Adding an External Communicator to a DSC PowerSeries NEO
In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to add an external communicator to a DSC PowerSeries NEO Security System. The main reason to add an external communicator to a DSC PowerSeries NEO is to get the system monitored. The system does not have built-in cellular or IP communication capabilities, so you must add a communicator to get it monitored.
Per Alarm.com requirements, a cellular communicator must be registered and activated for the system. This will allow the system to communicate with Alarm.com. When an alarm event occurs, the system will send the notification to Alarm.com. From there, Alarm.com can forward the notification to a central monitoring station and/or the end user directly via text and/or email, depending upon the user's alarm monitoring plan.
The main communicators to consider for the DSC PowerSeries NEO are the DSC TL880LEAT N and the DSC TL880LTVZ N. Both are dual-path communicators, meaning that they use both cellular and IP communication. Cellular connectivity is required for use with Alarm.com, and IP connectivity is just nice to have as an additional communication path. The difference between the two aforementioned communicators is the cellular service provider they use. Whether you go with AT&T LTE or Verizon LTE should depend upon which network provides more reliable service in your area.
Another benefit to adding a communicator to a DSC PowerSeries NEO Alarm System is that it will double as a Z-Wave Plus home automation controller. This will allow you to start building a smart home network around the system. Popular smart home devices include lights, door locks, and thermostats. Since the PowerSeries NEO does not allow for local automation control, you will need to access the Alarm.com platform to operate your connected smart home device. But you can create scenes through Alarm.com to have your smart home devices activate automatically based on a schedule or with certain system events.