When shopping for a security alarm monitoring system for your home, you should be aware of the different available types from which you can choose. Technology in alarm monitoring has come a long way in the past few decades, and useful and innovative advancements have been made in this field. At Unlimited Security, we can help you select the best type of security alarm system for you and your property, but we would like to share with you some information from Realestate.Com about these different types of systems.
Hardwired Home Security Systems
The original home security alarm monitoring system, a hardwired system is the least expensive option you have; however, the downsides to this type of system can outweigh its low cost. You will have to have a telephone landline in order to install a hardwired security system because that is how the system communicates with the monitoring service. One of the main problems with this type of alarm is that thieves can easily disable it by cutting your phone line. Also, many models of this type of security alarm are wired into your home’s electrical system, which means if the power happens to go out, so does your alarm system. Fewer and fewer of hardwired security alarms are sold as many feel this type of system is too outdated.
Internet-Based Home Security Alarm Systems
While the components of this type of system can be hardwired, wireless, or a combination of both, the control panel sends a signal to the monitoring service through your Internet connection. If you have a wireless modem or router, you will not have to worry about thieves cutting any wires, but you will if you have a DSL or cable Internet connection. Additionally, when your Internet service goes out, you lose the protection of the alarm. However, on a positive note, it can be more convenient to run your alarm, cable, and Internet together.
Cellular Home Security Alarm Systems
Less vulnerable than the previous two types of systems, cellular alarm systems have greatly increased in popularity due to many homeowners getting rid of their telephone landlines. The control panel transmits the alarm to the monitoring service via cell phone towers. These alarms will not interfere with your cell phone usage, and you will not have to worry about the phone line being cut. However, this type of security alarm system is not always reliable. If your home is located in certain areas, you may not have the best cellular phone service.
Wireless Home Security Alarm Systems
Also known as “all-in-one” systems, this type of alarm system also requires a telephone landline; however, all of the components, including the sensors and door contacts, are wireless. These systems are simple to install and easy to move, which makes this type of security alarm system a good choice for people who often relocate. Less expensive than a cellular home security alarm system, wireless alarms also do not take as long to get up and running.
Have questions about the different types of security alarm monitoring? Contact Unlimited Security to find out which one of these systems will work best for you.