What Is Cellular Alarm Monitoring


Hi, DIYers, Joey
from Alarm Grid. And today we’re going to
talk about cellular alarm monitoring. Now what cellular
monitoring is is that it means that
your alarm system has a cellular communicator. And it’s using that
to communicate out to the central station,
to any servers, to the remote access program
that you have with your system, or wherever else
they can send data. Many systems do have cellular
communicator options. They’re usually proprietary
to that particular system or system line. And there are some
third party options that you can use to interface
a cellular communicator on an older system if
that system doesn’t have a cellular
communicator available, or if you want to get it
on a particular monitoring service with a particular
monitoring company. A good example of that is
a cellular communicator called the TG-1 E, or
the Telguard Express. It’s actually a communicator. It’s a little box,
and you wire it up to a wired alarm system,
or all-in-one system, if it can support it. And it’ll actually let
you interface that system with the cellular communicator
and let the system work as a system with
cellular communication. It’s a great option if you
do have an older system, and you don’t want to
upgrade the system itself, and you just want to install
a cellular communicator. Today, though, we’re going to
show you some of the systems that we have on the
board and explain some of the different
cellular communication options that you have in these systems. The first one that we can take
a look at is our 21iP over here. As you can see, it
has a main board. It has an onboard ethernet jack. And it also has an onboard
proprietary cellular communicator. Now this cellular
communicator can support all of the systems communication. So if you don’t have an ethernet
network in the home available, you can install
this board, power it up, and have it run right off
the cellular communicator. What that’ll do for you is let
the system work as a full alarm system. It can report any alarms. It’ll also be able to
be remotely accessed by your monitoring company. And Total Connect 2.0 will
also work with the system. One of the downsides, though,
to cellular communication is that it’s going to be
slower than ethernet or Wi-Fi communication. So if you do have a remote app
and you’re using automation or you’re arming
through it, that’s going to take a
little bit longer to communicate over
the cellular path than it would over an
ethernet or a Wi-Fi network. Over here, we have
the Qolsys IQ2. This system actually has
the cellular communicator built right in. And there’s different models
available that you can buy. Now on all of these
systems, usually you have different options
for which cellular network you’re going to connect to. Most of the time,
it’s Verizon or AT&T, if you live in the States. If you’re in Canada,
sometimes you’ll have the Rogers
option also, depending on which system you have. There’s no difference
between the operation of the cellular
communicator you pick. For example, let’s say, the IQ2. There’s a Verizon version,
and there’s an AT&T version. They’re going to give
you the same operation. You just want to select
the communicator that corresponds to the strongest
signal in your area. That’s why they give you
those different options. So in this panel, the cellular
communicator is built right in, interfaced to the unit. You just install it. You can connect it right
to a cellular network, and it’s good to go. And as far as connecting these
to a cellular network, what I mean by that is when you power
it on, as long as the module is registered and
activated, it’s going to connect to
a cellular network. Each system also
has a different way to activate your cell or module. So if you find that it’s not
working when you activate with your monitoring
company, they’re going to be able to troubleshoot
and diagnose the module and get it working for you. Over here, we have a GC3 system. This is from 2GIG. Just like the IQ2, it works
with the alarm.com service. This system doesn’t have a
built-in cellular module. But the proprietary
cellular module for it easily installs right at
the side of the system. It’s a self-contained unit. You just slide it right
in, and you’re good to go. Down here, we have
the GC2, which is the precursor to the GC3. This also can use
cellular communication. It has a different
module than the GC3. So if you do have
the GC2, make sure you don’t buy a
GC3 cellular unit, or else it won’t
work with the system. This one, the cellular module
actually installs inside of the system itself,
on the main board. It’s not difficult to do. It’s just a different module
than you would use on the GC3. Over here, we have the Honeywell
Lyric, which you may have seen. It’s very popular. This, like the GC3, has a
self-contained cellular module. And it slides right into the
side bay on the system itself. This comes off. The cellular module goes
in, and you’re good to go. Down here, we have an
L7000 from the Lynx line. These, depending on
which panel you have, there is going to be a different
cellular module that is going to be compatible with it. So if you do have
a Lynx panel, I do recommend contacting your
security company or a security professional and
just making sure that you’re going to purchase
the right one for your unit. This, like the GC2, to the
cellular module installs inside of the system itself. It just swings open. You pop it right on the
board, put it back together, and you’re good to go. So that’s pretty much
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