It can often times get confusing when in the market for a new home security system. Trying to decide on the type of monitoring, or what features to add is inevitably going to overwhelm you if you don’t know what’s what. Hopefully this post will make your life easier. One of the most important aspects of your home security system is the ability to professionally monitor your home. Of course, there are different types of monitoring options to choose from: landline, broadband and cellular. Knowing the difference between these options can be pivotal to the accuracy and overall quality of your home security system. In this post, we will discuss all you need to know about broadband monitoring in order to decide if it is right for you and your home.

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How It Works

As we’ve discussed in our previous post about landline monitoring, many modern homes do not have a landline connection. Landline monitoring requires a landline. However, with broadband, you can ditch the landline all together. And still, many people are giving up home phones in favor of cell phones. With broadband monitoring, your security system uses your Internet connection to contact our monitoring station. So get rid of the phone, and get the high-speed connection of broadband. The master control panel of the security system plugs into an available port on your modem or router instead of a telephone line in order to connect the home and the monitoring facility. With broadband monitoring, anytime the alarm is triggered, your security system sends the signal through your existing broadband Internet connection.

Pros and Cons

There are some noteworthy benefits to having broadband monitoring other than the fact that it is a professionally monitored system. Broadband monitoring service provides your security system with a much faster connection to the monitoring facility and is capable of notifying us of a problem at least four times faster than a landline connection. As soon as your alarm is set off by the intruder, the monitoring station receives the notification to act on it within 2 seconds of the occurrence. That’s pretty fast!

There are also some downsides to broadband monitoring. If your broadband internet were to shut off for any reason, your security system would not be able to send the signal. However, the alarm would sound. There is a solution. In the event of a power outage, we recommend you keep a back-up battery connected to your modem or router in order to keep your home security system active if you are prone to power outages. That way, your internet and security will not be compromised if your power goes out. 

Broadband monitoring also comes with SMART connect for free! You’ll be able to check in on your home, arm and disarm your system, and more using our easy-to-use app. If you have video cameras, you can even watch a live feed of what’s going on in your home from anywhere in the world. 

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Is Broadband for You?

If you live in a place that has poor internet, then you should probably opt for a landline or cellular monitoring option instead. If you have a great internet connection and want lightening fast monitoring, then broadband just might be the fit for you! The most secure option for monitoring is going to be cellular monitoring. It is about the same price as broadband and has less vulnerability. Only you can know what’s right for you, though.

With Protect America, its all about choice and what fits your home. With all of our monitoring solutions, you get the Simon XT control panel. This means top of the line security that connects up to 40 zones or sensors to help secure your home. In the mean time, you can call us or check out our website for more information on monitoring. Check out some of our other blog posts as well. We always aim to help you solve your problems and answer your questions. Protect your home and your wallet with Protect America!