Can I Install an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 Myself and Still Get Monitoring?
Yes, you can install an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 yourself and still get monitoring. It makes no difference to a DIY monitoring company who installed the alarm system, whether that be a DIY user or a professional installer. All that matters is that the system can send outbound signals.
If an alarm system can successfully send outbound signals, then it will be able to receive monitoring service. Sending outbound signals is necessary for the system to communicate with a central monitoring station or with an interactive services network. By sending out these signals, an alarm system is able to alert others to a potentially serious alarm event. In addition, most modern systems should also be capable of receiving signals so that they can receive firmware updates and incoming commands.
For the Interlogix Simon XTi and XTi-5 Systems there are only two possible communication paths that can be used for monitoring. By default, these systems are only capable of supporting a POTS (plain old telephone service) connection. Unfortunately, this is a largely outdated technology that offers slow speeds and unreliable connectivity. But without any upgrades, this is the only type of connection possible with these systems.
Fortunately, there is a much better option. That is to install a cellular communicator and get cellular monitoring service. Modern cellular service is widely seen as the gold standard for alarm systems. It provides very fast speeds, and the connection is incredibly reliable. In fact, the loss of signal is almost unheard of for a stationary alarm system receiving a consistent cellular connection. Cellular monitoring service is also nearly impossible for potential intruders to tamper with, making it the best way to protect your home or business.
Additionally, a cellular connection will allow the user to use their system with the Alarm.com interactive services platform. This service can be used to arm and disarm the system, check the current status of sensors, control Z-Wave devices and more. And with the Alarm.com Mobile App, all these actions can be performed remotely as well. This is yet another reason to upgrade to cellular monitoring.
But whether a phone line connection or cellular service is used, it does not matter who set it up. If you installed the system yourself and everything is working properly, then you will certainly be able to receive monitoring service.
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