3G SUNSET AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOUR ALARM SYSTEM
You may have heard about the upcoming 3G sunset, but you may not know just how that affects you, your home, and your security. Here is what you need to know about the 3G sunset, and how to migrate your devices to 4G (LTE) or even 5G networks
You might be wondering: what even is the 3G Sunset? Simply put, the 3G sunset is the transition manufacturers and cellular carriers are making from 3G to 4G LTE (long-term evolution) networks. While not every manufacturer and carrier will be switching over immediately, some may make the change as soon as the end of 2019. The reason 3G is being phased out is simple: out with the old and in with the new. 4G LTE offers significantly improved bandwidth and speed and will help our devices keep up with the growing demand.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT ME?
If your alarm panel is currently using a legacy 3G cellular module for primary or back-up communication, you will experience reduced (or even lost) data and functionality. This will only happen if you don’t switch to 4G LTE before your carrier drops the 3G network.
WHEN DO I NEED TO MIGRATE?
If you haven’t already, you’ll want to start converting any 3G network devices to LTE network right away. While some carriers won’t drop 3G support until after 2022, there are some like Verizon that will drop it after December 2019. Depending on your carrier, you could lose that 3G support as soon as the end of 2019. If you haven’t started transitioning, you should start as soon as possible.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?