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Window sensors. Hard wired or wireless in a new build?

We’re building a new house. I’m looking at security systems and lighting control but relative to windows,,have wireless window sensors improved so they’re as reliable as hard wired? I haven’t decided on which panel - likely Elk or Vista. But ideally, if I don’t have to run wires to windows and drill into windows, that’s be great. But I want reliability.

I have wireless window sensors on windows in my current rental place and they’re somewhat reliable. I have an Xfinity security set up. I realize Xfinity security is low brow, but we wanted something cheap while in our rental home. I am wondering i can purchase reliable window sensors that are wireless or if wired is still the way to go for our new home?

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OT Jeff a new redesigned theatre room in the works as well ?

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OT Jeff a new redesigned theatre room in the works as well ?
Of course!
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Jeff my builder had a company that does low-voltage wiring hard-wired the window sensors in my home. However, they didn't hard-wire motion sensor locations; few do. The alarm company installed wireless motion sensors around the home. The motion sensors have worked flawless for 4+ years, always accurately alerting me to motion via the notifications I get from my alarm system.

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Since your walls will be open - hard wire everything....much better than relying on wireless.
No batteries to maintain at each sensor.
High reliability.
More hack proof.

I don't see any advantage to wireless if you can wire.
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You can spec windows with the sensors in them to ease the pre-wire. Completely invisible then.
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You can spec windows with the sensors in them to ease the pre-wire. Completely invisible then.

DO you mean at the Window factory?
We are doing Pella Windows. They do not offer such. Would be nice!

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