Can I Connect an Android Phone to a DSC Impassa?
Yes, you can connect an Android Phone to a DSC Impassa. To do this, the DSC Impassa must be connected with Alarm.com and be receiving active cellular monitoring service. A user can use the Alarm.com Mobile App on their Android Phone to control their connected DSC Impassa Alarm System.
In order for an Android Phone to control a DSC Impassa System, the Alarm.com Mobile App must be installed. This app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Using this app, a user can login to their Alarm.com account to control a connected DSC Impassa. Once a user is logged-in, they can arm and disarm their system, operate Z-Wave home automation devices and check the current status of sensors.
But a DSC System can only readily connect with Alarm.com if it has active cellular monitoring service. This requires both an Alarm.com compatible cellular communicator and a cellular alarm monitoring plan. Fortunately, the panel comes the cellular communicator already installed. The panel must be running firmware version 1.3 or higher to support a cellular communicator. If the user is an Alarm Grid customer, they will need a Gold or Platinum level monitoring plan. More information about monitoring plans can be found on our alarm monitoring page.
After installing the system, it will need to be activated before the panel will receive cellular monitoring service. This is done remotely by the user's alarm monitoring company. The monitoring company will require some information that is listed on the communicator when doing this. Once the communicator is activated, the user will receive an email with instructions on how to get started with Alarm.com. This requires creating an Alarm.com account then connecting the alarm system. The user will use their Alarm.com credentials to login to the Alarm.com Mobile App on their Android Phone.
Cellular monitoring provides greater benefits than just simply allowing a DSC Impassa System to connect with Alarm.com. Cellular monitoring is widely recognized as being the optimal communication path for an alarm system. This is because cellular monitoring is extremely reliable. Cellular service is almost never down, and the connection is not affected by normal power outages. Additionally, modern cellular speeds are very fast, and an alarm system can communicate very quickly when utilizing a cellular connection. With this in mind, choosing to use cellular communication on DSC Impassa is very important.
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