Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ - Verizon LTE Cellular Communicator for Simon XT, XTi & XTi-5 Reviews
Submitted on 04/22/2020 Alarm Grid
The Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ is a Verizon LTE Communicator and Z-Wave controller for an Interlogix Simon Series Alarm Panel. The module works with most Simon XT, Simon XTi, Simon XTi-5, and Simon XTi-5i Systems, though there are some firmware requirements to keep in mind. By installing and activating this communicator, your Interlogix Simon Series Panel will be able to communicate with the Alarm.com Servers for monitoring service. Just be aware that you will need a monitoring plan that includes cellular service and access to Alarm.com in order to activate this communicator. Overall, this is a great no-frills cellular communicator for the compatible Interlogix Simon Systems. We give it a 5 Star rating.
There are many things to like about the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ. For one, it provides reliable cellular connectivity through the Verizon LTE Network. Cellular connectivity almost never goes down or becomes unavailable, making it arguably the single best communication path for an alarm system. And as an LTE communicator, you can expect this module to keep your system monitored well into the very distant future. We also appreciate the fact that a Z-Wave controller is built-in, as it will open up many home automation possibilities for your Interlogix Security System.
There are some downsides to keep in mind when using the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ. The most glaring is that there are certain firmware requirements to use the module. If you have a Simon XT, it must be at least firmware version 1.3. Updating older firmware can be difficult or impossible, so make sure to check the firmware first if you have a Simon XT. You should also be aware that older versions of the Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ may have trouble interfacing with Simon XTi-5i Systems. Fortunately, any new model you purchase on our site will not have this issue and will work with Simon XTi-5i Systems. But this is something to keep in mind if you come across an older model somewhere else. Finally, you should be aware that there are newer and more advanced Interlogix Simon Communicators that offer dual-path connectivity (LTE & IP) and Z-Wave Plus functionality. The Interlogix 600-1040-XT-LTE-VZ is much less advanced and more of a "no-frills" option.
The Interlogix 600-1048-XT-LTE-VZ is good for what it is. It will provide your Simon System with reliable monitoring service, and for some people, that's enough. For that reason, we give it 5 Stars.
Good: Reliable Connectivity, Verizon LTE Network, Built-In Z-Wave Controller
Bad: Firmware Requirements, Older Models Cannot Interface w/ Simon XTi5i, More Advanced Communicators Available
Bottom Line: 5 Stars