Will Your Home Security System Work with VoIP?

Important considerations to note.

BY ALLISON CLARK

December 2, 2020

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One of the many choices you have when buying a security system is how to have that system work using Voiceover Internet Protocol, or VoIP. VoIP refers to any technology that allows for voice communication over a network, with the prime example being the internet.

If you want to know whether your security system will work with VoIP, there are a couple of things to consider:

Wired or wireless home security

Is your security system hardwired into your home, or is it a wireless system? When it comes to installing a security system, you’ll need to go with a wireless system if you want a security system that works with VoIP.

Wired security systems stay hardwired within your house. Wireless systems, meanwhile, transmit signals over a network and are not wired into your home.

Transmission and compatibility

Many home security systems use a specific type of tone to communicate with monitoring centers. VoIP systems convert these signals into new kinds of signals to communicate over the internet. Sometimes this signal change results in the inability of your security system to communicate with a monitoring center. Ensure your VoIP system can integrate with your security system to guarantee your home alarm will work properly.

Should you choose a security system that works with VoIP?

When it comes to securing your home, you have many choices. Remember that using VoIP with your home security system requires you to have a wireless system operating over a network. Otherwise, it’s up to your personal preference.

Contact a Brinks Home™ Senior Security Consultant to determine whether you can use your security system with VoIP today.

Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.

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