The Real Benefits of VoIP alarm service
With the popularity of VoIP (Voice over IP) steadily increasing in recent years,
subscribers have understood the need to monitor home or business security systems
over a VOIP connection. It is technically feasible to accomplish alarm monitoring
through a Voice over IP telephone connection.
Security systems will communicate with alarm monitoring centers using a phone
connection. Security systems will check in with the alarm monitoring center with a
diagnostic signal at a predetermined interval- perhaps once aday. When a security
system is connected to a VoIP service, it will alert the owner or alert the alarm
monitoring center that the customer's connection has been broken.
But there are experts to contradict this viewpoint and say there is are impediments
in connecting an alarm to VoIP. First, there is no alarm manufacturer anywhere that
claims their alarm system is compatible with VoIP. An alarm system, it is to be
noted, is designed to transmit a signal in the event of an emergency.
But alarms have been designed to transmit on a standard analog telephone line only.
If transmitting an alarm signal over VoIP, there will be translation issues from analog
to digital and back. Many signals will be either not received or received with errors.
Of course, there are some alarm companies that claim to offer a solution to the VOIP
issues. They provide an adapter to transmit signals directly over the broadband
connection. This means, it will send the signal alongside and not through your VOIP
There are also other serious objections why monitoring your alarm system through
VOIP is not workable. VOIP depends on the Internet and if for some reason the
internet connection is down or not working properly, the monitoring station might
not be able to receive your alarm signal most needed.
Alarm panels obviously need superior quality telephone connection to effectively
communicate alarm signals over VoIP. If the VoIP connection is under pressure and
the audio quality is rendered poor, the alarm panel will fail to communicate with the
central station. This will make alarm system purposeless for monitoring emergency
situations such as theft or fire.
Your alarm panel may be communicating vital data to your monitoring station, and a
dropped call will seriously impede with this. At times, your alarm signal may go
through without a problem and on the next attempt it will fail for no plausible
reason. Besides, VOIP line, particularly if it cable connection, can be cut or interfered
with by a potential intruder, disrupting your link to the monitoring station.
Traditional phone lines will continue to work even if the power fails, and the
monitoring station will still receive the proper signals. With VOIP, your phone
service, the IP router and/or modem will not operate during a power failure,
preventing any kind of signal transmission from your alarm to the monitoring
The right thing to do is to retain the VoIP telephone service and enjoy all its
benefits and go for a more effective independent alarm monitoring system buying
Wireless monitoring. Cellular alarm monitoring uses a CDMA or GSM connection to
wirelessly communicate your alarm signals much like a cell phone and not failure-
prone like VoIP generally is. It will mean some additional expense per month for the
cellular connection, but a reliable alternative to the not trustworthy VoIP connection.