Do You Know How Your Alarm System Communicates?

Jan 11, 2022

One of the most sought after features for home and commercial security systems is 24/7 alarm monitoring. This means that when your alarm is triggered, someone monitoring the situation can immediately respond to know if the alarm is legitimate or not and then take any subsequent necessary actions.

But how does the alarm communicate directly with the alarm monitoring company? There are a multitude of systems with various communication formats, each of them with specific pros and cons. Knowing how your alarm system communicates could have a huge impact on the overall effectiveness of your system. 

Alarm Monitoring Communication Types

Alarm monitoring communication can be classified into four main types.


Landline

The telephone landline is the original form of communication. With this type, a telephone line is connected directly to the alarm panel for communicating signals. While this type is tried and true, it does have weaknesses. Potential thieves could easily cut a phone line, leaving your business or home vulnerable.


Internet

Broadband internet is a newer and far more flexible communication type. The alarm panel would typically connect directly to your home or business Wi-Fi. This option has also gained popularity due to the lower cost and ease of installation and use. Unfortunately, an internet connection can sometimes be fickle, and a smart thief could potentially sever an internet cable. Also, if your panel and Wi-Fi setup lacks a battery backup, a power outage would render this option useless. 

 

Cellular

This communication method transmits over wireless signal and is gaining popularity. One of the biggest pros of choosing a cellular method is that it is far less vulnerable since an intruder cannot sever a wireless signal and most models include battery backups.
Consumers should note the specific wireless transmission specs for their system. If you plan to invest in this type of system, ensure that you are purchasing a brand/model that uses LTE wireless data instead of an older technology such as 3G. Older wireless technologies are constantly being phased out so any technology prior to LTE could become useless. Not to fear though. Today’s LTE wireless technology is designed to be updatable and adaptable for any future technological advances.


Dual-Path

This is the latest and greatest technology for alarm monitoring communication. It combines internet and cellular signals and chooses the faster, more reliable connection path that is available at the time of need. These types of alarm panels typically rely on their internet connection as a main path since it has the capacity for transmitting more data and at a faster rate while the cellular path is available as a backup if internet connection or power issues arise.


Which One to Choose

When it comes to selecting your alarm monitoring communication method, remember to weigh out all the options and think holistically about your security needs. If questions still arise, the security professionals at FSS Technologies are familiar with the most cutting-edge security technology and ready to assist you in making the right choice for your home or business.
 
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