If you’re comparing different services, you may need to decide between cellular monitoring or landline monitoring. Both of these systems have their advantages, but depending on your home, you might prefer one option over the other.


Cellular Monitoring Services

Cellular monitoring is steadily becoming more popular. Cellular monitoring services work through the cellular towers rather than having to go through a landline.

The Cellular Monitoring solution makes home security flexible like never before! No need for a landline home phone or even an internet connection.

This is an extremely versatile solution, because you don’t need to run any wires. You can create an entirely wireless solution through the use of internet and cellular data.  On the other hand, cellular systems will often consume more battery energy, because the wireless system itself requires energy to use.

Cellular systems can be disrupted by things such as weather or cellular towers going down. They also tend to be more expensive upfront, though they may also contain more advanced technologies.

Advantages to cellular monitoring services include:

  • This provides a versatile, wireless system that doesn’t need any additional connections.
  • Sometimes more affordable, depending on whether the homeowner has a landline.
  • Can be placed anywhere as desired, and can more easily be taken with you if you move.

Landline Monitoring Services

Most traditional services are landline monitoring services. Landline services are connected directly to a phone line. These services often require their own dedicated landline, but can use this landline to alert emergency services in the event that the alarm is triggered.

Landline services aren’t going to be disrupted by weather the way that cellular systems are, but they still could potentially go down. When they do, they may create a false alarm.

Advantages to landline monitoring services include:

  • Traditionally, they are more stable and less likely to go down. But this gap has been closed in recent years.
  • Many home already have landline technology in place that can be used for the monitoring system.
  • Less likely to require or run on battery power, which could cause them to fail.
  • Often more affordable, both in terms of technology and in terms of monitoring cost.

Cellular vs. Landline Monitoring

Many security companies offer both cellular and landline monitoring systems, depending on your own personal needs. If you want to run wires, a landline system is often most affordable and durable. But if you want a versatile system that doesn’t need those hard-wired connections, a cellular system may be preferred.


Some companies recommend that you have both a cellular and wired system. The wired system will perform functions as it can, but if it goes down, the cellular can operate as a backup — or vice versa. Having two redundant connections is preferred especially in areas where the connections may be intermittent.

It’s important to note that he equipment between cellular and landline systems are generally identical. Though more advanced systems are more likely to have cellular (because wired systems are older), current generations systems almost always have both options.

Because of this, it’s purely the connection itself that you need to worry about. You’ll still be able to access the same features and the same monitoring experience through the use of either cellular or landline monitoring. The question between them is about reliability and cost, which may depend on your area and the system that you’re with.

Should you get a cellular monitoring system or a landline monitoring system? Either way, Protect America can help. Before you make the decision, contact Protect America for information.