An astounding and unexpected number of people dropping their (POTS) Plain Old Telephone System, for the latest trends in phone service, VoIP. According to Frost & Sullivan there were 100,000 VoIP users at the end of 2003. Only half way to 2004 the number jumped to more than 500,000.
To be drawn to such a change usually associated costs. Traditional phone companies charge fees and use minute by minute, charges associated with long distance. VoIP companiesFees are a flat fee somewhere between $ 15.00 and $ 30.00 U.S. per month for unlimited calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
VoIP works by digitizing voice signals from your phone and sends it over the Internet from your home or business computer. As people seek to make the switch and start saving to count the money they are, they can not recognize that there is a good possibility that they cut the link between their alarm system and monitoring station.Another link that is lost in most cases, traditional 911 services such as VoIP does not capture data for emergency response.
If your alarm goes off because of an attempted break in, there is no time to find out that the monitoring response that you were charged for the original not available for you. The alarm company has no way to know that you shut down services. You should be sending a test signal monthly, to convince themselves that the system works perfectly, nono matter who you are connected through. pointed out that if you are using VoIP, and the signal goes through, but it does not mean that there is always so clear. The volume of traffic on the Internet can and will vary sends the quality of the digitized signal.
If you are fascinated by this revolution in phone services and are dependent on alarm system dispatch as part of your security plan, you should take into consideration and the pitfalls.
* If the power fails to the premise, itis likely that your VoIP will fail if your PC has a backup power source.
* You may not be able to use 911 services.
* Your signal may go through giving you a false sense of security because it may not work next time.
* You can already switched VoIP and not realize that your alarm is not monitored.
I myself have chosen to use VoIP, save money on long distance calls. I maintain a standard limited use phone line to take over for my safetyCommunications, phone 911 and backup should a power failure. The (limited use) phone line, cost me less than $ 15.00 per month and is offset by the savings on my long distance bill.
Cellular Communicators are that your network is sounding the alarm on any available cellular. The unit will be purchased for about $ 200.00 to $ 500.00, and an additional fee of approximately $ 10.00 per month is added to your observations into account.
Some companies AlertRange radio signal transmitted monitoring services, any kind do not depend on telephone lines to transmit the signal from your alarm system. The availability of such services is limited and depends on where you live.
Alarm companies of all sizes are produced with working conditions and providers of VoIP services, to find ways to change in order to integrate properly with these alarm systems telephone communications industry. I would expect many changes in the near future, as this does not seemto be a fad. Be on the lookout for information about these changes so that you always make an informed decision.