Last Updated on March 4, 2022 by Alarm New England

The last thing you want to be anxious about during your work day or on vacation is the thought of an unsafe home without a security system. It can be extremely stressful knowing your family and property are at risk, especially when you know there are steps you can take to make your home more secure.

One of the main reasons many people don’t have security systems is because they think that security systems only work with phone lines—and many people don’t have phone lines. People may even think that phone lines should be more secure because they plug directly into the source, right?


Today’s technology has advanced to the point where there are better options for home security systems that don’t rely on phone lines! In fact, these options don’t just eliminate the need for telephone lines—they give us even more control over our home security and keep our homes safer.

The Difference Between Wireless and Cellular Security

When it comes to home security, there is a big difference between cellular and wireless systems.

Wireless home security means that the control panel and sensors around your home are linked via radio waves instead of physical wires in your home.

bigstock_Smart_Home_103718372.5728c4206381bThe term cellular refers to how the control panel communicates with your security company’s alarm monitoring center, also known as cellular monitoring. These cellular-based security systems use mobile cellular networks—instead of phone lines—to contact the monitoring center in an emergency.

Security Systems Without Landlines: How It Works

Because most homeowners rely on cellphones and no longer want to pay for a landline, companies are adapting to our changing world by offering the option to upgrade security systems to cellular technology.

Traditional alarm systems are typically connected to the monitoring center through a landline and a home phone. Their backup was cellular data in case the phone line went down.


Today’s cellular alarm systems rely on cellular data to be the primary communication path—it’s no longer just the backup option. Cellular alarm systems leverage cellphone towers near your home to communicate with your alarm monitoring center, and they are still effective in areas with limited cell service. Cellular monitoring doesn’t require the use of a phone, and you don’t have to pay a phone bill for the cellular data.

Thanks to cellular technology, cellular alarm systems are now reinforced by cellphone towers, improving their safety and speed compared to landline-based systems.


Advantages of Using Cellular Technology with a Security System

Cellular alarm monitoring offers significant advantages over landline-based systems, even though it requires that you have a cellular communicator in your system. Advantages of using cellular alarm systems include:

  • Access your security system anywhere, anytime
  • Text and mobile alerts, updates, and notifications
  • Lower costs—including not needing to pay for a landline
  • Much more reliable
  • Home automation features
  • More secure
  • Safer because burglars can’t cut your phone line to disarm your alarm system

Making the Change to Cellular

One of the most important decisions is choosing the right company to take care of your alarm monitoring. What good is having the quicker cellular communication if your monitoring company can’t do its job well?

Find a monitoring company that offers remote and on-site maintenance. Companies like Alarm New England have a proven track record of responding to emergencies and dispatching personnel who are familiar with upgrading landline security systems with cellular technology.

You’ll be glad you made the switch to a home security system without a phone line and picked the right company to help you make the change.