VOIP to Replace Security System Hardlines
January 19, 2011 10:34 AM Subscribe
My alarm system
uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead.
posted by glibhamdreck to computers & internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Even though there's not a what anyone would consider a telephone in this system, in theory, could some VOIP hardware (e.g.
) make the calls over ethernet through my internet connection? Is there an inexpensive provider to just make these 1800 "calls"?
I'd settle for replacing one telephone line if I could. For what it's worth: these sorts of questions seem to confuse the all-too-eager-to-upsell security company -- so at this point I'd rather try something and ask for forgiveness than for permission.