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True UL Central Station Alarm Monitoring at affordable pricing. Certificate for homeowner’s insurance discount provided.
Reactivate your existing security system without buying a new system. Honeywell, DSC, GE, Ademco, Interlogix, ADT, 2GIG and more compatibility.
Less expensive than local dealers as well as national brands such as ADT and Brinks. Save big without a 3 year contract!
Free remote configuration of compatible alarm panel and POTS line.
Service available in all 50 states and Canada. Unlimited burglary, fire, medical, freeze, and flood zones.
Affordable UL Central Station Alarm Monitoring Pricing
* Pricing shown includes a 15% annual pre-pay discount. A one-time $10 activation fee applies to all new central station accounts.
- Landline /VoIP Connectivity
- UL Central Station
- No Contract
- Telephone Notification
Standard Alarm Monitoring
Landline using POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) is the standard connection for most home security systems today. Landline alarm monitoring uses your existing telephone connection to communicate with our monitoring facility and doesn’t require an Internet connection. If your security system is triggered, the control panel sends a signal through your phone line to our monitoring facility and begins the emergency response process. Depending on the nature of the problem, our monitoring facility will respond to your alarm and dispatch emergency authorities to your home or business.
Using landline monitoring requires no extra set up and simply connects into your current home telephone line. This is perfect for homes that are in cellular dead-zones or lack high speed internet. It is also the least expensive alarm monitoring solution starting at just $8.95 per month.
VoIP alarm monitoring works similar to POTS with the exception it goes through your cable provider and modem. While VoIP works fine with some cable services, in general it is considered unreliable because VoIP was not designed to carry digital alarm signalling. This is why fax machines do not always work over VoIP as well. A VoIP add-on is much cheaper than keeping your POTS line, but really should just be used for voice communication. Another issue with VoIP is when power fails so does your VoIP service since your modem may loss power unless on a backup battery. POTS landlines do not go offline when power fails though both cable and landlines suffer from potential line cuts from weather or intruders.
While we have many customers successfully using a VoIP connection to our central station we do NOT recommend VoIP because it is just not a reliable communication medium. All major security panel manufacturers and central stations discourage its use. Keep this is mind when weighing cost vs. risk.
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Important Questions and Considerations
Switching to a different alarm monitoring provider is not difficult, with some possible exceptions below. Because our price for real UL central station alarm monitoring is substantially less expensive than most, no contract, and support is better, its a natural move.
- Are you under an existing alarm monitoring contract? Be careful because many contracts have auto renewal provisions that may lock you in for another three to five years at high pricing. Also its common to have a 30 or 60 day termination notification period. Also are there any hidden termination fees they failed to mention? Local dealers and even national dealers such as ADT make a LOT of money on alarm monitoring so they will make it as hard as possible for customers to leave.
- Do you own your alarm equipment? Another reason to read your existing alarm agreement carefully. ADT for example offers “free” home security systems when you sign up for their multiyear alarm monitoring plan. Obviously nothing is free. In this case ADT owns the main equipment such as control panel, keypad, motion sensor. Anything added additional you would own but if you terminate service or do not renew the high priced monitoring they remove “their” equipment leaving you with no working alarm system. Just another sneaky method to retain highly profitable accounts.
- Do you have an active POTS landline or do you have VoIP? This is important because unless you previously had “reliable” monitoring using VoIP its unlikely the VoIP wiring is run to your alarm control panel, only the original POTS wiring. Many people miss this small detail. Its important to know what active communications line runs to your alarm panel, POTS or VoIP.
If you do not have an active POTS or VoIP line running to your alarm panel this will need to be done. You can do this yourself, ask your cable provider to run their VoIP line to the alarm panel, or consider upgrading to cellular alarm monitoring which does not require a line to be run at all and of course is more secure since the cable outside can not be tampered with outside.
- Do you know the “Installer Code” for your alarm panel? In many cases the installing alarm company did not provide this important code to you despite you owning the equipment. This code is used to get into the programming area of your security system. Since the Primary and Backup toll-free Telephone Numbers to our central station, as well as Account Number need to be modified, getting into Program Mode is necessary.
If you do not know the Installer Code nicely ask your existing or previous alarm company for this code. They know what it is since they used it to put their account information into your panel. In some cases dealers will want to send a technician to your home to change the code, and of course charge you for the visit ($100). There is no reason why they can’t tell you this code over the phone. Don’t fall for this last chance to milk you!
Depending on the brand and model alarm control panel there may be a “back door” into your panel if the Installer Code is not known. Honeywell/Ademco Vista panels for example have an easy way to get into Program Mode if the code was forgotten. Others however must be “factory reset” meaning it erases all current configuration (zones, passcodes, etc.) and acts like a new panel out of the box. Reprogramming the panel is NOT something you want to tackle on your own and usually requires a local dealer to assist. Hopefully you know the Installer Code or can get it from the previous dealer without hassle.
One point to mention is “if” you are considering upgrading to cellular monitoring communicators such as the Telguard TG1 which can be programmed remotely by us (no charge) and will fool your alarm panel into thinking its still connected to a POTS line. The Telguard unit will change the account number so there is no need to get into Program Mode at all. They come in both Verizon and AT&T LTE flavors.
See our primer on Resetting the Installer Code on Honeywell Alarm Panels!
Landline Alarm Monitoring Steps
- Make the purchase for UL Central Station Alarm Monitoring. Select billing period: Monthly or Annual. We get an annual prepay discount from our UL central station provider which we pass on to our customers. Annual billing comes with a 15% discount for example. This is NOT a contract rather a prepay discount.
- Complete our Alarm Monitoring Enrollment Form. This details your address, telephone number to verify alarm before dispatch, passcode to validate user, zone information, etc.
- We will send you the primary and backup toll-free telephone numbers for our UL central station as well as new account number. Since we are a low-cost DIY focused alarm monitoring dealer we expect you know your Installer Code and are familar enough to modify the basic dial-out configuration on your own. We can assist if you run into problems of course.
- You will receive an Alarm Monitoring Certification to give to your insurance company agent. Most give a 10% – 20% annual premium discount for a UL monitored alarm system so its important to have this certification.
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