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    Cellular, Broadband or Both?

    Excuse the double post but I originally posted this in the Sky, Vivint section, which is not what I have. I could not figure out how to delete the first post.

    I have had an GC in operation for several years now, all self contained, and all DIY install. It has been a reliable, simple system.

    I now want to have some remote access, and I am looking at the "Gold" plan. I also want to do some minor home automation, but focus is security. I do currently have a couple Z-Wave devices on the GC panel.

    What are my required hardware options? I know the original system is cellular (Verizon CDMA), and now it looks like there is a Go Bridge option, that also requires a 900 MHz XCVR.

    Seems like the most secure communication would be cellular compared to my existing DSL ATT internet service. ( I am in a rural area and DSL is it). Cost to implement either looks close enough to not be the deciding factor. Is there greater bandwidth and therefore better performance with one or the other? With my early generation GC are both possible at the same time? Any monthly fee difference to consider?

    I have been stalling waiting for the GC3, but I am about of the mind that it may never appear, and perhaps it is back to the drawing board since it must now compete with Cloud based devices like Smart Things, Apple Home, etc. I have no basis other than the repeated delay in roll out. It looks like what ever I choose now is a throw away since the bridge will not be required with GC3, and the cellular module is different for GC3.

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    I am told that the GC3 will be available at the end of January. I am also waiting for it. The z-wave smart home devices are available in the current 2GIG panel and the GC3.

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