Alarm System Phone Lines

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The End of Traditional Phone lines (POTS) is within view

What is a POTS line?

The traditional phone line that most of us are familiar with is the pots line. This is what we all had in our homes and businesses before the Internet and cell phones were available. The primary player in the phone industry has always been ATT. ATT currently has 13.9 million homes that still use the traditional phone lines and Verizon has 7.2 million. Even though these numbers seem huge they are rapidly getting smaller. Many of you reading this have already turned off your phone and have gone 100 percent to cell and some have switched to VOIP which is the service that Comcast and Vonage provide. These services utilize the internet so you can talk with friends and family.

Alarm System Communications

Your alarm system is probably still using the traditional pots system to send an alarm to the central station. Frankly until recently this was the only way the alarm industry had to send an alarm to the central station so that the authorities could be notified. Now we have multiple ways to transmit an alarm and there are many reasons to move away from your traditional pots line.

  • Cellular communication is reliable
  • Cellular offers more features
  • Cellular is difficult if not impossible to defeat (No Lines to cut)
  • Cellular is easier to install
  • All we need to install is power and in most cases we can use solar for remote monitoring

The biggest immediate reason to upgrade your old alarm system is because ATT has just requested congress to allow them to stop supporting the entire pots line network. The existing network is very expensive to support, especially when they are spending billions to upgrade to a nationwide network solution.

The best reason to have a traditional pots line is that it is sometimes the only form of communication left in times of disaster. There have been many cases when power outages have crippled a community but the phone lines still worked. Some broadband VoIP providers have solutions to address at least short-term power outages. AT&T provides its UVerse customers with a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) battery back-up that maintains power to the broadband router at least for a while.

Cellular for Your Alarm System

If you currently have an alarm system that is using a pots line then you will have no choice but to upgrade to a cellular form of communication. The pots line system will no longer be available. It’s not all bad. In most cases you will need to have an additional module installed. This cellular module will integrate with your existing alarm system. In some cases it may be a better alternative to just upgrade to a newer system. A wireless system with cellular communication is the best value so make sure that you inquire about this as an alternative. When you make the move to cellular you will definitely notice the difference in the features that are available.

Cellular Features available:

  • Complete Access to your alarm system via Smart Phone or Internet
  • Arm and Disarm your system
  • Receive email notifications of specific events
  • Unlock your front door
  • Control your thermostat (Saves money)
  • Add cameras and view live streaming video from anywhere
  • Receive alert when someone rings your doorbell (no matter where you are)

As with most things change is inevitable and this change could adversely affect your ability to protect your home and family. Contact your local alarm company for a quote to change your service to cellular.

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