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 DIY Alarm Monitoring vs Professional Alarm Monitoring?


If you currently have a security system you may be wondering what is the difference between DIY alarm monitoring and professional alarm monitoring? DIY alarm monitoring services – Works when your home or business security system sends its alarm signals directly to your smart device via push notifications and or email’s. Once you receive these alarm signals it will be up to you to dispatch the proper authorities if need be. When thinking about activating DIY alarm monitoring keep in mind that your security system must have the ability to integrate with a interactive alarm monitoring application such as Honeywell’s total connect 2.0,, Telular home control etc… As these interactive security software’s are what allow for notifications from your security system back to your smart device’s.

Professional alarm monitoring – The way this works is if you think of your security system as a data center, that data than needs a method of transmitting those signals to a alarm monitoring station. Typically your security system can transmit this data via phone line/voip services, broadband internet, WiFi, Cellular or dual path communications. If GEOARM receives alarm signals from your security system we will analyze those signals, reach out to your emergency call list that you have provided to us, if there is no answer or a wrong password is given we will dispatch the proper authorities to your location for police, fire or medical services. In most cases if you are activating your security system for insurance purposes this will be the option you are going to want to go with. Reason being is because in order to meet most insurance company requirements for a certificate of alarm they want to have your security system signals picked up by a professional alarm monitoring company.

For the lowest no-term contract alarm monitoring rates contact GEOARM Security at 1-877-443-6276.

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 How to Choose an Alarm Monitoring Company?

When selecting an alarm monitoring company there will be a few things to out look for before making your decision. Try to find an security company that provides top notch and consistent monitoring services, a large selection of security systems, interactive software and applications that integrate with your smart devices for remote control, a broad selection of FAQs and most importantly a plethora of online how to videos for easy technical support.

DIY Home and Business Alarm Monitoring

Home and Business Alarm Monitoring Services

1. Alarm Monitoring Services –  No-TERM Contracts or Hidden Fees!

This is one of the most important aspects to look at before making your decision. You will want to make sure the alarm monitoring company of choice is A+ in the BBB and has a response time of 15-20 seconds or better. The faster the they can receive the alarm signals the faster the proper authorities can be dispatched. Search for an monitoring company that has been in business for a long period of time. This will give you  peace of mind that they will stand the test of time so you don’t go unprotected. In this day an age you will want to look for a company that is transparent in its business model and doesn’t try to collect using the backdoor method. This is where companies state they will provide equipment for “free” as long as you sign up for a long term contract. Using basic math multiplying the monthly rate by the number of months of the contract you come up with the total cost of the equipment and services “not free”. One problem with this type of service is that when your contract runs out with these types of alarm monitoring companies they usually manipulate their alarm panels to be proprietary meaning these systems can only be used if you use their alarm monitoring services. They continue to charge you the same inflated rates and you end up paying for your alarm system over and over again. When you dig a bit deeper and read the contract you can also find these companies hold the right to raise your fees during the contract period. So what you thought you were agreeing to pay can gradually be raised at the discretion of the alarm monitoring company and if you don’t pay those fees you can be reported to credit agencies because you agreed to pay for a long period of time. Try to find an alarm company that presents all of the costs of the systems upfront, low setup/activation fees and low monthly fees. These types of companies will give you a better long term security solution.

Wide Variety of DIY Security Starter Kit's

Variety of Security Systems for Alarm Monitoring Services

2. Selecting a Security System?

When searching for an alarm monitoring company make sure that they offer security system kits from a variety of manufactures with a selection of communication paths including cellular and dual path. Each system has different available options so one system may fit your criteria better than another. If a company only offers one type of system they may be biased in selling you a system that may not be the best fit for you and your family. For example some systems only have a AT&T cellular communicator option’s and you need a security system compatible with Verizon. Look for a company with a variety because they can size your circumstance and recommend security system that will best suit you.

In addition the company you end up going with make sure they offer you an extensive selection of additional parts at reasonable prices in case you want to add additional alarm sensors such as glass break detectors, panic buttons, flood sensors etc… Most security systems these days can offer you z-wave home automation features and cameras so while investigating make sure the alarm monitoring company you go with is able to provide these services and products.

3.  Alarm Monitoring Customer Support 

The alarm company you choose should provide you with an extensive collection of online how-to-videos for your alarm system and an FAQ section that can assist you with getting through various troubleshooting issues. Look to see if the company’s webpage provides you with an online live chat and a toll free number where an actual representative can be reached. Lastly, you want to make sure the alarm monitoring company you choose provides remote customer support where they can remotely access your alarm control panel and handle most troubleshooting issues without having to send a technician. This is a much more modern way to correct errors with these security systems and can save you hundreds if not thousands of your hard earned dollars.


 How will the 2G Cellular Sunset Affect my Security System?



Some may be asking how will the 2G sunset affect my security system and why are they getting rid of it? What exactly is 2g technology? 2G stands for second generation wireless cellular technology. This mode of communication has been around for quite some time since 1991 actually and has been used in security systems for years. 2G was a huge innovation for its time it replaced the old 1G format which was analog signals. There was a huge difference between 1g and 2g in two different manors. The first being 1g analog signals were much slower as far as getting the information from one point to another. Second, the signals from 1g were not encrypted so data could be intercepted much easier. 2G signals marked the first digital cellular signals meaning information could be processed at a much higher rate of speed and the data it sends will be encrypted making it significantly more difficult for someone to steal the information.

It has been a long time since the release of the 2g cellular equipment and as we all now technology has become leaps and bounds better than it once was. Now that the 2g radios have seen their last day that means 3g/4g cellular towers are taking the top position. Some of the benefits of the cellular companies doing away with the 2g services as follows. 2G radios even though in their day were thought to be very fast, they have become outdated and 3g/4g towers will be able to get their information across much swifter. Which means the signals from your security system will send to our central alarm monitoring station even quicker! You can also sleep a bit easier knowing that the 3g/4g  encryption factor has added many more layers of encryption to make it much more difficult to steal the information. Lastly, once upgrading your security system to newer 3g/4g communicator you can feel confident that you are going to get longevity out because that technology will be around for quite some time.

The time is nearing that the 2g cellular services will be sun-setting “eliminated” by the major communication networks by Jan 2017. The process has already begun and many areas have already been affected. What this means to you is that if your security system communicates to the central monitoring station with a 2g cellular communicator/radio your service may end at any time between now and 2017. GEOARM strongly recommend for you to upgrade now to one of the 3g/4g cellular communicators that way you don’t see any interruption in services leaving you vulnerable.

If you are unsure if your security system has a 2g cellular alarm communicator contact GEOARM Security so we can provide you with an array of options that would suit you best. Contact us at 1-877-443-6276 option 3 for assistance.



 How to Locate the MAC and MAC CRC on a GSMV4G Cellular Communicator?

This is a Honeywell GSMV4G. Today we will be locating your MAC and MAC CRC. These are the serial numbers you will want to locate when you are activating your alarm monitoring services. These numbers can be located on the manufacturer box which your wireless cellular communicator came in or inside the device as shown above. It is always recommend that you get these numbers from the inside of the actual device itself to make sure you are getting the most accurate information. For assistance activating your GSMV4G wireless cellular communicator contact GEOARM at 1-877-443-6276.


 Honeywell’s APL “Advanced Protection Logic”

Hey Everyone Brad Finger here with GEOARM Security. Today we will be talking about Honeywell’s proprietary APL or (Advance Protection Logic.) which is available with LYNX Touch and LYNX Plus L3000 Wireless Security systems.The L3000 must have a revision number of 21.10 or higher to utilize this feature.
Now,In most homes people will set there most frequent points of entry on delay mode. This is where you enter your home and the system gives you around 30 seconds to disarm before it goes into an alarm. Since the brains of the system are all consolidated into the panel there is a risk in placing your panel near one of these delayed zones. If an intruder was to break into your home through one of these delay zones they could run in, grab the system, and either smash it or throw it in a bucket of water rendering the system. Luckily with professional monitoring through GEOARM and the activation of the APL your system will send a ping to our central monitoring station every time one of these delay doors is opened letting us know the system is ok. Once you enter your 4 digit disarm pass code we will receive another signal letting us know you have disarmed your system and it is still in tact. If we don’t receive this final ping we will than treat it as an alarm and reach out to the emergency contact list provided by the client and dispatch if protocol calls for that. In our opinion this feature is a very important feature to activate on your system. If you have any questions please contact us 1-877-443-6276 and be on the look out for many more video blogs to come your way!