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Home Automation: Wired or Wireless?



Home Automation: Wired or Wireless?


There is often a belief that the safest system is only one based on fixed, wired control instrumentation. Meanwhile, advances in technology have made advanced wireless radio control systems equally secure and in addition provide significant convenience and flexibility. Of course, each of these solutions has its own specific limitations, so the selection of the appropriate system should be dictated by the individual needs and capabilities of the residents.

Currently, cable systems are most often prepared for administrative buildings where the cassettes allow you to hide meters of cables, and the large area of ​​the building excludes the possibility of a radio system. Often in such buildings there are special rooms for controllers and places with relays. When considering such a system at home, you must always allocate additional space for this type of devices, and also think carefully about what you want to automate and how. Due to the need for complicated programming of the cable system, the presence of a specialist is always required, which means that residents cannot change the settings on their own during use.

– The wired system requires laying the cabling only during the construction phase or during a deep renovation. Since the system requires too much interference with the house structure, it does not provide flexibility in terms of further changes resulting from the use of the house and the desire to adapt the system to our current lifestyle – underlines Tomasz Koziarek, Product Marketing Manager Somfy Sp. z o. o

Such possibilities of adapting the house to our needs are provided by the radio control system. It is an ideal solution for modernization and new construction. It significantly reduces installation costs, and configuration extension or its change is possible at any time of operation. Expansion of the control installation or replacement of the control concept does not require additional cables. In addition, the user can change the system settings independently and at any time. There are many variants of remote controls, wall transmitters to choose from, including solar-wind automation and a time programmer.

The radio control system is ideal for houses and residences with a fairly standard size. A property with an area of, for example, 1000 square meters, may turn out to be too large for a radio signal and then cable systems are recommended.

– The current advanced radio systems are resistant to a number of interferences and ensure continuity of communication. However, how efficiently the devices in this system will communicate with each other and, as a result, affect the protection of our home, depends on the specific type of technology used. I encourage the selection of the appropriate system to be preceded by a solid understanding of both own needs and market offers, with an emphasis on those that guarantee compliance with all reliability and safety criteria – summarizes Tomasz Koziarek.

When choosing technologies, it is also worth paying attention to those that are used by major brands on the residential market, which will allow for a compatible expansion of the system and divide the investment into stages. Thanks to this, the user will be able to freely and at his own pace adapt home appliances and gradually supplement the equipment with other elements in accordance with a given technology standard.