Can I Arm/Disarm an Interlogix Simon XT From My Phone?
Yes, you can arm and disarm an Interlogix Simon XT from your phone. This is possible using the Alarm.com Mobile App. The system must be configured with the Alarm.com service in order to do this. The system must also have a cellular communicator installed in order to interface with Alarm.com.
The Alarm.com service provides many features for an alarm system. This service allows a user to operate their panel in some very interesting ways. With Alarm.com, a user can arm and disarm their system, check the current status of their sensors and operate Z-Wave devices. By using the Alarm.com Mobile App, all of these actions can be done remotely. This makes it possible for a user to arm and disarm their Interlogix Simon XT from their phone.
But before any alarm system can interface with Alarm.com, it must have a working cellular communicator installed. The Interlogix Simon XT is no exception to this rule. Right out of the box, the Simon XT Alarm System is pretty limited. With no add-ons, it is only capable of using a POTS (plain old telephone service) connection, and it cannot sync with any interactive service. Unless a user plans on using the absolute simplest of monitoring services with their Simon XT, they will want to make some upgrades.
One of the most important upgrades a user can make for a Simon XT System is to add a cellular communicator. In addition to providing access to Alarm.com and control of Z-Wave devices, cellular communication is also vastly superior to POTS communication in multiple ways. Cellular communication is faster and more reliable than POTS connectivity. Since cellular operates wirelessly, it is impossible for a wrongdoer to "cut" cellular service. The same cannot be said for a physical POTS line, which can easily be dug up and cut with scissors or bolt cutters. Plus, unlike WIFI service (which is not possible on a Simon XT), cellular service will continue to function in the event of a power outage. Modern LTE cellular communication is also very fast, and it will ensure that the user receives a quick response in case of an alarm event. All of these considerations make cellular service the gold standard when it comes to communication for alarm systems.
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