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Are Phone Line-based Security Systems Still Safe?

phone line home security systemIn today’s highly technological day in age, people have a hard time deciding what they should do to ensure their safety. Many users are switching from older system set-ups to newer set-ups without really thinking about what they’re doing and why they’re making a switch. While there are new forms of Internet and other forms of connectivity that don’t revolve around wireless Internet, it’s not always the best option to simply do away with older systems without doing a little research.

Sure, other options are better, but when you’re asking the question, “Is technology outdated, are phone line based security systems still safe?” the answer is nearly analogously yes. While new communication set-ups might work with your current system, the reality is that each system has positives and negatives that will no doubt affect your decision. Hopefully, this page can address the questions that you might have regarding your current services- and if it doesn’t, feel free to contact us for further details.

One of the first questions that people ask when considering changing their services is the most simple: What should I do?

It can be difficult to decide which system you’d rather rely on. In many situations, the safest decision is to simply contact your alarm company to get all the details. Talk to your existing company about the switch that you’re going to make, and how it affects your communication system, which switches work best with your current alarm system, and what you should do with your phone services.

Most systems these days are robust enough to handle several different communication services. In general, the most popular and reliable services include both telephone lines, cellular radio, Voice over Internet Protocol, and Internet capabilities. Each of these different services offer specific functionalities that aren’t available with other kinds of services.

Why some prefer phone line security systems

Phone line based systems utilize communication signals sent from an alarm monitoring company to your house (and vice-versa) to guarantee your safety from both the household and alarm system to the communication system from your provider. The phone line in question is usually similar to a landline phone, and used the same way between a household and the alarm system.

Pros to this type of phone line based security system

Pros:
-Phone lines, while outdated, seem to provide the most reliable connections of all services. This is because they’re solid, static connections, and there are few ways to effectively change this. In reality, the only way to disrupt the system is to unhook the system- and this weakness can be adjusted, depending on the security you’re wanting.

-Monitoring services through a phone line operate independently of power outages, guaranteeing that you are protected, even if there is a power outage due to inclement weather, looting, or transformer failures. For high profile businesses, or businesses in population dense areas, these services can be invaluable.

Cons:
-Phone lines are pretty much dependent on copper lines, which can be disrupted by both natural (e.g. earthquakes or flooding) and deliberate outages (like someone cutting the cord).

-Traditional phone lines have to have regular dial up systems, and connections that are slower than other services, but these system set-ups are only slightly slower than other systems depending on the circumstance.

Cellular Security Systems

Cellular signals are transmitted in the same fashion as your cell phone, and the transmission of alarm signals come from monitoring stations.

Pros of Cellular Security Systems:
– Cellular data systems carry more info faster than other systems
– Cellular systems are pretty much impossible to tamper with, unless people can disconnect the power from your establishment.

Cons of cellular security systems:
– Cellular services must have power to operate. Systems can run on rechargeable batteries, but they’re so power-intensive that batteries only last between 2-4 hours.

VoIP Security Systems
VoIP works by taking analog systems from analog audio, and turns that data into information that’s transmitted over the Internet.

VoIP security system pros:
– Traditional systems (phone line systems) without any hardware upgrades
– VoIP is more affordable than other services (besides landlines) with more features than cellular services.

VoIP has the same problems as Cellular Services
– VoIP uses voice compression, which distorts the quality of voice traffic.
– VoIP services are dependent on home power systems, and these providers lose connectivity to your home when the power or Internet is out.

Internet-based Security System
Internet security systems connect your alarms to monitoring stations through various Internet modes (e.g. DSL, Cable, or Internet connections).

Pros of Internet Security System
– Internet services are among the most feature rich services out there, and they have many resources for users, like thermostats and other timing features that affect the inter-working of a home.
– Alarms are generated as long as systems are active.

The Cons attached to Internet Services are the same as others, however
– If the Internet is disconnected for any reason, your security loses its viability. The same is true of specific hardware, throttling concerns, and even power requirements. If batteries fail and power goes out, your security isn’t reliable.

Which Service Is More Reliable?

For those who are asking are phone based security systems still safe? The answer is yes it could be, but users need to understand the vulnerabilities with the different forms of security systems and pick which works for them. Phone line based systems are still the most commonly used systems out there because they don’t require power or battery back up to operate. Other forms of monitoring are newer, so they may catch up in time. Phone line are a little slower, but in reality, the slowness is acceptable because costs are greatly reduced over the long run, making landline services a viable option.