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Cell Dialing & Other Methods of Communication Explained

1. Standard Wired Home Phone Lines

For many years wired phone lines were the standard way that alarm systems sent their signals.  Everyone knew the main shortcoming, which was that phone lines could be cut.  Worse yet, there was no way of knowing that communication had ceased, if cut.  Home owners had no choice but to accept this, since it seemed better than nothing. Sadly, some people are still using this today.

2. Radio & Reverse Line Communication ( old style )

We're talking old technology that is hopefully out of existence these days.  It was a kind of constant connection that was able to announce if that connection ceased.  A physical line was run between two locations, such as a police department and a bank.  Generally, you couldn't tell if you had a burglary on the front door, or if you had an AC outage, or a high water signal.  In the event that you only needed to know one thing, then great, because that's all you got. 

3. Wi-Fi - Internet Dialers 

The new Lyric arrives with built in WI-FI. This method utilizes your existing Internet as a pathway to communicate with Central.  For added safety, it can be combined with cell dialing.  Beyond normal communication, it can perform other tasks, such as allow viewing of cameras and remote operation on cell phones, etc.

4. Cell Phone Dialers ( today's radio communicator )

In short, cell dialers have essentially replaced wired phone dialers and at the same time have added innumerable capabilities.  There are two basic types, one that one works on the AT&T network and the other on Verizon.  This is a huge advance in alarm systems because cell phone dialers are in fact, radio communication of the next generation.  They can identify and report individual zones for alarms, faults, operation, failure, etc.  You need AC or continuous power but they can be used anywhere that has cell service.  That includes boats, out buildings, motor homes, trailers, etc. Unlike a wired phone line, the Lyric also has the ability to notify in the event that the system is attacked and smashed.  This is called, Advanced Protection Logic.


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