Alarm Monitoring companies


I getting started with all the Zwave stuff, I have preordered the new Smartthings Hub and so far the only device ill be able to link to it will be a Schlage smart deadbolt.

I currently have ADT and im looking to replace them as they offer limited zwave devices. My question being, does anyone know if I buy a Zwave alarm system, what company would monitor my devices?
How do you guys usually do this? DO you buy the system through a monitoring company? if so, what companies are out there doing this.
Do you buy the zwave alarm system or panel and then look for a monitoring company?
Will you be able to Arm or Disarm the alarm remotely? Or Arm it on a set schedule?

Thanks for any tips,

Everyone has different preferences as far as peace of mind. I personally like having a professional monitoring service, because I’m quadriparetic, and fire safety is a big issue for me.

On the other hand, there are people who just can’t stand the idea of paying a monthly fee, and so their priorities are different.

Smartthings very recently made a deal with scout alarm to offer scout monitoring service for smartthings customers. However it costs $19.95 a month, which is fairly high in the DIY space, and they can only call The police department, they cannot call the fire department. So it didn’t make sense for me.

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Relying on ST for HOME SECURITY is a definite no-no, even when used in partnership with their Scout Alarm company. My observations are based on the hundreds of posts I have read on this forum about things failing, as well as my own 2 ST outages…

I would answer your question thus: Use a professional company that actually utilizes Z-Wave devices in their alarm monitoring equipment, and use ST for HOME AUTOMATION. In other words, get your perimeter security set up properly. Personally I use Vivint. They’re OK [for me], but I am aware of many other people on different forums experiencing nothing but issues with them. My point is that Vivint is [arguably] just a front end… The actual monitoring is done by, and they have, from what I understand, embraced the Z-wave wave and integration with their systems. seems reputable and reliable in all cases where I have had alarm activation. The only down side is that one cannot approach them directly, but one must go through a reseller, hence Vivint in my case.


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