Honeywell Security – Protecting The Life Blood Your Alarm System
Protecting the life blood of your security system – The Phone Line
Security systems use the home telephone line to transmit alarm signals to the central monitoring station. This is achieved by connecting a 4-conductor wire between the security panel and the main phone company’s box.
It’s extremely important that the connection is made the proper way to achieve what’s known as line seizure. It guarantees that a dial tone is available for the security system to call out on. Without line seizure, a thief could produce a busy signal by calling the home or by taking the phone of the hook. This would prevent the company providing your home security service from receiving any signals.
The alarm technician is expected to connect the incoming telephone line to the security panel first and then feed the home phone line from the security panel. You need to make sure to see if this has been done.
Have you lately changed to phone service to VOIP?
A call to the alarm company is required to check the phone connection to the security panel. Often times, the cable company will disconnect the phone connection to the security system and attach it to their equipment. The homeowner does not realize there is a problem simply because there’s no apparent change to the phone service.
One more tip to keep your home security service working: If you upgrade your Internet connection to high speed DSL, there might be a compatibility problem which can prevent your system from dialing out. To fix this problem, you may pay your alarm company a service call fee to come to your home and install a DSL filter.
Although utilizing your existing phone line is the most cost-effective way to inform the police, it does leave your home vulnerable if your phone line is cut.
Burglars use this vulnerability to aid cover up the crime. When the homeowner returns, their initial shock turns to anger when they recognize how easy the home security monitoring was defeated. The good news is that there is a solution obtainable.
Set up cellular-backup equipment to your alarm system and never be worried about a cut phone line again! Adding this equipment to a home security system converts your outdated monitoring method into a ultra secure system just like many banks and big business. As soon as installed, your burglar alarm will use your phone line as your primary means of notifying the authorities but if your phone line is cut then the company monitoring your home security system will be notified by means of the cellular network.
Who knows the burglar might get overconfident and stay in your home longer giving the police a chance to catch them. The majority of security companies will charge an additional fee for monitoring a home alarm system utilizing cell-backup on top the normal monitoring fee.
Even though the fees can get pricey, it’s well worth the peace of mind you’ll have knowing you and your home thoroughly protected. Check your insurance policy to find out if there’s a discount given for home security monitoring.
The bottom line is the phone line is the lifeblood of your home security service, you need to test your system on a regular basis and make sure you notify the alarm company if you make any changes to your telephone service