Signaling systems are designed to help notify you of different events, such as the phone/ videophone ringing, the doorbell, a baby’s cry, motion, weather alerts, and smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. Also known as “Alerting or Notification Systems,” these devices can alert you to different events through flashing lights, loud audible alarms, and/or vibration.
There are 4 main things to consider when customizing your system:
1 – Transmitters
Which events do you want to be notified of? You will need to purchase one transmitter for each event you would like to be notified of. Each transmitter is designed to alert you for a specific event, however, some transmitters do work for more than one event, such as a door and phone transmitter. For example, if you want to be alerted when your phone rings and when your baby is crying—you would purchase one phone transmitter and one baby cry transmitter.
2 – Receivers
How many rooms do you want to be notified in? For each room you want to be notified in, you will need to purchase a receiver. For example, if you wanted to be alerted in the bedroom, living room, and kitchen, you should purchase 3 receivers. Some brands also have portable watch or pager receivers that you can bring with you wherever you go in your home. Each receiver will work with all of your transmitters, as long as they are the same brand and frequency.
3 – Radio Frequency (RF) Technology
This technology sends a signal from your transmitters to your receivers through radio waves. It is ideal for both home use and for people who live in apartments, dorms, or other types of public housing because built-in dip switches can be adjusted to ensure your system will not interfere with a neighboring system. For various reasons, some people find that this technology works more reliably for them than line carrier does.
4 – Line Carrier Technology
This technology sends a signal from your transmitters to your receivers through your home’s electrical circuits.