# Does it make a difference whether I make a panel active or inactive?

When hacking a wall panel successfully (the sort where you are met with a handprint after interacting), you are greeted with two options: active and inactive.

There appears to be no visual difference to the panel between clicking either of these options, and I can't interact with the panel again to change my choice, so what effect, if any, does clicking on either of the two buttons do?

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You mean the alarm panels? I'm pretty sure if it's set to "inactive" guards can use it to trigger an alert. –  Raven Dreamer Aug 29 '11 at 21:55
All you're doing is disabling the panels so that guards can't use them. (Allows you to more-easily get the Smooth Operator reward in some cases, but seldom necessary.) –  Darien Aug 29 '11 at 22:07