Choosing the right home security monitoring services

When choosing a company to go with for your home security system, it is important to know what type of communication they use to monitor your home.  Basically, when an alarm is set off, a monitored home security system will contact your central monitoring station, which in turn, contacts the police. There are three basic types of monitoring communications used in the home security industry: Landline, Broadband, and Cellular.

Self Monitored Home Security

There is a fourth option with a home security system, and that is known as “Self Monitored Security System.” This is not recommended. Basically, when an alarm goes off, you are on your own.  The alarm will sound, but no one will be contacted. You will have just an expensive noise maker.

Landline Monitoring

Landline Monitoring Overview

Landline Monitoring connects your alarm system through a regular telephone jack

The tried and true standard for alarm monitoring in the home security industry. It is the simplest of the connections and therefore usually the cheapest.  Landline monitoring uses a home telephone connection to contact your home monitoring company.  Your home security system or control panel simply connects into any regular phone jack.  Using line capture devices on all other telephones, in the case of an alarm, the system will seize the phone line and report the alarm.  The biggest problem with landline monitoring is that you need a home telephone line. Many homes today have ditched their phone lines meaning a telephone line would be an extra expense. Some security companies, like Protect America, offer other options and features to their landline connections like two-way voice.  This allows you to remotely talk or listen through your alarm system’s speaker.

Broadband Security System

Broadband Security System Overview

Using your broadband internet connection, your home security system plugs straight into your router rather then a telephone jack.  This makes a lightning quick connection to your monitoring station and is the fastest of all the connections usually taking about 2 seconds. Of course in order to use a system that is monitored through Broadband, it is required that you have a router and high speed internet connection for the system to use. And since your security system uses your internet as a connection, if your internet is down, your monitoring service is down as well.  To help protect against this, it is best to use a back-up battery on your internet router and cable modem when selecting a broadband security system

Cellular Alarm System

Cellular Alarm System Overview

Cellular alarm system connects through built-in SIM card

Using a built-in sim card and cellular connection, this type of alarm system requires no extra connections. Since this system requires the extra cell equipment, this option is usually the most expensive option. The way it works is that when an alarm happens, your home security systems acts just like a cell phone, calling up the monitoring company. Since there is no external connection, you never have to worry about the internet being down or a required phone line. However, the effectiveness of a cellular monitored alarm system is based on the cellular coverage in the area. If you live in an area where cell service can be disrupted, it is best to stay away from this option.  Most home security companies will check the coverage and signal strength in your area when you decide to choose a cellular alarm system.