Is there an LTE Communicator for VISTA 21iP Panels?
Yes, there is an LTE communicator for VISTA 21iP Panels. In fact, there are four. The Honeywell LTE-XA, LTE-XV, LTE-IA, and LTE-IV will all work with a VISTA 21iP and allow the system to communicate across an LTE cellular network. This will allow for communication with AlarmNet360.
In terms of cellular communication, LTE networks represent some of the latest and most advanced technology. The name LTE actually stands for "Long Term Evolution", and these networks are even faster and more reliable than the 4G networks. At this time, the LTE modules are recommended for anyone who is looking to add cellular communication functionality to their Honeywell VISTA 21iP System. However, if your system has an older module, like the Honeywell GSMX4G, it should continue to work just fine, as long as the cellular network it connects with is still in operation. Both AT&T and Verizon have stated that they plan to support their respective LTE cellular networks well into the very distant future.
The LTE-IA and the LTE-IV are referred to as "dual-path" communicators. This because they utilize both IP connectivity and cellular connectivity. Cellular communication is typically seen as more reliable, but it never hurts to have an additional communication path available.The LTE-IA connects with the AT&T LTE Network and hardwired ethernet, while the LTE-IV connects with the Verizon LTE Network and hardwired ethernet. Meanwhile, the LTE-XA and LTE-XV do not use any internet connectivity, and they rely exclusively on cellular. Remember that you will need to remove the jumper for the VISTA 21iP's internet jumper before you can use an external communicator. More information can be found here.
The only difference between the Honeywell LTE-XA and the Honeywell LTE-XV Cellular Communicators is the repective cellular network with which they connect. The LTE-XA connects with the AT&T LTE Network, while the LTE-XV connects with the Verizon LTE Network. If you're trying to decide between these two units, you should select whichever network works more reliably in your area. Remember, this has nothing to do with your personal cellular service plan that you use with your phone. This is an entirely separate service. But you will need a monitoring plan that provides cellular connectivity. All costs for cellular service are covered by your alarm company, and they will be passed onto you as part of your monthly service fee.
There are many advantages to connecting your alarm system with a cellular network. All alarm systems should have some method for sending outbound communication signals, and cellular connectivity is arguably the most reliable communication method available. Cellular service almost never goes down, and it will continue to function when the power goes out. Additionally, cellular connectivity will allow your VISTA 21iP Alarm System to work with the Total Connect 2.0 service. This is an interactive platform that you can access through your smartphone or through a website. By accessing your TC2 account, you can arm and disarm your system, check the status of sensors, control smart home devices and more.
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