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These days, it seems as though all technology is going wireless.

From wireless headphones and speakers to printers and wireless charging, we’re doing everything we can to ditch the cables.

When it comes to fire alarms, we’ve had this choice for a good while now, and many homes and businesses have made the switch.

Before making this decision, however, there are various factors that need to be taken into account, for example, the overall cost and where the alarms will ultimately be placed, as they will affect your end-decision.

So, to help you make that decision, the team at Protect & Detect will weigh up the pros and cons of a getting a wireless alarm system.

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The cons of a wireless alarm system

The price

Although the difference in price between wired and wireless fire alarm systems has got narrower over the years, the difference will still likely impact the decision of your business.

As you would expect, wireless systems are more expensive than their wired equivalents, something that will become more apparent with larger buildings that need more complex systems.


Wireless fire alarm systems, on the whole, tend to be a little less reliable.

That is, since they aren’t mains-powered like wired systems, they won’t have a backup battery. On top of this, there is also a slight problem with signal interference which is often attributed to wireless systems, which adds to their unreliability.

Distance limit

Unfortunately, wireless systems will have a set distance when it comes to where they can be placed in your building, in order to maintain connectivity. Wired systems, on the other hand, can be placed where you like.


The pros of a wireless alarm system

They look much smarter

If you’re looking for a new fire alarm system for your office space, you want it to encroach on the fit out of that space as little as possible; clients don’t want to see ugly wires everywhere!

Wireless systems look a lot better in such cases.

Quicker/cheaper installation

Thanks to the lack of wires, installing your system will be considerably easier.

It’s much less disruptive too, since your employees won’t have to worry about an installation team drilling holes and fiddling with cables for hours.

Further, it’s a great deal cheaper to install thanks to the lack of cables and the aforementioned installation team.

A simpler, more flexible system

Another huge benefit of having a wireless alarm system is that they are a great deal more flexible than wired systems.

If you have maintenance work going on, or you have to negotiate permanent building changes, wireless systems can be removed or reshuffled with ease.

Protect & Detect is a leading fire safety and security company, servicing Ipswich, Colchester, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Chelmsford and beyond.

Protect & Detect offers a wide range of fire safety and security services including; fire alarms, fire extinguishers, burglar alarms, intruder alarms, fire sprinkler systems, access control, door entry systems, CCTV, barriers, nurse and warden calls. Contact our friendly team today for a quick quote.


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