Landline (POTS) vs. Cable (Modem) vs. GSM
When it comes to how your security system communicates with the outside world, you have a lot of options. So what’s the difference? Are there any advantages or disadvantages?
A landline, or what is referred to as a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) line is what traditionally has connected your security system to your monitoring service. When security systems alarm, they send a signal over the landline to the monitoring station. This is the way alarms have communicated for many years.
The problem is that if someone wanted to disable your security system, all they would have to do is cut the phone line that comes in to your house from the outside. That one simple action would prohibit your security system from sending any signals to the central monitoring station.
The same is true with cable phones, as well. All a burglar has to do is cut the cable going in to the house and once again — he’s eliminated your security system’s ability to communicate with the monitoring station.
A GSM is a wireless device that communicates over the cellular network. Installing this device provides a few advantages. Most importantly, it eliminates the possibility of a burglar cutting the phone line or cable line, and rendering your system useless. Secondly, it eliminates the need for a hardwired line. A lot of folks still have their landline because their security system requires it. Install a GSM and you have the option of removing the landline altogether, saving you money each month. Finally, it gives you the ability to add remote services, which mean you can access your security system from any connected device.
For those worried about whether or not the device will be in the way — the GSM is usually installed in the closet (where your panel is), so there isn’t a big bulky device that has to sit on your desk or hang in your living room.
What about a bundle?
There are a few companies that offer security in a bundle with phone, TV, and Internet service. Because of their ability to bundle, their prices will likely be lower than ours. But with that lower price comes a huge vulnerability — cut a single wire and the security system won’t be calling anyone when an alarm goes off.
This is not good when you are relying on your security system for you safety, no matter how much money you may be saving.
Using a GSM to monitor your security system increases safety and can reduce cost.
If you’ve been a customer of ours for a few years, you may qualify to get one for free. Want to know? Contact us today and we can review your account.