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mln0071

07:55AM | 04/22/05
Member Since: 04/18/05
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I'm thinking about getting a security system installed and I'm trying to do some research.

Does anyone know if you need to have a phone line even with a wireless system? My boyfriend and I only use cell phones and don't have regular phone service.

Any info is appreciated.

Thanks,

mln0071

MistressEll

08:44AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
If you just want a HORN to announce the presence of a threat, then no. If you want the system to "dial out to a monitoring service, or direct dial police/fire" then YES.

When installing such a system, is a good idea to also invest in the function that causes an automatic call or ALARM should the line be CUT, however if your local phone service goes down and you use that "line monitoring" feature to cause a CALL out, be prepaired for false alarm response charges if they are frequent.

Some areas do not allow for direct dialing by alarm systems, without special provisions and expense (911 systems etc.), and some require a special "dedicated line" that only allows contact with said dispatch centers, and those lines have to be "registered" with the dispatch center. Some allow for a shared telephone line to "dial out" direct to dispatch and no extra charge/control (but if your line is "busy" or "in use" obviously it can't dial-out, which is why second lines are usually employed.

Most areas require that your system "dial out" to a monitoring service first. Often times they employ "call backs" and confirmation procedures in the event of a false alarm, but "send help" in the event that confirmation cannot be made. This confirmation procedure can take some time before help is "dispatched" via your local fire/police method, but is better than nothing.

Remember cell service is easily interupted, and therefore relying on such entirely for emergency service is usually not optimum. A back-up "land line" is usually the way such systems are supported. And reliance on telephone services provided via CABLE TV supplies are usually less than reliable.

JMHO. Hope this answers some of your questions. Alarm companies can provide you with good information for your local "market area".

Lollygagger

08:19PM | 08/11/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
my new system is from Apex alarm & requires no phone line for monitoring.

http://www.apexalarm.net/monitronics.aspx

The alarm sending unit is wireless & totaly independant from telephone lines.
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