Self-Monitoring an Security System

Self-Monitoring an Security System


In this video, Jarrett from Alarm Grid talks about how you can self-monitor an Security System. Self-monitoring means that the system is not connected with a central monitoring station. Instead, the user receives text and/or email alerts so that they can contact the authorities themselves.

When it comes to alarm monitoring, there are some users who do not want their systems connected with a central monitoring station. This might be because they don't want to spend the money, or because they don't feel that central monitoring station service benefits them. In any case, these users can instead elect to go with self-monitoring service. When a self-monitoring user has their system go into alarm, they will receive a text and/or email alert regarding the activity. It will then be up to them to contact the authorities that are needed. This could include police, fire, and/or medical service.

The reason why self-monitoring is possible for Security Systems is because the servers can send notifications to end users regarding any system activity. The way that this works is that the security system will be connected with This is typically done through a cellular connection, though a user may have a dual-path connection with both cellular and IP service. When the system goes into alarm, it will forward the signal to the servers. From there, will forward the alert to the end user so that they may contact the authorities.

Please note that even if you have central station service on an System, you can still receive text and/or email alerts regarding any system activity. But self-monitoring specifically refers to users without central station service. Whether you go with central station service or self-monitoring service should depend upon your needs. Alarm Grid offers both types of monitoring plans.


Hey DIYers, this is Jarrett with Alarm Grid here. Today, we're going to be discussing if you can self-monitor an security system. The answer is, yes, you can self-monitor an security system. But you will need a panel that does have an communicator installed. Now normally the communicators are cellular communicators because the connection is very, very reliable when it comes to a cellular connection. Now if you did want to self-monitor an system, then you could choose a self-monitoring plan that we do provide here at AlarmGrid. We have a couple of different self-monitoring plans, but you have to make sure that it is a plan that supports Now if you wanted to self-monitor your system, just keep in mind that you do not have central-station monitoring. And what I mean by that is that if the alarm were to be triggered and the system is in the alarm state, there's no central station there to be able to dispatch to police automatically according to the situation. So if the alarm were to be triggered, you will be notified via You can receive either a text message notification, email notification, or a push notification. So at least you will definitely be notified that the alarm's going off. But it would depend on the customer or the end user to be able to contact the appropriate authorities, whether that be the fire department or the police department. So if you did want to self-monitor the system, and you don't want to worry about any central station monitoring or anything, then the self-monitoring plans would probably be best for you then. Now when you're using to self-monitor, you can either control through the website or you can control it on your phone with the app. You'll be able to receive the notifications, as we had discussed, and you can arm and disarm the system. You can everything that you want to do with, even with the self-monitoring. You're just not having the central station. So if you're using a self-monitoring plan or a central station monitoring plan, as I said a little bit earlier, it doesn't matter. You're still going to be able to use The only difference between the two plans is that there's no central station involved. So when you're using, it's still going to behave exactly the same, whether it be the email, text message, or push notifications, or arming and disarming. You'd still be able to control Z-wave devices as well, because that is included with the plans that we do provide. And you'll still be able to even view IP cameras remotely as well. So even if you're using the self-monitoring plan, you could still do everything that you want to. You don't have to worry about losing any features or anything. We make sure that you guys still have all those options available. So as this was explained earlier in the video, if you do want to use an self-monitoring plan, then you have to make sure that you do have an panel that has an communicator. So that can be either a 2GIG system, a Qolsys panel, a DSC system, Interlogics. Basically any of those systems. But they normally do use a silent communicator. Now if you did want to use a self-monitoring plan and you did have the correct cellular communicator, most of our customers use either the Self Gold Plan or the Self Platinum Plan. Both of those plans include Self Gold Plan is if you were just doing self monitoring without cameras. And the Self Platinum Plan as if you were doing self monitoring with but you did have cameras. Now the only case that you can use or have access to by using an IP communication is if you use the 2GIG GC2 system and you've had the 2GIG Go!Bridge IP Communicator. Now the 2GIG Go!Bridge is an IP-only communicator that allows the GC2 to connect to a Wi-Fi connection, other than using just a cellular connection. Well, even if you are using that device, you still will need to pay at least for the cellular monitoring plan or a cellular plan. So even if you're using the 2GIG Go!Bridge, it's really no point to, because a cellular is a lot more reliable just using an IP connection anyway. So you do just want to keep that in mind. You might as well use a cellular connection. Or you can even have dual path where you're using the 2GIG Go!Bridge and you have the cellular communicator as well. So the main question was can you self-monitor an system? The answer is definitely yes. If you have any other questions about self-monitoring or alarm systems in general, please contact us that or got to our website, If you found this video helpful, please like and subscribe. If you want notifications of future videos, please click the bell icon. This is Jarrett with Alarmgrid. You have yourself a great day.