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Cheap Alarm Monitoring in Frisco

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Cheap Alarm Monitoring in Frisco

We prefer the term “inexpensive” or “affordable” over cheap, but there’s no denying we have a great rate for top-of-the-line home security system monitoring in Frisco, Texas. We know you work hard for your money. With our cheap alarm monitoring in Frisco, you don’t have to worry about wasting it on home protection. Cheap Doesn’t Mean Crappy You’ve probably heard the term, “you get what you pay for” referencing products or services with low prices that turn out to be worth less than zero. With DFW Security, we believe in offering VALUE – that is, a great price with great quality. Our alarm monitoring is 5-diamond rated by the C.S.A.A. and is U.L. listed. In other words, it is the same or better quality service you find with other companies for more than twice the price. In fact, for what you pay for basic monitoring with other home security companies, you can have smart security with a mobile app, home automation and more with us! Levels of Monitoring We have cheap alarm monitoring in Frisco, and we also have cheap smart security systems and cheap home automation. Our first level is landline alarm monitoring, which requires an existing system and a standard home phone line. The next level is wireless alarm monitoring which is a bit more secure, thanks to a dedicated cellular communicator. Another level is Smart Security. These state-of-the art systems include wireless monitoring, a mobile application, patented Crash & Smash Protection, 2 way communication and more. The final level is Home Automation, where you can add control for lighting, door locks, garage doors, thermostats, cameras and more. Compare levels here. No matter which level you are searching for, you can surely find cheap alarm monitoring in Frisco right here at DFW Security. Call today! Get Started...

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House Alarm System

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House Alarm System

House Alarm System While you may hear people say their dog (or their gun) is their security system, a professionally monitored house alarm system is still the best way to protect your home. If you are looking for a high quality home alarm, at a price that won’t break the bank, you’ve come to the right place. Great Value Alarm monitoring of existing systems starts at just $12.95 per month, with new smart security systems starting around $35 per month.  You can also enjoy free equipment, free installation, and free activation. Don’t pay someone else too much for an old-fashioned house alarm system, when you can have the latest and greatest smart system from DFW Security for the same or less money. And definitely don’t rely on your dog to protect your home. Your Dog Can’t Do This While Fluffy might be a ferocious attack dog, there are still a few things she can’t do to protect you from burglary, fire and medical emergencies. A whistle, a treat, or a swift kick (oh no!) can take a dog off track, but our smart home security system works even if a burglar rips it off the wall or smashes it with a hammer. A dog can’t…but an alarm system can: Call 911 to notify Police of an attempted burglary Record video of a possible break-in Dispatch the Fire Department in case of a fire Save you up to 20% on your homeowner’s insurance premium Be controlled by your mobile phone Make noise that your neighbors will actually pay attention to Send you a text message when there is an emergency at your home Getting Started Getting started is easy. Just call! One of our knowledgeable and friendly experts will help you design a system that is perfect for your needs and budget. We can help you walk through all the options to find the right house alarm system to protect your home and family; and we can even protect your dog! Get Started...

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Smart Thermostats | Managing our Crazy Texas Weather

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Smart Thermostats | Managing our Crazy Texas Weather

Welcome to Spring in Texas! It’s cold in the morning (sometimes), and hot in the afternoon (sometimes). Hot one day, cold the next. How is your thermostat keeping up? Is it driving you crazy switching it from heat to cool and back again? Are you always just a bit uncomfortable? Simple and Comfortable Weather fluctuations can be trying on your sanity and hard on your thermostat – IF you still haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat. With a smart thermostat that is connected to your security system, you can blow cold or warm air, without blowing your budget or blowing your brains out. Our home management website makes it easy to designate a temperature range in which you feel most comfortable. For example, you could say you want the A/C to turn on when it gets to 76 degrees, and the heat to come on when it gets to 67. You can also set schedules so different ranges apply based on the day of the week and time of day. Because you can make changes right on your smart phone, you always have the power to control your home’s energy usage. Smart Thermostats Meet GEO Services Thanks to a revolutionary new technology called GEO Fencing, your thermostat can make smart decisions based on your location automatically. For example, if all your home’s occupants are more than 10 miles away, your home’s temperature can automatically adjust to an energy-saving setting, and then re-adjust to a more comfortable temperature when you get within 5 miles of home. It could also know that Mom likes it warmer, while Dad likes it cooler, and adjust based on who is home. Extreme Temps Before long, it will be hot all the time in Texas. Our smart thermostat knows the weather forecast and when it is crazy hot outside, your thermostat can automatically adjust a couple degrees so you’re A/C doesn’t run all day in an uphill battle. You are smart…Why isn’t your thermostat? Stop wasting energy with an old-fashioned thermostat. Upgrade today! Get Started...

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Wireless Alarm Monitoring or Landline: Which is Better?

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Wireless Alarm Monitoring or Landline: Which is Better?

The wave of the future seems to be wireless alarm monitoring. But is it really better? Let’s take an in-depth look at the old tried and true landline monitoring compared with the increasingly popular wireless option. If you’re reading this blog and considering a home security system, you’re already on the right track to protecting your home and family. Now let’s see if we can refine the best way for you to do that. Old School vs. New School Just because something is new, doesn’t mean it is better. Of course, sometimes outdated can be a problem too. For more than 30 years, alarm systems were monitored through a standard home telephone line, also known as a POTS or landline. If an alarm was detected, the system would seize the phone line and send a signal to the security company. An agent would then call you back to alert you to the emergency. Wireless alarm monitoring has been common for less than 10 years. In this case, when an alarm is detected, the system uses a dedicated transmitter to send a signal over a cellular network. An agent then either calls you or speaks into the home over a loudspeaker.  You can also receive notifications by text message with some plans. Pros and Cons The problem with the landline method is that the phone line can be cut. It takes only 1 second to cut a phone line outside the home, allowing a burglar to enter without the alarm company being notified. A wireless connection cannot be cut, and it is able to transmit even when no landline is available. It is unaffected by power outages, internet downtime and even cell tower failures. The only drawback to wireless alarm monitoring is that it is a bit more expensive. While landline monitoring starts at $12.95 per month, wireless begins at $16.95. Spend just a few more dollars per month and you can have crash & smash protection, which ensures alarm transmission even if your home security system is damaged or completely destroyed. My Choice For protecting my home and family, I selected wireless alarm monitoring. I believe it is a much more secure and reliable option, and the price is still extremely reasonable with DFW Security. Specifically, I chose a smart security system with home automation so I can control my locks, lights, thermostat, garage door, cameras and alarm with my phone. I love it! Whether you choose landline or wireless alarm monitoring, you’ll get the highest quality and the best price at DFW Security. If you would like more information on either option, call today! Get Started...

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The GC3 is Here | A Smart Home Security System Upgrade

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The GC3 is Here | A Smart Home Security System Upgrade

Check Out Our Cool New Keypad With technology changing so fast these days, new smart devices are coming out every few months it seems. Here at DFW Security, we pride ourselves in offering the latest technology, but only after it has been thoroughly tested and found to be superior. The keypad for our smart home security system has been the same for several years now, and is still far superior to its predecessors (especially traditional non-smart keypads). Now, we are also offering the new GC3 keypad with our smart security packages. What is a GC3? The GC3 is a newly designed control panel and keypad with a new look and new features.  The 7 inch capacitive touch screen boasts a resolution of 800×400 pixels and includes large easy to find capacitive buttons for arming, home and emergency. Your smart home security system can be armed with one touch right from the home screen, making it easier and faster. Even with the control panel (the brain of the system) contained within the keypad (versus being installed separately somewhere else in the house), the GC3 is the thinnest all-in-one security system on the market with dimensions of 8.9” x 5.25” x 1.25”. And just for fun, we added a 5 day weather forecast to the home screen so you can plan your week in just a glance. Way More Than Security Smart security, home automation, home control – whatever you call it – it is awesome. The GC3 makes it even easier to manage your household efficiently whether you are home or away. Whether using the keypad or the mobile app, you can easily and quickly control your alarm, lights, locks, thermostats, cameras, garage doors and more. With 100 wireless zones available, the GC3 allows you to add more protection than any other smart home security system. You can also add up to 100 individual users, giving them each their own name (not just a number like other systems), security code, system rules and schedule. With easy automatic firmware updates, your GC3 will always be up-to-date and working great. Available Now Whether you want to upgrade your existing DFW Security alarm system or you are interested in joining the DFW family for the first time, we can help. Our friendly professionals can help you design the perfect smart home security system to fit your specific needs and budget. Call us today! Get Started...

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Self-Monitored Alarm System

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Self-Monitored Alarm System

Self-Monitored Alarm System Of course you want to know what’s going on in your home at all times. It is after all, your home. So when the kids come home, you want to know. When they open the liquor cabinet, or turn down the A/C, you want to know. And when someone breaks in, or the house catches fire – you definitely want to know. It sounds like what you need is a self-monitored alarm system. One or the Other? Did you know that professional alarm monitoring and self monitoring are not mutually exclusive? That’s right – you can have your cake and eat it too. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your house is being watched 24/7 by trained security experts who are ready to act at the drop of a hat; and get notified directly the instant something happens that you want to know about. Best of all, you can customize notifications to monitor activity that doesn’t require emergency response. Like when you forget to lock the back door when you leave town, or when a package is delivered. It is called a self-monitored alarm system because you monitor it yourself. It also includes offsite alarm monitoring to ensure a fast response when you aren’t available. Monitoring station operators can speak directly into your home to verify if help is needed, dispatching the authorities in seconds whether you have access to your phone or not. Fire Protection I believe monitored fire protection is the most important aspect of a home security system. A self-monitored alarm system does very little good in case of a fire. When special monitored smoke detectors are installed, a professional monitoring company can dispatch the fire department and have them on their way within seconds. Of course you will be notified instantly and directly as well. Traditional smoke detectors installed by builders only make noise and do not notify anyone not within earshot.   Don’t choose between a self-monitored alarm system and a professionally monitored alarm system. Get both. Get DFW Security. Get Started...

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How to Change the Batteries in your Home Security System

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How to Change the Batteries in your Home Security System

In modern home security systems, batteries are necessary to keep it working properly. There are different types of batteries depending on what type of alarm system you have. Some systems require only one battery, while others need double digits. A great way to learn how to change the batteries in your home security system is to call the company that installed your alarm and ask them to help. If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions, you’ve come to the right place. Step 1:  Determine what device needs new batteries Home Security System parts that require batteries: Control Panel Keypad Door/Window Sensor Motion Detector Glassbreak Detector Smart Thermostat Smart Door Lock   Step 2:  Call the monitoring center and put the system on Test If your alarm system is professionally monitored, you will want to make sure the monitoring company knows you are changing your batteries so you don’t cause a tamper alarm. Your system may still beep and show a tamper error, but at least the police won’t show up at your door. Step 3: Open the device to view the current battery If you are not sure what type of battery is needed, you can find out by locating the current battery. Traditional home security systems use a large single 12v battery in the control panel, which is usually located in a metal box hidden in a closet. Newer systems and smart security systems have a special battery pack that is located inside the keypad. Many other components and sensors use typical household batteries like AA batteries, or the flat coin-shaped ones. Step 4: Remove the current battery and purchase a new one to match Once you have located the battery that needs to be replaced, if it is not a type you recognize, remove it and bring it with you to a specialty battery store. Otherwise, leave it in place until you have the new battery. In most cases, you can pop off the plastic covering to view the batteries on wireless devices. Sometimes a screw needs to be removed. If you’re not sure how to access the batteries, call your home security company for help. Step 4:  Install the new battery Especially in newer systems, the batteries are easy to disconnect and change out. Make sure you note exactly how the current batteries are installed so you can connect them the same way. In control panels, there may be wires connected to the battery that will need to be reconnected to the new one. Step 5: Test your system After everything is reconnected and closed, you should test your system with the monitoring center to make sure your home security system is working as it should. They can also help you clear any errors that are showing on your keypad, although they may clear automatically once the batteries are working. Note: You should get in the habit of testing your alarm system at least once a month. A Word About Warranties Many home security companies offer a warranty on alarm equipment they install. Sometimes they are even available on equipment already existing in your home. (DFW Security offers this option.) It should be noted however, that warranties almost never include batteries. It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure batteries are working so their system will operate properly....

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What is a GEO Fence?

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What is a GEO Fence?

What is a GEO Fence? A Simple Explanation A GEO Fence is virtual border around a real location.  This invisible perimeter can be just about any size, and any shape. In most cases, a user draws a line on a digital map to designate an area or region. That line is then called the “GEO Fence.” It can now trigger electronic devices to act using GPS technology. GEO Fences are used for marketing, mobile apps, energy management, home automation, smart security systems and more. An Example For example, a customer could draw a circle around their neighborhood.  If they added their cell phone, they could program other systems to react when their cell phone crossed out of, or into, the area designated by the GEO Fence. In the case of our smart security system, you could ask to receive a text message reminder when you leave your neighborhood without arming your alarm system. If you drew another smaller GEO Fence around your house, you could set it up to automatically disarm your home security system when you get to your street. How it works with Home Automation Perhaps the most convenient solution that uses GEO Fencing is Home Automation. With DFW Security, you can customize the systems in your home for maximum efficiency using the location-based technology that GEO Services provide. Systems that can be triggered and controlled include: Thermostats Lights Locks Alarm Systems Garage Doors Cameras   Using our state-of-the-art website, you can easily personalize your systems to manage your home efficiently. You can add multiple mobile devices and set rules for each of them. This allows you to specify actions when either all phones are out of the fence, or when only certain people leave. You can also draw multiple fences and customize systems for each boundary. Some ideas for automation include: Move your thermostat to an energy-saving temperature when you get more than 5 miles from home. Start bringing your home back to a more comfortable temperature when you get within 10 miles. Automatically close your garage door if everyone is out of the designated area. Get a text message when a window is left open and no one is home. Automatically lock all doors when mom and dad are out of the area. Start recording video when there is motion on the front porch, but all cell phones are out of the GEO Fence. Other options to numerous to list. Because our mobile application allows you to control all of your home’s systems from one app, you can arm/disarm, turn lights on/off, close/open garage doors, lock/unlock doors and more right from your cell phone wherever you are. It truly is a solution that makes life simple, safe and smart. Learn More About GEO Services GEO Services How to Set Up GEO Services What are GEO Services? Get Started...

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Smart Home Security System | Severe Weather Alerts

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Smart Home Security System | Severe Weather Alerts

Our smart home security system pinpoints your location and delivers real-time emergency alerts directly to your alarm panel. It will sound a distinct loud beep and display the specific weather warning on your alarm keypad. It will continue to beep until you acknowledge it at the keypad. (For specific instructions on acknowledging a severe weather alert, scroll to the bottom of this page.) If there is a tornado approaching, a smart home security system just might save your life. An Extra Layer of Protection There are many ways to find out about severe weather in your area: Mobile phone apps, television broadcasts, radio warnings, looking out the window, etc. Unfortunately, there are also scenarios where we may not have access to these forms of communication. Like when we are sleeping, the power is out, our cell phone battery is dead, the internet is down, the TV is turned off, and we are not listening to the radio or looking outside. In those cases, a smart home security system could be what saves you. How To Make it Stop Beeping Although the loud beeping from your alarm panel could save your life in a tornado, it can also be pretty annoying once you know about it and are headed to your safe room, or once the threat has passed. To stop the periodic beeping, press the home button (it looks like a house) if there is nothing showing on the screen. Then choose “Security” on the touchscreen. Press the Red Alert Icon on the screen next to Status. Press the message that appears. You can either select to mark it as read, or delete the message. Severe weather alerts are just one of the many features included in a smart home security system. To learn about other features, visit our smart security page. If you are ready for a personalized quote, call us or click the get started button below. It could be one of the most important decisions you make. Get Started...

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Wireless Alarm Monitoring Plano | Superior Reliability

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Wireless Alarm Monitoring Plano | Superior Reliability

Sometimes the old way of doing things is more reliable than new technology. With security systems that is simply not the case. Advancements in technology have made Wireless Alarm Monitoring Plano the most dependable way to protect your home and family with a fast, secure transmission even when there is no power, the internet is down, cellular signals are weak and more. Cellular is Better When some of us think about cellular signals, we think about our cell phones. Dropped calls, dead zones and poor reception give us a negative impression about the intangible wireless network and more specifically wireless alarm monitoring Plano. The truth is, cellular networks are pretty incredible, and are constantly improving. Fortunately, the signal strength required for a data signal from your alarm system to the monitoring center is minuscule. Also, since your security system doesn’t move around like your mobile phone, our technicians can find the strongest signal from the best tower and the best network for your location. If a tower goes down, it automatically switches to another tower. Why Not Use a Landline? You may be tempted to think a good old-fashioned phone line wire would be the most reliable form of alarm monitoring. After all, the wire is visible and tangible, and the technology has been around for ages. Unfortunately, not only can you see and touch the wire, you can also cut it. If a clever burglar cuts your phone line outside your home (it is not hard to do, and only takes a second), your alarm system won’t be able to send a signal to the monitoring center. You are then effectively paying for a service that won’t do a bit of good in preventing a burglary. No one likes wasting money. Beyond Monitoring In addition to wireless alarm monitoring Plano, we offer a smart security system that adds yet another layer of protection with 2 way voice and patented crash and smash protection. Without smart security, a burglar could break in and quickly damage or destroy your alarm system before it could send a signal to the alarm monitoring center. This popular type of burglary is called a “crash & smash”. With a smart system from DFW Security, a signal is sent the second you open a door. If the disarm signal isn’t received, the police are dispatched to a possible crash and smash situation. In addition, 2 way voice means the alarm monitoring center can speak directly into your home in an emergency, removing the need for phone calls back and forth. Quite simply, smart security and wireless alarm monitoring Plano is the best option for protecting your people and property from burglary, fire and medical emergencies. For more information, click the button below. We will have one of our security experts contact you right away. Get Started...

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