The method in which a security system communicates with a central monitoring station. Plain old telephone service (POTS) is the oldest most commonly used communication path. With advances in wireless technologies, other more secure communication paths such as cellular alarm monitoring are gaining popularity. Internet protocol (IP) monitoring and dual path (Cellular/IP) monitoring are some other communication paths that do not require a hardwired telephone line to be present at the property.

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