If an alarm goes off in your home, what happens? The whole idea of getting a wireless home security system in the first place was to protect you, your family, and your home from intruders, thieves, and other criminals. You want that protection to happen, even if you are not home. That is where a wireless home security system alarm monitoring comes into play. There are various options available for monitoring your wireless home security system alarm. Self alarm monitoring and telephone line monitoring can leave your home vulnerable to intruders, thieves, and other criminals. VoIP monitoring is a newer option for those with a fast, reliable internet connection. GSM cellular alarm monitoring is the newest option available and probably the most reliable.
Self alarm monitoring and telephone line monitoring can leave your home vulnerable to intruders, thieves, and other criminals
With self monitoring, you receive an alarm from the home security system via your cell phone. It is completely up to you to respond to the alarm. You have to determine whether to call the police, an ambulance, or the fire department. This form of monitoring only works if your cell phone is charged and you have it on you at all times. This kind of wireless home security system is not provided or supported by most alarm companies.
With telephone line monitoring, your home security system is tied into a hard phone line. This option is very reliable, but also very vulnerable. A burglar can cut the phone line, completely cutting off the alarm from the central monitoring system.
VoIP alarm monitoring is a newer option for those with a fast, reliable internet connection
Instead of using a hard phone line to connect to the central panel, this option connects through the Internet using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP involves converting analog signals from the home security system control panel to data packets that can run over an internet feed. The problem with VoIP is that it relies on a fast, reliable internet connection, this why some businesses use voip monitoring to keep an eye on their servers and networks. If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, it will delay or prevent the alarm from reaching the central monitoring station.
GSM cellular alarm monitoring is the newest option available
Instead of relying on a hard phone line or an internet connection, this kind of monitoring sends signals via the cellular phone network. This option works much like the hard phone line systems, without the vulnerability of having the phone line cut. If you get strong cell phone signals in your home, this is probably the most reliable option you can go with.
If you are in the market for a new home security system, contact us here at 1st Alarm. We provide residential and commercial security systems throughout West Texas and the Texas Panhandle, with locations in Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, El Paso, and San Angelo. Give us a call today at 1(800) 276-5559. You can also contact us via email. We look forward to providing you with the best home security system available.