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What Is Internet Alarm Monitoring?

What Is Internet Alarm Monitoring?

Hi, DIYers. Joey from Alarm
Grid, and today we’re going to talk about
internet alarm monitoring. Most new alarm systems
can support some fashion of internet monitoring, whether
it be ethernet or Wi-Fi, and they can also support
cellular communication too, in many instances. You’re going to have to
check with the manufacturer for whatever panel
you’re working with to see what communication
pass it does support, but there’s a good chance that
it will support both of those. This comes in different
forms and fashions on different systems. As you can see on
the 21IP over here, it has an onboard
cellular communicator and has an onboard
ethernet jack, but it doesn’t support
Wi-Fi out of the box. Whereas a system such
as the QOLSYS IQ2, this has a built in
cellular communicator and a built in
Wi-Fi module, but it doesn’t have an ethernet jack. Over here, we have the GC3,
which has a built in Wi-Fi communicator and a
cellular monitor light you can add to the system. This also does not have an
ethernet jack on the system. The GC2 is similar to the GC3. The Lynx panel,
on the other hand, you can add a Wi-Fi
module, a cellular module, or an ethernet
jack in the system. So this will support all three. The Lyric itself has a
built in Wi-Fi module, and you can add a cellular
communicator to the system. So as you can see,
each system, depending on what you’re working with,
may have a different form of communication. But if it’s a newer
system, it’s very likely that it can do internet
and/or cellular communication. Now, if you are getting
your system monitored, the best version or best way
to set up your communication is to use both paths
of communication if the system does support it. What this means is that it
will set up in a dual path setup on the system, so that if
the first path of communication drops, the system will
automatically switch over to the secondary path. If we had a Lyric
installed in our house and we had dual path
communication set up on it, when the Wi-Fi drops out,
if the Wi-Fi goes down, it will automatically
switch over to the cellular
communication path. Now, that’s very useful when
using an internet communicator on your system, as Internet
is not that reliable. It can go up, it can go down. It’s subject to power outages,
just regular service updates. There’s lots of things
that can occur that can let your internet drop. Even in the home, if
the router reboots or if anything goes
on with the Wi-Fi, that can also cause an
issue with communication on your system. Now, if your alarm
system is using that as its only communication
path and your internet goes down, it won’t be able
to signal to central station if it gets an alarm. If you have cellular
communication on the system, this helps remedy that
problem, as cellular is much more
reliable than Wi-Fi, and it will help guarantee
or help better guarantee that the signal actually
gets to central station. The downside to
cellular right now is that it’s not as
fast as internet, so that if you’re using
an app or communicating with your system,
It’s not going to be as quick as if you
had it connected via ethernet or Wif-Fi. Cellular, though, is upgrading. Every year, we’re
seeing new stuff. The new LTE networks
that are rolling out, those are much faster
than the older networks. And as time goes
forward, cellular will become closer and
closer to internet speed. But having them both set up
is the best recommended setup for your alarm system. And in fact, if
you have a choice between only Wi-Fi
or only cellular, it’s almost better to go with
only cellular because it’s going to give you a more
reliable communication path. And if everything else around in
the area goes down, even power, there’s a good chance
that the cellular is still going to be up. It’s just the
better thing to use if it’s going to be
your only communication path on the system. If that’s not possible,
though, internet communication works just fine for
your alarm system. Just be aware that how
often it can go down may affect the system
actually being able to signal to the central station. So that’s a general overview
of internet alarm monitoring. If you did enjoy the video,
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Reader Comments

  1. At approximately 35 seconds, Joe mentions that the Vista-21iP has an onboard cellular communicator, as well as an ethernet jack. He meant that the system being shown has an onboard cellular communicator. The Vista-21iP does not come with the cellular module, and currently only supports the AT&T Vista-GSM4G module in conjunction with the built-in ethernet connector.

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