Historically, yes, most security systems have typically required a home phone or other landline in order to provide a steady link to an around-the-clock security monitoring service. However, the overall home security industry has changed as a whole with the rise of cell phones in our day-to-day lives. Today, the sense of comfort that comes with 24/7 monitoring is readily available without the need for a home phone line and the added cost associated with it.
In light of the growing trend of families opting for a family cell phone plan in lieu of a standard landline, it is only logical for security companies to feel the need to evolve with the times. While wireless monitoring was initially designed and implemented as a backup option in the event of a blackout or other event that rendered a home phone inoperable, many home security companies now offer wireless monitoring as a standalone service.
A wireless connection is established and maintained via cell towers near and around one’s home or through the installation of a cellular transmitter installed on your property. Since a wireless connection truly ‘cuts the cord’ your security system is totally independent of a landline, internet connection, and electrical power. This also means that you need not to worry about your system failing in the event due to damaged connections or other sorts of outages.
In addition to the near-perfect connection uptime, there are a number of added benefits to a wireless connection. Since your home security system is directly tied to your cell phone, you can receive text alerts and remotely access your system from across town or cross country. Furthermore, you also have the ability to control home automation features such as remote control of lighting in and around your home, controlling locks to exterior entryways, and adjusting your thermostat to be mindful of your impact on our environment.