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How Will the 2G Sunset Affect Your Home Security?

As of January 2017, Security Providers Will Not Be Able to Use 2G Wireless Networks

How Will the 2G Sunset Affect Your Home Security?

In 2012, AT&T announced it would get rid of its 2G wireless network at the end of 2016. With that deadline just around the corner, security dealers throughout the country are scrambling to help people upgrade their services to ensure they're not left behind after the 2G sunset. The purpose of this blog is to explain what these networks are, why AT&T decided to make the change and, most importantly, how it could affect the home security system in your Glenview, Illinois residence. 

SEE MORE: How to Eliminate Common Home Security Vulnerabilities

What is 2G Technology?

2G is a wireless cellular network that uses cell towers to transfer signals from one location to another. The G in the name stands for generation. So the 2G network was AT&T’s second-generation wireless solution. 2G was important in the rise of Machine to Machine (M2M) technology which later evolved into the Internet of Things. Different machines (or devices) used this connection to communicate with each other. One of the first applications for this type of technology was home security.

Why Is AT&T Getting Rid of It?

AT&T is looking to make room for its more popular, high-speed networks. By getting rid of the 2G services, the company can free up additional space for data traveling on its 3G and 4G networks. The change is in part a response to the Internet of Things, which loaded up network traffic by having everyday items (like surveillance cameras) communicating through the wireless networks. Verizon has also announced that it will shut down its 2G network by 2021.

What Does This Have to Do With Your Security?

As you can see in the infographic at the top of this blog, wireless communications are at the center of your home security system. All your devices –cameras, sensors, locks, and more—communicate with your central router which then uses these networks to communicate with your monitoring service.

Using wireless networks helps you avoid a common vulnerability: intruders could cut the phone and power lines to eliminate communication between the system and its monitoring station. By using a cellular connection, your system stays online even if the power, internet or phone lines go out. 2G technology also comes with built-in encryption which adds another level of security to your home.

How Should I Prepare for the 2G Sunset?

The first step is figuring out if your current system is based on 2G communication. You can contact local security installers in your area like Protech Security Co. if you’re not sure. They’ll look over your home and let you know if an upgrade is needed. If your system is affected by the 2G Sunset, you need to install hardware compatible with other wireless networks. It’s important to note that your specific area may be affected before the 2017 deadline as AT&T continues its migration process.

Why Work With Protech?

We have established processes in place to upgrade legacy security systems. We work with you to see if you need new software, hardware or a full upgrade. We know which devices would work best and help you decide which network you should use instead of 2G. Not only will this keep your system from becoming obsolete, but it will also add speed and advanced encryption to it as you upgrade to 3G or 4G.

Wondering if your home could use an upgrade? Contact Protech Security Co. through our online form or call us at (224) 355 1200.