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Practicality of Wireless Burglar Alarms
Since a wireless burglar alarm doesn’t need to be constantly connected to a phone line, it can be used even in some emergency situations. Some burglars may cut the landline before entering a home, assuming that this will also disable the security system. If the phone lines in your area are damaged, it can prevent your monitored security system from reporting an emergency. If you are using internet phone service or VOIP, an internet outage or a simple power outage will disable your home telephone. A wireless burglar alarm provides both a practical and useful solution to these problems.
How It Works
Cellular monitoring works a bit differently from traditional security monitoring. The security system usually comes with a digitial cellular transceiver, which is installed directly into the system’s control panel. To activate the service, you usually need to establish a service contract, which will cost you extra each month. The terms of this contract depend on the company from which you receive the cellular service.
When the system detects an intrusion, one of two things may happen:
If the system is designed to work as a backup to an existing landline phone, it will first check for a landline dial tone. If no dial tone is present, the system will use a wireless cellular signal to reach the monitoring station.
If the system is designed to work as a replacement for a landline monitored security system, it will immediately use the cellular line to broadcast an elert to the monitoring station.
A home security system without landline, that uses wireless monitoring technology can usually be integrated with most of the same sensors as landline security systems. This includes:
- Carbon Monoxide Sensors
- Smoke Detectors
- Glass Break Sensors
- Motion Detectors
- Video Surveillance