Verizon LTE Cellular Communicators
If you have an alarm system, then getting it activated for cellular monitoring is very important. Although you can save money by using IP-only monitoring service, cellular monitoring is much more reliable and consistent. Many people may experience sudden internet outages, sometimes for seemingly no reason at all. But if you have good cellular reception, then it is unlikely that you will ever experience cellular outages. Using cellular communication with your alarm system is the best way to ensure that your system remains constantly connected in case an alarm occurs.
Most modern alarm systems have an LTE cellular communicator option available. However, older systems may not have a compatible communicator. You may need to upgrade to a newer alarm system if that is the case. Although there are sometimes ways to work around this, needing to get a new communicator may be a good excuse to upgrade to a new and more robust system. But upgrading to a newer system isn't always the answer. Sometimes it's as simple as adding a new communicator. Our planning department can help you determine your best option.
The cellular communicator is one of the single most important upgrades you can make for your security system. This is the device that will determine which interactive monitoring service your panel connects with. Most Alarm Grid customers use either Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com as their interactive service platform. In order to use Total Connect 2.0, you will need an AlarmNet Communicator. And to use Alarm.com, you will need an Alarm.com Communicator. There are cellular options available for both of these platforms.
By getting a cellular communicator, you will not only be enhancing the reliability of your monitoring service, you will also be allowing yourself to access a robust and reliable platform like TC2 or ADC. These are great services for controlling your system remotely. You can access both services from a web browser or remotely using a mobile app. Remember, you will need a Gold Level Monitoring Plan or higher from Alarm Grid to activate one of these communicators. The Gold and Platinum Plans both include cellular communication as part of their services.
Keep in mind that the LTE communicators on this page all connect with the Verizon LTE Cellular Network. This has nothing to do with your cellular service provider for your smartphone. You can have an AT&T Smartphone and use a Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator for your alarm system. They are considered mutually exclusive, and your cellphone billing is completely separate from your security system. Alarm Grid recommends choosing whichever service works best in your area. If you find that the Verizon Network works best in your area, then you should get a Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator. Users in rural areas might consider getting a cellular antenna or a cellular amplifier to boost the signal strength. This can help you prevent cellular signal loss for your system.