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Wireless transmitters are largely viewed as even competitors with those requiring hard-wiring. In fact, in the minds of many, these devices actually surpass the value of other types since they do not require the drilling of new holes or additional wiring. Easy to install and very reliable in function, many with hardwired home security systems even opt for wireless transmitters when new contacts need to be installed in a home or when old ones need to be replaced.
Opting For Wireless Transmitters
Over time, manufacturers have managed to perfect wireless transmitters to the point where consumers are hard-pressed to notice any difference between the reliability of wireless transmitters and that of hardwired contacts. Now, a homeowner can feel confident in choosing a contact depending upon personal preference without concerns about whether hardwired is better than wireless and vice versa. Most often, selecting one or the other simply boils down to aesthetic preference, how much time one chooses to spend on installing new contacts and one’s level of skill as it pertains to do-it-yourself projects.
For some homeowners, wireless transmitters are the default choice since hardwired transmitters simply cannot be installed on every type of structure. For example, a person living in a home with a flat roof, sans an attic or a basement will find installing a hardwired part to be incredibly challenging if not impossible. The same can be said of structures with concrete walls and no place to conceal wiring. Also, fortunately, renters and other individuals living in a home where drilling holes in the the structure is a bad idea no longer have to live without home security thanks to wireless transmitters.
Wireless transmitters are relatively easy to install and do not require an extensive amount of time or labor. In fact, the only additional tools needed to install a wireless transmitter on a door or a window are a screwdriver and, perhaps, double-sided tape. All of the instructions needed are included with the transmitters purchased. While most people experience a trouble-free installation, some may need technical assistance with the programming needed for the transmitters to function properly. While this isn’t a common issue, when it does arise, our tech support team is always happy to assist.
Wireless Transmitter Options
As they relate to window and door sensors, homeowners have two types of wireless transmitters to choose from-- surface mounted or recessed. Recessed transmitters are sometimes preferred since they are more easily hidden from casual view. Both types operate in the exact same way, however. For example, both types consist of two parts with one containing a reed switch and the other a magnet. After mounting the part housing the reed switch to the stationary part of a door or window and affixing the part housing the magnet to the movable part of the same structure, whenever the two are separated (such as by the opening of a door or window after a system has been armed) the result is the sounding of a loud alarm.
Wireless transmitters are not merely confined to contacts, however. For example, households with pets will definitely need to install another type known as a Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR) detector. Often referred to as pet sensors, PIR detectors use infrared technology to sense an interruption in the areas motion detectors are monitoring, but will not emit false alarms triggered by pets or even insects. Wireless transmitters such as the Dakota Alert Wireless PIR Sensor for 300 Series, which can be swivel mounted and covers a 600 foot range, are even recommended to those with hardwired systems.
Using Wireless Transmitters With a Hardwired System
Homeowners can enjoy the best of both worlds by creating hardwired zones and wireless ones. Why would anyone want to do such a thing? Well the answer is simple. See, occasionally, homeowners with a hardwired system may discover a need for additional contacts, such as when adding or redecorating a room, or simply when an existing contact has been damaged and is no longer working properly. Many are relieved to learn that wireless transmitters can be introduced to a hardwired system thus creating what is known as a hybrid system.