What Is Internet Alarm Monitoring?

What Is Internet Alarm Monitoring?

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In this video, Joe talks about internet alarm monitoring and how it works. The options for internet alarm monitoring are wireless WIFI connections or hardwired ...


hi DIYs joy from alarm grid and today we're going to talk about internet alarm monitoring most new alarm systems can support some fashion of internet monitoring whether it be Ethernet or Wi-Fi and they can also support cellular communication too in many instances you're going to have to check with the manufacturer for whatever panel you're working with to see what communication paths it does support but there's a good chance that it will support both of those this comes in different forms and fashions on different systems as you can see on the 21ip over here it has an onboard cellular communicator and has an onboard Ethernet jack but it doesn't support Wi-Fi out of the box or as a system such as the koalas IQ too this has a built in cellular communicator and a built-in Wi-Fi module but it doesn't have an Ethernet jack over here we have the GC 3 which has a built in Wi-Fi communicator and a cellular module it can add to the system this also does not have it Ethernet jack on the system the GC 2 is similar to the GC 3 the links panel on the other hand you can add a Wi-Fi module a cellular module or an Ethernet jack in the system so this will support all three the lyric itself has a built-in Wi-Fi module and you can add a cellular communicator to the system so as you can see each system depending on what you're working with may have a different form of communication but if it's a newer system it's very likely that it can do Internet and or cellular communication now if you are getting your system monitored the best version or best way to set up your communication is to use both paths of communication if the system does support it what this means is that it'll set up in a dual path set up on the system so that if the first path of communication drops the system will automatically switch over to the secondary path if we had a lyric installed in our house and we had dual path communication setup on it when the Wi-Fi drops out if the Wi-Fi goes down it'll automatically switch over to the cellular communication path now that's very useful when using an internet communicator on your system as internet is not that reliable I can go up it can go down it's subject to power outages just regular service updates there's lots of things that can occur that can let your internet drop even in the home if the router reboots or if anything goes on with the Wi-Fi that can also cause an issue with communication on your system now if your alarm system is using that as its only communication path and your internet goes down it won't be able to signal to Central Station if it gets an alarm if you have cellular communication on the system this helps remedy that problem as cellular is much more reliable than Wi-Fi and it will help guarantee or help better guarantee that the signal actually gets to Central Station the downside to cellular right now is that it's not as fast as internet so that if you're using an app or communicating with your system it's not going to be as quick as if you had it connected via ethernet or Wi-Fi cellular though is upgrading every year we're seeing new stuff the new LTE networks that are rolling out those are much faster than the older networks and as time goes forward cellular will become closer and closer to internet speed but having them both set up is the best recommended setup for your alarm system and in fact if you have a choice between only Wi-Fi or only cellular it's almost better to go with only cellular because it's going to give you a more reliable communication path and if everything else around in the area goes down even power there's a good chance that the cellular is still going to be up it's just a better thing to use if it's going to be your only communication path on the system that's not possible though internet communication works just fine for your alarm system just keep be aware that how often it can go down may affect the system actually being able to signal to the Central Station so that's a general overview of internet alarm monitoring if you did enjoy the video feel free to subscribe if you want to be updated when we post future videos click the Update button we'll send you a notification you have any questions at all head over to the website give us a call or jump on chat have a great day and take care