Total Connect vs. Alarm.com

Total Connect and Alarm.com provide very similar offerings for end users. The type of service you use will depend on what type of security panel you own. If you have a Honeywell system, you will use Total Connect. Most other security systems will connect with the Alarm.com service.

There are very few differences between the actual Total Connect and Alarm.com services. The most notable is that Alarm.com requires any alarm system that is set up with their service to have an active cellular connection. While an IP connection can also be used with Alarm.com, a cellular connection is always required. Meanwhile, Total Connect does not require a cellular connection, and a panel can access Total Connect with strictly an IP setup.

The only other difference is relatively minor. On Alarm.com, it is possible to set up security cameras with a continuous 24 hour streaming schedule. On Total Connect, this is not possible, and recording will only take place when motion is detected on a Honeywell IP Camera.

Total Connect
Alarm.com
Companies
Strictly Honeywell 2GIG, Qolsys, others not sold by Alarm Grid
Compatible Panels Vista Series, Lynx Series, Lyric Controller IQ Panel, IQ Panel 2, GC2, GC3
Z-Wave Home Automation
Yes Yes
Check Sensor Status
Yes Yes
Remote Arm/Disarm
Yes Yes
Video Surveillance
Yes Yes
Video Cameras Honeywell IP Cameras Alarm.com Cameras
Recording Schedule Only when motion is detected 24 Hours with SVR
Mobile App
Yes Yes
Max Locations
100 Unlimited
Connection
IP or Cellular Cellular is required, but IP is also supported.
Real-Time Alerts Yes Yes
Geo-Fence Yes Yes

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