DSC 3G8055IAT

Alarm.com AT&T Communicator for Impassa w/ Image Sensor Module

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The DSC 3G8055IAT is an AT&T cellular communicator for use with a DSC Impassa Alarm System. The module will allow the panel to be used with the Alarm.com service for remote operation. Cellular communication provides superb reliability. Get your DSC Impassa online with this communicator.
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Description

The DSC 3H8055IAT Alarm.com AT&T Communicator provides cellular monitoring service for a DSC Impassa. Cellular monitoring is known for its excellent reliability and fast speeds, making it the optimal communication path for an alarm system. The panel will also be able to access Alarm.com.

There are a couple of key advantages that cellular monitoring provides over IP monitoring. Cellular service almost never goes down, which means a user shouldn't have to worry about sudden outages. Another advantage is the fact that cellular service will continue to work when the power is out. The same cannot be said for an internet connection, which is dependent upon electricity.

The other advantage to the DSC 3G8055IAT is that it allows the DSC Impassa to be used with Alarm.com. This is an interactive service platform that a user can access at any time to control their alarm system. Alarm.com allows users to arm and disarm their system, check the status of security sensors, control Z-Wave smart home devices and more. The service can be accessed through a web browser or remotely using the Alarm.com Mobile App on iOS or Android devices.

The DSC 3G8055IAT also allows various add-ons to be used with a DSC Impassa. The module has a built-in Z-Wave controller, and it will allow the user to integrate various Z-Wave smart home automation devices with their Impassa. These devices can be controlled from Alarm.com using the web browser or the mobile app. The cellular radio also includes an image sensor module, allowing an image sensor (purchased separately) to be used with the system. An image sensor is basically a motion sensor with a built-in camera that takes a picture whenever the device detects motion. The image will then be available for viewing on Alarm.com so that the user can see what activity is occurring in their home or business.

Brand: DSC

Reviews
Defunct Module
Submitted on 06/05/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC 3G8055IAT is a defunct communicator and image sensor module for the DSC Impassa Security System. This communicator allowed for connectivity with the AT&T 3G Network, and it also allowed a compatible image sensor to be used with the system. AT&T is currently in the process of shutting down their 3G network, and the communicator can no longer be activated for new alarm monitoring service. If you have a DSC 3G8055IAT Communicator that is currently activated, then you can continue to use it until AT&T formally shuts down the associated network. This is expected to occur sometime in 2022. For anyone looking for a new communicator for an Impassa System, we recommend getting one of the LTE communicators that are available instead. And anyone with an existing DSC 3G8055IAT should make sure to upgrade to a new communicator (or a new system) as soon as possible. As for the DSC 3G8055IAT, we only give it a 3 Star rating.

There are some positive aspects regarding the DSC 3G8055IAT. As a cellular communicator, it provides reliable monitoring service. In fact, cellular communication is generally recognized as being the single most reliable communication path available for a security system. The fact that this communicator allowed for connectivity with Alarm.com was also a nice touch, as that is an outstanding remote monitoring and automation platform. The DSC 3G8055IAT doubles as a Z-Wave controller so that you can build an automation network around the Impassa for use with Alarm.com. And we also like the fact that the DSC 3G8055IAT provides support for an image sensor module.

But the downsides for the DSC 3G8055IAT should not be ignored. The communicator can no longer be activated for monitoring service. And once AT&T shuts down their 3G network, the communicator will stop working entirely. Like any Impassa Cellular Communicator, the DSC 3G8055IAT must be physically installed inside the panel. As these downsides are very significant, we can only give the DSC 3G8055IAT a score of 3 Stars.

Good: Reliable Monitoring Service, Alarm.com, Z-Wave, Image Sensor Support

Bad: Can No Longer be Activated, Will Stop Working After Network Shutdown, Must be Installed

Bottom Line: 3 Stars

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