Security System Monitoring for
Existing Security Systems
Many times you will buy a new home or business
and be fortunate enough to have a security system already
installed by the previous occupant. Many of these systems will
be outdated and need to be changed out, but many will be
compatible with our service.
Texstar Alarm Systems is able to provide
security system monitoring for
Honeywell (formerly Ademco), DSC, and in some instances the GE
NX series of panels. Although the keypads used with these
systems may vary somewhat, in most cases they will look like
the keypads shown below.
You can often determine which system you have
in your home by opening the alarm panel box located in your
closet. On the inside door, there will be a label indicating
the brand and model number toward the top of the label.
If My System is Shown Above, Does That Mean It
is a Compatible System?
Not necessarily. Just because the brand of the
system in your place may be compatible, the board may be locked
out. Many installers will put a lock out code on the alarm
panel to keep the homeowner from accidentally entering the
programming, or to keep a competitor from using the system.
This will most often be the case with the GE
systems. The GE systems are often used by smaller companies
that are trying to protect their "territory". More times than
not, at least in the Greater Houston area, these systems will
require a board change. The Honeywell & DSC security
systems will be locked out from time to time, but not nearly as
DSC Wireless Security Systems
On DSC security systems you will have to be
careful if you wish to add more protection to a previously
installed wireless system. For many years DSC wireless security
devices operated on the 900 MHz frequency. However, a few years
back, and without much warning I might add, DSC changed their
wireless operating frequency to 433 MHz. When DSC changed to
the 433 frequency, they discontinued all of their 900 MHz
devices. So if you wanted to add additional wireless devices on
your existing system, you would have to change out all the
devices and the wireless receiver on the existing system (which
is very costly).
No Phone Line
Needed for Security System Monitoring
Many homeowners are choosing to not connect a
traditional land line phone, and save on their phone bill. So
the question then becomes, "How to transmit the alarm
Enter the GSM cell unit. Texstar Alarm Systems
can use a cell unit in place of a phone line to transmit the
signal. It will add a bit to your monthly cost for the monthly
air time and the cost of the unit, but it will be much less
than you will pay the phone company for their basic
The cell unit is a little box that goes inside
the closet next to the alarm panel that acts as a designated
dialer to the alarm monitoring station. Once the signal is
received, the monitoring station will call your cell phone to
check and see if you accidentally set the alarm off, and ask
you for your password.
VOIP Phones Not Usually Compatible
People will often ask us if the alarm system is compatible
with VOIP (voice over internet phone). The answer is almost
always no. Services such as Vonage, Magic Jack, TMobile, and
others, will not transmit the signals reliably.
However, Texstar Alarm Systems has had good success with
Comcast & ATT Uverse phones. But be aware that if you
choose to connect to either of these services, we cannot
connect any fire devices to the system due to the State Fire
How Much does
Texstar Alarm Systems charge for Security System Monitoring for
Our alarm monitoring starts at only $19.95 per
month + tax for a compatible residential security system. We
offer 1 and 3 year agreements.
If you wish to have a short term agreement, and
you are the homeowner, the monitoring is $19.95/mo + tax
billed quarterly with a $99 activation fee.
If you will be in your home for 3 years or more, then you
may benefit from our 3 year program. We offer free activation
and 3 months or 1 pair of remotes free with the 3 year
Commercial security system monitoring will run an additional
$5/mo to the rates quoted above, and do not qualify for the 3
months free or free remotes promotion.
No matter your situation, Texstar Alarm Systems has a
program for you. Give us a call for a program designed to meet
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