There are three connection types that home security companies use in California to monitor alarm systems—landline, broadband, and cellular monitoring. The type of monitoring connection you go with will have influence on your monthly cost and level of security.
This type of monitoring uses a home phone line to connect the professional security monitoring center to your alarm system. Landline monitoring simply connects into your current home telephone line and this is usually an easy setup with most providers.
Pros: Landline monitoring is perfect when you live in an area that doesn’t have good cellular signals, lots of cellular dead-zones, and poor internet speeds. This type of monitoring connection is also the cheapest security option in the market. Some providers have landline monitoring packages starting at only $19.99 per month.
Cons: Although this is the cheapest option, it’s also the least secure. If a burglar were to cut your phone line outside your house, your alarm system would no longer be connected to the security monitoring center—ultimately deactivating your entire system. Of course this type of connection also requires you to have a telephone landline already installed in your home.
As mentioned previous, landline monitoring requires a standard telephone line jack, but most modern households are replacing their main home phone line with mobile phone plans. With broadband monitoring, the alarm system is connected through your existing internet connection using ports on your modem or router.
Pros: This type of connection, in most cases, is around four times faster than a landline connection. This means the professional security monitoring center will receive notifications within 2 seconds following an incident. Broadband connection is also the perfect setup for adding full home control by arming and disarming your system and monitoring video footage from anywhere in the world using mobile apps.
Cons: This type of connection will be a higher monthly cost and still can be disabled by cutting internet cables outside your house. The alarm system will also go out in the event of a power outage or you experience internet downtime from your internet service provider.
As the home security landscape continues to evolve, the latest in technical advancements is the cellular monitoring connection. This has become the main featured monitoring type provided by most security providers. Cellular monitoring is the most advanced connection type and uses a cellular uplink to connect your alarm system to the security monitoring center.
Pros: This is the most secure option available. Unlike landline and broadband, there are no wires to cut which equals less vulnerability. Plus this monitoring type is usually the same costs as broadband, making it the most popular choice.
Cons: If you live in an area with a cellular dead-zone then unfortunately you might not be able to take advantage of this monitoring type. However, most populated cities and towns have great cellular coverage these days, which is why most modern homeowners choose this option.