Wired vs. Wireless Home Automation System

wired vs wireless home automation

This has been a debate since the era of Tesla and Edison. These two were bitter rivals based on their connection preferences. Although Edison won temporarily, nowadays we can see Tesla’s dreams becoming true.

Today we are going wireless in all sectors. This started with the beginning of Mobile phone usage. And now everybody has a perception that wireless means smart. However, in this era of home automation, people go through a dilemma of choosing between wired and wireless home automation.

You might think that wireless is the winner in this war of wired vs wireless home automation syestem. But there are enough reasons behind choosing a wired home automation system.

One of the greatest concerns of having wired home automation is security. But we will talk about other aspects of these systems in here too.

So, let’s stop wasting any more time and jump right into the details-

Wired Home Automation Syestem

Here we will discuss the pros and cons of wired home automation in brief. In case you don’t know, wired home automation connects all the smart home devices through a hub and wires.

So, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages one by one-

Wired Home Automation Advantages

Nowadays due to the general perception, it’s pretty hard to call out any advantaged if asked suddenly. But there are some awesome perks of using a wired system in your smart home.

Firstly, wired systems come with low-security risks. No one can hack into your wires. Moreover, if anyone wants to get into your system hub, that person must get into it physically. So, in wired system you have a low risk of someone breaking into your smart home through hacking.

The 2nd most amazing feature of using wired home automation is its reliability. You won’t have problems like interference or range. You will get the connection where ever your wire goes. So, you won’t face problems like the corner light not receiving signal and stuffs like that.

Here there is no added cost. Only a onetime installation cost. And once it is installed it’ll go for a long time. So, the onetime installation cost becomes thin over time.

If your network password changes or if your network gets changed your wired system will still run. So, you will have low tension about forgetting the password. It’s more like once you have installed the wire. It’s done. You won’t have to do anything till the wire gets destroyed completely.

In this system you get the freedom of choosing. You can choose which devices you want to keep connected. You will only wire to those devices. Through this, you can lower your installation cost and increase your security.

Wired Home Automation Disadvantages

At first, we must mention the high installation cost. You have to buy wires, switches, and hubs for installing this system. These material prices may vary from one place to another.

The cost doesn’t end with the material prices. In wired automation systems, you have to get an expert for the installing part. Because there are certain safety regulations for installing wired connections. You might think that it’s not that hard and all.

But think of it like this. If a professional person installs your system you can prove that your connection is flawless. And by any chance if your home goes through an accident, you will face much ease while claiming the insurance. On the other hand, unprofessional work will make your insurance claim much more volatile.

But installing the system by an expert is a bit costly. So, you must have deep pockets for paying the one-time installation fee of this system.

Lastly, we will mention movement issue. In wireless system, you cannot move your smart devices freely. Moreover, while switching houses it’s pretty common to fall short on wires.

Wireless Home Automation System

The situation here is completely opposite in case of general perception. People can’t think of any disadvantages of wireless systems. But there are some disadvantages of wireless home security/automation.

However, we are not here to talk only about the disadvantages of the wireless system. It’s just we are clearing out the air that don’t become blind fan of a wireless system without knowing it properly at first.

So, let’s get to know the pros and cons of wireless home security system and automation system-

Wireless Home Automation Advantages

We always love to start with the positive. So, we have picked up some advantages of wireless systems.

It’d be a sin if we don’t mention the most advertised advantage of wireless. It’s ease of movement. You can even control your smart home from the bed if you want to. You can control it from long distances too in some cases.

Secondly, you can use any number of home control devices or functions without tangled wires. If this system is in your house, you can bring in new devices whenever you want. And even better news is, you can control them all right from a home automation tablet or any similar control panel. 

This also calls out for another advantage. It’s ease of installation. You can install any device to your wireless system on your own. And this won’t create problems in insurances.

Thirdly, your home walls remain intact in this system. You won’t need to go all out into your walls for installing this system. That means no more creating holes and taping wires onto the floors. So your home automation install becomes super easy. But in case you want to set the control panel open for all family members, you might have to mount the controller tab onto the wall. 

Lastly, the cost of installing this system is super low.

Disadvantages of Wireless Home Automation

The most concerning part in here; is the security issue. If someone manages to hack into your wireless home network, then you’re done for. That person will be able to control your home devices and, in some cases, your personal devices. In this case, data theft is too small an issue. So, in the case of wired vs wireless network security we have a clear winner.

Also, your system can create some black spots on the house. You won’t be able to control devices from these black spots. So, it’s possible that some of your lights are unreachable.

Wireless systems may have added costs. For example, if you want to solve the black spot issue, you have to bring in more routers. This means extra cost.

Bottom Line

Both of these systems have advantages and disadvantages. So, there’s no clear winner in this war of wired vs wireless home automation system. However, there is a common belief that wired systems should be installed for workplaces and wireless for houses. But if you think that the wired system would be perfect for your aims, then go for it.

In short, do what you think best. We have only laid out the facts. The decision is yours. Good luck.

Alex Dantas

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