As the demand for wireless security solutions rises, many consumers are opting for Internet-monitored alarm systems, also known as Internet Protocol or IP monitored systems.

Unlike hardwire monitoring, which communicates your alarm signal to the Monitoring Center via a traditional phone line, IP monitored alarms use your Internet connection to transmit alarm events. While this may be a convenient wireless solution, our experts recommend that you not rely solely on IP monitoring because its reliability depends on your Internet Service Provider (think about how many times you lose Internet connectivity or experience slow download speeds). In addition, if there were a power outage, your Internet would be down, thereby eliminating that communication method for alarms.

If you do choose IP monitoring, we recommend boosting its reliability by using it in conjunction with another communication method, like cellular monitoring or traditional phone line monitoring.