COMMUNICATION OPTIONS

  Rampart set-up cost Monthly cost from service provider Monthly monitoring cost from Rampart Works reliably with alarm systems Connection well-protected Connection works during bldg power outage Security Rating
Telephone. Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) line. Landline. None $20-45 per month $25 yes no yes FAIR (see rec's below)
Digital phone (via cable, satellite, DSL, other) None Usually bundles with cable or satellite TV/ cell phones $25 no no no FAIR (see rec's below)
Voice over IP services (ex. Magic-Jack, Vonage, etc.) None Some as cheap as $20 per year $25 no no no POOR (see rec's below)
Internet monitoring $130 or $180 for equipment up to $60 per month $25 plus $8= $33 yes no no FAIR (see rec's below)
Digital cellular commun-icator $165 from Rampart, we only charge for the equipment Monthly cost is billed with monitoring ($8) $25 plus $8= $33 yes yes yes BEST
$50 per service visit for troubleshooting problems caused by phone connection.  
RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CONNECTION SECURITY
If you have phone connection Protect lines exposed outside of building by covering with metal conduit and boxes. Have lines buried and run directly into basement
If you have connections via internet (phones or internet monitoring) Protect lines exposed outside of building by covering with metal conduit and boxes. Have lines buried and run directly into basement. Plug modem and router into a back-up power supply (UPS)
If you have voice over IP phones Protect lines exposed outside of building by covering with metal conduit and boxes. Have lines buried and run directly into basement. Plug modem, router, and computer into a back-up power supply (UPS).
TEST YOUR SYSTEM WEEKLY !