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How to Choose Your Home Security System

If you need a replacement or brand-new Alarm System, the first thing you may need to decide is whether to go Wired or Wireless - there are advantages and disadvantages to both and it’s probably down to what suits you and your home.

Wired Systems

A wired system is hard wired into your home and all sensors etc are connected back to the control panel, hub or keypad via physical cables. This may mean you need to hide the wires once the alarm is fitted. Generally, you have the option for these types of alarms to be monitored which gives great peace of mind but could be costly and sometimes you have to agree to a contract. You will also need a professional alarm engineer or competent DIY’er to install these systems as they require some electrical work (which may need to be certified). Powered by your mains supply, so there is no need to change any batteries, but they may be difficult to expand once fitted.

Wireless Systems

With a wireless system you have the option to start small and expand as you go. Start with a basic kit and then add additional accessories such as PIR’s, SOS emergency buttons, remote controls, cameras etc as you go. So, if you make changes to your property you can add more sensors without having to think about hiding unsightly wires. They can also be installed simply and easily with most systems being plug and play out of the box. There are lots of different wireless alarms from the more ‘traditional’ to the latest ‘smart integrated alarms’ which, dependent on your requirements means there is an option to suit.  

Here at Response we have a range of Wireless alarms depending on your preference. It’s a good idea to think about what benefits you want from a system before making the choice.

Choosing a Wireless System

There are lots of wireless alarms to choose from with different capabilities, so a good starting point is to decide what you’re looking for in your alarm system? We’ve chosen a few scenarios below to get you thinking on the right type of alarm system for you:

Do you need an integrated smart alarm and camera system, with single app control, that alerts you on the move?

If so, our NEW ERA Protect alarm system could be the choice for you – one system, one smartphone app, with a multitude of capabilities and features that empower you to own your smart security from start to finish. Dual path technology means that whether the system uses your internet connection or the built-in SIM card, you can be sure your always connected. You can integrate this system with the ERA Protect range of security cameras and floodlights; as well as a range of accessories from sirens, to sensors, and remote controls. Plus, you can choose to opt for professional monitoring too. 

Shop ERA Protect Alarms

✔ Smart system 

✔ integrated cameras & alarm


✔ APP Setup & control

Do you need a smart alarm, connected via WiFi, with app control that sends you notifications when you’re on the move?

If so, our HomeGuard Cloud Alarm if the one for you – the simply Hub means you control everything via your Smartphone and you get peace of mind with the alert log and notifications. You can also expand this system with a range of accessories from Internal Cameras, to external Sirens, to Water Detectors and Remote Controls. 

Shop HomeGuard Alarms

✔ Smart system 


✔ APP Setup & control

✔ Accessories available

Or, do you need a simple alarm with keypad operation and a solar siren for visual home protection?  

If so, our miGuard SL2 system comes with a simple keypad, solar siren, PIR's, Door/ Window Magnetic and Remote Controls. The simple wireless keypad can be installed outside the entry door so users can arm and disarm the system after inputting a passcode or use a personal disarm RFID tag (purchased separately) close to the RFID reader to disarm the system. Ideal for families as children can use the seperate RFID easily to disarm the system when arriving home from school. 

Shop SL2 Alarms 

✔ localised alerts

✔ keypad setup & control

✔ Accessories available

When making your choice

Things to consider:

  • Would you prefer Wired or Wireless?
  • Do you need greater functionality with a smart alarm - notifications on the move, ability to connect to your internet, remote access etc?
  • Or are you happy with a more traditional localised alert system?
  • What rooms will you protect? Consider the locations for PIR sensors and how many you need?
  • Do you need door/ windows magnetics - if so, how many entrance point do you want to protect?
  • Do you want an external siren - mains powered or solar? 
  • How many users are you likely to have - do you need extras remotes, access codes etc?
  • Do you want to protect any sheds, garages and outbuildings? Maybe adding a door magnetic to a garage or a PIR - don't forget these are all places that can get unwanted attention.
  • Would you like to integrate security cameras, floodlights etc?
  • Can you self install or would you prefer an installer to help?

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