The Honeywell GSMX4G is an AlarmNet cellular alarm monitoring communicator that is just like the original Honeywell GSMX in every way except for one very important upgrade. While the GSMX is a 2G cellular alarm communicator, the GSMX4G is capable of 4G cellular alarm communications. Previously, the only AlarmNet cellular alarm communicator that was capable of 4G cellular alarm communications was the Honeywell GSMVLP5-4G which is only compatible with the L5100 LYNX Touch wireless alarm control panel. Now that Honeywell has released the GSMX4G and the GSMV4G, you can upgrade a VISTA Series alarm control panel with a 4G cellular alarm communicator.
Ever since digital cellular alarm communicators were first developed as an answer to the FCC AMPS sunset clause, only 2G cellular communicators were available. The AMPS sunset clause, which took effect on February 18th, 2008, marked the official end of analog cellular services. Since that time, all cellular alarm communicators have used digital cellular GSM technology to reliably and effectively transmit alarm data from an alarm control panel to a central station without the need for a phone line. However, cell phone technology has advanced a tremendous amount since 2008. The days of simply placing calls and sending text messages are over. Today’s cell phones are used to send pictures, stream videos and even make video conferences. All of these great technological advances require large amount of data and that data must be sent quickly for a good user experience. The old 2G cellular technology is not fast enough to support today’s data needs. Therefore, all of the major cellular carriers have been working on new cellular technology that will be able to handle the increased data and increased speeds. While cellular alarm communicators don’t necessarily need the same speeds as a cell phone, and certainly don’t send as much data, they do need to keep pace with the cellular networks that they operate on. Cellular carriers are realizing that they need to abandon the older 2G cellular networks to free up space needed for all the 4G cellular traffic. Unfortunately, if the 2G networks die out, the 2G cellular alarm communicators that use the 2G networks are also going to die out. Just as all alarm users that had analog cellular alarm communicators were required to upgrade to digital cellular alarm communicators, everyone that now has a 2G cellular alarm communicator will need to upgrade to a 3G or 4G cellular alarm communicator. In fact, AT&T, which is the cellular carrier used by all AlarmNet cellular communicators, has announced that they will officially expire the 2G network by December 31st, 2016. By purchasing an Alarmnet GSMX4G today, you are preparing for the future.
The Honeywell GSMX4G cellular alarm communicator is typically used with a VISTA Series alarm control panel but it can also be used with a Honeywell L3000 LYNX Plus wireless alarm control panel. Unlike the GSMV4G which requires a power supply, the GSMX4G was designed with a very low current draw so that it can be powered from a Honeywell control panel’s ECP terminals. The GSMX4G even has a plastic threaded adapter so you can screw it into the top of a VISTA Series alarm cabinet. Simply remove one of the knockouts from the top right of your alarm cabinet and screw the GSMX4G into place.
Of course, as the Honeywell GSMX4G is one of the most advanced AlarmNet cellular alarm communicators available today, it is fully compatible with AlarmNet’s advanced Total Connect 2.0 service.