Phone lines – Analog (old copper type) being phased out. Normally the cost for dedicated analog phone lines is over $30 per month per line to the phone company. A fire panel that has 2 analog lines could be very expensive to continue using the phone lines. Most of the time copper turns to digital a couple hundred feet out the door.
VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol – Not very reliable sending alarm signals. We will do our best to make it work for security although we will not use it for Fire Signals and alarms. It cuts out the highs and lows and many times you lose information. It is best to seek another solution such as Radio or Cellular. Since we are depending on someone else’s equipment to get the signals this is not our preferred method of communication.
Cellular – Standard or High Supervision for fire and high security that sends signals every 6 minutes. Normally adds $10 per month for standard cell and $22 per month extra for High Supervision Cellular which is very reliable. 1G (1981), 2G (1992)”being taken off the systems by phone companies right now” 3G (2001) 4G (2007) 5G (2020)
Radio- This is a very reliable method as well. Peak Alarm has a mesh network that is very robust.
Network – IP – Peak Alarm gets signals from our DMP panels over the Internet within one or two seconds. The drawback is that the system is only as strong as it’s weakest link so if the UPS backup is not done properly we won’t get signals if the network goes down or if the provider has the network go down very often you could miss a fire alarm. You could use this as your primary method and use cellular or Radio as your backup.
Peak Alarm has a UL listed Central Station, 46 years in business, A+ rating with the BBB, A full Guard and Patrol Division, An AV Division, A CAD department and much more. Locally owned and operated. CSAA and a NETONE company.