Alarm System Radio: Review & Recommendations

There are some areas in life where it makes sense to save, for example insurance, electricity or fuel costs, but not for your own safety. Modern technology makes it possible to connect a large number of motion detectors, opening detectors and video cameras with each other. […] […]

With our big wireless alarm system test 2020 we want to help you to find the best wireless alarm system for you. We have prepared information about the Vds classes, the susceptibility to interference and the various extensions for you. We have also listed the advantages and disadvantages of a wireless alarm system. This should make your decision as easy as possible.

The most important facts in brief

  • When choosing the right wireless alarm system, you should make sure to choose a modern alarm system that offers GSM and app support. The wireless alarm system should be able to trigger not only silent alarms but also a siren alarm.
  • An important feature of any wireless alarm system is its expandability. Depending on the area that is to be monitored, you should buy a radio alarm system that has sufficient capacity to connect any expandable components.
  • If you want to be on the safe side and possibly save money on your insurance, you should use a radio alarm system that has been certified by the Vds.

Radio alarm system test: The editors’ favourites

  • The best wireless alarm system for beginners
  • The best all-round wireless alarm system
  • The best middle class radio alarm system
  • The best professional wireless alarm system

The best wireless alarm system for beginners

The tiwee A1 Starter Kit is our choice in the category best wireless alarm system for beginners and for budget savers. You get here for a low price 2 window and door sensors, a siren and a […]

The sensors are battery powered and the installation is done without drilling. The range of the sensors as well as the remote control is, according to experience reports, about 30m. This is virtually an absolute basic set, which can only scare the burglar. If this is exactly the right thing for you, then you can strike here without hesitation.

The best all-round wireless alarm system

For the best all-round wireless alarm system we decided to use the set M2BX-4-N of the brand MultiKon. The set contains an alarm control panel, a siren for the inside area, four motion detectors, nine door/window contacts and 2 remote controls. You can control the wireless alarm system via the in-house WLAN.

Up to 100 additional sensors can be connected. You can also partially arm the system, which means that only certain sensors are active, e.g. when you are at home. A separate app for Android is also available. If you are looking for a good allround wireless alarm system, you are absolutely right here.

The best middle class radio alarm system

Our choice for the best mid-range radio alarm system goes to the Blaupunkt set with the designation SA 2700, an alarm system specially designed for simple self-installation. According to the seller, the alarm system transmits on a protected frequency throughout Europe. An up to 18 hours emergency power battery is also included.

This set includes an alarm control panel, one opening and one motion detector each, as well as a remote control. The set can be extended as required with up to 30 additional sensors. A separate app is available for iOS and Android.

The best professional wireless alarm system

In the field of professional wireless alarm systems, we have decided on a deluxe version from the most expensive segment: For the complete set SP310 from Safe2Home. In this set there are some special features, e.g. two RFID chips with which you can quickly switch the alarm system on and off, and an outside siren. Otherwise, eight window sensors, a motion detector, two remote controls and an alarm center are included.

Furthermore there are some unique features, e.g. the professional radio alarm system works with a changing frequency, which should prevent false alarms and sabotage. An emergency battery is also included. A jammer detector is also included, which means that this alarm system is protected against any attempt of sabotage. If you need the absolute security package for your own home, this is the right item for you.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a wireless alarm system

For whom are wireless alarm systems suitable?

Radio alarm systems are generally suitable for anyone who wants an increased sense of security for their home.

A wireless alarm system is suitable for everyone who wants a little more security.

If you have perhaps heard of burglaries in your family circle or in the vicinity, it would not be bad to invest in a wireless alarm system. For example, if you have some objects of great value in your apartment/house, it may be worthwhile to install a radio alarm system.

As an entrepreneur or self-employed person, you have to think about how you can protect your shop, office or production facilities from burglars. Therefore you can easily generalize that a wireless alarm system is basically something for everyone.

What are the advantages of a wireless alarm system compared to a wired alarm system?

A wireless alarm system offers some basic advantages over a classic, wired alarm system. The most obvious advantage is that you do not have to lay any cables. In most cases you do not even have to drill!
Another advantage of a wireless alarm system, which should not be underestimated, is that it remains functional even if there is a power failure, for example. Most radio alarm systems use batteries as power source. It may be easy for you to change the batteries, depending on the number of components, but the advantages are obvious.

Last but not least, it should be mentioned that you can individually configure your wireless alarm systems. This means that no matter how many different components you want to connect, as long as your wireless alarm system offers enough contact points, you have a free hand.

What does a radio alarm system cost?

The price range of a wireless alarm system always depends on how many individual components are to be installed. There are various “complete sets” where you get, in addition to the base station, a certain number of detectors and/or sensors.
The prices here range from 150€ to 1300€, whereas the latter already puts you in the professional range.

What alternatives are there to a radio alarm system?

There are not many alternatives to an alarm system, especially in the private sector it is usually either an alarm system or no protection against burglars at all. In the commercial sector you can also replace the alarm system with a real-time monitoring by a security guard, but we cannot answer whether this is better or worse in case of an emergency. But it will probably be a lot more expensive.

What distinguishes a radio alarm system and what are its advantages and disadvantages

To get the best possible overview, you should not only look at the positive aspects but also at the negative ones. Therefore we want to give you an overview of the most important advantages and disadvantages of wireless alarm systems in this chapter:

Advantages

High sense of security
Easy assembly
Low cost
Also active during power failure
Easy to expand
Connection with mobile phone possible
Can be taken to the next apartment

Disadvantages

false alarms are possible
Batteries must be charged
Radio transmissions can be disturbed

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and evaluate wireless alarm systems

  • Extendable
  • GSM module and accompanying app
  • Range and frequency range
  • Volume

Extendable

One of the most important advantages of wireless alarm systems is that you can expand them according to your own taste. Whether you are particularly concerned about the security aspect or you just want to play around with technology, the possibilities are immense. Below we have listed some gadgets that you can integrate into your wireless alarm system.

Motion detector

If you think about it rationally, a motion detector is a logical and in most cases included part of a wireless alarm system. Motion detectors can detect intruders even if they have outsmarted another component of your wireless alarm system.

However, motion detectors can also lead to false alarms if, for example, your pet is not detected. With high-priced motion detectors, there are setting options so that pets under 20 kilos are not detected as intruders.

Smoke detector

Even smoke detectors can be integrated into your complete alarm system. This offers you the advantage that you can call up their status at any time when your wireless alarm system offers App Support, from wherever you are, and of course you will be notified in case of fire.

Video surveillance

Video surveillance can take a classic radio alarm system to the next level. In the modern high-tech world, it is not surprising that surveillance cameras are becoming more and more advanced and better. Wireless cameras can be easily connected to a modern wireless alarm system.

GSM module and accompanying app

What should not be missing in today’s world is a so-called GSM module. This means nothing else than that your alarm system is able to send a call or SMS. For this you need a valid SIM card, just like a mobile phone. A landline connection is not necessary. The GSM module not only informs you about break-in attempts but also when the batteries are running low.

Depending on the settings, it is also possible that the module immediately notifies a security service or the police. It is also possible to inform yourself first, then a family member and finally the police.

It is important that the central unit with the GSM module has sufficient network reception at the place of use. You should plan this in advance.

If the alarm system can already make calls, the next logical step is to create your own app. With the help of this app you can remotely control and monitor your entire alarm system.

Range and frequency range

Ideally you should choose a wireless alarm system that transmits outside the usual frequency ranges of electronic devices.

If you have a large house, a large apartment or even a large plot of land that you want to have monitored, it is important to pay attention to the range of the radio alarm system. Without sufficient range it can be difficult to build a network of sensors to monitor the desired area.

Depending on the size of the room, a range of 20 – 40 metres should be maintained indoors. A range of 60 – 100 metres is recommended for outdoor use. Furthermore, it is also important for you in which frequency range your wireless alarm system sends its signals.  In this way you can avoid interference with the transmission of signals.

Volume

The classic alarm system works with a large alarm to scare away the burglars and inform you and others that something bad is going on. With many modern radio alarm systems such a siren is not always standard because a lot of work is done with the so-called “silent alarm”, i.e. as described above, an SMS or call is sent to you and optionally also the police or security.

If you decide on a siren, you should think about the volume of the siren. According to the Vds classes a siren should have a volume of at least 100 decibels at a distance of one meter. If the alarm is directed to the outside, it should not last longer than 180 seconds.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about wireless alarm systems

Radio alarm system – install it yourself or have it installed?

There are different points of view on the question of whether to build in or have it built in. The effort to install a self purchased radio alarm system is manageable. Nevertheless, you are of course not a burglary professional and it can happen that you overlook weak points within your security system.

On the other hand, it is very expensive to hire a company to install a suitable alarm system. At this point you have to decide for yourself if it is worth the money. You should also note that an alarm system installed by a professional company is usually Vds certified and this will save you money on your insurance, see below.

Is there an increased radiation risk from the radio alarm system?

You don’t need to worry about that question. As science has already established, there is no conclusive evidence for the symptoms of so-called “electrosmog”. Your wireless alarm system transmits in a much lower range than your smartphone or WLAN router does. There is no danger here.

What are vds classes and what do they mean?

The abbreviation Vds stands for “Association of Non-Life Insurers”. The Vds classes are therefore certifications of an association of the insurance industry. This association tests individual components as well as complete alarm systems and classifies them in different classes.

For some insurance companies, the amount of premium discounts depends on the Vds classes. So it may be that you can save money if you use a wireless alarm system that has been certified by the Vds:

  • Class A: offers a simple protection against overcoming the system and has a medium sensitivity
  • Class B: offers medium protection against overcoming the system and has a medium sensitivity
  • Class C: offers a high degree of protection against the overcoming of the system and a high sensitivity, as well as other functions

The association of damage insurers not only tests the alarm systems themselves but also companies that install them. This means that if you want to be on the safe side, find out whether the company you have chosen has a certificate from the Association of Damage Insurers.

What should I do when the alarm sounds?

In case of emergency you should always think of your own safety or that of your family/life partner. Therefore, it is best to call 110 immediately and get to safety if possible. If you have decided to use video surveillance for your wireless alarm system, the first thing you can do is to check whether it really is a burglary or just a false alarm.

If it is a false alarm and you call the police for help, you will have to pay the costs of the operation yourself.

Can a burglar disrupt my alarm system?

Burglars can use a so-called “whiner” to disturb and even deactivate a radio alarm system. In doing so, the radio signals of the alarm system are blocked and thus cannot trigger an alarm. However, there are some radio alarm systems that transmit in higher frequency ranges and are therefore less susceptible to interference.

If you want to be on the safe side, you can buy an “Anti-Jammer Detector” and connect it to your wireless alarm system. This detector detects when people try to jam near you and sends a signal to activate your alarm.

What is an alarm activation?

Many owners of an alarm system hardly worry about what happens when the emergency occurs. One possibility is an alarm activation. With this, your wireless alarm system is connected to an emergency call centre and this alerts a security guard in your area, who drives to the house and checks that everything is all right.

If you also have fire detectors connected, these signals can also be forwarded and the fire brigade can be informed immediately. Concrete costs for an alarm connection are difficult to determine. If you are interested in setting up an alarm, it is best to ask some security services in your area and compare the costs.