It has come to our attention that many of our customers, after moving into their home, call their internet service providers to have their cable, phone, and internet services activated. We have noticed that many times the technician will leave their modem and/or their eMTA box (the box for your land line) on a floor somewhere, in a bedroom, or worse just sitting on a kitchen counter. If you have a structured wiring smartbox, then these should be installed at that location. With structured wiring, all of your phone lines, data lines, and cable lines terminate at this one location. When the modem is installed there, you can activate all of the phone jacks in the house, activate the data ports, and correctly split and amplify the cable signal. When the modem is installed in an incorrect location, sometimes you only get to activate one cordless phone or it's backfed to the smartbox by being plugged into a wall jack. Not only is this unsightly, but it limits the distribution and causes you to buy un-needed equipment such as network switches that you might not otherwise need. Therefore, installing the modem in an incorrect location only saves the technician a little time in labor.
If you have not done so already, let your insurance company know that you have a monitored security system. On average, you'll save around 25% off of your premiums. Depending on your policy and your carrier, this can make your monitoring fee close to a wash. Why not let the insurance company pay for your protection? As far as they are concerned a protected home is less risk to them, which is why they offer such discounts. Some insurance carriers will even give you an additional discount if you have fire protection, while others just give one total discount. A call to your agent or insurance company would clarify this. This may also be a good time to shop your insurance carriers. It's something most people don't think about, but can save hundreds of dollars per year. We also recommend having at least one monitored smoke detector integrated into your system. If your insurance company needs a certificate showing that you have a monitored system or you would like to add fire protection to your system, please contact us to schedule an appointment and/or we can forward an alarm certificate to your insurance company or agent.
Access Innovations, Inc is a Hampton Roads based electronic security services company covering all aspects of home and business security and alarm services