By now, you have probably read about all the many choices you have when it comes to shopping for alarm systems. First, you need to make the decision on what type of system you want installed in your home—wired or wireless. Then, you need to pick out your choices of additional options and services. Finally, you need to make one last decision: how do you want your alarm system monitored?
In years past, the only method of monitoring alarm systems was over a standard telephone line. If someone did not have phone service in their home, they could not have their alarm system professionally monitored by an alarm monitoring company. This meant that if an alarm tripped when the homeowner was not home, they would need to rely on the neighbors or a passerby to alert the authorities. That is, if they heard the alarm trip at all.
Times have changed and so have the methods of monitoring alarm systems. Alarm monitoring over a standard home telephone line is still the preferred method of alarm transmission. However, for those individuals that have no phone service or use Voip home phone service, there are alternatives.
Currently there is much debate over the reliability of having an alarm system monitored over Voip home phone service. Some companies are even claiming that their alarm systems are 100% compatible with Voip, when they are not. While alarm signals may transmit to a monitoring center using Voip, there are a few issues to be aware of when choosing to have your alarm system monitored this way.
Reporting to a monitoring center in the incorrect format is one of the top complaints of having alarm systems monitored over Voip. What this means is that if you use Voip and trip an alarm in your home, it may not report as an alarm to the monitoring center. It may report as a trouble, an unknown signal, or it may not even report at all.
In addition, if the home somehow loses internet service because of an outage or other technical issues, there is no way for the alarm system to communicate with the monitoring center. This leaves homes with alarm systems that utilize Voip as their only way of transmitting an alarm signal highly vulnerable.
Cellular alarm monitoring is a great way and a more reliable way to monitor alarm systems than Voip monitoring is. In fact, cellular alarm monitoring was initially used to provide back-up line security to homes and businesses in instances where their phone lines were cut during a burglary. Some people still prefer to use cellular alarm monitoring as a back up to their alarm systems, while others use it as their only method of alarm transmission.
Whatever method you choose to monitor your home alarm system is up to your discretion. Keeping that in mind, if you are serious about the ultimate safety and security of your home, you may want to opt for standard phone line monitoring, cellular monitoring, or both until the reliability issues with Voip and alarm systems are resolved.