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What To Know About Time Warner Security Systems

by Ken Jezioro

Sep 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Help! I'm Switching To Time Warner

Mass marketing by telecommunications companies have prompted many homeowners in Buffalo to inquire about Time Warner Security Systems. Time Warner promises reduced monthly bills by bundling internet, phone and cable service through  “Voice Over IP” technology. Voice Over Internet Protocol or “VoIP” is becoming more common as traditional (analog) phone lines are being replaced by digital technology. Enticed by lower rates and the convenience of consolidating internet and phone service, alarm service customers need to be aware of the limitations of such a switch. Your alarm system with VoIP line can still work, but some adjustments need to be made to your system.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular

How Does Alarm Monitoring Work?

by Mary Jezioro

Apr 9, 2015 9:45:00 AM


Alarm Monitoring 101: Communication Basics

Home security systems require reliable communications to ensure their effectiveness. Beyond working with an experienced alarm company, alarm monitoring is the most important part of the system! It allows the proper authorities to be notified in the event of an emergency. Alarm monitoring requires a reliable communication vehicle. Without that, no one will know if there is a problem at your home or place of business. If you're in the market for a security system, don't forget to ask about communication (phone line) options to facilitate reliable monitoring.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Securing Your Home, Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular

Do I Need A Home Phone For My Security System?

by SAM

Jan 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM


"Can you hear me now?" is not a phrase you want to hear from your security system. In fact, many clients ask us, "Do I need a home phone line for my security system?" The answer is that in the past, security systems required a standard phone line to operate. However, that is no longer the case. In fact, we call these the "good old days" and we're glad they're in the past; as technology has advanced, security systems have evolved to function without being tethered to a traditional land line.

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Topics: Securing Your Home, Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular

Why Using A Cable Company For Your Alarm System Monitoring = BAD Idea

by Mary Jezioro

Dec 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM


It may seem convenient to use the same service provider for your Internet connectivity, telephone, cable and home security monitoring, but it may not be the best decision you make. If you do this, you will be putting all your eggs in one basket and the moment your cable connection is affected, everything around you will collapse and that will be the end of your home security.

Bottom line: Leave security system installation and alarm monitoring to the experts.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Securing Your Home, Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular

Time Warner Cable? Yes... Time Warner Security System? Maybe Not.

by Mary Jezioro

Aug 27, 2014 4:39:00 PM


When it comes to switiching phone service, the decision to switch is NOT so clear cut.

One of the most commons questions we face is about phone lines. Customers attempting to save a little money by bundling their phone, cable and internet always call with this question: Will my security system still work if I switch my phone line to VoIP (Time Warner)?  

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Topics: Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular, Using Your System, Mobile Access

Home Security System Without Phone Line? No Problem!

by Joe Bellanti

Jul 15, 2014 9:15:00 AM

no_phoneAs tablets and smart phones have changed the way we communicate, signal transmissions for security systems have also changed. As landline phones give way to more convenient mobile communication, traditional POTS (plain-old-telephone) lines (once, the only method used for security system communication) are being replaced at a rapid pace. Surprisingly (for some), a home security system without a phone line is extremely effective.

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Topics: Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular, Monitoring

How Wireless Home Security Systems Provide Better Protection

by Mary Jezioro

Jan 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

How Dependable Is Your Security System Phone Line?


Home security systems have a proven record as a crime deterrent, but they’re only as good as their ability to communicate with the monitoring service. Land line telephone service has been the traditional way to send alarm signals, but today’s wireless home security systems insure another layer of protection and do so much more.

What If Phone Lines Are Cut?

Land lines, Internet monitoring, or VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) can be interrupted by cutting the cable that delivers the service to homes. VoIP is inherently undependable, especially when the network is busy, when packet losses occur. The term, packet losses, refers to data that are lost during transmission. VoIP telephone service is an affordable solution for second or third phone lines in homes, but when families have a security system they rely on for safety 24/7, using a VoIP system to relay the signal is not a viable solution.

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Topics: Security Marketplace, Securing Your Home, Phone Lines / VoIP / Cellular, Mobile Access