Using an Existing Home Security System

A Quick Guide


December 24, 2020

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Have you just moved into a new residence and you’re wondering what to do with the pre-installed wired home security system? The next decision you have to make is to replace the current system or reactivate it.

While most home security providers recommend wireless systems over their wired counterparts, in a situation where you already have a wired system, it would be economically viable to reactivate it. As the system is already installed, you save on equipment and installation costs. You could begin the reactivation process by speaking with your security company to see what options you have for modifying your current security system from a landline connection to cellular monitoring.

The system’s reliability is largely influenced by its age. If it is less than 10 years, it is most likely still reliable. A system that’s older than 10 years may have outlived its lifespan and functionality. The features you want your home security system to have will influence your decision to reactivate or replace.

Another factor that will influence your decision is if you want professional monitoring or to self-monitor your system. While most home security solutions providers offer these two, they are very distinct, and you don’t normally need both options. Recently, it’s more common to see security systems being compatible with multiple alarm monitoring services. This comes in handy if the existing security system is working satisfactorily.

How do you reactivate the wired system?

There are three options through which you can reactivate the pre-installed wired system: get in touch with the original provider, engage a third-party company, and convert it to a DIY self-monitoring system.

Asking the original provider for reactivation

This is an easy procedure, particularly if the wired system was integrated with a monitoring service. The company has comprehensive knowledge about their products and can reactivate it quickly. However, this option limits you when it comes to the features you would have preferred and the pricing. Check on the company’s reputation before committing to this option.

Third-Party takeover

Should you be unable to find the initial service provider or do not wish to use that company’s services, there are third-party companies that would be able to take over.

In some cases, the original company or the third-party may have to install updated infrastructure that results in a hybrid system – utilizing the current system and adding some new devices. Luckily, most wired systems are compatible with most alarms and their features, such as sending text messages to your cell phone, interactive services, and sending signals to a remote monitoring station. Should you want additional features, check with the company on their compatibility.


You could convert your system to a self-monitored program. This could be the most difficult option as it requires you to do the entire job. You should do your research on the existing system and what is compatible with it. While self-monitoring systems do not send signals to a monitoring center, you will have greater control because you will be alerted directly of any intrusions.

Do you have an existing home security system and want to see how it can work for you? Call Brinks Home™ today so we can work with you to secure your home.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter for Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.

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