What Is a Go!Bridge?
A Go!Bridge is an add-on for a 2GIG GC2 System that allows the panel to connect with a local internet network. You will need to add a 2GIG XCVR2 Transceiver Module for the GC2 to communicate properly with the Go!Bridge module. The panel can use the Go!Bridge to communicate with Alarm.com.
Out of the box, the GC2 offers no IP connectivity. The only way to add IP connectivity to the system is with the Go!Bridge module. This device receives power from an AC adapter, and it connects directly with a router through a hardwired ethernet connection. You will also need to add a 2GIG XCVR2 Transceiver Module for the 2GIG GC2 System to communicate with the Go!Bridge. The module will also provide support for up to four (4) 2GIG TS1 Keypads and up to three (3) 2GIG IMAGE1 Image Sensor Modules.
There is one very important thing to remember when using a 2GIG Go!Bridge to connect a 2GIG GC2 System with the Alarm.com Servers. Alarm.com does not offer any discount for internet-only monitoring. An end user will still pay the same price as if they had a cellular communicator for the system to connect with Alarm.com. In other words, you will still need a Gold Level Monitoring Plan or higher with Alarm Grid if you want to use the Go!Bridge module.
Since there really is no discount for using the Go!Bridge, you may as well add a cellular communicator to your GC2 System to serve as a backup communication path. While you will need to purchase the communicator, this will only be a one-time cost. It will not affect your monthly monitoring rate at all. You will still pay the same monthly rate as if you only used a Go!Bridge module or a cellular communicator on its own.
The benefit to using a Go!Bridge alongside a cellular communicator is that it will provide dual-path connectivity for the system. The system will send signals across both paths, and whichever signal goes through first will take action. This will usually be the IP path, as an IP connection is slightly faster than a cellular connection. But the cellular connection will be close behind, and it will serve as a reliable backup in case the internet goes out. As for which cellular communicator to purchase, we recommend either the 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC2 or the 2GIG LTEV-A-GC2, which both connect with the Verizon LTE Network. An AT&T LTE Communicator for the GC2 is currently unavailable.
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