Home Alarm over Ethernet

What are your options?

BY JASON STEVENS

November 5, 2020

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If you’re considering a security system for your home or business and find the idea of a wireless security system option appealing because of the often-touted easier and less -expensive installations, look before you leap. Many home security companies, including Brinks Home Security®, have been promoting wireless home security options, but if you’re protecting a business location or luxury home, a power-over-ethernet security system is the better option. Security experts agree this more traditional system, where every sensor and camera is hardwired into your network via your ethernet ports, is key to premium protection.

What is ethernet?

Ethernet is a hardwired way of connecting devices together within a local area network. For example, you might connect your home computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable.

When it comes to ethernet home security systems, a local area network (LAN) provides a physical connection to your security network using a Cat5 or Cat6 cable. An ethernet alarm system can transmit digital information, including video, with a highly reliable signal. It also allows you to run power-over-ethernet cameras without any extra outlet. The downside is that home LAN-based security systems require more extensive, professional installation.

Ethernet offers clear and secure connections

A wireless security system depends on your Wi-Fi signal’s strength to maintain a connection with each sensor point and camera in your home. While a wireless system makes it easy to add an extra sensor point with plug-n-play equipment, your router’s signal may not be strong enough to cover your entire home. Perhaps the Wi-Fi signal extends from your home office into your kitchen but doesn’t go as far as the back door. While you may have to buy an additional router or reposition your sensor points, another option might be adding wireless signal boosters or Z-Wave devices, which can help reduce the strain on your Wi-Fi.

When you use ethernet, you will have to run wires and cables to each sensor point, but you won’t experience a drop-off in the wireless signal’s power. It’s best to arrange for professional installation of an ethernet security system, however, as it will likely require substantial wiring work throughout your home.

The advantage of using ethernet over wireless is that each camera will remain connected as long as your network has power. Power-over-ethernet security systems are also less susceptible to hackers since your network operates entirely through the cabling.

Expand your video surveillance with less cabling

Recent upgrades with IP (internet protocol) cameras and power-over-ethernet cabling has eliminated the need to connect each surveillance point to a power source. In the past, an electrician would have added extra outlets to power up your home security system, but now you only need to run cabling.

Another advantage is that network video recorders now collect digital images instead of the analog signal of older security systems, so you can add extra viewing angles without having to purchase a more extensive multiplexer unit.

To ensure you purchase the home or business security system that best suits your needs, discuss your specific requirements with one of our technical experts at Brinks Home Security. They can help you decide which features you need and if an ethernet alarm system is the best fit for your home or business.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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Home Alarm over Ethernet

What are your options?

BY JASON STEVENS

November 5, 2020

If you’re considering a security system for your home or business and find the idea of a wireless security system option appealing because of the often-touted easier and less -expensive installations, look before you leap. Many home security companies, including Brinks Home Security®, have been promoting wireless home security options, but if you’re protecting a business location or luxury home, a power-over-ethernet security system is the better option. Security experts agree this more traditional system, where every sensor and camera is hardwired into your network via your ethernet ports, is key to premium protection.

What is ethernet?

Ethernet is a hardwired way of connecting devices together within a local area network. For example, you might connect your home computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable.

When it comes to ethernet home security systems, a local area network (LAN) provides a physical connection to your security network using a Cat5 or Cat6 cable. An ethernet alarm system can transmit digital information, including video, with a highly reliable signal. It also allows you to run power-over-ethernet cameras without any extra outlet. The downside is that home LAN-based security systems require more extensive, professional installation.

Ethernet offers clear and secure connections

A wireless security system depends on your Wi-Fi signal’s strength to maintain a connection with each sensor point and camera in your home. While a wireless system makes it easy to add an extra sensor point with plug-n-play equipment, your router’s signal may not be strong enough to cover your entire home. Perhaps the Wi-Fi signal extends from your home office into your kitchen but doesn’t go as far as the back door. While you may have to buy an additional router or reposition your sensor points, another option might be adding wireless signal boosters or Z-Wave devices, which can help reduce the strain on your Wi-Fi.

When you use ethernet, you will have to run wires and cables to each sensor point, but you won’t experience a drop-off in the wireless signal’s power. It’s best to arrange for professional installation of an ethernet security system, however, as it will likely require substantial wiring work throughout your home.

The advantage of using ethernet over wireless is that each camera will remain connected as long as your network has power. Power-over-ethernet security systems are also less susceptible to hackers since your network operates entirely through the cabling.

Expand your video surveillance with less cabling

Recent upgrades with IP (internet protocol) cameras and power-over-ethernet cabling has eliminated the need to connect each surveillance point to a power source. In the past, an electrician would have added extra outlets to power up your home security system, but now you only need to run cabling.

Another advantage is that network video recorders now collect digital images instead of the analog signal of older security systems, so you can add extra viewing angles without having to purchase a more extensive multiplexer unit.

To ensure you purchase the home or business security system that best suits your needs, discuss your specific requirements with one of our technical experts at Brinks Home Security. They can help you decide which features you need and if an ethernet alarm system is the best fit for your home or business.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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