September 7, 2022 by Anas Mustafa
When it comes to ensuring the safety of our home and family, all of us want to feel as if we’ve done everything possible to guarantee protection.
We install the best security systems, follow all the tips for deterring intruders, and drill safety practices to our children.
But if you lack a dedicated cellular connection for your home alarm system, you’ve overlooked a vital area.
A cellular connection is independent of your home’s Wi-Fi, phone line or cell phones. of the alarm monitoring center.
This provides additional security to you and your family, as it will not get tied up with people streaming videos, gaming, or talking on the phone.
It provides a dedicated wireless connection from your home security system to that Without lines, there is nothing for potential criminals to cut, and it will even work if the power goes out, thanks to an independent backup battery.
However, it does not mean that you need to add a line to your phone plan or increase your broadband speed, as this is independent and exclusive to your alarm system.
Being independent of your home phone and internet it gives you the added peace of mind that signals are always sent quickly to the monitoring station. It also allows the system to operate more than one feature at a time, thus multitasking your security efficiently and coherently.
Being able to distinguish the motion detectors outside the property from the smoke detectors inside (and even the doorbell camera from other security cameras) means that accurate data is transmitted to the alarm company without confusion over which is which.
In the event of an emergency, a cellular connection can provide emergency services with reliable time stamps of every event that occurred (ex. front door alarm at 2:00AM or main floor smoke detected fire at 7:00PM). This can be used in court and/or to communicate efficiently with other emergency teams for faster action.
Older security systems used to work with a wired connection, which was tied into your home phone. They were then wired to a separate metal box that housed the actual alarm system and controlled the features you accessed from the keypad.
This was usually located away from the access panel, in a basement, garage, or even under the stairs. On occasion, the wires were placed outside the property, thus becoming exposed to potential criminals.
This system was easy to hack or disarm either by cutting the wires or connecting them to a computer system to gain access and disable it. If the power went out, then this system would too unless there was a backup battery installed.
There was little to safeguard a wired system when it was first devised.
Images from older wired security cameras would be blurry or pixelated and would typically record one frame at a time. This meant that some information could be lost or just not clear enough when needed in an emergency.
Modern security panels will have a built-in “communicator” device dedicated to the cellular connection. If your panel does not have one, talk to your security provider about installing it and upgrading your system.
Also, there is no longer a need for a separate metal box located elsewhere in the house. Everything is centralized in one location with the newer all-in-one security system panels. This also means that the system is safer from potential criminal activity.
Being entirely wireless means that there are no wires to cut, and there are firewalls and other security features in place to prevent hacking.
All the data is kept off-site, usually sent directly to the alarm center servers, or uploaded to the cloud. This makes it harder for hackers to gain access.
In the event of a power disruption in the home, the cellular connection has a backup battery system that prevents it from being turned off or disabled.
However, should the intruder attempt to destroy the panel, a signal is then automatically sent to the alarm center, alerting them of a potential issue before it loses power.
This system operates faster because it is not part of the home’s Wi-Fi. This means that both you and the alarm center have real-time access to the home and situation.
Home security systems are designed to protect your family and home.
The dedicated cellular connection helps guard the system against hacking threats and slow responses due to multiple users on the same network. It even sends an alarm in the event of a power loss.
Unfortunately, criminals are getting smarter, so your home system needs to keep up. This dedicated cellular line is one way of doing so.
With so many features now being controlled from your access panel (including cameras, motion detectors, home automation devices, doorbell cameras, and more), this connection is a secure way to monitor and protect your system and, subsequently, your home, business, and family.
Regular system updates can also be sent remotely to your device from the alarm company.
This feature allows it to always be up to date with additional security measures without you needing to worry about it becoming outdated and exposed.
When you’re ready to increase your security, reach out to Canadian Security Professionals. We can set you up with a specialist who will discuss your security needs. Call us at 1 (877) 494-9911 or click here to speak to a specialist today!
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