Existing home security system: - integrating with cellular phone or Vonage?

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Old 04-22-18, 07:37 PM
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Existing home security system: - integrating with cellular phone or Vonage?

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i have a existing home security system that i paid someone setup about 6 years ago. It is a traditional home security system, and it works with FIOS ONT. The ONT has a line that goes into the master phone jack in the garage, and my security control panel is located on second floor. the keypad and system is branded with napco/gemini.

I really have no use on the landline, and my verizon fios contract is coming to an end. I have been researching and see what are my options to discontinue triple play and my goal is only get internet from Verizon FIOS. I looked at Vonage but that looks like it has to sit after the model - which does not really work with landline.

I then thought about getting a radio or some cellular radio add-on to my existing security control panel - but i am unable to find such product.

My security system was put together by some local company, so its not really specific brand. I have a hardwired contact magnet on *every* single window (Thats right, about 25 windows for whole house), and every single entry door in my house and I do not want to pay for wireless solution (eg. simplisafe) given that I paid for those contact magnets just about 6 years ago.

What are my options to re-use existing hardwired home security system without re-newing triple play from verizon FIOS again?

I am in NYC, if that matters.

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Old 04-23-18, 08:53 AM
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Napco is a manufacturer that is located on Long Island and there are a number of dealers that install that line of equipment in your area. I would suggest that you look into the Napco Starlink Cellular radio that is compatible with your system. Obviously, it's going to cost you more for monitoring but the increase will not be as much as you are paying for telephone service from Verizon. You will also gain the advantage of being able to arm/disarm and receive alarm notifications on your smart phone as a bonus.
 
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Old 04-23-18, 09:39 AM
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You need to post the model number of the alarm so we can see what is compatible. There are dial capture modules that will work with any alarm system and report via the cellular network or thru the internet.

The alarm system will not properly communicate with the Vonage VoIP service.
 
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Hello.

Where should i find the model ? I donít see any model number on the control panel. Or did you mean the keypad model number please ?

and for the radio - is this something I can buy on amazon and install it myself ?

I currently do have monitoring service to central station which I am paying a local company $20 dollars a month - would I still be able to do it by replacing a radio?
 
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Old 04-24-18, 02:17 AM
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There is usually a wiring diagram on the inside of the door to the metal cabinet with the main system board and battery. That will have the system model number.
 
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Old 04-24-18, 08:25 AM
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Call the alarm company that is providing you with your monitoring service which I am presuming is the company that installed your system. Since they installed a Napco alarm system they have access to the Napco Starlink radio which is compatible with your system.

And no, this is not something you can install yourself as it requires access to cellular alarm service which is provided by Napco. It would be nice to know what model number your control panel is, but if you use the Starlink radio, it doesn't make any difference as they are compatible with all their panels.

To determine the model number, just open the door on the main panel and there is a wiring diagram with the information on the door.

If you do need a dealer to install the radio for you, look up a company called Alarmax Alarm Distributors in your area and ask them to refer you to a dealer near you.
 
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