Cellular Security System

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Choosing the best Communications Technology

There are four types of communications that your home security system can utilize. The oldest form is a landline. This is the outdated phone line that many people do still use but many more are dropping and switching over to cellular phones. In years past alarm system owners would be able to use their existing phone line with the security system. This did not result in any additional cost because you were already paying for a phone line. It is now more common for people to not have a functional land line in the home and only have a cell phone.

Cellular Security System

Cellular Technology for Alarm Systems

The second form of communication that your security system can use is also a cellular device. It is a GSM chip that is mounted in the control panel. When the alarm system is triggered the control panel calls the central station and sends the signals that used to be sent using a land line. There is not a phone number per say that is associated with this type of communication. You cannot make outgoing personal calls with the GSM chip.

VoIP for Alarm Systems

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a newer communication service that takes analog audio signals, like what you hear when you talk on the phone, and turns them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet.

Internet for Alarm Systems

The Internet offers some of the greatest features for alarm users by connecting your alarm to the monitoring station via DSL, cable or wireless Internet connections.

Will your Alarm System work with all technologies?

If you are currently using a monitoring company then the best course of action is to contact your Home Security Installation Company. They will be able to tell you if your system is compatible.

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are distinct differences between all of the communication types. The land line is the most reliable but it can be easily defeated and the copper phone lines can deteriorate over time. It is also the slowest form of communication with the least amount of options. Cellular communications are very reliable with much faster speeds and a wide variety of features available. VoIP and Internet are the least reliable of the four types of communication. You have undoubtedly experienced slow internet speeds and even loss of internet services. If this happens then your alarm system cannot communicate with the central station. The system alarm will still ring the siren but there will be no notification of the authorities. Since there is no type of communication that is 100% reliable so it is best to combine one as a primary form of communication and a backup. The best combination is to have a land line and cellular connected to your alarm system. It is highly unlikely that both would ever fail at the same time.

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