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Types of Intruder Alarm

There are 2 types of alarm available on the market; wireless and wired alarms. ACE Security will install either depending on your requirements so we have outlined some of the benefits and differences below.

Whilst a wireless system is more expensive to buy the parts for the actual installation is usually a simpler process. Since there are no wires to hide around the premises the decor can remain untouched and this means that it can be a much quicker installation. This is especially important if you are looking to secure a listed building where any changes to the fabric of the building would require permission.

If you are running a business with cable trays or suspended ceilings however then a wired system would still be your best solution as there is an easy way to hide the cables. However if you are looking for a system to install in a house or building where there is no current cabling then to minimise the disruption we would usually offer a wireless system as an option.

Every project that we work on is specified based on the merits of that building and the requirements of the keyholder.

Wireless systems use batteries for the sensors while the main board is usually powered by the mains with a battery backup similar to a wired system. The batteries usually last for 2 years and you get notification that batteries are running low through the panel and sometimes the sensors themselves depending on the system in place. The wireless system is more expensive than wired so replacing a broken sensor will cost you more but all our systems come with a guarantee so those running costs will be spread across several years.

When Wireless systems first cam on the market they were notoriously unreliable and even today some of the cheaper DIY systems that you can buy online or from the large DIY stores can be prone to false alarms. However as the technology has improved so has the reliability. The wireless systems that we install are not available to buy unless you are a registered installer so we are confident that they are as reliable as the wired systems that we use. If we were not sure then we simply wouldn't offer them as an option.

Wireless systems can be expanded very easily - a new sensor is simply added to the property and registered onto the system. Wired systems on the other hand involve installing cables for the sensor data and power from the nearest junction to the new location.

We spec out a property fully before committing to a system install but these things do happen and usually this occurs where the property has been physically extended and needs protection in the new room(s).

To find out more about the differences between the types of alarm you should contact ACE Fire and Security today.


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We install burglar alarms in and around the following areas near Cambridge; Babraham, Bar Hill, Barrington, Barton, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Bottisham, Boxworth, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, Comberton, Coton, Cottenham, Croxton, Duxford, Earith, Eltisley, Fen Ditton, Fen Drayton, Foxton, Fulbourn, Gamlingay, Girton, Grantchester, Great & Little Chishill, Great & Little Gransden, Great Abington & Little Abington, Great Shelford, Great Wilbraham, Guilden Morden, Hardwick, Harston, Hauxton, Hildersham, Hinxton, Histon, Ickleton, Kimbolton, Landbeach, Litlington, Little Wilbraham, Lode, Longstanton, Madingley, Melbourn, Meldreth, Milton, Newnham, Newton, Oakington, Orwell, Over, Pampisford, Sawston, Shepreth, Stapleford, Steeple Morden, Stow cum Quy, Stretchworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior & Reach, Swavesey, Thriplow, Toft, Trumpington, Waterbeach, Willingham, Wimpole.

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