Wired vs Wireless
Wireless systems are great for existing homes as there is no need to run cabling behind the walls, which can be a very expensive endeavour. These systems are also starting to integrate with WIFI networks, meaning that they are easily compatible with any existing home networks, such as the ones formed by computers.
Wired systems use Cat 5 data cables to communicate information. They connect into a proprietary control system or a more closed control centre. Wired systems can be implemented in both new and existing homes, however, it is easier to install in new homes.
Which one is better?
Both are viable solutions; the answer is based on what you need and what type of property you have. It’s extremely important to know the end result you expect to have so you can select the right system since day 1.
If your need is just to control the lighting of your place combined with motion detection and climate control, you could definitely achieve that with a wireless system in a cost-effective way.
If your needs are lighting control, HVAC system, and full control of audiovisual sound and tv screen control you may opt for a hardwired automation system as the wiring is reliable and is often simpler to join all of the systems together, as the cables run to a common junction point.
Remember the end result is the starting point.