cost constraints and have to work within budgets.
  • Installations can be completed quickly with wireless systems as there are no wires involved. Pulling wires can be quite time consuming and there is also plenty of material wastage in case of wired installations.
  • Wireless alarm systems are portable and easy to install. They can be installed anywhere and can be moved around whenever or wherever required.
  • You can shift the wireless fire alarm system anywhere on the site and make changes as the work progresses. Once a project is completed, the entire wireless alarm system can be dismantled and moved to another site easily.
  • Wireless systems are more reliable especially if the system is located on the outer periphery of the building exposed to the various elements of nature.
  • Wireless systems are convenient when you have to replace or add to an existing system.
  • Wireless fire alarms run on batteries and do not need to be connected to a power grid. In case of a power cut, the system will continue to work.

Wired Fire Alarm Systems

  • The traditional wired fire alarm systems need extensive cabling to be installed between the various devices and the central control panel.
  • The conventional alarm systems need to be hardwired and fixed in specific places.
  • Wired fire alarms cannot be moved around easily without actually cutting wires and re-fixing them in different places. This is quite time consuming as well as expensive.
  • Wired systems are prone to damage when the system needs to be located outside the building and are exposed to elements such as lightning and adverse weather conditions.

While wired systems are still in existence and are quite popular, wireless systems are making their presence felt in the fire alarm industry. Wireless fire systems have many benefits to offer over their traditional wired counterparts.

Safety is very vital to any business and investing in a fire alarm system is a critical long-term decision. So it is always a good idea to evaluate the costs versus the benefits before deciding on what kind of a fire alarm system will suit your business needs.