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EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring ($8.50 to $8.99 per month)

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Jun 7, 2005
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EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring ($8.50 to $8.99 per month)

Is anyone using the EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring through the EnvisaLink module ? If so, please share your experience.

By the way, I wonder what are differences/advantages of using it over using the free self-serve EnvisaLink module alone (other than someone from monitoring centre calls you instead of a text message) ?

http://www.eyezon.com/?page_id=246

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I am currently using TMC ($9.99/month) on top of the self monitoring EnvisaLink module (FREE :) ). I really want to get rid of the home landline (solely because of the alarm system). So, I am thinking to switch to GSM, but then there will be a $200+HST hardware cost up front and additional $10/month. TMC also offers wireless monitoring service. It is basically a alarm system wirelessly linked to the monitoring centre through internet and they charge $8/month additional (plus the cost of a complete new wireless system). I guess it would be similar concept as this EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring.
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Oct 6, 2005
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I wonder how Envisa handles line cut.
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coolspot wrote: I wonder how Envisa handles line cut.
It notifies you that the Envisalink cannot be reached.
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cwb27 wrote: It notifies you that the Envisalink cannot be reached.
Which could mean many things - I think I'll stick with GSM.
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coolspot wrote: Which could mean many things - I think I'll stick with GSM.
That's true. But if those really wants to target and break in a particular house, there is nothing can stop them. Also, when the alarm is triggered, the alarm company usually calls everyone in the order on the contact list (unless you instructed them to always call police directly which they don't usually suggest). Anyway, by the time, the police actually sends someone to respond to these alarm calls, I am sure the thieves are long gone. Most of time, these alarm system/device/sign are there to scare away the attempt or detour them to other houses with these.
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The 'internet' adds a significant amount of complexity between your alarm panel and the monitoring company. The issues are usually loss of internet service, modem failures, improper router setup by consumers, fooling around with a router by consumer, or just plain old consumer grade router hardware failing. Everyone has had at least 2 of those issues.

The cellular communicator is not affected by a cut line. It relies on a Rogers cellular network. It's in a fixed position so presumably transception will not be an issue past initial setup. It does not have to be 'wired' to where your router is located. It costs more.

Just about all the alarms we are setting up now use cellular communicators.
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rdx wrote: Is anyone using the EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring through the EnvisaLink module ? If so, please share your experience.

By the way, I wonder what are differences/advantages of using it over using the free self-serve EnvisaLink module alone (other than someone from monitoring centre calls you instead of a text message) ?

http://www.eyezon.com/?page_id=246

Note:
I am currently using TMC ($9.99/month) on top of the self monitoring EnvisaLink module (FREE :) ). I really want to get rid of the home landline (solely because of the alarm system). So, I am thinking to switch to GSM, but then there will be a $200+HST hardware cost up front and additional $10/month. TMC also offers wireless monitoring service. It is basically a alarm system wirelessly linked to the monitoring centre through internet and they charge $8/month additional (plus the cost of a complete new wireless system). I guess it would be similar concept as this EnvisAlarms IP Monitoring.
My brother has the envisalink module and does self monitoring. Also gets a discount from insurance company, which isn't a big deal compared to full-service monitoring vs. self-service monitoring. Nehoo, he hasn't had any problems, aslong as your internet is stable.

If you pay for a company to monitor, it's kinda a waste of money. Since if they send the police to your place you'll pay a hefty fee so majority of people just go back home and check on it themselves. Or you can always send a family member if it rings. Or hook up a wireless remote camera so you can take a look at whats' going on in your house if the alarm does ring.

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