Wired Versus Wireless Intercom Systems
For a long time, intercoms have played a crucial role in residential and business security, making our daily tasks much simpler and easier. For example, you can verify who’s knocking at the door by communicating through the intercom before letting your visitor in, and if you have a large house you can call each other through the intercom instead of walking around. These are just a few things an intercom allows you to do.
If have you decided to take the plunge and install an intercom system for your business or home, now it’s time to decide which system to get. While there are a few different types of intercom systems, the decision really comes down to whether it should be wireless or wired. Both have their own benefits and shortcomings. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons of each system before you make a decision.
Generally speaking, users can think of them in two broad categories: wired and wireless. Wired systems are those where the outdoor unit is hard-wired to the indoor device in each apartment or business unit in the building. In wireless systems, the devices are connected wirelessly.
Whether it is an upgrading project or a new development, wired systems require cabling and therefore are harder to install, maintain and repair, not to mention the hefty labor in the process.
This, then, brings out the advantages of wireless systems, which are less costly and easier to install.
Wireless intercoms have gained a lot of popularity. It is a telephone entry system, fitted at the entrance to apartments, buildings, houses or next to an entrance. They are comparatively quick to install, provides easier reach to inaccessible locations, can be quickly and easily extended in case the business extends too, can be connected with other wireless systems. It can also be connected through a phone or computer for remote monitoring.
But, then, wireless systems have drawbacks that need to be considered. One of the major issues is security, whereby communications can easily be eavesdropped on when a device is tuned to the same frequency.
When it comes to security, wired systems are the best choice. Each hub is hardwired to the next, making it difficult for anyone to breach the system. Wireless intercom systems rely on networks to communicate, which can potentially be hacked.
Because each intercom speaker is physically connected to the others, wired intercom systems tend to be more reliable than wireless intercoms as well. Since they don’t rely on networks, they only need a steady power supply to remain operational. Every time your internet goes down, your wireless intercoms will stop working. If you’re away from the office or home, you’re not going to have access to your intercoms at all until you can physically restart your router.
Wireless systems are also limited by range. If a speaker is out of Wi-Fi network range, it’s not going to work. For smaller buildings, this might not be a problem. If you have a large business or home, or are looking for an intercom system for the front gate, you might be better off choosing a wired intercom system.
It might seem like wireless systems would be more mobile-friendly, since they rely on networks, but it really doesn’t make much difference. Unlike, the Analog wired intercome, both wired and wireless intercom systems can be operated remotely. All that matters is if your intercom’s master station can connect to the internet or if it uses a mobile app.
If you’re ready to install an intercom system in your business or home, contact our experts at Technical 24 for a consultation. We have years of experience working with companies and homes around UAE and will find the right solution for your unique security needs.