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When looking for a home security system you have probably come across the term monitored and the term standalone. These refer to the two types of home security systems that are available and it is important to know the differences between the two systems before making your decision on what alarm system to purchase.

A monthly alarm system service, more commonly referred to as a monitored alarm service, is a security system provided by a company such as ADT or Xfinity. These alarm systems are installed for you and can include a wide variety of features. Some of the most common features are motion sensors, door/window sensors, and cameras. The benefit of using a monitored service is that there is always someone looking after your alarm to insure that it isn’t going off. If it does go off they will contact you and the authorities if needed.

The down side of monitored alarm services is that they are often very costly to setup. Because monitored services are exactly that, monitored, they require monthly payments. The monthly payments can also be costly. Sales pressure can be high trying to sell you more and more features that are not always needed.

Standalone alarm systems are systems that are not monitored by a company. These alarm systems have come a long way, partially because the demand for products that don’t require monthly payments but also because of the development of technology. Standalone alarm systems are often very easily customizable and you can even employ more than one system at your home.

While standalone alarm systems aren’t monitored there are still ways to make them able to summon assistance. The easy and free option for your alarm system is to have your system connected to your wireless network. Then it can use the network to contact you or the authorities. When your alarm system is connected to your wireless network it allows you to view your security cameras form your mobile device or computer when you are not at home. That way if you have an alarm you can make sure it isn’t just your kids coming home.

There is a downside to having your alarm system connected to your wireless network. The biggest problem is that if the power or internet goes out your alarm is no longer able to contact anyone. In other words you won’t be able to get an alert if anything happens. When your alarm system is connected to your wireless network it is also more susceptible to being hacked.

Do you like the idea of a standalone alarm system but still want it to be able to contact you without connecting it to your wireless network? There is another option. You can purchase a standalone alarm that uses a prepaid cellphone sim card to be able to call the authorities if the alarm isn’t deactivated within a certain amount of time. When paired with a backup battery this is a great option for people who are looking to save a little bit of money.

What kind of alarm system you decide to use is up to you. While it is great to save money standalone alarm systems can have issues if not installed properly. No matter what solution you choose it is always wise to do a little bit of research into whatever alarm you choose to make sure it is a good fit for what you need.