READ THIS IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SWITCHING YOUR HOME PHONE SERVICE

(04/18/2012) JOHN WILLIAMS CENTRAL STATION MANAGER ALARMCO, INC

 

There are so many options when it comes to your home phone service these days.  Trying to decide which one is best and the least expensive can be a very difficult decision.  If you have an alarm system and it requires a phone line that makes the decision even more difficult. 

 

Digital phone services such as Cox Cable and Century Link can be more cost effective but there are things that should be considered before you switch, especially if your alarm requires a phone line in order to communicate.  If the phone service is configured correctly most systems can still work with those carriers.  We recommend that you test your system before the work is performed and also after the work is completed to ensure that it was and is still communicating.  If you have already switched carriers and have not tested your system since the work was performed we strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible.

 

What happens to your phone service when the power goes out?  If your phone line goes dead when that happens your alarm system will not be able to communicate through that line either.  A battery back up may be required to ensure your continuity of service and maintain the communication path for the alarm.

 

If you do not wish to have a phone service at your home there are other alternatives to having your alarm system transmit through a phone line.  We recommend a long range radio which allows the system to communicate with our Central Monitoring Station wirelessly.  There are other advantages to using a long range radio as well.  A radio transmitter is faster therefore the alarms arrive at our monitoring station quicker. They are also more reliable because they are not affected by power outages or interruptions in the phone service.

 

If you would like additional information about anything that was mentioned in this article please feel free to respond to this post.  Call or email us if that is more convenient.  Either way we will be happy to assist you.

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