code: This is different from your alarm
code. If you want to bypass the alarm in certain
areas of your home (for example where your pets
are), you will use the master code.
Use this code when you are leaving home and need
When you are home and you only need protection
in certain areas, use this code.
your alarm is installed, zones will be
established. These zones will be numbered on
your alarm panel. For example, you may notice
that Zone 1 lights up every time your front door
is opened. You will need to work with your alarm
company to determine what zones you want in your
How are you wired?
When the installer
begins wiring your
he or she will ask what type of wiring you have.
You will have one of two types:
Many homes, particularly new ones, are wired for
security systems when they are built. If your
house is prewired, you may receive a discount of
your installation costs.
This is when the system is wired to the panel
(remember that is the brains of the system).
Most companies will recommend that your system
Most alarm systems
are monitored by the home phone. For example, if
the alarm goes off, the alarm company will call
the home phone. However customers have other
options when it comes to monitoring.
monitoring: Radio waves will send a signal
to your monitoring company when there is a
problem. Many people like this option because it
costs less than other types of monitoring.
monitoring: As is implied in its name,
cellular monitoring involves sending a signal
through your cell phone. You must have a strong
cellular signal. This is a good back up if
weather has knocked out the phone system.
monitoring: With many people choosing to use
their computers and Internet connection for
their phone service, many alarm companies began
offering VOIP (voice over internet protocol)
monitoring. However, many companies have found
difficulties using the system since Internet
connections can be lost.
These are just a few of the
terms your alarm company representative may use.
If you donít understand anything the
representative is saying, ask him or her. It is
important that you understand how your alarm
system works so that if something goes wrong,
you will know what to do. You never want to be
without protection for your home and family.