Types of Home Security Systems

When selecting a home security system to help you protect your family, you’ll want to consider a few main types of alarm setups to make sure that your home’s unique security needs are being met. This brief rundown of four main types of security setups can help you get started on understanding which security solution may work best for you.

Table of Contents

  • Choosing the Right Home Security System for You
  • Differences Between a Wired and Wireless Home Alarm System
  • How Does an Unmonitored Home Security System Work?
  • What Are the Benefits of a Monitored Home Alarm System?
  • What Is a Smart Home Security System?
  • FAQ


As you start your search for home security systems, there are four product categories you will want to consider: wired, wireless, monitored, and unmonitored systems. Each option represents a different type of solution to meet your home’s specific security needs. For a personalized home security consultation, visit our home security page for information about how to contact our dedicated home security agent.

Choosing the Right Home Security System for You

Plenty of homeowners find themselves interested in protecting the people and things they love by installing some form of home security system. However, since there are so many options on the market now, the selection process can be overwhelming! Mainly, you’ll want to consider budget, installation requirements, system monitoring setup, and your home’s unique security needs. If you’d like some help, visit our home security page to find information about how to get a free home security consultation.

How to choose the right home security system for you

Differences Between a Wired and Wireless Home Alarm System

One main difference between the security systems you’ll find during your research regards how your alarm system is connected to your home and to the other components or devices in the system. In this case, you’re looking at the difference between wired and wireless alarm systems.

A wired security system is one that physically connects the system’s components to each other and to a main control panel. One plus about this system is that having direct wiring throughout the system means that the control panel will have real-time updates about what’s going on with the sensors or cameras in your home. This solution also indicates a more reliable and cohesive network of protection since your system’s device unity does not rely on Wi-Fi or radio frequencies to stay connected. A potential downside is that there is a chance that the wiring of the system can be tampered with (although an intruder would have to make it to your system in order to do said tampering). Additionally, this solution is typically not a DIY solution—it’s more reliable when installed professionally. An example of a system like this would be ADT.

A wireless security system is one that is not hardwired into the home. This setup makes your security system more easily repositionable or portable and can come in a DIY kit depending on the brand. Although this means that there are physically no wires to be cut by burglars, it can mean this system may be remotely hackable. The devices in this system may be powered by batteries and may communicate with your system’s other devices. Some big industry names which offer wireless home alarm systems include ADT, Frontpoint, and Vivint.

How Does an Unmonitored Home Security System Work?

Another factor to your home security solution is to find an alarm system that provides you with the peace of mind you want. You’ll therefore want to look into whether or not you would like a monitored or unmonitored home security system.

An unmonitored home alarm system will rely on a person in the alarm’s vicinity to respond to the system if a sensor or camera is triggered. Sometimes called a local alarm system, a triggered alarm may rely on high-decibel alerts or alerts to a smartphone, or both. One main consideration of this system, again, is that it is up to the homeowner to respond accordingly. An unmonitored alarm system will not independently contact authorities if an intrusion occurs.

Monitored home security alarm system

What Are the Benefits of a Monitored Home Alarm System?

A monitored alarm system is one that will send an alert to either the home owner (in a self-monitored setup) or to a monitoring center to dispatch help accordingly (in the case of a company-monitored product). Some systems you might recognize which offer monitored home security systems include ADT, Vivint, and Frontpoint. This type of system typically includes remote or mobile monitoring for homeowners who would like to keep an eye on their homes while on the go.

One of the biggest advantages to a monitored alarm system is the extra layer of security that can be had when you’re not at home. This goes especially for a company-monitored product, which typically allows access to a monitoring center which is staffed 24/7. This means that there would be a human to respond to an emergency if one of your alarms is triggered for any reason. Such a setup is helpful, since a monitoring agent may be able to respond to an alert more quickly than you may be able to.

What Is a Smart Home Security System?

A smart home security system uses the latest and greatest home automation devices to keep your home secure. Many of the leading security providers offer smart home devices that work to automate your home by alleviating task management while also bolstering security. For example, ADT offers a line of smart home sensors, smart thermostats, smart locks, cameras and more. These devices communicate with each other in a wireless mesh system to make things easier on you – such as adjusting your thermostat whenever you aren’t home versus when you are – and alert you when something is wrong.

For example, if you forgot to lock your door or if you left a window open, your smart lock will send an alert directly to your phone. Or if you are in your basement and one of your smart sensors is triggered, the wireless signal will bounce from smart device to smart device until it reaches you. When your home is automated and protected with a smart home security system, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a home security system?

A home alarm system consists of one or more interconnected devices or components (such as sensors or a control panel) which work together to secure a home against intruders or other potential dangers. Available systems range in complexity and price based on quality and home security needs.

What is the difference between a monitored and unmonitored home alarm system?

An unmonitored home security system will rely on the homeowner to be present on the property to respond to any triggered alarms. A monitored home alarm system will be able to offer remote monitoring or controls to the homeowner and may also include access to a monitoring center from which an agent can respond to any triggered alarms to your system.

What is the difference between a wired and wireless home security system?

A wired home alarm system will be powered and connected by physical wiring to the house and to the control panel. A wireless home alarm system will communicate with other devices within the system through a Wi-Fi or radio wave connection. A wireless system may therefore be easier to install and remove as needed.

What is a smart home security system?

Smart home security systems use smart devices to automate your home while also providing security features. Smart devices commonly used include smart locks, thermostats, sensors, plugs, cameras and more.

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