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As many people are starting to get rid of their home telephone service, they are in search of a cellular or gsm alarm communicator so their system can report alarms to the Central Station.
When it comes to choosing a cellular communicator, aka GSM, there are many options to choose from. The one I would like to introduce and is very popular is the Uplink 2500. This is a universal Communicator and can be used with any alarm system. There is no need trying to figure out which communicator is needed.
The Uplink 2500 cell communicator module is an alarm communicator that sends alarm data to a central monitoring station over the cellular network. The Uplink 2500 hooks into your siren terminals. Depending on what signal is being activated by the terminals, depends on what signal is sent to the central monitoring station. If a burglary signal is activated, the unit would report a burglary alarm to the monitoring station and the same goes for fire.
All GSM and Cellular Communicators usually require a service fee. This fee is typically a separate fee that is required. Some companies will offer a combined fee for monitoring and the gsm fee. Some companies will advertise monitoring for $44.99 which would include the central station monitoring and the cellular fee. When dealing with wholesalers, the fees may be separate. For example one company may charge $8.95/month for central station monitoring, but if you are using a gsm or cellular communicator, you must then also have the gsm cellular service fee. Wholesale price for that fee is typically around $12.50/month. So when you add the two together, you would get $21.45/month for central station monitoring and cellular service. $21.45 is still over 50% less than $44.99 that some companies charge.
So if shopping around and you see two fees for monitoring, do not be alarmed. Not everyone needs both services and they separate the two fees.
We have now added the Honeywell 7847i IP Communicator to our site!! This IP communicator will work for anyone who wants central station monitoring and has a broadband internet connection.
This piece of equipment is very handy if you want central station monitoring service but you don’t have a land-line phone line and/or a GSM cellular communicator will not receive good enough signal in the location that you’re putting it in.
You can also, through Alarmnet service, use this for download programming and Total Connect monitoring add-on service. Total Connect will allow you to remotely/access and control your alarm system and receive notifications of alarm events all through the use of the 7847i.
You can use this as your primary reporting option or as a backup to your phone line. A lot of people are foregoing land-line telephones for VOIP and the Honeywell 7847i IP Communicator makes having monitoring without land-line service an option.
This unit uses 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard or optional 1,024 bit encryption with two-way authentication making reporting through the internet a safe alternative and you never have to worry about your information being compromised. The 7847i also has dial capture features which allows a non-ECP enabled alarm panel to transfer information from it’s phone-line terminals to the IP device and then they are routed to your central station.
The 7847i is also tamper resistant because of the tamper switch under the cover. If someone gets the bright idea to open the 7847i to try and disable it; a tamper signal is automatically sent if you have monitoring.
All-in-all this is a great choice for an alternative to land-line monitoring. You can check out the specifications of the 7847i HERE