Connecting Your Home Security System to Your Phone
If you have an older security system protecting your home, it probably uses a traditional telephone line to transmit signals to a central monitoring station. However, the advent of wireless technology has made a telephone an even more integral component of a modern security system. Specifically, you can now connect a phone and alarm system without relying on a landline.
Smart Alarm Systems
Recent technological developments have caused security systems to evolve. Smart security systems are very different from systems of the past. Basically, a smart security system puts more control in your hand. With older systems, you would always have to go through the security company to make changes to your system. Now, you have the most control when it comes to your system and your protection.
You can access and control your security system directly through devices at your home. You can get into the system directly in your home, wherever it is installed. Even when you’re not at home, you can still use the system through any device that is connected to the internet, like a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Another feature of smart alarm systems is that they are highly interactive. You have the ability to access and edit your security settings and preferences at any time and from anywhere. When you’re on vacation, you can switch on the lights every evening to deter burglars. If you leave home for an evening out but realize you forgot to lock the front door, you can lock it.
The biggest perk of a smart security system is that you can use it from anywhere. As long as you are connected to Wi-Fi or have data roaming on, you can access your system. Unless you are in an area with no Wi-Fi and very limited satellite towers providing internet access, you can use your system whenever you need to.
Smart alarm systems give you even more benefits than older models. It gives you the power to choose exactly how you want to use your system and lets you use it wherever you are.
The Benefits of Cellular Technology for Security System Monitoring
If you’re like most people these days, you probably have a smartphone within easy reach as you read this post. The same cellular technology that transmits signals to and from your smartphone can also deliver signals to a security system’s monitoring station. Connecting your phone to an alarm system via wireless technology for monitoring purposes offers advantages over a hardwired connection
With a wireless connection to your home or commercial security system, you don’t have to worry about cut wires. With a landline phone connection, an enterprising burglar can disable a security system’s monitoring capabilities simply by cutting the phone line outside your home. This can’t happen with wireless technology. When you’ve taken the time and made the decision to install a video security system and spent the money on the system, you don’t want it to be compromised so easily. A security system is supposed to give you a greater peace of mind — and if you are constantly worrying about the integrity of your landline-connected security system, it is not doing what it should be doing. A wireless connection through your mobile phone takes away the worry that you may feel with a wired system.
Many homeowners have already ditched their landline phones, as the use of smartphones often makes them redundant. Wireless monitoring prevents the need to take on the expense of reinstalling and maintaining a landline phone. It would be unfair to require someone to use a landline for their security system. You would not only be taking on the new cost of installing and maintaining your security system, but also that of a landline that would never be used.
Abandoning landlines is common amongst many different demographics. With younger generations, it is increasingly common that a person has never had a landline in their home. When your security system is adapting to advances in technology, you know that it will continue to do so in the future.
Security alarm monitoring is helpful to both homeowners and business owners. Everyone wants their loved ones and belongings to be safe at all times. But you can’t always be there to keep an eye on your home yourself. That’s where your security system comes into play. It can help you do all of the things when you’re away that you would want to do from home.
For a business owner, your business is your livelihood. No matter what type of business you have, you probably have things on your property that are key for your business. Retail store owners keep their inventory on-site, and many businesses have expensive tools and equipment. A burglary could be devastating to a business owner. Installing a security system could help prevent something bad from occurring at your business. Even if an incident were to occur, a video monitor could help catch the criminal and get back whatever was taken.
The ease of use and convenience you get from using cellular technology is unbeatable. When you’re relying on a security system to help keep your home and family safe, you want it to be able to work as well as possible. This type of system will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.
You Can Also Manage an Alarm System Through a Phone
A smartphone can also serve a convenient, user-friendly remote management tool for your security system. If your system includes security cameras to monitor your property, you can use your phone to view live and recorded camera feeds while you’re at work, running errands or traveling. You will be able to keep a close watch on your kids or pets or simply check on the status of your property even if you are many miles away.
In the past, you needed a landline to set up and access your security system. However, with new technology, that is no longer the case. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, security systems adapted along with the new technology. These technological advances make using your security system much easier. So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I need a landline for a home security system?” the answer is “no.”
Other ways you can manage your alarm system through your phone include remotely locking and unlocking doors if you need to let people inside your home while you’re away, as well as turning interior and exterior lights on and off. You’ll even have the power to control thermostat settings and the operation of home appliances, which can make your home more energy efficient. Most of these “smart” security systems provide immediate text, email or phone call alerts whenever someone or something trips a sensor or activates an alarm.
A simple way to control the security features of your home is through an app on your mobile phone. However, you need a smartphone to be able to use this tool. The app you use will depend on the security system you have in place. The company that made your system may have developed their own app for your phone or made the system compatible with an already established app, such as Alarm.com.
Mobile applications make security for your home and business simple. Everything you need is all in one place and they have a simple interface and may even give you a tutorial on how to use them. With other types of security systems, like a landline-connected system, you would have to phone in, wait for someone in the call center to answer and then finally make your request. You can do the same thing in seconds when you use a mobile app. Depending on your system, you can do the following things all through your phone:
- Close garage doors
- Lock doors and windows
- Turn lights on and off
- Watch live video from cameras set up inside and outside your home
- Communicate with your security company
Using your cell phone to access your security system makes it simple. If there is even the potential for an emergency, you want to be able to access your system as quickly as possible. Mobile technology allows you to use your home or business security system whenever you need to, whether it is an emergency or you just want a quick check.
How to Connect a Phone to an Alarm System
The best way to connect a phone to an alarm system is to enlist the services of a professional home security company. If you live in the Phoenix, Tucson, or Mesa, AZ area, Titan Alarm, Inc. has the experience and expertise to design and install a state-of-the-art system featuring wireless phone connectivity. Contact us for more information and to schedule a no-obligation home security consultation today.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.