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The Real Benefits of Voip Alarm Service

The Real Benefits of Voip Alarm Service

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Published by: joee on Jan 11, 2010
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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 service. 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 station. 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 failureprone 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.

Source: http://www.vylmedia.com

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